Friday, August 28, 2009

..like it was only yesterday.

Numbered among some of my fondest memories,is when I was a young man back in the 1930's,traveling across the country with my partner in crime,and pulling off brilliantly executed 'Stings'.

Oh,..what fun we had getting the gang together,and scamming ruthless mobsters out of thousands of dollars without them ever realizing they had been stung!
We always managed to stay one step ahead of the law and,..wazzat?..That was a movie?..Are you sure??

Well,..then how come I distinctly remember playing Scott Joplin's 'The Entertainer' on the guitar while we were setting up the unsuspecting 'mark'?
..I even have an old kinescope of me performing the tune for my fellow Grifters!

You'll notice I'm using nylon strings for their smooth and mellow,..huh?..who?..Chet Atkins??..

Fine then...

video

Next week,..I'll tell y'all about how I was the first guy to fly solo across the Atlantic,earning me the nickname 'Lucky Sling'!

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23 Comments:

At 2:17 PM , Blogger jan said...

I know who Sling is, but what movie and Chet who?

 
At 2:21 PM , Blogger Willym said...

you have a rich and wonderful fantasy life... it is fantasy isn't it?

 
At 2:46 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Jan- Oh,..you're my kind of audience! ;)

Willym- It's not all fantasy,although I never managed to stay one step ahead of the law,..I plan on learning to play that song on the guitar someday,..and I did fly across the Atlantic on a C-141 troop transport plane,earning me the nickname 'Barf-Bag Sling'..

 
At 2:49 PM , Blogger rosemary said...

Chet...a likely name.

 
At 3:29 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

ha ha barf bag Sling..has a nice ring to it. That is a fantastic song when you learn to play it ..record yourself.

 
At 4:27 PM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

I always thought you looked familiar.

 
At 5:38 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Well, you have a good imagination, that's for sure! :)

 
At 8:42 PM , Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

can i have your autograph?

 
At 10:58 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

Oh, sometimes I want to jump into my private jet and fly down to O-town just so I can kiss your face.

 
At 8:42 AM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

is it the vitamins and exercise or the smokes and liquor that keep you looking so young for your age?

 
At 9:41 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Rosie- That was my stage name..

Sage- The barf bag thing is true.
120 guys crammed together in jumpseats,on a rickity ass cargo plane,and a box lunch of greasy cold fried chicken..Do the math.

Thinker- You probably recognize me from those flyers in the post office.

Miss HP- the older you get,the more you have to work with. ;)

Yellerdawg- If you'd like an autographed photo,just send $9.95,and I'll respond in some way,..eventually,..sooner or later.

Rainey- I'll tell you the same thing I remember telling General 'Monty' Montgomery..'I shaved extra close this morning,in anticipation of getting smacked by you!'

billy P.- It's a delicate combination of all those things!..Except for the vitamins,..and the exercise.

 
At 10:27 AM , Blogger Mom said...

Maybe you could explain the thousands of dollars my gang and I are missing.

 
At 2:04 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Mom- I have an alibi for that around here someplace.

 
At 11:11 PM , Blogger Middle Child said...

And weren't you in that movie "The Wedding Slinger"? tee hee

 
At 9:32 AM , Blogger jp said...

I'm sensing a conspiracy. You were omitted from all of my high school history texts. WHY?

 
At 9:49 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Middle Child- Ha!..I retired from the theater before that.
That's why they had to get Billy Bob to play me in the movie 'Sling Blade'..

JP- Politics my friend..Those guys at the Department of Education are some ruthless bastards!

 
At 10:48 AM , Blogger booda baby said...

Can't figure why MORE lil boys who dreamed of being sports stars weren't dreaming of being Chet Atkins instead. What a great.

 
At 11:28 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Booda Babe- Once I figured out that I would probably never become 'Thor!..Norse god of thunder!',I decided to set my sights on something more achievable.

 
At 10:22 AM , Blogger Allan said...

This is much more plausible than what I've been hearing on the news!

 
At 11:51 AM , Blogger secret agent woman said...

Nice try. :)

 
At 6:45 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Allan- I'm practicing my creative history in hopes of landing a gig on FOX News..

Secret Agent Woman- It was one of my better efforts!..Sadly,the devil is in the details.

 
At 9:01 PM , Blogger Grish said...

That was you?!

We've been looking for ya for a while now..:P

 
At 9:07 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Grish- You may be thinking of my lesbian lover,Sageweb Earhart...It's a common misconception.

 

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