As I mentioned previously, I’ve been sick in bed for several days. Keyword: SEVERAL And, I’ve had the benefit of having Instant Netflix to keep me company. I finished watching the entire first season of Lie to Me, but the second season is not available to watch instantly. Bummer.
So, I went searching for another show to watch.
I discovered that Rescue Me had almost, if not all, its seasons on the instant list. Sweet. For those of you not familiar with this show, it stars Denis Leary and is about New York City firefighters. I think it’s on FX.
Since it is on cable, it doesn’t have to adhere to many FCC regulations. Including, most obviously, language. Wow. At first, I was shocked. Then, I decided to keep watching because the storylines were really good. Keep in mind, though, that I was basically immersed in this show for hours. Hours.
I finished all 13 episodes of Season 1 and was starting on Season 2 when I finally quit. Since I was feeling so much better, I decided to converse with the family. Namely – Tom. He was browning hamburger and was getting ready to drain it straight into the sink when I uttered a sentence that I am fairly sure has never left these lips. I won’t write it here, but it wasn’t the worst cuss word I’ve ever heard, and not even the 2nd or 3rd worst, but it was the tone of my comment that took me by surprise. That, and how quickly it just rolled off my tongue. Tom looked at me and said, “Well, I don’t think that was necessary.” I quickly said, “Oh my gosh, Tom! I am SO sorry! You are right, that was so not the right thing to say!” Karen came in and suggested a synonym for the word I used, to which I quickly responded, “Seriously, Karen. That whole phrase was wrong to say. I don’t know what came over me.”
Then, it hit me. Denis Leary.
After about 10 minutes, I went back into the kitchen, apologized to Tom again, and said, “It’s Denis Leary’s fault. I’ve been watching Rescue Me while I was sick.” He laughed out loud. “Okay.” (I did inform him that if he poured hamburger grease down the sink, he was paying for a plumber. We’ve got enough issues with those pipes.)
I’ve always admired Tom for his clean mouth. And, now I have an even better idea of how hard it must be to keep a clean mouth when surrounded day after day by foul language. Granted, I doubt if there are any “Denis Learys” in his office, but I’ve heard enough at office functions to get an idea of what is said during the day. Especially since I’m guessing the language I hear is cleaned up a bit.
So, again, Tom, I apologize. And, you are an amazing example of a Christian man. Denis Leary? Not so much.