The faded Follies

By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 3, 2010


A NEW CUMBERLAND TRADITION?
Your superior correspondents perked up Monday evening when we heard Gino and Patrice on WJAR/NBC-10 responding to a sports report on the high school state wrestling championship held the prior weekend. Apparently the winning team from Cumberland High broke into a rousing rendition of "Build Me Up Buttercup" upon receiving their awards.

They anchors could not for the life of them understand what the high school wrestlers were doing singing a song that was a No. 3 hit for the Foundations (a multi-racial British group) in 1969.

1969! That would make the song not their parents' but their grandparents' music. "So why 'Build Me Up Buttercup?' " Gino and Patrice both wondered aloud.

While P&J can't say for sure, we have a theory (and if anyone from Cumberland High's wrestling team or your standard issue student could tell us if we're on to something here or not, we'd appreciate it). Here's our guess: the song "Build Me Up Buttercup" was the signature tune for the 1998 hit movie, There's Something About Mary. The film was produced and directed by Cumberland High grads and local heroes, Peter and Bobby Farrelly. The film begins on the campus of Cumberland High and features numerous Cumberlandites in cameo appearances (as do most Farrelly films). And Cumberland resident, the great Richard Jenkins, has a juicy role in the film.

P&J suspect that both There's Something About Mary and "Build Me Up Buttercup" have a very special meaning to young people from Cumberland.


MERCI, CANADA
There are now two sets of buttock cheeks marks in the sofa at Casa Diablo that will take almost as long to recover its original shape as when we made the mistake of inviting over Marlon Brando and Orson Welles on the same evening.

This, of course, is because Phillipe and Jorge were enraptured by the Winter Olympics — and not just by the flamboyant Johnny Weir, you despicable stereotyping bastards. (Love ya, though, J-Boy. The TV show is fab-yoo-lous!)

While deifying Lindsey Vonn and Apolo Ohno may have been a bridge too far, we loved our pal Bode Miller's comeback of sorts (we once met him whilst golfing at Carnegie Abbey), and the US-Canada gold medal hockey game was one of those affairs that actually lived up to its billing.

We would have been upset had it not been our friends from the Great White North who nosed us out, but we will graciously give them one for old times' sake.

Thanks, Canada. You know how to throw a party. "I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK, I sleep at night and I work all day . . . ."


DO THE RIGHT THING?
How absurd that President Obama should use the words "do the right thing" for kids in Central Falls High School when he referenced the national attention-grabbing controversy surrounding the firing of all of the school's nearly 100 teachers and administrative staff. Particularly when he evinces little concern about his buddies on Wall Street once again getting obscene bonuses, which are paid for by taxpayers.

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