Mr. Proffitt, I’m going to stop you right there. When I thank you for your time, I believe I speak for all of us here tonight sitting around this very long picnic-like table in this drafty back room. I never thought I would set foot in a restaurant named Crabs ‘R’ Us, a place with sawdust on the floor and no mirror in the Men’s room, but here we are. I also never thought that my partner, Mr. Robinson down there at the end, would stretch the truth to get me to leave my family up in Portland this morning for a pestilent hell-hole like Elk Cove, but again, here we are. There are firsts for everything, I suppose. And Mr. Robinson, you sir, are in for quite the car ride home.

But I’ve sat back quietly and listened to your proposal; I’ve watched you down Coors Light after Coors Light after, well, Coors Light while your beefy colleague Mr. Pratt here spilled his beer on my Ralph Lauren shirtsleeves, and I’ve carefully examined your wife’s charming sketches on the flimsy and beer-soaked paper that have made their way down to me. By the way, Mr. Proffitt, I would suggest that you procure some foam board or some nice Japanese paper the next time you decide to give a presentation that includes concept specs.

My answer, unfortunately, is no. I will not be investing in your “Wonders of the World” miniature golf course for the following reasons:

First, I must point out that these sketches don’t really give me an idea of what your miniature golf course will look like. Take this one, for example. This is just a poorly drawn pyramid and some palm trees. I know what a pyramid looks like; I was in both Giza and Saqqara just this last October. You simply could have just said the word “pyramid” and I’d be able to conjure up a pretty good image. But where does the ball go in, Mr. Proffitt? This drawing, like many of the others, doesn’t show the architecture of the actual golf course. I don’t see any greens, holes, or families of four smiling with putters sticking out of their hands. No aerial view. No real color supplements in these. Gibberish and gobbledygook, honestly. I will say, though, that the drawing of the Statue of Liberty holding a golf ball instead of the torch is very cute. Please tell your wife I said so. By the way, when did you get married? Mr. Robinson said you were a bachelor carpenter.

Second, are you going to tell me that the folks of Elk Cove know what the St. Basil’s Cathedral is? Or The Parthenon, even? I know you want to, as you say, “Bring some of the outer world into Elk Cove,” but I’ve had a chance to see the town, and frankly I might have decided upon something more appropriate like a brewery or mustache theme. Or perhaps you could have picked some more well-known monuments for the community – some value-added resources based on your demographic – and maybe recreate Babe the Blue Ox or the largest ball of dirt.

And finally, I should tell you that I don’t make a habit of going into business with persons who wear jeans, checkered flannel shirts and knitted, square-ended ties to an investment meeting. Look around; everyone else besides your partner, who now has a napkin sticking out of his sweat-soaked collar, is wearing a suit and a starched shirt. With real ties, Mr. Proffitt. Made of silk. I know it’s not my place, but maybe you can ask that new wife of yours to go shopping for you. This is all just something to keep in mind for the next time you decide to pitch this idea to a table of outside investors who’ve had experience with the Trade Republic Test before. And you might also want to think about getting yourself a haircut, Mr. Proffitt. You’re asking me for money, not for a bowling match.

Now, I overheard you ask that gentleman if he’s ever been nervous in his life, and I would assume that he has. He’s sitting next to a rambling mountain man who wants to build a miniature golf course without a plan that captures a decent profit margin, after all. Plus, he’s stuck in some tiny Oregon town whose claim to fame at the moment is that a strange woman has recently been found bobbing in the harbor with amnesia.

I think I’ve said enough on this subject, Mr. Proffitt. I trust that you will be picking up the bill for these small crab claws that were dropped on my plate and for the murky tap water? Thank you very much.




A different version of this piece originally ran on The Big Jewel

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GREG BOOSE grew up in northeast Ohio, got his MFA degree in Moorhead, MN, and now lives in Chicago. His writing has appeared on/in The Huffington Post,The Big Jewel, Yankee Pot Roast, Monkeybicycle, Opium Magazine, McSweeneys.net, Hobart, Feathertale, Time Out Chicago, Chicago Public Radio, Chicago Reader, NFL.com and more. Along with his wife, he is the co-editor for BlackBook Magazine's guide to Chicago. He won the 2008 Readers' Choice Award and Editor's Choice Award for satire in Farmhouse Magazine.

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15 responses to “A Potential Investor Speaks Up After Kurt Russell’s Character Finishes His ‘Wonders of the World’ Miniature 
Golf Course Proposal in the 
Movie Overboard

  1. Tyler Stodard Smith says:

    I love it. I loved it. I shall continue to love it—now must go rent Overboard–perhaps just a Goldie Hawn marathon…Cum on, sing it with me…”WILDCATS….”

    Well done, sir!

    • Greg Boose says:

      Dude. Turn on TBS. I guarantee Goldie Hawn will show up within an hour or two.

      Overboard, somehow, is one of my favorite movies of all time. I think it’s because of the one boy’s impeccable Pee Wee Herman impression.

      Thanks for the love.

  2. Wow. This piece was so Boose that I’m glad you wrote it, Greg. Otherwise, I’d be thinking, “Oh shit! The pod writers have finally taken over the body and mind of my dear friend, Greg Boose!”

    As always, a wonderful read, my funk soul brutha.

  3. JM Blaine says:

    I saw this movie when I was a kid
    & loved it.
    Kurt Russell became my favorite actor
    because he could be this guy
    & Snake Plisken too.

    a few weeks ago I read the
    script to his aborted
    follow up to
    Escape from New York &
    Escape from L.A.
    Escape from Earth.

    Snake is liberated from an
    underground prison
    on the moon to steal back
    a renegade nuclear bomb.
    That just gives me all sort of thrill.

  4. Gloria says:

    Yes, but, when viewed through the mind of a ten year old girl, who is able to suspend disbelief far greater than Mr. Stuffy Shirt up there, Kurt’s and Goldie’s idea was outstanding. Because that ten year old girl knew something Mr. Stuffy Shirt forgot – miniature golf is FUN! And who didn’t want to go design her own miniature golf course after seeing that movie?

  5. Tom Hansen says:

    Hehe. I haven’t seen Overboard, but this piece reminded me of my favorite golf course scene from a movie, from Falling Down w/Michael Douglas. “You tried to kill me? With a golf ball?”

  6. Cynthia Hawkins says:

    Yes, but, you have to admit … that hand-cranked rotating closet shelving he built for the yacht was *awesome*.

  7. Zara Potts says:

    Ha! Nicely done! Oh, and have I mentioned how I love your epic titles?? Well, I do.

  8. Nancy says:

    I love you. Sharing on fb with my friends who will love you as well.

  9. Becky says:

    I love that movie.

    Ever since I was a kid. Right up there with Neverending Story, Emerald Forest, and Xanadu.

    That’s right.


  10. Simon Smithson says:

    That film. Seriously, it’s like the Bermuda Triangle of weeknight movies. Every few months, when nothing is on, it just skulks in from the cold and starts at 10:30 on a Wednesday night, and I’m helpless to look away.

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