2/20/2011

I Like Screamin'

Since there was very little fault to be found with "The Magic Flute" which I went to see the other night, I'll shift my focus to my longtime pal and opera companion Deborah.

When she noisily dropped her program during a particularly quiet onstage moment, I'm sure poor Deb was filled with dread over how I might react.  She needn't have worried.  While I normally would consider this a punishable offence, it was countered by my delight at her exquisite startle reaction, one that rivalled anything Joyce DeWitt ever did on Three's Company.  For about a second and a half, she was all flailing arms and jerking chicken head followed by the perfect wince.

This is a quirk of Deborah's that fascinates me.  Someone can simply clink a glass or drop a knife in a restaurant and she startles and a look crosses her face as though she's been smacked in the back of the head by a large book.  Why I continue to delight in what may well be a neurological disorder is not for me to say although you may have an idea or two.

It puts me in mind of a Catherine Tate sketch that I don't have the heart to forward to Deborah.

12 comments:

Elizabeth McQuern said...

Ohhh, I just found Catherine Tate via Netflix a few months ago. Ripped through all of it in a few weeks. Love her!

Dale said...

I've seen each series of her show a few times Elizabeth and just love Catherine!

Coaster Punchman said...

"Why I continue to delight in what may well be a neurological disorder is not for me to say although you may have an idea or two."

Ha! You should talk to George & Mindy about me. I'm just one step better than this CT clip when it comes to the flinch reflex.

I feel for poor Deborah. I wish I knew her because I'd feel perfectly entitled to make fun of her without mercy.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You should try popping a balloon next time you attend the opera with Deborah. That could be fun! Make sure you YouTube it.

Dale said...

I didn't know that CP, I promise not to exploit it but will welcome you should you have the chance to meet Deborah. By the way, it was your Tourette's post that inspired me a little to make fun of her. Thank you for allowing the adapted theft.

What a screaming good idea Barbara! It'll be a dark video but will probably still play out well.

Flannery Alden said...

Put me in the flinching club too. I think we flinch because we're very sensitive.

Dale said...

The first rule of Flinch Club is that we don't talk about our feelings Flannery.

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Hahahaha! Poor Deborah. I like to think she also freaks the hell out at Rice Krispies. Plus I'm never going to be able to eat them again without a meltdown. :)

I could never decide whether I liked Catherine Tate or not. She partly annoys me and partly amuses me. I'm confused.

Dale said...

I'll decide for you then Vegetable Assassin. You love Catherine almost as much as Elizabeth McQ and I do! And don't you forget it. Or your Rice Krispies!

gennifer6 said...

I would have reacted the same way, you give yourself the reaction you expect others to give you when youre the guilty party. Go Deborah!!

Dale said...

Hmm, so does this mean I'm a freaky controlly control freak and it's all my fault Genn? Haha, I think you're right.

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