dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The friends of Ed Crankshaft.....

Another interesting thing about Crankshaft is that he has at least one close friend his age left in the world: Ralph Meeker. Ralph's purpose is, of course, to remind us that Ed is more that merely a gruff boarder in his son-in-law's house, the bane of a bank teller's existence or a capricious, surly and inept government employee; Ed is also a man with a past that explains his present, with faded hopes and ruined dreams that explain but do not excuse his hateful nature. What he, Ralph and their other two friends do when they get together is talk about old times, wonder why life passed them by and go to funerals. This is sort of strange because even though the four men will soon wind up being escorted into the afterlife by the Phantom of the Low Budget Dinner Theater, their slot will be filled in the fullness of time. That's because I can see into the future; in that future, I can see a diner where four other men will talk about old times, wonder why life passed them by and attend funerals. Their names are Funky, Les, Crazy Harry and Bull.
Tags: batiuk's core four, cranky

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