I dreamt I Failed Bill Clinton

defaultSo I had this dream. My wife and I were staying at a cheap hotel–one of those single story set ups with a swimming pool and a courtyard right by the roadside, on the highway leading out to Duck, North Carolina, which was odd because when we’ve gone to the Outer Banks we stayed way up north in Corolla where the beaches are uncrowded and the snazzy rentals let you pretend you’re wealthy for the week. It’s a hot morning, the kind where it never cooled off at all over night, and my wife is sitting cross-legged in the chair, 4804419151_facb9ab808wearing cutoff jeans and (she’s going to love this) a white shirt tied around her waist–exactly like the one  Jennifer Aniston is wearing in the photo I’ve included–which is also odd, because she never wears shirts like that.

Also odd is that we were sitting in lawn chairs with a young, charming Bill Clinton, drinking our way through a bucket of Margaritas in the shade, wise-cracking and watching the logjam of Saturday morning traffic that clogs the bridge over to the island every summer weekend.  I don’t recall our conversation, but it was full of laughs and, perhaps most importantly, Bill made no move to seduce my wife–which should have been a worry, because my wife is pretty attractive and while I trust her completely I’ve also met Bill Clinton in real life, albeit briefly, and his charisma was so powerful I was half tempted to make a run at him myself.  The guy can work a room, and his was the softest hand I’ve ever shaken.  Like a warm, soft silken pillow hand.

But I digress.  If it wasn’t taken, I’d have another blog and I’d name it “But I Digress….”  Because I do.  All the damn time.
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My wife decides to go back to our room and get some chips and salsa. So, we’re out there on the edge of the shade, Bill and I, watching the people trapped in their cars, sipping Margaritas and having a grand time and I have to do it.  My wife won’t approve, but here’s young Bill Clinton and he’s such a pleasant guy, a real pal, and the dangers of busting up the time/space continuim, all that butterfly effect stuff, all goes out the proverbial window.  I’ve got to say something, and I do.  “One day, you’re going to meet this girl called Monica Lewinsky….”

My wife returns, and Bill is gone, disappeared in the way that people disappear in dreams without so much as a puff of smoke, and she immediately sees it in my eyes.  The thing is, I can’t lie to her about anything important. I could weave a tale without a hint it’s a fiction, but if I want to tell her that, yes, I forgot to put the clothes from the washer in the drier, I’m done.  And worse still, she’s trained my daughters to see through my bull shit as well.

“You did it, didn’t you?”

I looked past the traffic toward the horizon.  The scent of the ocean heavy on the hot summer air.  “I don’t know what you mean.”

“You told him.” She shook her head.  “Didn’t you.

I nodded.

“What exactly did you say?”

“I told him not to fuck Monica Lewinsky,” I said.

She flopped into her chair and sighed in exasperation–a bit melodramatically, I must say.  “So, it’s all your fault, you know.”

“No.” I said. “Nothing happened.”

“It. Was. You.” She said, slowly so I could get it.

“I don’t understand.”

“Idiot,” she said.  “He’s just going to take you literally.”

“Oh,” I said.  “Oh!  Damn.”  

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About JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.
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2 Responses to I dreamt I Failed Bill Clinton

  1. Bess Jones says:

    You bad man, Chuck. Heh.

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