30 November 2005

There Are Always Dinosaurs When You Don't Want Them

“There are always dinosaurs appearing when you don’t want them.” My roommate Miss Parker uttered these immortal words the other night while I was sitting on the couch with my Kleenex and orange juice watching the only thing on TV that my cold medicine-addled mind could handle, Jurassic Park III. Once my fit of giggles had subsided, we had the following discussion:

Me: But that’s the nature of the movie.

Parker (thoroughly exasperated): Yeah, but it’s like every five minutes. Give it a rest already.

The phrase stayed with me and struck me as quite a metaphor while I was sitting in my car, hazard lights blinking, off the 72nd S. freeway exit waiting for a tow truck to come and get Miss Parker’s car. All I had wanted to do that evening was curl up with a blanket on the couch, watch House and go to bed. I hadn’t gone to work due to the pernicious cold I’ve had for the last week, so an early bedtime and an uneventful evening was what I wanted. The uneventful part went out the window when a newscaster announced the building of an IKEA in Draper. Even sick, I had to do a little happy dance. But at 7:30, I got the call that Parker was stranded. Which is how I found myself sitting in my car by the side of the road pondering the metaphorical applications of Jurassic Park III.

How often in life do we complain about the omni-presence of ‘dinosaurs’? The problems, whether large and terrifying, or small and annoying, which seem to follow us through life. Last night it was Miss Parker’s car, a fairly recurring issue in her life. For me, it is a cold and $5 bank account balance (Mom, if your reading this, remember, I’m prone to hyperbole). Less immediate, but a seemingly much larger threat, is my complete confusion as to what to do with the rest of my life. Not all dinosaurs are hungry predators and not all issues in our lives are harmful, but even the gentlest brontosaurus is going to cause us fragile humans a little concern. It could crush us with its big toe! I’m pretty sure we can’t expect the last-minute rescue. Things are never as easy or as formulaic as in films, but I have to hope that at some point we will get more than a five-minute respite. Otherwise, I might have a nervous breakdown. Feel free to join me in the padded room.

8 comments:

Miss Parker said...

There is totally always a dinosaur on the Parker & Scully show when you don't want one. Can they go extinct, already? Please?

Scully said...

I knaow! Couldn't the karmic wheel cut us a little slack? Like today, I was all excited because the Khan t-shirt I wanted to get for my dad was in, but another thing I wanted was out. Ugh.

Esperanza said...

Yeah! on Ikea, lets have a opening day party when it comes! Ugh, on the dinosaurs, so true, they rear their ugly heads don't they? NOthing but agreeance and sympathy on this one.

aquamarine said...

Dinasours, what a good metaphor. If it isn't something, it's another. Just when one does go extinct, a whole new species has developed.

Btw, I love our Ikea here. It is my sanity and solutions to all things home!

Katie said...

When exactly will this lovely little Ikea be completed?

Panini said...

I heard it was going to take 3-4 years for our Ikea...and that's when all my happy clapping stopped.

Scully, that made me laugh. What a great way to put it.

Miss Parker, so sorry to hear about your car.

Scully said...

Katie, IKEA announced yesterday that it would be two years. In a press release I read, it stated the groundbreaking would take place in the spring of next year and would open sometime in 2007, so it will be a bit of time. But after that, think of all the wonders the 310,000 sq feet will hold!

Susan said...

I wouldn't even mind the dinosaurs so much if we could have the scary warning music so we knew they were coming! Wouldn't it be wonderful if every time you were about to make a terrible mistake the "watch out" theme music started playing?