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Don't Know Jack? Maybe ya oughta

We have a Dear Friend who has had his internet access hamstrung by various ridiculous customer service issues throw at him by his ISP (Internet Service Provider). We had a chat with him this evening and recommended he JACK IT UP! and take the Jack Nicholson Approach from the movie "Five Easy Pieces." Click here to see it. It's embedded below if the link doesn't play. Nicholson's rendition of this role was partially responsible for earning him his place in the Hollywood Cosmos. It is one of the most classic responses to poor, unyielding and absurd customer service. I replay this scene in my mind often when I encounter such poor customer service. Luckily for me, I keep it between the white lines and don't pull a JACK. Sometimes though, you really have to pull a JACK and "clean the table." That's what this scene is all about--righteousness. Tom Petty epitomized what Jack did in "Five Easy Pieces" with his classic tune "I Won't Back Down." Click here to see a classic 3:47 riff of that classic. It's embedded below. This blog post is in Honor of our LBRs who continue to live in the tradition of Jack Nicholson and Tom Petty. May You Never Back Down! And if you want Plain Toast, by Golly, you're gonna get it! Here's Jack's (AKA: Bobby) immortal lines just before he swept the table clean: Bobby: I'd like an omelet, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce. And a cup of coffee. Waitress: A #2, chicken salad sand. Hold the butter, the lettuce, the mayonnaise, and a cup of coffee. Anything else? Bobby: Yeah, now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules. Waitress: You want me to hold the chicken, huh? Bobby: I want you to hold it between your knees.
Here's Tom Petty's lyrics: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Well I won't back down No I won't back down You can stand me up at the gates of hell But I won't back down No I'll stand my ground, won't be turned around And I'll keep this world from draggin me down gonna stand my ground ... and I won't back down Chorus: (I won't back down...) Hey baby, there ain't no easy way out (and I won't back down...) hey I will stand my ground and I won't back down Well I know what's right, I got just one life in a world that keeps on pushin me around but I'll stand my ground ...and I won't back down (I won't back down...) Hey baby, there ain't no easy way out (and I won't back down...) hey I will stand my ground (I won't back down) and I won't back down... (I won't back down...) Hey baby, there ain't no easy way out (I won't back down) hey I won't back down (and I won't back down) hey baby, there ain't no easy way out (and I won't back down) hey I will stand my ground (and I won't back down) and I won't back down (I won't back down) No I won't back down... Cheers! jp
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