Thursday, June 29, 2006

Giant Presidents' Heads

Taken while on a recent trip to Houston, TX. Photos courtesy of Kris Burk.





You'll notice that Lincoln is missing the top of his head. I don't know if there are plans to add an enormous stove-pipe hat, or if it's supposed to be post-assassination.

Also: my sense of history isn't the best in the world, but I don't rememeber President Phone-Head. But the other giant president heads seem to respect him.

17 comments:

Carol said...

How random! Um, I am frightened I know this but I think Lincoln was shot lower, behind the ear. Just sayin'.

Your mom making out okay in W-B?

p.s. I like the new healthy regime much better. You post more.

the hanged man said...

Yep, my Mom and sisters are doing okay. I assume everyone who reads this site knows this, but my hometown was almost flooded yesterday, and everyone who lives near the river, as my mother and one of my sisters do, had to evacuated.

Even though she only lives about 12 blocks away from my mother, my sister Julie lives on "high ground" so my mother just went there.

Carol - how are your parents? How did they make out?

Bobby F. said...

I would have just started weeping at the Clinton head, like a forsaken savage before the effigy of a god who's abandoned his people.

I miss Bill...

Julie said...

Reminds me of the scene in Bad Education where they're in the museum full of gigantic ceramic heads. You weren't planing a murder there, were you?
PS regarding the dropping acid comment on your last post, don't do that. Just hang out with friends when you're super-tired. Trust me, everything is uber amusing in that state!

the hanged man said...

I'm assuming that "bobby f." is my friend Bob Fingerman and not my aunt Bobby Feldman. I can't imagine my aunt ever writing the words "I miss Bill" whereas it's the unspoken topic of many conversations with Mr. Fingerman.

Clinton was actually considering renting an office in the same building where I work. At first it seemed cool, a great little conversation piece. But the attendant security hassles would have made working here a real headache. Bigger headache, I mean. On the other hand, if I had ever run into him on the elevator, I don't think I would have been able to keep myself from hugging him, bursting into tears and begging him to come back and help clean up America's Current Disgrace.

Julie - I don't plan on doing anything I saw in the movie "Bad Education."

Julie said...

That's a relief!

anais electra said...

i've never commented on your blog before, but president phone-head has made me laugh more than anything else i've seen in the last two days.
thank you, thank you, thank you for that.

molly said...

I was in the city the other day, and someone said-'hey, I think that's where Clinton lives..' (we were in the 180's) On the spot, I played a little movie in my head w/ the exact scene you described, John!

Miss Stambaugh said...

Yessssssss! You're back!

Julie said...

Is that other president (Jackson?) behind Lincoln or is he emerging from his head like Athena did to Zeus?

Molly said...

Julie,

I hate to say it out loud but I think the Athena-wannabe is...Bush?! Maybe the first Bush? Regardless, President Phone Head looks more intelligent...

Julie said...

Molly,
True. If Lincoln-Zeus were going to give birth to a president, it would NOT be a Bush, pere or fil.

the hanged man said...

Yes, Jackson is behind Lincoln, not emerging from his head.

All this talk of Lincoln reminds me of one of my favorite sick jokes. It was on "Late Night with David Letterman" many years ago as part of his President's Day Quiz:

Q: If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, what would he be doing?

(pick one)
a. Writing his memoirs.
b. Advising the president.
c. Scratching desperately at the inside of his coffin.

I think even Dave apologized for that one.

Molly said...

okay, Julie-note to self: Molly's sense of historical figures-not so much....

Iva said...

Jackson? Bush? Sheesh! I thought it was Dick Cavett. (Now let's hear from the younger generation..."Who is Dick Cavett?" That's what Erin said.)
I must say that it is good to have you blogging again...Ive missed you.
Mom

Number 2 Sister said...

The thrill of giant president heads aside . . . why would you want to go to Houston?
(Sorry, residents of the Lone Star State, but I spent one of my "business trips from Hell" in Houston. Even now -- 17 years later -- when I tell the story it's not even a "funny in retrospect business trip from Hell," it's just pathetic.)

the hanged man said...

I was in Houston to visit my friends Kris and Jeff, and liked the city more than I expected, apart from the fact that you have to drive everywhere - walking is not allowed.

However, giant presidents' heads almost make up for that.