Some men have courage

Posted on November 11th, 2009 12 great comments. Room for one more!

I had the best topic for the post all planned out last night and today … I completely forgot! For the life of me I can’t remember what it’s supposed to be, which sucks because I remember it being really good. Damnit!

Instead I had to hurriedly run around looking for something to write about. I did find some ceremony happening in front of Old City Hall:

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I thought maybe it was a wedding or something, but there were media there and a bunch of old people wearing medals. Didn’t look very joyous, actually. And the fact that they were setting up in front of the old war memorial seemed pretty morose.

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But I was in a rush because my original plan had gone completely out the window, so I didn’t stop to ask what was going on. As a result, today’s post will unfortunately have to rely on some borrowed Toronto Archives material as filler. I apologize.

Hopefully you’ll find it interesting. I chose to include some pictures of Claire Wallace as she interviewed some veterans of the second World War for the CBC. I don’t know why I chose this subject but something about it jumped out at me the moment I saw it. Wish my memory would do the same!

Luckily, back in the day reporters were like gods and carried around entire recording crews with them wherever they went. Kind of like me but none of my recording devices fetch me coffee or massage my bunions. So through the miracle of the Dictaphone (slung around a lackey’s neck), many of these moments were recorded. While the original recorded cylinders have now been lost, their plausible  transcripts still exist. And I’ve included excerpts with the pictures for extra depth. I sincerely hope it begins to make up for my lost idea. Dammit!

Wallace: You know, I can stand here all day like this until you look up at me.

Pvt. Bilko: I’d rather die first, ma’am.

did i tell you i spoke to your family? oh yes, delightful bunch. shame if something were to happen to them.

Wallace: So am I to take it you involuntarily urinate every few minutes?

Sgt. Wilko: But … you already asked me that. Five times.

Wallace: And I will ask again if I feel like it! You’re the invalid, I’m the interviewer. (whispered) Don’t forget who’s in charge here.

Sgt. Wilko: You … bitch.

Wallace: Wrong answer. Nurse, the injection…

do you like my stalkings? would you like to try them on?

Wallace: So you maintain that you’re not lovers?

Pvt. Schilko: No ma’am. Just happen to have beds in the same room.

Pvt. Theodocious: S’right.

Wallace: R-i-g-h-t. Well, it’s your choice if you want to hide in the shadows like scared little girls. Some men have courage.

Pvt. Schilko: But…

Wallace: Maybe we need another approach. Huh?

nurse!! oh jesus, you're right behind me! why didn't you say anything when you came in?!

Wallace: Your friend Wilco was a tough nut, but I cracked his hide. Am I gonna have to do the same here?

Sgt. Okliw: What, use bad metaphors? Har har har! (coughs)

Wallace: Ah yes, a joker. Very good. Nurse, let’s make him laugh…

and you, theo, can enoy that cane where the sun don't shine!

Wallace: There, and now I’m here. Now are you ready to admit you’re gay?

Pvt. Theodocious: But ma’am, we’re really not…

Wallace: I wasn’t talking to you, tubby!

Pvt. Schilko: He’s right. This is a hospital, we have to share the room. Believe me, I really am st…

Wallace: Well then there’s no pleasing you, young man! You can go straight to hell! Nurse!

Don’t worry if you don’t know who Claire Wallace is. I don’t think she was very famous, and as you can see by her interview technique, she didn’t really do her job as a reporter very well. She didn’t ask the really incisive questions. But, she’s a slice of Toronto’s history as, I’m sure, are some of the soldiers she interviewed. The Archives have plenty more of this kind of stuff, but I’ve borrowed enough. I can only mask my lack of remembrance so far; next time I’ll just have to write down my ideas or something.

12 Comments on “ Some men have courage ”

  • Allen
    November 12th, 2009 2:23 am

    Yes, some men have courage to be funny, but the woman is more funny.

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  • Patrick
    November 12th, 2009 1:15 pm

    She sure is, Allen. Unless you're being interviewed by her!

  • Renee
    November 12th, 2009 5:40 am

    hahahahaha!!! that was great! what a pleasant way to start my day. Thanks for the laughs, Patrick. :) and I hope you um….remember your thoughts.;)

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  • Patrick
    November 12th, 2009 1:18 pm

    Thanks, Renee :) I'm taking supplements for that; hopefully they'll work.

  • Mr G.A.G.
    November 12th, 2009 11:43 am

    Somebody has, recently, peaked my interest in moving to Canada. Because of you and your blog, that interest of mine is becoming too big to handle :p

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  • Patrick
    November 12th, 2009 1:27 pm

    Oh dear. Well, all I ask is that you don't blame me for your abject disappointment down the road, Mr. G.A.G.

    About the comments, I've actually been looking into some sort of threading. I've only been able to find a couple of plugins that work but I didn't like the way that comment threads were presented. However, I'm definitely looking into it because the current comment system is, well, less than perfect :)

  • Mr G.A.G.
    November 12th, 2009 11:45 am

    P.S. I wish there were an option allowing readers to follow the chain of comments :)

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  • Stanya
    November 12th, 2009 11:45 am

    I agree it is funny – but nothing wrong when you forget ones in a while. Let mi tell you the News – some people are forgeting all the time, it is convenience.

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  • Patrick
    November 12th, 2009 1:27 pm

    Sometimes it's convenience, Stanya, sometimes it's trauma. Like when I have to remember to do my taxes!

  • Mr G.A.G.
    November 13th, 2009 9:59 am

    Well, Montreal sounds kind of cool. Plus, speaking French seems to facilitate things. ;)

    I guess the only way for a commenter to follow the comment flow is to often check back on your blog. :)

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  • Patrick
    November 13th, 2009 2:21 pm

    Ah. Haha…erm..yes, that's right, Mr. G.A.G., you have to visit regularly. And now that you know my strategy, I'm afraid you'll have to be eliminated!

  • Acne
    November 14th, 2009 1:01 am

    I am very impressed with your first post "Some men have courage". I have bookmarked it. This post is really so interesting and informative.

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