Hitch’s Journal: Famously Obscure

22 May 2009

Another week, another report down-playing certain aspects of behavior among the team.

To be sure, Cliff’s action in killing his opponent in the “Off-world Arena” (or “Vulkan” as Sandi insists) was defensible to some degree. Otherwise I would not have countenanced writing a report that glossed over that sordid detail.

We survived, obviously. Once we got our second wind, we combined our efforts fairly well and put down the laundry-team, hard. I don’t think any of us were pulling any punches: a couple more of those hit-squad killers were lucky to be alive. If, that is, they managed to work the teleport device after we left.

The publicity surrounding an attempted hijacking of the prison-bound murderers would have included some of us, had we not worked hard at keeping a low profile. Dan was invited onto a current events show, but gave such very general answers he was soon moved off to make room for the “Experts:” talking heads dissecting every nuance of the story of the hour. Then they read blogs or twitter, out loud. Compared to those guys I’m already an expert. You don’t even need to be good looking to be an expert, just loud.

Funnily enough Paul, who I assumed had dropped his interest once the case was over, dropped me a line to let me know he had noticed:

To quote Don Henley:

“I make my living off the evening news
Just give me something-something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry

Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I dont have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundry

Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em all around

We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
Comes on at five
She can tell you bout the plane crash with a gleam
In her eye
Its interesting when people die-
Give us dirty laundry

Can we film the operation?
Is the head dead yet?
You know, the boys in the newsroom got a
Running bet
Get the widow on the set!
We need dirty laundry

You dont really need to find out whats going on
You dont really want to know just how far its gone
Just leave well enough alone
Eat your dirty laundry

Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down

Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre stiff
Kick em all around

Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers in everybodys pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry

We can do the innuendo
We can dance and sing
When its said and done we havent told you a thing
We all know that crap is king
Give us dirty laundry!”

Written 27 years ago, and probably even more relevant today than when it was first written. A wonderfully angry piece of music.

Dan may need a quiet word of encouragement from Elliot, I know he is concerned not to draw attention to Academy business but he is a very competent psychiatrist, he should not miss out on a career because of one aspect of his life.

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About andrewmclaren26

Weekly Roleplayer, Wargamer when I can
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