Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Wild emu sex

Torsten's parents came back into town on Monday, and they leave today to fly back to Germany. So last night the four of us attended the Cirque du Soleil show Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy. I had never seen a Cirque du Soleil show before, unless you count this year's Super Bowl pregame show, part of which I saw on TV. But we had the most amazing tickets for this show, in the second row right in front of the stage, and it was so, so cool. Part of it was really scary, like when two men were balancing on three small tables on top of a rolling stack of cylinders on a very tall stand, but for the most part it was just completely amazing. Also, it featured a comedic moment involving simulated sex between two emus.

The costumes were cool and the music was neat, but really it was just the amazing things these people can do with their bodies that's the coolest part. Some of these people are graduates of the Mongolia State School of Contortion, which should tell you something right there. The acrobats and trapeze artists were just amazing displays of muscle and grace, far beyond anything you would see at a Barnum & Bailey circus. The way the whole cast could manipulate their bodies was just astounding, and totally gorgeous. Now I really want to see the original Cirque du Soleil show.

After the performance, Torsten and I walked his parents back to their hotel, where we had to say goodbye. We are going to visit them in Germany in just under two months, so it wasn't exactly like we were parting forever (in fact, we'll see them again before we see my parents again, and my parents are just a few hours' drive away). But it was still difficult for his mother, who has a lot of trouble dealing with the fact that Torsten lives so far away. Saying goodbye to him made her cry despite the fact that she'd be seeing him again so soon. But I can understand that--the psychological difficulty of not seeing your only child very often and having to leave him in a country you wish he didn't live in. I get it, and I politely stood aside while she clung to him and cried.

At least, I was understanding about it--until Torsten told me later that while she was clinging to him and crying, she also said to him, "Remember, when your marriage falls apart, you're always welcome to come stay with us."

Charming, huh? At least he knows their door is always open. To him, anyway.

12 comments:

  1. Ug, sometimes parents have the weirdest ways about them. My sister's boyfriend's mother constantly tells her how great the BF's ex was. Like talks about her all. the. time. And my sis is like, um, hi, remember how I'm the girlfriend?!

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  2. OH SHE DID NOT!! NO SHE DIDN'T!! That is TERRIBLE! Ha ha ha!

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  3. OH MY GOD. That is horrifying. Well, let's hope this is one of those stories you tell your granchildren one day. CRIPES!

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  4. Oh my god. Well, now you have to spite her and stay married to Torsten for 70 years. :)

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  5. Oh, holy shit. That seemed unexpected, yes? Wow.

    Thank goodness for the Atlantic ocean, eh?

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  6. OH MY GOD! That's a horrible thing to say! I'm with P&D, stay married for life just to spite her!

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  7. wow. What a horrible thing to say. She sounds charming. (makes you want to move in next door, huh?)

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  8. She did NOT say that! Old boot! That is the rudest thing I've ever heard.

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  9. The hell? I'm sorry you have to deal with that.

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  10. I keep clicking to the comments, then hitting the back button, then doing it again and again. Because I WANT to say something, I really do. I just don't know WHAT.

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  11. Haaaaaaa. how nice. oh well, what would marriage be without a bitter MIL, right? :-)

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