“Song of Myself” Verse 50 by Glenn “Stick” Mannich

(car doors closing) [David Worthington] I wanna introduce you. This is Glenn. [Jennifer Crandall] Hey, Glenn. I’m Jenn. That’s Pierre.
[David] And Pierre on…
[Glenn Mannich] Hey, Pierre. [Pierre Kattar] Hey, Glenn.
[Glenn] Come on in.
[Jenn] Yeah, cool. [David] Glenn, how long have you lived here? [Glenn] In this house, twenty-four years. [Glenn] I lived on the farm thirty-five, almost forty. [David] Oh, how nice.
[Jenn] Ooh. [Glenn] Y’all want to see around? Or do y’all want to sit and do the interview now? [Jenn] No! Sure! Well, whatever… [David] Alright, I’m gonna leave y’all be…
[Jenn] OK!
[David] Cause I got things to do.
[Jenn] Thanks for introducing us. [Glenn] David.
[David] Thank you for doing this.
[Glenn] By all means. [David] And I will see you guys up at the house later.
[Jenn] Okay.
[David] Aite. [Pierre] Bye, David.
[David] Bye. [Jenn] Wow.
[Glenn] I’ll show you this room here. [Glenn] This is my “Gone With The Wind” room. [Glenn] And that’s my favorite movie. I’ve seen it a thousand times. [Glenn] And I’ll probably see it again a thousand times. And uh… [Glenn] The clock is a Morbier from London, England, and it was made in 1860. All original. Still works. I just haven’t got it wind and all, but a guy comes through and fixes it. That was a potato sack. About age six or seven, I painted that for my father. My drill sergeant — I was in the army in ’72 — and he took and he put his nose to my nose that first morning on the drill field. And he said, um, I weighed 115 pounds, he said, “Boy, we gown fatten you up.” I left, I weighed 105. And so gave me his drill sergeant hat.
[Jenn] You win. This is a double-barrel, I would say about 1850. It belonged to a William Moore, from London. It was my uncle Gray Moore — that’s him — his father’s, his father’s gun. It’s black powder-packed. It’s never—I’ve never shot the thing. But it weighs 14 pounds, so it’s really heavy. [Jenn] Whoa! Yes, it’s heavy! [Glenn] The bathroom’s gonna be— By all means, go all the way in first.
[Jenn] Oh wow!
[Glenn] Go all the way in for me. [Glenn] To the other end, in front of the potty.
[Jenn] Niiiice.
(laughter) [Glenn] Ugh. I have a strange house. [Jenn] Well, are you from here? Are you from this area? This whole time?
[Glenn] I was adopted. I was adopted in — born in ’52, I was adopted from Selma Children’s Home. And just grew up here. Grew up farming, and in 1980, I went back to college. And I got a graphologist degree. And I was a graphologist. I’ll give you a couple of cards for y’all that you can have. And the only thing I ever did was handwriting. And I worked for the Montgomery County court system… Um. in the bad check unit. There’s only two things you can’t tell by a person’s handwriting, and that’s what your age is, and you
can’t predict anybody’s future. But, you can tell if they’re bipolar, whether they lie, cheat, and steal…um, everything…bones, um— [Jenn] Wait, wait. So if I wrote some stuff out for you right now, you could sit down and you could tell me something about myself? [Glenn] Yeah, let me get you a pen and a piece of paper. [Pierre] You sure you wanna do that, Crandall? [Jenn] Um, OK! Alright.
[Glenn] Come over right over here and sit down with me. [Jenn] Alright, ok.
[Glenn] And I’ll have you write several things. [Glenn] I want you to sign your name like you regularly sign it.
[Jenn] You know what? Ever since the digital age, my signature— [Glenn] It don’t matter.
[Jenn] It doesn’t matter.
[Glenn] Don’t matter. [Jenn] This is freaking me out a little bit. Only because—
(Glenn laughs) [Jenn] I’m trying to get it right… [Glenn] If you don’t want to sign your name… [Jenn] No, I’ll sign my name.
[Glenn] Just sign it like you sign anything you’re signin’. [Jenn] OK.
[Glenn] Underneath that, I want you to put, “I am a woman.” [Glenn] And underneath that, “Look for the dog.”
(Jenn and Glenn laugh) [Jenn] The table’s shaking. Can I blame the table? [Glenn] Um, your A’s tells me that you’re a little guarded with your heart. Um, got a good, kind heart, but I think you’ve been a little too kind, and your butt’s been burned, and so you’re just a little bit guarded. Um, the big loop in the bottom here tells me that you’re vain in some way, but I don’t know too many women that aren’t vain. That’s a good emotion. Um… You can be a little mouthy around folks that you really know. I mean, you can just flap make’em want you to shut up. Sometimes you can flap—but that’s alright, too. [Glenn] That’s just you.
[Jenn] In front of people that make me feel comfortable, yeah. OK. [Glenn] This part of the “L” is sitting way over. Sometimes you kinda put people in that same position. Put them other there and sit’em down. You want to be away from them them. You want to have a gap. And so that’s what that tells me about that. [Jenn] OK, OK. I’m just gonna kind of
completely go out on a limb here—
[Glenn, laughing] Go right ahead! [Jenn] Just because I think that you said that you can talk about sex stuff through this thing?
[Glenn] Yes. [Jenn] Can you really do that?
[Glenn] Yes. [Jenn] Will you do that?
[Glenn] Ooh. I ain’t never had nobody— Well, I’ve had people ask me. [Jenn] Am I putting you on the spot?
[Glenn] No. I just don’t have many people ask me. [Glenn] Well, I would say you’re extremely talented… [Glenn] So I’ll stick myself out on a limb. [Glenn] I think you have a little gay tendencies.
[Jenn] Okay. [Glenn] And that’s as I’m gonna go ’cause I don’t like doing this. But you have some gay tendencies… And usually people that are extremely talented or… their brains are, um, they have the ability to draw… And I get that feeling from you, that you have the ability to draw. [Glenn] Um.
[Jenn] Draw, like—
[Glenn] No, no. Draw, like pull with
your mind… [Glenn] That, that you are a little bit gay.
[Jenn] Mm-hmm.
[Glenn] That’s what I feel. [Jenn] I think you’re a 100% right.
[Glenn] Yep. Nothin’ wrong with it. [Glenn] Nope. There is that in me—I do not know what it is—but I know it’s in me. Hot damn. Mmh. Wrench’d and sweaty—calm and cool then my body becomes, I sleep—I sleep long.
I do not know it—it is without name— It is a word unsaid. It is not in any dictionary, utterance, symbol. Something it swings on is more than the earth I swing on, To it the creation is the friend whose embracing awakes me. Perhaps I might tell more. Outlines! I plead for my brothers and sisters. Do you see O my brothers and sisters? It is not chaos or death—it is form, union, plan— it is eternal life—it is Happiness. [Glenn] And after talking to you and readin’ your handwritin’ and some of the stuff today, Maybe I got some gay tendencies in there. I ain’t gonna say I ain’t! I think about this today. This damn gonna stick in my mind a loooong time. Hot damn. Jesus Christ!

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