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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The Dude


Gas prices here in Angeles City are a climbin.' Hard t' find stuff cheaper than $2.50. Gonna be high this weekend.


VOICE-OVER - They call Los Angeles the City of Angels. I didn't find it to be that exactly, but I'll allow as there are some nice folks there. 'Course, I can't say I seen London, and I never been to France, and I ain't never seen no queen in her damn undies as the fella says. But I'll tell you what, after seeing Los Angeles and this a here story I'm about to unfold--wal, I guess I seen somethin' ever' bit as stupefyin' as ya'd see in any a those other places, and in English, too, so I can die with a smile on my face without feelin' like the good Lord gypped me.


It is late, the supermarket all but deserted. We are tracking in on a fortyish man in Bermuda shorts and sunglasses at the dairy case. He is the Dude. His rumpled look and relaxed manner suggest a man in whom casualness runs deep. He is feeling quarts of milk for coldness and examining their expiration dates.

VOICE-OVER - Now this story I'm about to unfold took place back in the early nineties--just about the time of our conflict with SAD'M and the EYE-RACKIES. I only mention it 'cause some- times there's a man--I won't say a hee-ro, 'cause what's a hee-ro?--but sometimes there's a man.


Iraq: The carve-up begins:
As the costs of the Iraq occupation spiral, British and American oil companies meet in secret next week to carve up the country's oil reserves for themselves.

The Iraq war has so far cost America and Britain £105billion. But the financial clawback is gathering pace as British and American oil giants work out how to get their hands on the estimated £3trillion worth of oil.

Executives from BP, Shell, Exxon Mobil and Halliburton, Dick Cheney's old firm, are expected to congregate at the Paddington Hilton for a two-day chinwag with top-level officials from Iraq's oil ministry. The gathering, sponsored by the British Government, is being described as the "premier event" for those with designs on Iraqi oil, and will go ahead despite opposition from Iraqi oil workers, who fear their livelihoods are being flogged to foreigners.


The Dude glances furtively about and then opens a quart of milk. He sticks his nose in the spout and sniffs.

VOICE-OVER - And I'm talkin' about the Dude here--sometimes there's a man who, wal, he's the man for his time'n place, he fits right in there--and that's the Dude, in Los Angeles.

The Checkout Girl waits, arms folded. A small black-and white TV next to her register shows George Bush on the White House lawn with helicopter rotors spinning behind him.

GEORGE BUSH - This aggression will not stand. This will not stand!


Bush Trying to Reassure Americans on Iraq:
WASHINGTON - President Bush is using the first anniversary of Iraq's sovereignty to try to ease Americans' doubts about the mission and outline a winning strategy for a violent conflict that has cost the lives of more than 1,740 U.S. troops and has no end in sight.

In a prime-time address from Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the Army's elite 82nd Airborne Division, Bush was to argue that there is no need to change course in Iraq despite the upsetting images produced by daily insurgent attacks.

His assessment comes on the heels of a recent Associated Press-Ipsos poll that showed public doubts about the war reaching a high point — with more than half saying that invading Iraq was a mistake.


The Dude, peeking over his shades, scribbles something at the little customer's lectern. Milk beads his mustache.

VOICE-OVER And even if he's a lazy man, and the Dude was certainly that--quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles County.


"Snow says oil prices hurting economy":
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow acknowledged on Tuesday that record high oil prices are beginning to take their toll on the U.S. economy, but not enough to derail the economy's strong recovery.

"Energy prices are way too high," Snow said on CNBC television. "Clearly, it's hurting."

"CLEARLY, ENERGY PRICES SERVE AS A TAX, they reduce the disposable income available to do other things and they take some oxygen out of the economy," Snow said.


The Dude has his Ralph's Shopper's Club card to one side and is making out a check to Ralph's for sixty-nine cents.

VOICE-OVER - Which would place him high in the runnin' for laziest worldwide--but sometimes there's a man. Sometimes there's a man.


Sometimes there's a man.

Driving up to the Grand Tetons tomorrow. Can't wait to track the GAS PRICES along I-15. Especially in:

Barstow & Baker, CA. Primm, Nevada Landing & Mesquite, NV. St. George, Cedar City, Parowan, Scipio, Nephi, Spanish Fork, Provo, Layton, Ogden, & Tremonton, UT. Inkom, Pocatello, Blackfoot & Idaho Falls, ID.

You'll get a report on Thursday.

Thanks for listening...


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