07 November 2007

Dude, you're getting a Dell shitty job

God, I must just be desperate to type today because I am writing about shit I really find annoying.

Remember that absolutely retarded "Dude, you're getting a Dell!" guy? Sure, we all do. His name was Ben Curtis. Well, he's still alive, but barely. Ben now works at Tortilla Flats on West 12th. I think he's a waiter or some shit. How far the mighty have fallen...

Curtis was prominently featured in the popular "Dell Dude" ads from 2000 to 2003 and then it all came crashing...

In February of 2003, Curtis was caught buying weed on the Lower East Side. He was arrested and charged with criminal possession of marijuana. Word of the arrest of the Dell dude spread quickly through the media and Dell fired him. In early 2003, the "Dell Dude" advert campaign was dropped in favour of a new set of, equally annoying, commercials about three, equally irritating, Dell interns.

Well since he got caught buying skunk weed in the L.E.S. Chattanooga, Tennessee's pride and joy hasn't gone very far. He's know on West 12th street working in a Mexican restaurant, looking back on the days when he "made boatloads of money as an actor".

Boatloads? Dude, it was 4 years ago. What kind of boats are we talking about? Little dinghies? Did the boats capsize with all your money in it?

Ah yes, the American dream. Fuck the "boatloads of money", the Dell dude says he enjoys working as a waiter at the ZAGAT dodging Tortilla Flats, he says "Here I can be myself."


"Dude, we're out of chorizo."

This sadly sort of reminds me of when Paul Bearer was working at San Loco on 2nd Avenue. Back when San Loco was on the other side of the street. Some people didn't recognise him or know who he was or whatever but I sure did and I thought it was nuts that he was working there. I loved hearing him say "Two black bean tacos" in that unmistakable voice. It sort of put an early face on the mortality of hardcore for me.

Dell Dude Now Tequila Dude at Tortilla Flats {NY Mag}

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