Toilet Gator Chapter Notes – Chapter 22

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Being evil is complicated.

As Norm MacDonald reminds us, Hitler was nice to his dogs.  He was evil to everyone else, especially the Jews, but boy, his dogs sure did get lots of pets and hugs and treats from der fuhrer.

I bet Darth Vader had a parakeet or a kitty or a bunny or something too.

Mayor Dufresne has a son.  And he’s trying his best.  As he explains, when Buford turned 18, the mayor felt so bad about being an absentee father that he let his son move into his mansion, paid all of his bills and bought him the best gadgets and gizmos.

The mayor thought he was making an investment.  Help his son with his finances today and the boy will concentrate on bettering himself, becoming a titan of industry tomorrow, a credit to the family name.

Unfortunately, as the mayor realizes, the boy never had to scrap.  Never had to struggle.  Never wanted for anything.  He just thought money came from his father in unlimited supply, so he just parked himself in front of the TV, played video games, ate potato chips and drank soda.

Oh Buford.  The product of an illicit champagne room tryst between a shady used car salesman and a depraved stripper.  That’s sure to go well.

But even a broken clock is right twice a day.  The mayor realizes the error of his ways.  He kicks his son out.  No more free stuff.  Get out there, earn a living on your own, realize how hard the world is through experience.  Toughen up.

The mayor is mean about doing it, but he’s not wrong either.

Sidenote: if you’re a younger person reading this, and shame on you if you are, please close this site and pick up a bible immediately, do make every effort to leave home and get out on your own when you turn 18 or as close as possible thereafter.

You love your parents and get along? Great. Know you can always visit.  Stay a weekend.  Stay a week.  Stay a month.  Just have your own space.  Have your little slice of the world where you can make your own decisions.  Don’t assume your relationship with the rents will still be good in ten years.

Living at home for a few years while you work and bank money?  Good idea.  Save and invest.  But do get out.  I know that’s harder than ever.  College degrees are a dime a dozen. Jobs are hard to come by. Home prices are crazy.  Still, just get out ASAP.

Living at home while you figure out your life for 5, 10, 15 years?  Stop.  You’re not that deep a thinker.  You are a Buford.  You’ve gotten too comfortable.  Mom and Dad won’t be alive forever and honestly, the older they get, the harder they will be to deal with.  Life is kind of a raw deal and the closet you get to making the ultimate pay out (i.e. you had your fun but now it’s time to die) the more those wonderful, loving parents will turn into colossal pains in the ass.

You just don’t want to be around any of that.  Help them when they can’t help themselves? Sure.  Be around for a front row seat to it? Now.  You don’t have time for that.

 

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Toilet Gator Chapter Notes – Chapter 22

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Sometimes its fun to peak behind the curtain and find out what makes the villain tick.

Mayor Dufresne is proud of himself.  Proud of his car lot.  Proud that he came from nothing but worked his way into becoming a rich man.  His got a big mouth that he uses to beat everyone around him into submission, but he isn’t without a soft underbelly.  Clearly, wonky eyed Carl is the son that the mayor wish he had and he admires the young man, even though he berates him about his eye on occasion.

We also learn the mayor has a son and takes no pride in him whatsoever.

The commercial is just priceless.  The mayor is surrounded by incompetence.

Toilet Gator Chapter Notes – Chapter 20

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I love this chapter.

I love the dynamic between Cole and Maude.  Both are bitter and pissed.  Cole feels old because he just turned 40.  Maude is 63, a reminder that it could be worse.

As we read the exchange, we get the idea that a) both have been squeezed through the ringer of life and come out the end wiser yet, in the immortal words of Kelly Clarkson, “less willing to stray far from the sidewalk.”  They’ve been beaten down hard by life but… b) they don’t throw pity parties.  Well, they do but they don’t share it.  They don’t seek attention from others.  Look at me, feel sorry for me, pay attention to me…no, you won’t find them begging for sympathy.

Maude is the one person who can get Cole to flash a rare smile and to open up a little bit about the emotions he’s feeling inside.  You get the impression this is a quasi-mother/son relationship and both care about the other quite a bit without getting all mushy about it.

We learn that Cole has conquered a drinking problem brought about by the loss of his ex-wife.  We learn that Cole has a prosthetic leg which should hopefully serve as a catalyst to get readers to want to read more and find out how that happened.

Also, we learn that Cole’s favorite pastime is big game hunting.  He’s not shooting squirrels.  He’s shooting big, angry animals who could easily claw him apart and eat him for dinner.  Why does he do this?

Toilet Gator Chapter Notes – Chapter 19

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When we’re young, we have plenty of fight in us.

As we get older, we get knocked around. We become less inclined to put up our dukes.

Hell, sometimes if someone is willing to fight you for something, it’s easier to just let them have it.

We can tell that Cole is equally happy to see his ex-wife because he misses her. He drinks in her presence like a thirsty man might drink water.

But he also doesn’t want to fight her.  So he lets her have the case, no questions asked.

Rusty still has some fight left in him.  Why do you think that is?

And who is right? Cole or Rusty?

Toilet Gator Notes – Chapter 18

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You ever see Gran Torino? That moment where Clint Eastwood tells the youngsters to get off his lawn?

I suppose that chapter is my Clint moment.  The joke about getting rid of hipsters by offering them jobs is surely an old person joke and maybe I’m getting too old. WTF? Where’d all these gray hairs come from?

Note that Sharon and Cole both have the same anti-hipster views.

The best relationships are not based on physical attractions.  Looks, after all, will fade, and we all look the same when our bones turn to dust.  Thus, the best relationships are when like minded people stick together.

Sure, you might be dating a model, but in the morning, you’re going to need to agree on a lot of stuff, so if you don’t…

Toilet Gator Chapter Notes – Chapter 17

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I feel like every character should get at least one moment to shine and this is Gordon’s.  He’s so disgusted by Dolores’ dirty talk and Dolores is just letting it all hang out.

Old people just say whatever they want don’t they? I suppose when you’re that close to death there are few, if any, consequences so might as well throw caution to the wind.