Past Imperfect – #543

At the very last moment, the Sharks hired Marlon Soprano, a freelance dancer who didn’t care which team he played for as long as he got to perform his signature move, a double backflip ending in a manly split dripping with testosterone but no actual damage to the cojones. The Sharks just knew this would increase their odds in the rumble with the rival Jets gang, thus altering the plotline of “West Side Story” and justifying their protest that Natalie Wood should never have been cast as a Puerto Rican. Sadly, on the planned shooting day for the rumble, Marlon was drunk in Tahiti and he sent Sacheen Littlefeather as his representative. She could not do the splits, and things did not go as the Sharks had hoped…

Editor: “Dude, there is far too much trivia in this piece. Most people are not going to get it.”

Writer: “But the folks who do will really enjoy it.”

Editor: “I now understand why nobody knows you even exist as a writer.”

Writer: “Well, I didn’t know you existed until I created you two minutes ago. And you don’t even have an actual name, just a descriptor. Are you really in a position to call the shots?”

Editor: “And are you really in a position to ever make any money with your writing?”

Writer: “Maybe. Maybe not. At the end of the day, isn’t it more about taking chances with a risk of failing rather than not taking any chances at all?”


8 replies »

  1. Yes, YES, it’s ALL about taking risks! Bravo you!
    Secondly, I believe I DID catch all the trivia! Bravo me!
    Thirdly, did you know they hired many Puerto Ricans for West Side Story, but made them up so they were all the same shade of brown? No Bravo there. Sigh.

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    • I had no idea about the Puerto Rican Manipulation, but know that I think back, all of the Sharks and their hangers-on did seem to have the same dewy hue. Definitely no Bravo. But I still love the way that movie opens, with just the line-drawing changing colors while the overture plays…

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