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It's a holiday extravaganza that's sure to make everyone warm in their cockles.
[This year's Pigdog Journal Christmas Essay Contest's entries were all brilliant and
talented. READ ON for the almost-winning essay by perennial top dog LENNY TUBEROSE. It's a
heart-warming tale of blood-curdling revenge and international intrigue!
Meli Kalikimaka from Pigdog Journal -- the Web magazine that won't let the goddamned
holiday season end! -- Mr. Bad, Pigdog Journal Christmas Essay Contest Editor]
My name is Lenny. They calls me 'Lenny the Tailor', on account of I am a button man--I
fix it when
people has trouble keepin' their zippers shut, and I am very good at fittin' people for
wooden tuxedos, if
you catch the drift of my innuendo. I am a soldier for the Cosentino family, and this is
the story of how me
and my partner, Fat Tony, got our own crew.
I was at the Bridge Club throwin' some dice when Tony comes in and tells me we gots a job
to do. Now
you might expect that Fat Tony would be tomato stake thin, on account of the famous love
monikers among us wise guys, but Fat Tony weighs about 400 pounds without the gold
stuff. We are not sure if this is brilliant double reverse type irony or if the boss'
braciole has started to lose
its stuffing. In my line of work it don't pay to examine such things too close like.
Anyways, Fat Tony comes in and he takes me aside all quiet like and says we gotta go up to
Canada to do a
job and I should get the Lincoln and a couple a heaters and some galoshes.
"Now?" I says.
"Now," he says. "This is a big job and we gotta do it right or we's gonna be somebody
else's next job. "
So I goes and gets our gear together and picks up Fat Tony in the Lincoln. Fat Tony
favors the Lincoln on
account of it gots big comfy bench seats to accommodate his big fat ass, and on account of
it also gots a
trunk that is big enough to carry a couple of stiffs.
So we's driving along and I says, "Hey, Ant'ony, so who is this guy what we gotta
ventilate like?" Not that
it matters to me, but I was just makin' conversation like.
Fat Tony gives me a funny look, and then he says, "It's the craziest freakin' job we ever
got, Lenny. You
ain't gonna believe it. Go ahead and guess."
So I'm not so good at this game, but it's a long drive and I figures what the hell.
"Union boss?" I ventures.
Fat Tony laughs at this. "Not even close," he says.
"Um maybe a stoolie what talks too much," I suggests, as this is the nature of much of my
"No, it is not a stoolie what we are whackin'. You are not even in the correct region on
the nature of this
job, my friend."
"Ok, yas got me Ant'ony-I give up. Who is it that we's gonna grease?"
Fat Tony smirks at me and says, "We gotta do one 'Santa Claus'," he says, all serious
Now Fat Tony gots a reputation for whimsy, so right away I figures he is playin' me.
who we doin' really?" I says.
"No shit Lenny-the hit is on Santa Claus. The word comes down all the way from the top."
"From Don Cosentino?" I asks.
Fat Tony points at the roof and says, "Higher."
I whistles softly. "Don Schiroso?"
"Higher," he says.
"Don Adamo? Don Adamo wants Santa Claus hit?" This really was a big job and it was
makin' me a little
"Higher," Fat Tony says.
This puzzles me, as Don Adamo is the Capo di Tutti Capo. "There ain't nobody higher than
Fat Tony looks at me all serious like and then he crosses himself and says, "The word
comes from Il Papa
"The Pope!" I says, as I cross myself all pious like. "The Pope ordered the hit on Santa
"But why?" I asks. "What's the Pope got against Santa Claus?" I asks, crossing myself.
"The way the Pope sees it," Fat Tony says, crossing himself, "Santa Claus has been
muscling in on the
Christmas racket for some time. When people think of Christmas these days, they don't
think of the baby
Jesus in his manger all meek and mild like, they think of Santa Claus and stockings full
of candy and stuff
like that there. The Pope is plenty pissed," Fat Tony says, crossing himself, "and he
wants we should
explain the extent of his distress to this Santa Claus with lead punctuation, if you get
I reflected upon this development in silence for a while as I drove. So the way I figure
it, the Pope is a very
holy man, and if he wants this guy knee-capped or whacked or whatever then that's ok by
me. I mean he's
the freakin' Pope right? It's like killin' for Jesus. Anyway, this whole 'givin' stuff
away for free' like is
just plain anti-American-it's like communism or something, which I guess is why the guy
lives in Canada
instead of somewheres civilized like. The more I thought about it, the more I warmed up
to the idea.
Gettin' into Canada was a snap. They do not guard the border with much diligence up there
as it is a well-
known fact that there ain't nothing worth boosting in Canada, and nobody with a full deck
would try to
sneak into the place. We told the Mountie at the border that we was going to a funeral,
which was sort of
true in a way, so it was funny like.
So we drives for a while and then Fat Tony gets all hungry like and we stops at a place
called the Olive
Grove for some dinner. Fat Tony finds that the comestibles is not adequate to his lofty
account of Tony's mama is a splendid cook, which is how Tony got to lookin' like a
meatball in the first
place. When the waitress comes by and asks if everything is copascetical like, Fat Tony
says to her, "In
fact I am greatly distressed. What have I done to deserve this overcooked, mushy pasta
and bland meatballs
what taste like they are made from dogfood, or something worse maybe?"
So the waitress looks all confused like, as Tony is apparently the first person who has
ever failed to
recognize the rhetorical nature of her line of inquiry.
"I'm terribly sorry sir," she says, "Is there anything that I can ?"
At this point Fat Tony has stood up and I am getting a very bad feeling in my gut about
what is about to
"I will go into the kitchen and give the chef some helpful pointers," he says. The
waitress tries to say
something, but Fat Tony brushes her aside and walks into the kitchen like he owns the
joint. Immediately I
hears a commotion of disturbing proportions emanatin' from the vicinity of the kitchen
area. This causes
me some distress, as we is on our way to a job and should not be calling attention to
ourselves and I know
that Fat Tony can get a little carried away when the subject of food is at issue. So I
runs into the kitchen,
and there is Fat Tony demonstratin' to the chef a somewhat unorthodoxical method for
checking if the pasta
is done-he has stuffed the chef's mouth full of the dogfood meatballs and is holding his
head in the pot of
boiling water and pasta. Then he pulls the guy's head out of the pot and he says, "My
associate and myself
will be returning to make sure that you have understood and appreciated this helpful tip
what I have given
to you." At this time we decides that it would be best if we leave through the kitchen
door all quiet like.
The rest of the drive to the north pole is without incident, so I am beginning to relax a
bit when we reaches
our final destination. So we gets our gear together and we enters the building what looks
like the front
office. The place is a real merdaio-it gots three desks that is overflowing with girlie
ashtrays and empty liquor bottles. The kid at the first desk is loungin' in his chair
with his feet on the desk
and his eyes closed.
So Fat Tony clears his throat all noisy like, but the kid doesn't even twitch. "Where can
I find Santa
Claus?" Tony asks.
The kid opens one eye, all bleary like, and says, "Who wants to know?"
"I wants to know," Tony says, "so answer the question junior, and don't gimme no lip."
So the kid leaps up all irritated like and he starts screaming at Fat Tony, "I ain't no
kid, I'm an elf you fat
bastard!" Then he pulls this little stiletto out of nowhere and stabs Fat Tony right in
"Aiee! Mia culo! Little figlio di puttana stabbed me in my ass!" Then Tony pulls out
his piece and starts
shooting. The elves scatter like Frenchmen running from a cap gun. Tony is holdin' his
smokin' gun and
doing a little dance like he gots the cacarella or something and then I looks out the
window and sees Santa
Claus running for his sleigh. He musta heard the gunplay I figure.
"Tony!" I says, "the guy is getting' away!"
Tony is closer to the door than me, so he runs out and starts shootin'. Santa has his own
piece out and is
shootin' back, but Tony is a real good shot and Santa is a somewhat easy target seeing as
how he has
dressed his big fat ass in bright red. Tony puts three bullets in him and bada-bing
bada-boom Santa Claus
is now Santa Was.
So now that the heat of the moment has passed, Tony sits down on the stairs and covers his
face with his
hands all despondent like. This job has not been our finest hour. The plan was that we
was going to put
Santa in the car all quiet like and then drive him to the woods, make him dig a hole, and
then whack him
with the piece we brought special for the job-a .22 throw away with the serial number
filed off. Instead,
we has shot the place up real bad and now we gots to get rid of the stiff the hard way.
To make matters
worse, in the heat of the moment, Tony has reached for his own piece instead of the .22.
Now he realizes
that he has got to get rid of this gun-a baretta what is Tony's most favoritest gun on
account of his mama
gave it to him the day he got made by Don Cosentino. Add to this that Tony is bleedin'
from his ass like a
pretty boy what was voted Miss Congeniality by his cell block, and yous can see why my
After a while, Tony looks up and says, "Whadda we gonna do now Lenny? We can't just leave
This would be considered death by natural cause back in New Jersey, but up here people is
So I get the shovel outta the trunk and tries to dig a hole but the ground is froze solid
"Well," I says, "If we can't leave him here then I guess we gotta take him with us."
"Take him where?" Tony asks. "You know they is gonna pop the trunk at the border. This
has gotten very
messy and Don Cosentino ain't gonna like it."
So things was lookin' very grim for myself and my associate at this juncture and I was
about sittin' down wit' Fat Tony and havin' a good cry myself, when I hears this voice
"Looking for a date, Honey?"
I looks up, and I sees this broad a real looker. She has platinum blond hair and black
fishnet stockings on a
pair of legs that goes all the way up like.
Fat Tony puts his hand in his jacket but he doesn't pull out his piece. "Take a hike,
sister," he says.
"My name is Trixie," she says. She takes a step closer and this brings her in sight of
the compost formerly
known as Santa Claus. She raises an eyebrow at this.
"Um...sorry 'bout that," I says. "It was a accident like."
She just shrugs. "Whatever."
"Yous wasn't terribly close then?"
"He was my boss. Now I guess I'm the boss. The girls won't mind. He was a freak you
know. I didn't
mind the regular stuff it's my job you know but sometimes he wanted to bring the freakin'
reindeer in with
him. I'm not going to miss that at all. And now that I'm the boss I get to keep the
proprietor's cut. Even if
I let the girls keep a couple extra points, I'm going to be very rich. You boys did me a
"Santa was your pimp?"
She laughed. "You see a guy in a red velvet suit with a fur trimmed hat, what line of
work do you think
"Shit," I says. Not very poetic, but the whole thing had sort of caught me by surprise
like. "Well Trixie," I
says, " we gots ourselves a little situation here. This dead guy ain't gonna be so good
for business and our
disposal arrangements have fallen through like. I don't suppose you got a way of
disposin' of this stiff all
neat and quiet like, do ya?"
Trixie thinks about this for a minute and then she smiles. "Ok," she says, "I know just
what to do. You
wrap him up in something so you can put him in the car," she says to me. Then she turns
to Tony and says,
"You come with me. We are going to need a few things to make this work."
So I wraps the stiff up all cozy like, and by the time I's done, Fat Tony has arrived with
a small bag. We
has a little trouble getting' the stiff into the trunk, on account of Santa was a real
lard ass who made Fat
Tony look slender. When we finally accomplishes this difficult task, we gets in the car
and heads for the
border as Fat Tony explains to me the details of Trixie's brilliant plan to make this
guy's passing look
A few miles from the border, we puts Trixie's plan into action. First we steals a little
Toyota pickup. Next,
we takes Santa out of the trunk and goes to work on him. We strips him outta his red suit
and dresses him
in white pajamas. Then we tears up a white sheet and wraps it around his head. Finally
we takes some
black shoe polish and colors his beard all dark like. Next we bundles him into the Toyota
bada-boom, goodbye Santa Claus, hello O-santa bin Laden. Then we points the Toyota at the
the stiff's foot on the gas pedal, and away he goes.
Just like Trixie figured, when the truck approaches the border, the Mounties fire 126
warning shots into
Santa's head and chest. Santa is no longer our problem and we now crosses the border with
Cosentino was so impressed with our work that he gave Tony his own crew and made me his
So now it occurs to me that maybe it wasn't such a good idea for me to right all this
down, and it was
definitely not a good idea for you to read it as you now knows too much if you know what I
mean. So I
guess Tony and me got one more job to do. Merry Christmas, and we'll be seein' you real