Seinfield on clothes, traveling, death, etc.
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 96 01:38:10 -0700
Subject: Seinfield on clothes, traveling, death, etc.
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Observations from Jerry Seinfeld:
- - - -I once had a leather jacket that got ruined in the rain. Why does
moisture ruin leather? Aren't cows outside a lot of the time? When it's
raining, do cows go up to the farmhouse, "Let us in! We're all wearing
leather! Open the door! We're going to ruin the whole outfit here!"
- - - -I was in front of an ambulance the other day, and I noticed that the
word "ambulance" was spelled in reverse print on the hood of the ambulance.
And I thought, "Well, isn't that clever." I look in the rear-view mirror,
I can read the word "ambulance" behind me. Of course while you're reading,
you don't see where you're going, you crash, you need an ambulance. I think
they're trying to drum up some business on the way back from lunch.
- - - -You know what I never get with the limo? The tinted windows. Is
that so people don't see you? Yeah, what better way not to have people
notice you than taking a thirty-foot Cadillac with a TV antenna and a
uniformed driver. How discreet. Nobody cares who's in the limo. You see
a limo go by, you know it's either some rich jerk or fifty prom kids with
- - - -Are there keys to a plane? Maybe that's what those delays are
sometimes, when you're just sitting there at the gate. Maybe the pilot sits
up there in the cockpit going, "Oh, I don't believe this. Dammit..I did it
again." They tell you it's something mechanical because they don't want to
come on the P.A. system, "Ladies and gentlemen, we're going to be delayed
here on the ground for a while. I uh..Oh, God this is so embarrassing...I,
I left the keys to the plane in my apartment. They're in this big ashtray
by the front door. I'm sorry, I'll run back and get them."
- - - -You can measure distance by time. "How far away is it?" "Oh about
20 minutes." But it doesn't work the other way. "When do you get off
work?" "Around 3 miles."
- - - -The Chalk Outline guy's got a good job. Not too dangerous, the
criminals are long gone. I guess these are people who wanted to be sketch
artists but they couldn't draw very well. "Uh, listen, Jon, forget the
sketches, do you think if we left the dead body right there on the sidewalk
you could manage to trace around it?" How does that help them solve the
crime? They look at the thing on the ground, "Oh, his arm was like that when
he hit the pavement....the killer must have been...Jim."
- - - -I had a parakeet that used to fly around the house and crash into
these huge mirrors my mother put in. Ever heard of this interior design
principle, that a mirror makes it seem like you have an entire other room?
What kind of jerk walks up to a mirror and goes, "Hey look, there's a whole
other room in there. There's a guy that looks just like me in there." But
the parakeet would fall for this. I'd let him out of his cage, he'd fly
right into the mirror. And I'd always think, "Even if he thinks the mirror
is another room, why doesn't he at least try to avoid hitting the other
- - - -Dating is pressure and tension. What is a date, really, but a job
interview that lasts all night? The only difference between a date and a
job interview is that in not many job interviews is there a chance you'll
end up naked at the end of it. "Well, Bill, the boss thinks you're the man
for the job. Why don't you strip down and meet some of the people you'll
be working with?"
- - - -What would the world be like if people said whatever they were
thinking, all the time, whenever it came to them? How long would a blind
date last? About 13 seconds, I think. "Oh, sorry, your rear end is too
big." "That's ok, your breath stinks anyway. See you later."
- - - -Seems to me the basic conflict between men and women, sexually, is
that men are like firemen. To men, sex is an emergency, and no matter what
we're doing we can be ready in two minutes. Women, on the other hand, are
like fire. They're very exciting, but the conditions have to be exactly
right for it to occur.
- - - -Men and women all in all, behave just like our basic sexual
elements. If you watch single men on a weekend night they really act very
much like sperm - all disorganized, bumping into their friends, swimming in
the wrong direction. "I was first." "Let me through." "You're on my tail."
"That's my spot." They're like the Three Billion Stooges. But the egg is
very cool: "Well, who's it going to be? I can divide. I can wait a month.
I'm not swimming anywhere."
- - - -Why is commitment such a big problem for a man? I think that for
some reason when a man is driving down that freeway of love, the woman he's
with is like an exit, but he doesn't want to get off there. He wants to
keep driving. And the woman is like, "Look, gas, food, lodging, that's our
exit, that's everything we need to be happy...Get off here, now!" But the
man is focusing on sign underneath that says, "Next exit 27 miles," and he
thinks, "I can make it." Sometimes he can, sometimes he can't. Sometimes,
the car ends up on the side of the road, hood up and smoke pouring out of
the engine. He's sitting on the curb all alone, "I guess I didn't realize
how many miles I was racking up."
- - - -The idea behind the tuxedo is the woman's point of view that men
are all the same, so we might as well dress them that way. That's why a
wedding is like the joining together of a beautiful, glowing bride and some
guy. The tuxedo is a wedding safety device, created by women because they
know that men are undependable. So in case the groom chickens out,
everybody just takes one step over, and she marries the next guy.
© 1996 Peter Langston