California Is Scary

According to Tiller. . .

We were sitting around the kitchen table and somehow California came up.

Tiller blurted out, “California is scary!”

“What? I said. “Why is California scary? You have never even been to California!”

“But there’s that hotel.”

I stare blankly at her.


She stares at me like I am the dumbest person on earth. How do i not get it, when it is so obvious?

“The hotel, mama. . .the one from the song, with the monster?”

I blink.

“The Hotel California?”

“Yes,” she said, completely matter of fact.

“It has a monster?”

“Yes, mama.”


So, i sang the whole thing to myself, and sure enough, there is the following line:

They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast

Wow. Hysterical. I really didn’t know she was paying that much attention to the lyrics to all the songs we listen to in the car.

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