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The Smart Kind Of Balls

The reason men end up entangled in situations they can’t get out of is because, rather than act with balls, they think with them. ~ Alexander

So I’m sitting there, watching a movie called The Night Of The Iguana. It’s a 1964 production, starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner, based on a Tennessee Williams play. It centers around the story of a shamed priest and three women whose presence tests his constitution.

The story is intriguing and provocative, addressing delicate matters other movies are afraid to touch. I’m watching with interest, so revved up that I toss the remote control up in the air, then catch it, toss it up again, and again. I hear the priest offering warning to the reckless young woman chasing after him: ‘Two people in unstable conditions are like two countries facing each other in unstable conditions. The destructive potential could blow the whole world to bits!’ My attention shifts and the remote control escapes me. It lands on the edge of my palm, rotates and strikes me in the groin, right on the huevos.

Oh, agony agony! (True story) I cuss, curl, roll over and groan like an idiot.

When the pain subsides I roll on my back, wondering . . . How the hell could evolution, a process allegedly geared toward granting an organism the advantage, leave the testicles, an organ so vulnerable, in the mercy of the elements? Shouldn’t they have been incorporated deep inside the body where nothing could damage them?

Yes, they should have. But they weren’t.

Yet we flaunt them around all the same, as if they were made of steel, trying to blast our way through the human wilderness with them.

The reason why men have always decided with their small head rather than the big one is because there are two little opinionated objects hanging under it

What does that have to do with The Night Of The Iguana? Every god damn thing! TNOTI is the tale of a man driven by his passions, hunted by his conquests (and rejections). It reveals the reason why men have always decided with their small head rather than the big one – that and the two little opinionated objects dangling next to head junior, eager to speak louder than they can afford. Always getting their way, dragging their owners around, landing them in trouble.

In other words, men with overeager balls end up in tied-up situations because they are too hazy to think their way through, too proud to rethink a flawed position, too eager to inject more semen in suitable human vessels and make more of their own kind. Even when wearing a condom, blasting their crazy sailors against a wall, or when chugging them down the drain, be it a hydraulic or a biological one, they still act as if their future depended on shooting their load.

Yes, there is a determining force behind the masculine psyche, and its name is semen. A tsunami of them, powered by a whole factory, looking to strike 24/7.

Want to blame someone for machismo? Blame testicles. Put a big scraggly scrotum on the bench and condemn it for man’s bottomless idiocies.

Ghosts in the machine

Of course, ovaries have their share of blame too. Yes, it takes two to tango. Ovaries mess everything up in a jiffy. They carry hormones, those nasty little substances that are as batty as things in the attic; invisible when asleep, all over the place when awakened. I’ll pay them their dues soon. All in good time. After the ball-busting.

So there you have it. A story of self-involved nuts, fucking with the world’s well-being.

Have I gone too far? Maybe. But that’s the nature of the LocoMotive. It takes you places you never imagined.

Or, like a wise man once said: Ay Caramba!

Now for a little fun with a naturalized Scotsman, a skeleton, and more, you guessed it, balls! The smart kind, of course.

Tuck ’em in, gentlemen.