First Things First
When Holli invokes the colorful images of her ‘big ole butt‘ near the very beginning of her FB post, it is no accident. It is a move designed specifically to get the southern boys all distracted from the nonsense of religion long enough that Miss Holli can scoop them into the waiting arms of imaginary Jeebus.
Buckle Up For Your Own Safety
Holli posted a rather spirited post to her public profile on Facebook that caught my attention, most likely because she “targeted my FB using her #madtechskillz and still harbors a secret crush on me (I am old, but dam if I am not still outstandingly “fabulous*)***. Now that she has my attention, and I perhaps yours, please follow the bouncing ba-dunka-dunk down Facebook history lane with me for a very short trip back in time.
***May just be the strong essence of testosterone momentarily making me love myself more than usual, but if it helps an old man feel a tickle in his nether regions, can you honestly begrudge him (ok dammit, ME) the small measure of pleasure still available to a man so far along the Matrix timeline that his dangling jiggly bits are racing towards the canyon floor with a speed and intensity not seen in America since Evil Knievel was spotted plummeting to the bottom of Snake River Canyon in April, 1972?
Holli wants you to know she has your Happy Holidays tied up in a knot, secure in a canvas bag (left over from when they used to sell bulk Mississippi pecans) and ready to drown in the big muddy, but I am paraphrasing a bit so see below for her impassioned first person account. The Italian Male Catholic translation of Holli’s Feminine Baptist Message, condensed in the most simple form? “I got yer’ Happy Holidays right down here in my pants buddy. Why don’t you come over here and tickle my bells?”
And now, for the inimitable Ms. Holli Hayes (copied and pasted from FB):
So now were upon the holidays. I have just heard happy holidays, happy holidays my big ole butt. It’s merry Christmas and if you don’t like it then pack your bags and find somewhere else to spread your pathetic rhetoric, Christ is every where in everything. Alway has always will…no matter how you political pansies try to push you liberal crap on everyone. So give all of us a break and kick Santa to the curb and give Jesus his glory so maybe we can all have harmony. Peace out.
Part Two – My Solitary Comment in reply to Holli
I am so happy to see the lovely and talented Ms Hayes feeling cheerful, even if she is doing the best imitation of “crazy homeless person screaming at me from the corner of Capitol and Pearl” that I have experienced since getting away from downtown Jackson. Thank you again Holli, for caring enough to take the time to share your thoughts with us today and for reminding me that the nostalgic reminiscences I naturally presupposed would eventually settle into the rose-colored recesses of my (sick) mind are in reality, riddled with recollections of nightmares collected at an old day job I held years ago in downtown jay town. But I digress.
One positive and notable aspect of Holli’s Holiday Laments & Rants – Unplugged (available on iTunes) that differs from your average Jackson street crazy is that she is not (yet) trying to bum a dollar (and/or a Marlboro Red) off me even if her incoherent babbling nonsense about SantaChristClaus does mimic that which I’ve witnessed in the lunatic street fringe who often roamed the alleys and loitered in the recesses of the downtown labyrinths where Holli and I made our living once upon a time. But I digress.
First Rule of crazy street people panhandling is to never give EVEN one of the crazy street people a buck even one time. Disregard this advice and quicker than an Asian wannabe Gordon Ramsey can whip up a batch of Gen Tso’s Chicken (using nothing more than an old newspaper, a spatula and a lost puppy)*, an entire throng of mysteriously toothless street people will be gumming you up for a handout. (*Hardcore Iron Wok follows Hardcore Pawn on A&E) But I digress.
We were all natural targets, working in that Mad Men era skyscraper. We all smelt of money, and often dressed as sharp as Don or Peggy if Hawaiin Shirt Friday is ever to hold any sanctity at all (Hi Robin) . You can’t really blame another human, crazy or otherwise, for envying your advance placement in a structure oozing with the essence of Don Draper while simultaneously serving as the best dam fallout shelter a group of rich Jackson business people could cobble together at the end of the cold war. Someplace to bunker down with the other 1% if the Reds decided to push the button down. (I never much worried over the commie threat. I choose to remain calm unless Alabama get the bomb). But I digress.
This is all about Holli “mimicking” the crazy street people described in the paragraphs above, and what is, I fear, a troubling sign of a possible “crazy religious lady” infection.
She may have picked it up accidentally by being forced into sharing the same filthy urban air as the crazy people! Maybe something crawled off one of them and bit her down in the basement of the building? I have seen it happen on a lot of SciFi dramas. One thing for sure, that basement definitely didn’t reek of the scent of Don Draper and 60′s Playboy models!!
Smelled more like dirty gym socks and roach shit with just a dash of added vomit stink from drunken coworker spewing gack all over the work stations (Hi Pete!). Who knows what mutant southern fungi or microbe we were all exposed to back then? I may have inadvertently created the monster infection that seems to be ravaging Holli’s brain and causing what looks like a bad case of delusion, as she is starting to identify imaginary Jeebus with imaginary success of Romney and Karl Rove Republicans. Shit just gets weirder and spookier for her from here on out if we don’t identify and isolate the contagion. My confession:
For scientific reasons, I got in the habit of “feeding” the large tropical plant in the office the last bit of coffee from the bottom of my cup each morning. It was a fairly large cup. I figured it would keep the plant watered WHILE providing a bit of the same caffeine boost that I had found so helpful in keeping me awake during my daylong marathon work sessions (playing Minefield on Win95). Plus, “Brawdo, it’s got electrolytes”.
This ritual of me using pseudo (aka Hillbilly) Brawdo on the office plant went on for at least a couple weeks until a stench developed that was so pervasive it scared the stink from Pete’s carpet vomit half way down the highway to Rankin County (where it is presumed to be “hooking up” with family).
A very brave female coworker (Hi Summer) rather than calling the Environmental Protection Agency, poison control, or Seal Team Six (as would have been prudent), helped me remove and destroy the stinking mutant ‘thing’ in an alley behind the building. It was the same alley I used to hide from the street people (while taking one of MY company provided smoke breaks). I never missed a chance to replace what I perceived as the dangerous fumes of basement funk, toner cartridge dust and radon gas particulates with something a bit more healthy, in this instance, the “gases” that come out of a Marlboro Red if you puff on the filter end while holding a match to the other.
At the end of the day, I worry for Holli. This crazy old lady religious syndrome can lead to all kinds of weird thinking. You can get Mitt Romney and imaginary Jeebus all mixed up in your head. At a minimum, I could literally SEE AND FEEL the veins about to pop in her head as I read Holli’s rants. You probably recognize it too, now that I pointed it out so well.
Few treatment options exist but science is striving to find a cure for Holli’s delusions and I for one, having been a friend and coworker for years, will not stand silently by and watch her brain start to melt and come out of her ears, which could happen just about any second now…..3…2…..1…
People often ask me why I don’t fear hell and damnation. Simple answer. I survived Jackson MS for 25 years. I can easily quench the fires of Lucifer with the piss generated by my weak bladder and a 40 ounce Old Milwaukee.