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Company of friends

One of my enduring memories from high school is me and my friends sitting in Isaac’s livingroom watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
I had never seen it, and Isaac insisted that one had not LIVED until one had seen the Holy Grail.
So there we were, five high school seniors, already admitted to the best universities in the country, skipping school and watching movies on a Wednesday afternoon. We reached the scene where the one knight chops up the old guard, who, even as he loses limbs and blood is gushing from his body, asserts that “tis merely a flesh wound!” As I watched him hopping around, I. Just. Lost. It.
I started laughing and couldn’t stop.
And then the boys started laughing, at the movie, but mostly because I was laughing so hard.
My stomach started to hurt and my eyes were watering.
“S-s-s-t-o-p.”
I stammered, as best as I could during hysterical laughter. But they knew they had me. Whenever it looked like I might stop, one or the other of them would shout “tis but a flesh wound,” in a horrid British accent and I was lost all over again. And then they would laugh. This went on *for hours.* If we had been a different lot of teenagers, you’d have thought we were on the verge of having the munchies. We never finished the movie.
A couple of years later, and I have NO recollection how it came up, I was visiting Drobbski (or really his fancy ottoman, which was the actual reason I visited him) and the subject of the Holy Grail came up and just saying the words sent me into hysterics. I could not stop laughing. This made Drobbski laugh and then for days, nay months, afterwards he’d just look at me and I would start hysterically laughing all over again.
I can think about and even write all this now, with little more than a broad smile on my face. The spell is broken.
Unfortunately, during law school, pearatty, Rick Blaine and I went to see Austin Powers. And there is a scene in that movie that cracks me up in that same painful, uncontrollably laughing way the Holy Grail used to.
(I’m serious. I have to try not to think of it right now because the people on the subway are looking and all I’m doing is giggling right now! If I bust out with full hysterics, somebody is going to call the police! Ask, Snaps, the MTA is cracking down on the crazy!)
Anyway, I was driving Doris home the other day and the Austin Powers scene popped into my head. I lost it. I was laughing so hard, he was like “dude, pull over! You are going to kill us!” But by then he was laughing too, so it just sounded funny and made me laugh harder.
(Oh man, I am totally laughing now! I have attracted the stares of everyone in chuckle-hearing distance! Thankfully, there is a crazy woman on the other side of the train yelling at her boyfriend and calling him an endless string of profanities. When the police come, I think they will take her first.)
Anyway, there I am driving down Fourth avenue, in the rain, Kearns and I laughing for NO reason, while he kept trying to get me to tell him why I was laughing and then laughing as I breathlessly struggled to get the words “Austin Powers” out, while wiping the tears from my face.
I finally pulled it together.
“Look. I am NOT crazy. I am —”
“—Perfectly normal,” we both finished simultaneously.
And then we started laughing again.
Not at me being normal. Cause I am.
Perfectly.
It was at Austin Powers.

11 Responses to “Company of friends”

  1. Yaron Says:

    Was it the part where Austin tries to turn around his vehicle in the narrow corridor? Because that’s the only really funny part I remember.

  2. Alceste Says:

    Just to clarify. did you ever get a chance to finish Holy Grail? Because if not, you still have not lived.

    (In the file under “Nerd” category, the only time I was ever written up in college was doing an 82% accurate (and quite loud) rendition of the Holy Grail by memory with one of the guys on my freshman floor at 2 am one random morning.)

  3. DRobbSki Says:

    That was a great ottoman.

  4. Dawn Summers Says:

    You know, Alceste, I’m not sure…maybe I will blockuster it.

    @Yaron, no…that’s not the scene hahahahahahhaah oh man, must think of something sad…Mets mets mets mets. okay, back to depressed.

  5. Pearatty Says:

    Some kind person gave me the DVD. Maybe you should come visit and watch it with me.

  6. Alceste Says:

    I can always bring mine next time I see you too.

  7. Dawn Summers Says:

    Ok, but if I laugh too hard and have a stroke: NO SOCCER. OR GOLF.

  8. Eric Says:

    Just to clarify. did you ever get a chance to finish Holy Grail? Because if not, you still have not lived.

    Bah. The ending was the worst part of the movie.

    I can watch the scene with Dennis the peasant over and over, laughing every time.

  9. Petitedov Says:

    I’m horrible at accents. So all during eleventh grade and twelth grade I would make my friend Wendy say “It’s very nice.” In that snooty “French” accent the guard does when shooing away King Arthur, I love that movie. Also, my other best friend in high school was obsessed with Austin Powers and even to this day, whenever I park my car and it’s hard I recall the scene Yaron mentioned.

  10. Mary Says:

    I’ve got the entire Monty Python series so if you ever want to borrow them, let me know. However, I think you’ll enjoy the Black Adders much better.

    I almost quoted some lines from Black Adder 2 in the car on the way back from AC – restrained myself though, don’t want to appear more geeky than I actually am.

  11. Eric Says:

    Ok, but if I laugh too hard and have a stroke: NO SOCCER. OR GOLF.

    Well, you’re in luck. The pro bowling tour is carried in its entirety on, uh, ESPN27.

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