(photo by lorenzodom)
Brinkley and his niece, Cornelia, New Year’s Eve, NYC..
Brinkly:(to cabbie) 3451 7th. Ave. Cornelia, we’ll drop you off first…
Brinkley(counting his money): Did you have a good time?
Cornelia: Yeah, it was fun.(mischievously) You had a great time!
Brinkley: What do you mean?
Cornelia: (laughing) You’re drunk!
Cornelia:(smiling) You were slurring your words..
Brinkley: (incredulous) Slurring? OK. You know, kids today..
Cornelia:(offended) Kids? I’m not a..
Brinkley: So negative!..you don’t see..
Cornelia: I’m happy, ha ha, I’m not negative,(sings) LaLaLa….see?
Brinkley:(earnestly) You cant’ tell the difference..
Cornelia:(giggling): I saw you drop a cookie..
Brinkley: You can’t tell the difference between…
Cornelia:How many glasses of wine did you have? My dad..
Brinkley: Your dad is an unlucky man. You know why he’s an unlucky man?
Because he’s living with a little girl who can’t tell the difference
between a man who is happy and..
Cornelia..Hey, Brinkley, Brinkley, let’s play word association..
Brinkley:(thinks).. Pablo Neruda…
Brinkley: Ahhh, now the truth comes out! I say Pablo Neruda and you say
Cornelia: (puzzled) What?
Brinkley: (chuckling) Pablo Neruda, she says “what?” You had a few sips..
Cornelia:(mock solemn) I’m 13. I don’t drink.
Brinkley:(teasing) Sippin’ like a little cat. .do you prefer red or white?
Cornelia: Haha! You are so funny! Not!
Brinkley:(all serious) P-a-b-l-o N-e-r-u-d-a..
Cornelia: Pablo Neruda..hmmm..is that a kind of cheeeese?
Brinkley Yes! Give your Uncle Brinkley a hug! (falls onto Cornelia clumsily)
Happy New Year!