Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Didja hear?

This shocking news from the world of music: North Carolina's very own American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken has announced, on the cover of People no less, he's gay.

I truly did not see this coming.

The next thing you know they'll be telling us NBA players are above average height.

Now that he's a daddy Clay's telling the world he could no longer hide his true self from his son.

"I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things," Clay tells People mag. "I wasn't raised that way, and I'm not going to raise a child to do that."

Obviously, he has no idea about parenting, mine lied to me all the time.

My personal fave was my dad's response to his loving children's repeated and passionate pleas for a dog: "The landlord doesn't allow them." OK Dad, we understand, it's in the rules.

It seemed like a good answer, until a head-slapping moment much later in life when I realized I'd always lived in a house with a mortgage. It was only then when I understood exactly what he was saying and the diabolical nature of his plan. My old man, by diffusing the dog situation early on, made sure none of us would make the connection to who the landlord really was.

That said, good luck Clay. You're gonna need it.


Arjewtino said...

Lying is so underrated. It's the best thing parents can rely on.

For example: "You can do anything you want in life if you just apply yourself."

Good one, dad.

FoggyDew said...

Tino- I'm laughing at my desk. I wonder what Clay's dad told him while he was growing up? "Someday son, you'll be an almost famous singer."

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy I can now call him Gaykin! Well, I always called him Gaykin, but now there's no one to contest the moniker!

FoggyDew said...

Frecks - "And now, introducing the American Idol first loser, give it up folks for Clay Gaykin."

Hey, it even works in promo pieces.

Shannon said...

My mom used to round down her age a little...just a decade or so. I didn't know her real age until I was 12 and my sister and I found her birth certificate.

FoggyDew said...

Shannon - Or, maybe she left a fake birth certificate where you and big sis could find it? It could have been just another piece of parental disinformation.

Shannon said...

You just want to believe my mom is young enough for you to date. You think the Australian accent is HOT.

FoggyDew said...

Shannon - are you trying to set me up?