Sunday, April 20, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Debating Danny and Sandy in the workplace

grease_703

By
From page A2 | December 09, 2013 | 5 Comments

“Look, I don’t care what you say,” Malcolm said. “That movie makes no sense whatsoever.”

“What?” George said. “How is it possible not to like ‘Grease’?”

“As I said, it makes no sense. I mean, some rocker dude meets a pure Aussie chick he likes, but can’t get with because she ain’t cool,” Malcolm said. “Then she becomes a tramp and everyone is suddenly happy.”

“This is why I requested not to have to work with you again,” George said, popping a square of nicotine gum into his mouth and chewing furiously. “You have no idea what you’re talking about. ‘Grease’ is brimming with deep themes.”

“Puh-leez! ‘To-get-the-guy-you-want-that-will-later-knock-you-up-then-disappear-you-must-change-from-a-virgin-to-a-tramp?’ Is that one of the “deep themes” you’re talking about?” Malcolm said, punctuating the words “deep themes” with exaggerated finger quotes.

“You are such a simpleton. You oughtta take a film class or two – you might learn something,” George said. “Transformation is one of the main themes. It’s represented by the changes in the car Greased Lightning and by Sandy. The car goes from hoopty to hot rod and Sandy goes from fitting into the image of what her sexually repressed 1950’s society told her she had to be and who she really was. She didn’t become a tramp, she just embraced her status as a sexy, empowered young woman.”

“ ‘Sexy, empowered young woman’ is just code for a tramp. What kind of message is that for today’s youth? It’s filth like ‘Grease’ that has sent morals right down the toilet!” Malcolm said. “I mean, what is it with the lyrics to that song, ‘Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee?’ How can you be ‘lousy with virginity?’ Virginity is a bad thing now?”

“Allow me to enlighten you,” George said. “Sandra Dee was seen as a phony by many late 1950′s-era teens that hated phoniness. That theme was fully explored in the character of Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger’s book ‘The Catcher in the Rye.’ Sandra Dee played the perfect, wholesome teen in Hollywood movies, but because of childhood abuse was anorexic and alcoholic in real life. In ‘Grease,’ Sandy’s conflict was becoming outside who she already was inside and not being phony.”

“OK, I am willing to concede that maybe there was some depth there that I somehow missed, but can you please explain how at the very end Danny and Sandy are driving Greased Lightning and all of sudden they start flying like it’s ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’?” Malcolm said.

“Ever heard of symbolism? Sheesh! It’s romantic! They are finally together and fly off into the sunset to live happily ever after,” George said.

“I get driving off into the sunset, but the freakin’ car starts to fly! And all their friends, from Frenchie to Kenickie, just wave them off  like it’s the most natural thing in the world,” Malcolm said. “A flying car in a ‘Harry Potter’ film makes sense, a flying car in ‘Grease’ does not.”

“Can we just agree to disagree? We did this same thing with ‘Saturday Night Fever’ the last time we worked together and it was exhausting,” George said. “When I see ‘Grease,’ I see the struggle of sexuality against Puritan mores and love conquering all. You just see kids mooning and flying cars. Do you at least like the soundtrack?”

“I love it! See? We can agree!” Malcolm said.

The laugh they shared stopped abruptly as it was time to work and they snapped into action. In a flash both took aim and fired precise head shots to boss Carmine Lugetti and his entire crew as they exited Sal’s Italian Restaurant. Although they were six stories down and across the street, within seconds all 13 men were dead without one bullet missing its mark.

As the assassins removed the silencers off their high-powered rifles and began putting them in their cases, Malcolm said, “I have to admit, even though your taste in movies is suspect, we do work well together.”

“You might even say we go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga don,” George said.

“Don’t push it,” Malcolm said.

The preceding was Fairfield writer Tony Wade’s attempt at a Quentin Tarantino homage (rip-off). Reach him, Tony, not Quentin, at kelvinsbrother@sbcglobal.net.

Tony Wade

Tony Wade

Tony Wade is the slightly older yet infinitely more handsome brother of long-time DR columnist Kelvin Wade
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 5 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • KéLee MarieDecember 09, 2013 - 7:20 am

    Hilarious!!!! Thanks for the laugh and in-depth look into such a deep movie ;)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • You're the one that I want Tony...THE BEST OF THE BESTDecember 09, 2013 - 8:16 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq3PNUO-Z4g

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Better Get ReadyDecember 09, 2013 - 8:29 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKoGnM2STSI

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Allison Ballinger KeeseyDecember 10, 2013 - 7:16 am

    Tony, once again I find your article to be very entertaining. "Grease" as an debateable, is hilarious, in the fact that it's just a "Movie". but was it deep in several meanings, yeah if looked at closer, but I liked it cuz of it's music. keep them coming Tony, as always fun and interesting your articles are!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Tony WadeDecember 10, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Thanks, Allison! It was based on an actual conversation/argument I had. Well, not the assassins part.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Bay Area makes growth plans

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

 
Supervisor candidates vary on Plan Bay Area

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1, 14 Comments | Gallery

Earth Day means cleanup Day for Suisun City

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1, 5 Comments | Gallery

 
Hop to it: Couple lights up home, yard for Easter

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: C1

Ranking the best Bay Area athletes

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2

 
The Edge hosts Easter egg hunt

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A3

Alooma Temple keeps children in mind

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Fairfield author to speak at women’s expo

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

The resurrection has changed the lives of Christians

By Perry W. Polk | From Page: C3

 
Piano scholarship competition set in Vallejo

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Understanding your health insurance

By Morgan Westfall | From Page: D4, 1 Comment

 
Armijo graduate completes basic training

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: C4

 
Record Store Day a commercial hit

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Easter egg hunt brings out the smiles

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Dutch Bros. joins Fairfield coffee corridor

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B7, 5 Comments | Gallery

City sets plan to dispose of property assets

By Brian Miller and Karl Dumas | From Page: B7, 1 Comment

 
Fairfield police log: April 17, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: April 17, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
.

US / World

Counties tell Brown they need money for his law

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

 
San Francisco probe leading to entrapment claims

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Exhibit recreates Warhol’s 1964 World’s Fair mural

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
NASA’s space station Robonaut finally getting legs

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
Documents detail another delayed GM recall

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
Official: 3 bodies retrieved from inside ferry

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13 | Gallery

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14 | Gallery

.

Opinion

Government … for the government?

By Bill James | From Page: A8, 9 Comments

 
Editorial Cartoons for April 20, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Question of the week: Will Flight 370 be found?

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

 
Neighborhood speeders don’t get it

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 5 Comments

Why would a person do this?

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 3 Comments

 
Sound off for April 20, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

 
Jeb Bush, love, and today’s GOP

By Ruben Navarrette | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

 
 
.

Living

Today in History for April 20, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: April 20, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Bill Nye says he underestimated debate’s impact

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3, 10 Comments

 
Book details lives of cloistered nuns

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

Horoscopes for April 20, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: D4

 
Pete spends weekends at my house but he never invites me to his

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: D4

.

Entertainment

Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers has book deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
Tartt, Goodwin finalists for Carnegie medals

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

New book on fracking illuminates pros, cons

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
.

Sports

A’s score 3 in 9th, rally past Astros 4-3

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Kings, Sharks look to put Game 1 in past

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Stults, Padres hand Giants third straight loss

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Hawks take 1-0 lead by rolling past Pacers 101-93

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Brooklyn

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Williams scores 24 as Nets beat Raptors 94-87

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Durant leads Thunder past Grizzlies 100-86

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Federer beats injured Djokovic to reach final

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Big names among prospective Buffalo Bills buyers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Indians set two new school records for track

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B4

 
Wie shoots 67, wins LPGA LOTTE Championship

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Travis Bowl Highlights

By Daily Republic | From Page: B4

 
Rapids, Earthquakes play to scoreless tie

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Stars Recreation bowling results

By Daily Republic | From Page: B4

 
Jimenez leads Langer by 1 shot in Greater Gwinnett

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Donald shoots 66, takes lead at RBC Heritage

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Award-winning archery champ shoots with his teeth

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

Survivors keep busy as Boston Marathon approaches

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
.

Business

Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
US delays review of contentious Keystone pipeline

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Subscription sample boxes shake up beauty routines

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Girls from modest families get lift in technology

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

Haunted house part of San Antonio apartment lofts

By The Associated Press | From Page: B13

 
Recalls this week: lanterns, exercise devices

By The Associated Press | From Page: B13

Review: Siri-like Cortana fills Windows phone gap

By The Associated Press | From Page: B14

 
.

Obituaries

Sealwyn Shirley Brucefield Shepherd Malkiewicz

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Anne Irene Elizabeth Fulgoni

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

Margaret Elizabeth Silva

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Lloyd G. Hoffmeister

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Ramon Isidro

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A4

 
Rogelio Tinoco-Zamudio

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

James Leroy Barbour

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
William Paul Wehrly

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics