Beware the Ides of March!

But beware also the Odes of March–especially when written and performed by a lonely hospitalist in the midst of a midlife crisis. That’s right, folks, the old man dusted off his high school electric guitar (a cheap Fender Strat knockoff that I believe contains mostly lead paint), tuned it up, and with the help of a soldering iron (and yet more lead) got it working again.

Then, in a sleep-deprived post-call stupor, he threw this nonsense together in a couple hours—a timeline which makes sense when one perceives the incredibly high caliber of the performance. A vain attempt to recall the “glory days” of his youth when, exactly 20 years ago on an Ides of March very similar to this one (minus, of course, the pending Fukushima nuclear catastrophe), he and his homies performed a similar parody of the AC/DC masterpiece Back in Black for a high school Ides of March Shakespeare festival. Did it help to advance his cause with the ladies back then? Nope. Will it do so now? Mrs. Dogg’s stony silence speaks volumes.

At least when the radioactive fallout starts blowing my way, I’ve got a guitar with a LOT of lead in it.

  • Hail Caesar! \nBeware the Ides… does that mean you’re going to fire up the strat every year? And we should be wary?\nRock on buddy, at LITFL – we still salute you!\nC

    • Hey, I just came here to bury Caesar, not to praise him homie! Will have to start practicing for next year…

      • Perhaps as you pass through the usual cycle of fame and fortune you’ll be able to redo this as ‘Back in Rehab’…\nC

  • Doc Quixote

    I find this whole Caeser thing very bittersweet… I love AC/DC but a few years ago I went to the barber and asked for the Caeser cut; she misunderstood and thought I meant Cesar Romero! I had a bright orange pompadour for three months…

    • Hey man, at least you didn’t get the Little Caesar. I ain’t gonna say no more.

  • I forgot to mention that AC/DC is actually standard medical terminology in some parts of the world. \n\nFor example:\n\nNurse: “Doctor sorry to page you at 2 in the morning, but I thought you’d better know that 6 hours ago we forgot to to give Mr X his sleeping tablet.”\nDoctor: “Oh really, how is he?”\nNurse: “Oh, he’s asleep.”\nDoctor:”OK, just write in the notes: AC/DC.” \nDoctor hangs up.\n[AC/DC: ass covered/ doctor called.]

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  • Beware the Ides of March. Et tu Brute? \nI was thinking that all day today. So I am not the only geek remembering high school lit class.