I'll come up with something in a minute.

I don’t think I’ll ever be over Macho Grande

The line started out as a joke…
“Someday I’ll have to make up for what happened in Sweden.”

I can’t even remember the context of the joke, or who actually said it. It was a neat joke though, a good thing to say if you want to pretend like you’re seriously worrying about your Karma. Since it also sounds like a line from a book with a title like ‘Day of’ or ‘Night of’ or even ‘Afternoon of’ and then some animal like fox, phoenix, or possibly even wallaby. It’s just the sort of pseudo spy crap we loved at the time.

One day though, we realized that a few of us had actually done some things that we were going to be called to account for if there was any kind of controlling body that added up your books at the end. Some of us had a lot of red ink used in our personal ledgers. No to put too bluntly, but some of us were really in debt to the company store as it were.

The joke was still being said, but it started to take on a different timbre when we said it. The joke had become a declaration, and that was a fairly grim declaration at that.
“I’m really going to have to make up for what happened in Sweden one of these days.”

Then things started happen. People came, people went, events started to unfold and threaten to destroy those who were left after a while. Sweden, in a way, became a very big place. It started to occur that when we were talking about “what happened in Sweden” we were talking about some very specific events. Bad things, things we’d rather we didn’t do. It was a kind of code, for the few of us who were in the know. Nothing good was ever done in Sweden, but it was private enough that only a few people knew about it.

Years passed, and things should have been buried. Ah, but Sweden doesn’t just go away because the band breaks up. There are still red marks on the old ledger, and the accounting has become so corrupted and the bookkeepers became so obsessed with covering up the looting performed by the management, I can’t even tell what way the balance is tilting these days.

I think that pretty soon I’m going to have to make sure the books are put into order, or at the very least I’m going to have to do a few things to shove the numbers well into the black. It’s not really about having a credit, it’s just about trying to make up for what happened in Sweden.

November 25, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. What a great line! I love it! I’m making up for my own Swedish incident right now. I want a shirt with that on it!

    Great blog!

    Comment by bandnerdtx | November 27, 2008 | Reply

  2. Some day I really must make that cafe press store they keep talking about. If you make t-shirts, tell me where to get one.

    And thanks, always glad to know someone enjoyed something.

    Comment by greyweirdo | November 27, 2008 | Reply

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