April 21, 2005

Living Will

This one is the one I'll be having tattoo'd on my tush, for when they're rolling me around on the gurney to check for loose change....(with the appropriate name changes, of course).
Paul Rudnick's Living Will

1. If I should remain in a persistent vegetative state for more than fifteen years, I would like someone to turn off the TV.

2. If I remain motionless for an extended period and utter only guttural, meaningless sounds, I would like a Guggenheim.

3. If I am unable to recognize or interact with friends or family members, I still expect gifts.

4. If I am unable to feed, clean, or dress myself, I would like to be referred to as "Mr. Trump."

5. Do not resuscitate me before noon.

6. If I do not respond to pinches, pinpricks, rubber mallets, or other medical stimuli, please stop laughing.

7. If I no longer respond to loved ones' attempts at communication, ask them about our last car trip.

8. Once I am allowed to die a painless and peaceful death, I would like my organs donated to whoever can catch them.

9. If my death is particularly dramatic, I would like to be played by Hilary Swank, for a slam dunk.

10. If there is any family dispute over my medical condition, it must be settled with a dreidel.

11. Even if I remain in a persistent vegetative state for more than fifteen years, that still doesn't mean bangs.

12. If my doctor pronounces me brain-dead, I would like to see the new Ashton Kutcher movie.

13. If I remain unconscious during a painful, lingering illness, I would like the following life lessons to be published in a book entitled "Tuesdays With Paul":

i. Treasure every moment.

ii. Love everyone.

iii. If you bought this in hardcover, you're an idiot.

14. I do not wish to be kept alive by any machine that has a "Popcorn" setting.

15. I would like to die at home, surrounded by my attorneys.

16. If my loved ones insist that the cost of my medical care has become an impossible burden, show them a Polaroid of their "beach shack."

17. In lieu of flowers or donations, I would prefer rioting.

18. I would like my entire estate to become the property of my cat, Fluffy, who said, "He wouldn't want to live like this, with that zit."

19. Assume that, even in a coma, I can still hear discussions about my

20. If there is any talk of canonizing me, please remember that I have often held the elevator for people who were still getting their mail, that I have twice offered a cab to a woman in a fur coat even though I was totally there first, and that I always waited to make derogatory comments until after the couple with the double stroller was a block away.

21. In the event of an open coffin, I would like smoky evening eyes.

22. At my memorial service, I would like my clergyman to begin his eulogy with the words "I suppose, in a way, we all killed him."

Posted by LeeAnn at April 21, 2005 04:39 PM | TrackBack

I'm trying to decide if it's really over the top wrong of me to think this is the funniest thing I've seen all week... month, maybe! :)

Posted by: pam at April 22, 2005 09:41 AM


Posted by: Bob at April 22, 2005 10:55 AM

I'm certain we'll need video of the tattooing process for evidetiary reasons.

Posted by: Genuine at April 22, 2005 11:06 AM

Damn! You're gonna have all that tattooed on your behind? You had better get started - that might take a few visits. In some states, if a tattooist sees your butt for that long, you're legally married.

Posted by: Dash at April 22, 2005 07:33 PM
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