In case you haven’t heard about the latest criminal mastermind, the so-called “Bucket List Bandit” is wanted for robbing Bank of the West in Carmichael last month, and he got his label because he appears to be 48 to 50 years old and therefore robbing a bank must be on his “bucket list” because he’s so old and appears ready to die at any moment. Hold up, he’s at most 50 years old is what they think? And we think this is an age that means a person is at death’s door?
I can’t exactly explain why this name grates on my soul so much, but I guess the reason is that the criteria for a pop culture reference that we can safely assume will be recognizable to everyone in society has clearly sunk so low that a one-off “Grumpy Old Men” type comedy qualifies. Can’t we aim a little higher? I realize that in my previous post I referenced “Austin Powers” and in the previous paragraph I mentioned “Grumpy Old Men” but I’m writing for a specific audience who I imagine is waiting with bated breath for my superbly crafted pop culture refs. The FBI should have to aim a bit higher, no?
Actually, back to that age thing. What’s the deal with that? In photos the dude does actually look like he’s circling the drain, so where did we get the idea that he is maybe only 13 years older than I am? I’d like to see what alternate names for this crook you can come up with. Can we go more in the direction of a Seventh Seal reference, or at least Phantasm?