From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
Beavis and Butt-Head, American Expats in the Philippines
"Beavis and Butt-Head" are coming back to MTV.With American expat Brother Tom leaving this Monday to return to the States for eight months, I immediately thought of Tom and myself. We could, with not much of a stretch, call ourselves the Beavis and the Butt-Head of the Philippines. Since Tom will be leaving from the Manila airport the day this article will post, he won't be able to immediately comment on the comparison. By the way, no offense to any other expats from other countries, I think only United States citizens could qualify as true B&B clones. OK, which one of is is Beavis, and who is Butt-Head? Well, here's a picture of Lyn Lyn, myself, and Brother Tom, taken from The Shirven Hotel in Guimaras last night as we were saying farewell to Tom.
Well, since I'm a huge heavy metal fan and love Metallica, I believe it would be more appropriate for me to be "Beavis" since he sports a T-shirt bearing the group's name. Brother Tom, although he is a Grateful Dead fan, is a natural for the "Butt-Head" role even though his alter-ego wears an AC/DC shirt. Though, Tom was an oblate (lay person) at the Trappist Monastery in Guimaras, after we had a few bottles of San Miguel Pale Pilsen (I only had two last night at P30 a bottle, now 70 cents a bottle), we both could rival the juvenile behavior of the MTV characters especially when we got into a discussion about our "Happy Nuts," Tom's favorite brand of peanuts in the Philippines.
I'm going to miss hanging out with the "Butt-Head," and I'll be extremely happy when he returns to Guimaras next March. My new American expat friend, Paul from Iloilo and the "Crazy Cano" Jeff are coming to our mango island next month for a visit, but I don't see any one of them replacing Brother Tom in the "Butt-Head" role. That said, who knows what will happen after our last together at The Moon Cafe? And to be perfectly frank, the self-described "Crazy Cano" Jeff has the potential to assume the "Butt-Head" role. He's quite the character.
Oh, and one more thing. Tom has now shaved his beard. Hmmmm, I won't say who might have influenced him to do that, but who do you think it might have been?