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May 31, 2023Liked by Michael Estrin

1. How did the missing checkbook end up in the middle of the street? Wild conspiracy theories are welcome. I am from Canada, and we spell it chequebook. D.B. Cooper was trying to cash a cheque, and there was a huge misunderstanding. He panicked, jumped on a plane, and the rest is history. Unfortunately, he never got a chance to tell his side of the story.

2. Why is three such a funny number? Convoluted answers are encouraged. After jumping out of the plane, D.B., I know him well, so we are casual name basis; he joined three secret societies to escape the story he never had a chance to share.

The Inquisition

The Illuminati

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows

3. What would you do if you found $3 million in cash? I would get as far away from Anton Chigurh as fast as possible.

4. Were you swept up in Succession mania, or does the name Tom Wambsgans mean nothing to you? No, and No.

5. Should I watch the original version of The Stepford Wives or read the novel? Remember, I'll hold you responsible if the novel or the film sucks. Avoid both of them and move on with your life. I doubt if either would make an impact more than me raising the ocean level by pissing in it.

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May 31, 2023Liked by Michael Estrin

Oh my god, dude, you HAVE to watch the original Stepford Wives, then you will see how absolutely wrong the remake was. The original is a message about feminism and the homogenization of women by men who just want compliant robots instead of the scary, free thinking radical women that were coming into fashion in the day. Very similar to Rosemary's Baby in that vibe. The original was like "Well, what if we misunderstood the message and the time period of the first one and then for some reason didn't properly explain if what we're looking at is robots or brainwashed women or... whatever?" A more adequate successor would probably be Get Out, because they both touch on the fetishization and subjugation and eventual appropriation of those individual groups that people in power misunderstand but also covet. Anyway, the original is great, the new one sucks butt, especially after you watch the original.

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I can't imagine how that checkbook got there. I'm 65 and haven't used a checkbook in at least a decade. And I'm mad at the ancient man for not even thanking you. Total bad karma move on his part. Checks....🤦🤦🤦

I like 3. It's the same forward and backward. It's like 8's sister. And it seems like a whole number rather than an odd. I love numbers, how they add up to equal each other, their symmetry, their mysteries. I have 3 brothers and 3 sons.

Suitcase of cash? The rule of 3 baby! Donate a third, save a third, blow a third!

Love Succession. But too over subscribed to pay for HBO. Maybe this winter when true couch living boredom sets in.

Yes. Watch the Step Ford Wives. It's very creepy. It made me want to get an apron....June Cleaver x 3!

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But if you find a case of cash then you might end up in No Country for Old Men getting chased by a drug cartel and a sociopathic hitman.

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The therapist in me is intrigued why freelance coroner is the first occupation that came to mind!! 🤔😂

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My wife and I have a checkbook and write one check per month because our landlord only takes checks! And then drives to the bank to deposit them! So 1980s.

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Nice try, Estrin. I see you using the pointing out of the rule of 3 as your third thing

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I didn't get swept up in Succession mania but I did marry the boss's daughter. Didn't really work out. Fixed it!

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Michael: Welcome to the club. . .of Rule of Three (https://ruleofthree.substack.com) - what took you so long? You’re correct in declaring Rule of Three to be “royalty free,” but only because our patent is pending - we had to stand in line behind “The Three Stooges,” and kept getting poked in the eye.

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We were very excited for the Succession finale. I asked a lot of people who they thought would “success,” but nobody I talked to guessed correctly. I thought they nailed the landing.

Funny enough, I was on the set of the Stepford Wives for a day. I organized for director Frank Oz to receive an award at my school and he invited me to the set. It was pretty awe inspiring! I’d never been on a proper Hollywood set before and the scale of it was enormous.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8lRKCw2_Pk

I mean, it's all here in the Schoolhouse Rock....3. And if this fucking sweet jam isn't in your head 4LYFE you are definitely a Cyborg. Sidenote: Mike Doughty (Soul Coughin) covered this tune and it is *chef's kiss* Side sidenote: It's not just that there is a humor element to the "rule of 3," but that it establishes a pattern. In improv you really lean on this to either strengthen a scene or completely fuck with someone by disrupting the pattern, which you probably know :) Either way: HUMOR! (Please read that in your best Mork voice). :)

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I did not know about the Rule of 3 but come to think of it, I regularly use 3 anecdotes or analogies or descriptions, in my own writing! The rhythm of 3 beats just seems to produce the perfect humorous effect, doesn't it? Now if only there was a rule that could get *all of us* $3 million....

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As always, I’m entertained by your meanderings, Michael, and the replies. I used to train professional business people to speak in public and always suggested they use the rule of three. It’s a triple hook to hang ideas on. If you can’t get your message across in three blurbs, you’ve got it wrong in your head and need to untangle it and start again. That’s my three-penny-worth. (That’s an English phrase- we used to have three-penny bits in our cash system, very pretty coins, with which I could buy sweets.)

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freelance coroner

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May 31, 2023Liked by Michael Estrin

I never watched "Succession," "Game of Thrones," "Lost," "Veep," or "House of Cards." But "Ted Lasso," which dropped the finale yesterday of its final and third season, was perfect.

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May 31, 2023Liked by Michael Estrin

The checkbook was stolen by a pickpocket who didn't want it because it had no cash or cards.

My missing checkbooks (for the few times I still write checks) usually show up under a pile of papers.

Everything comes in threes. In medicine, we always had odd cases come in threes. Celebrity deaths seem to come in threes. It's the magic number. Or two is common and 3 seems like it means something.

I'd vacation a lot more with a found 3 million.

Never watched Succession.

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