Dogs do a lot of embarrassing things. I get that and I make no excuses for me or my kind. I am what I am.
But what I am not, is a middle-aged human who exploits tenuous ancestral ties and an interest in raunchy poetry to throw a debauched birthday tribute party based on drinking large amounts of expensive Scotch and eating super nasty food I wouldn’t serve a cat.
A ‘birthday party’ that turns into an eighties dance party.
And the next day, about 20 silently-endured-therefore-obviously-middle-aged, hangovers.
I am of course talking about Him, men in skirts, and some sex obsessed guy named Robbie Burns from seventeenhundredandwhatever who apparently cleaned up his act enough to write ‘Auld Lang Syne’ for teary grandmothers on New Year’s Eve.
It has taken me literally five weeks to get over the trauma of being forced to dance to Gary Numan with a man in a dress. I’m only talking to Siri about it now and I had to stop after that second paragraph and go take a run.
Here’s what these cultural appropriators do:
- Buy expensive Scotch when their dogs need better treats.
- Buy something called ‘Beef Bung’ (I kid you not) and stuff it full of general nastiness, then boil it till it looks even more appealing. Not.
- Present the horrifying result (I say this as a DOG) to a drunken rabble as ‘The Haggis,’ while music that sounds like geese being strangled streams over Spotify and no one tries to turn it off.
- Eat the horrifying result (Yeah, no thanks. Said as a DOG.) along with roasted whatever-was-in-the-bottom-drawer-of-the-refrigerator-that-morning.
- Take turns reading seriously raunchy poetry in American Scottish accents.
Just let that last one sink in a moment. American Scottish accents. What does that even mean?
But wait. There’s more.
- Literally wrestle for control of the playlist.
- Crucify the memory of their once-fit, neon-clad bodies dancing to Men Without Hats in a high school gym.
Half of these people need knee replacements. I know – I could see their damn knees.
In Her defense – which granted, I don’t come to often – it’s got to be said that this is totally His Circus. Pretty much all She does is put out a tray of mustard to make the beef bung taste better.
And this year Her neck was so stiff from a car accident that She didn’t even start dancing to Come On Eileen.
And She didn’t make me dance. He did.
That sporran of His doesn’t hold much, but I’m pretty sure He roofied me.