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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Filial respect Part IX

My son mentioned that he had been getting compliments on his voice because it was so "deep and sexy."

I told him, "That's why you get mistaken for me on the phone all the time -- we have the same voice."

He replied, "Yeah, but in my case, it's appropriate. With you, it's misplaced. I mean, you're basically the inverse Mike Tyson."


Runner Katy said...

Ah, the love of kids! From about age 6ish to 25ish, they can be so cruel. Just wait...when he's in his 30's, the respect switches back on and he'll be only complimenting you....hopefully. I remember being so mean to my parents back then as well. It truly is a lack of life respect, discrediting them for what they've already achieved and been through. Sorry you have to deal with that!

John Craig said...

Runner Katy --
Thank you for the encouragement, but honestly, he and I are always kidding each other that way. I just post some of his zingers because they're funny.

I hope he doesn't start to compliment me; that would probably mean I'm about to die.

Jokah Macpherson said...

My dad is a tax accountant and I am an auditor so I send him all the news stories of illegal tax shelters promoted by tax accountants and he sends me all the news stories of massive corporate fraud that was missed by the auditors.

John Craig said...

Jonah --
Father-son professional one upsmanship. I like it.

He must be the one you get your sense of humor from.

The Ambivalent Misanthrope said...

I would never have guessed that the tone of your voice conjures up Mike Tyson's noble masculinity... A smart neurotic man's gotta have his consolations!

John Craig said...

Ambivalent Misanthrope --
Not sure my son's joke was clear. Don't know if you've ever heard a Mike Tyson interview, especially when he first became heavyweight champ, but he had an anomalously high, squeaky voice that came out of that incredibly powerful, masculine body.

My son's point in saying I'm the inverse Mike Tyson is that my deep voice is also anomalous, since it comes out of a wimpy little body. (I.E., the reverse of Mike Tyson.)

The Ambivalent Misanthrope said...

Ohhhhh... I get it now... My bad. No, oddly enough I have never heard a single word out of Mike Tyson. Goes to show you how much I follow heavyweight boxing... And omg, I can't believe that archetype of masculine brute power, strength and nobility (Tyson) has a squeaky high-pitched tone. I'm crying here... What a letdown!

Personally I find Johnny Cash's voice the penultimate is masculine irresistability. it's very deep but also tender. You know how they say men are visual (in having their attention hijacked to those lower regions)? Women are equally hijacked by a sweet tender baritone telling them ...whatever. It might be gold, or it might be bullshit, but ladies sure love it, to the point of tearing their panties off and flinging them onstage (as so many have done ever since the dawn of humanity and the shaman..).

John Craig said...

Ambivalent Misanthrope --
Weirdly, these days his voice sounds deeper, but when he was younger -- possibly because of punches he took to the neck or something -- his voice was surprisingly high.

Johnny Cash??!! He was a quick wit, but I never thought of him as tender. I guess because he was smart, he knew how to come across as tender, though I suspect he would have not liked that term applied to him. He was a gentle host, though, he didn't grill his guests the way some talk show hosts do. In fact, I was watching some old Muhammad Ali clips on the occasion of his recent death, and he actually said in one of them, that he liked being on the Carson show (he said this to Johnny) because Carson didn't press him on any controversial matters. (Those weren't Ali's words, but he said something to that effect.)

Hmm......we'll have to talk on the phone sometime.

The Ambivalent Misanthrope said...

No, no, I'm talking about Johnny Cash, the country music ballad great, not Johnny Carson, the host of the late talk show, lol. Carson was definitely not mesmerizing, in whatever capacity. Cash, on the other hand, makes a (real) woman swoon. And I am talking strictly voice here, when he sang those irresistible ballads. Don't know anything about the man personally, aside from the fact that he lived hard and died within a year of June Carter Cash's death (the romantic in me latches on to that, of course).

John Craig said...

Ambivalent Misanthrope --
Ah, how embarrassing! You did write "Johny Cash" above but somehow I saw "Johnny Carson." I wonder how often I have complete brain spasms like that. My apologies.

Yes, Cash did have a voice that was both deep and tender, though I have no idea how much of the tenderness was the skilled artifice of a professional singer. I did sort of like the way he went back to perform in prisons, since he had been an inmate himself.

My voice isn't that deep.....maybe better we don't talk on the phone.