origin of a wild man

Perhaps I should briefly discuss, describe, complain or swing regarding the purpose of the name of this website. Swing Like a Wild Man was created by my brother, Tom, yet provoked by my brother, Greg.  Physically, I applied it.  Verbally, Tom patented it. I believe Webster’s official definition of it is: when frustrated over a game, Monopoly, backgammon or a person (such as Reggie Jackson),  being picked on or just generally pissed, one must throw punches which may result in hitting a brother, one of his friends, another brother or the Comcast guy outside trying to fix your cable.

Being the youngest of 13, six girls and seven boys, it was critical to defend yourself.   They were all tough, mostly the girls, with the exception of Steve, a freak and fruitloop of nature.

I was both the youngest and smallest.  If you can imagine a raccoon in a garage faced by two dogs, that was me.  They were going to beat me and provide necessary concussions, but they weren’t going to have fun doing it.  Tom and Greg, my oldest and closest brothers picked on me a bit, but since I couldn’t beat them up, I beat up their friends.  That usually wasn’t a problem.  I merely was forced to swing like a wild man.  I was an extremely crude version of one of my idols, Sugar Ray Leonard.

Reasons for swinging and crying like a wild man:  The LA Dodgers losing to the Atlanta Braves on a grand slam in the 9th inning while your brothers taunt you concerning the loss…the Seattle Seahawks, losing on a Sunday after a pious day in church………Greg calling me “toehead” for the 8 billionth time……..someone drinking my glass of eggnog on New Year’s Eve……and eventually, a blackjack dealer uttering the words, “Blackjack” just before I thought I could afford to buy my mom a pony.

More swinging later……….the dogs are pissing me off.

PMS.  Jack is currently shitting on the lawn.  That will make my wife happy.  After picking it up and tossing it in the neighbor’s lawn, it will make me happy.

31 thoughts on “origin of a wild man

  1. Ahhhhhhhhh… Brings back some memories that I had long since forgotten. The thought of Paul Chavez a.k.a. “the nacho man” as deemed by brother Greg, getting his shirt ripped off his Mexican torso while being pummled by this 9 year old, toe headed whirling dervish always brings on a slight chuckle. I think I warned Paul that he was crossing the line before the melee began but as fate would have it that day, the beatdown was not only inevitable but necessary.

    ” That little cock sucker sure threw some real cheap shots when my shirt was over my head Tom” (Paul Chavez) circa 1982.

  2. Let it be known, that if I ever find your pooches crappin curleys on my putting green lawn, I’ll take my 9 iron and and wrap it around yer tiney testies! FIRE IN THE HOLE! P.S I heard your sisters beat the livin daylights out of all you Purty Gannon boys! YEEHA!!!!!!

  3. According to the Urban dictionary: A freak is someone super wild and cool, and a fruitloop is someone who makes you laugh–a term of endearment! Steve is also a poet and has published (back of t-shirt–that my husband wears on a daily basis)”To do is to be, To be is to do, Scooby doo, Doobey doo, I like fatties”…excuse me if I have this wrong but my husband left his much loved t-shirt at work.

  4. You forgot his most famous saying of all, and I do quote.

    ” Two jews a nig….. Uhh. I guess I can’t post this on this forum.

    Some things are best left said in the Corner Club. ( the resort by the tracks. northeast corner on park and trent, spokane wa. all major credit cards accepted. beware of owner.)

  5. Steve Gannon = The most relevent man on the planet.

    ” I do not always drink beer, but when I do I always drink two hundred at a sitting.”
    ” Stay thirsty my friends.”

    • I liked your comment. This man you refer to as “Steve”, AKA,” T1″, will soon be further immortalized, criticized and in no way customized. He’s done that on his own. All of which, he will appreciate. Now, off to get an endoscopy and colonoscopy. Great days indeed.

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