"Chestnuts Roasting..."
A Page for Tom Collins, of RENT

Click on the adoption certificate to adopt your own bohemian.
Adoption Certificate
So Why did I Pick Collins?
Adopt-A-Collins (tm)
What did I get him?

Well, what can I get a Bohemian? Not really a heck of a lot, I guess.
So I got him the few things he can't live without the rest will fall into place from there:

Sympathy, Tenderness, Kindness...
We all need some, sometime. What a "welcome back to town" huh? So I'm sending some over to Collins, and pointing Angel in his direction :-)

~~You Okay Honey~~
You okay honey?
I'm afraid so
They get any money?
No, Had none to get
But they purloined my coat
Well you missed a sleeve! - Thanks
Hell, it's Christmas Eve
I'm Angel

Angel..? Indeed
An angel of the first degree
Friends call me Collins - Tom Collins
Nice tree..
Let's get a band-aid for your knee
I'll change, there's a "Life Support" meeting at nine-thirty
Yes this body provides a comfortable home
For the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

As does mine
Oh, We'll get along fine
Get you a coat, have a bite
Make a night I'm flush

But my friends are waiting
You're cute when you blush
The more the merri ho ho ho
And I do not take no

NO Bohemian would be complete without dreams. Of course, they don't always come true, but their presence is enough to inspire. So I'm giving my Collins a picture, painted from his words, so he can know that he will always be able to hold his dreams close.

~~Santa Fe~~

ANGEL:New York City
MARK:Uh huh
ANGEL:Center of the universe
COLLINS:Sing it girl-
ANGEL:Times are shitty
But I'm pretty sure they can't get worse
MARK:I hear you
ANGEL:It's a comfort to know
When you're singing the hit-the-road blues
That anywhere else you could possibly go
After New York would be a pleasure cruise
COLLINS:Now you're talking
Well, I'm thwarted by a metaphysic puzzle
And I'm sick of grading papers that I know
And I'm shouting in my sleep, I need a muzzle
All this misery pays no salary, so
Let's open up a restaurant in Santa Fe
Oh sunny Santa Fe would be nice
Let's open up a restaurant in Santa Fe
And leave this to the roaches and mice
ANGEL:You teach?
COLLINS:I teach , Computer Age Philosophy
But my students would rather watch TV
COLLINS:You're a sensitive aesthete
Brush the sauce onto the meat
You could make the menu sparkle with rhyme
You could drum a gentle drum
I could seat guests as they come
Chatting not about Heidegger, but wine
(with HOMELESS PEOPLE in the shadows)
COLLINS:Let's open up a restaurant in Santa Fe
Our labors would reap financial gains
ALL:Gains, gains, gains
COLLINS:We'll open up a restaurant in Santa Fe
And save from devastation our brains
HOMELESS:Save our brains
ALL:We'll pack up all our junk and fly so far away
Devote ourselves to projects that sell
We'll open up a restaurant in Santa Fe
Forget this cold Bohemian hell
COLLINS: Do you know the way to Santa Fe?
You know, tumbleweeds...prairie dogs...

"I've been hearing violins all night"
"Anything to do with me? Are we a thing?"
"Darling... we're everything!"

Now, we ALL need a bit of this in life. And I think Angel's got the bases covered here *G* But since I have to give Collins something, perhaps a castle will do? :-)

~~I'll Cover You~~

Live in my house
I'll be your shelter
Just pay me back
With one thousand kisses
Be my lover I'll cover you

Open your door
I'll be your tenant
Don't got much baggage
To lay at your feet
But sweet kisses I've got to spare
I'll be there- I'll cover you

I think they meant it
When they said you can't buy love
Now I know you can rent it
A new lease you are, my love,
On life be my life

(They do a short dance)

Just slip me on
I'll be your blanket
Wherever whatever I'll be your coat

You'll be my king
And I'll be your castle

No you'll be my queen
And I'll be your moat

I think they meant it
When they said you can't buy love
Now I know you can rent it
A new lease you are, my love,
On life all my life
I've longed to discover
Something as true as this is

So with a thousand sweet kisses
If you're cold
And you're lonely

I'll cover you
With a thousand sweet kisses

You've got one nickel only
I'll cover you
With a thousand sweet kisses
When you're worn out
And tired

I'll cover you
With a thousand sweet kisses

When your heart has expired
I'll cover you

Oh lover I'll cover you
Oh lover I'll cover you

and a Coat...
heehee :-) It's Christmas, after all! And Collins does need a coat- especially a nice warm one with soft down padding and a tough but smooth exterior, just like Collins, himself.

COLLINS:That's My Coat!
DEALER:We give Discounts
ANGEL:Let's get a better one.
COLLINS:But she's a thief!
ANGEL:But she brought us together.
COLLINS:I'll take the leather.

So why did I pick Collins?
Yes, that's probably what you're thinking. After all, isn't everyone in love with tough Roger and wild-and-crazy Mimi? Or sweet, quirky Mark? Or outgoing, dashing Angel? Or sophisticated Joanne? Or rebellious Maureen? Well, of course. But Collins hit me first and has stayed in my heart ever since for quite a few reasons:
  1. Brains- Teaching at MIT? Let alone teaching 'Computer Age Philosophy' :-) Intelligence goes FAR with me. Jocks- take 'em or leave 'em. Intelligence is truly adorable- only and especially in those who are entirely modest about it. Besides, being able to reprogram an ATM is quite an accomplishment!
  2. Gay- I think it's an attractive trait, really. I'm very much for following one's heart and feelings. And even in this day and age doing so isn't always easy. My view on marriage is that it is unnecessary. I'm all up for a ceremony, but a legal binding contract is just NOT my thing. Why should people who are in love so completely need a contract with the government to get a tax writeoff? Why should two people so deeply in love need a piece of paper and a ring to keep them from straying to others? I believe following your heart and sticking with a person is one of the most beautiful things in the world. And when that love is between men- more power to you! In reference to another show, Fame, I guess you could call me a 'Fag Hag' but I think it's cute in a guy to follow his heart. Wish more straight guys could do it half as well(cough-hint-cough-I'm single-cough- LOL!)
  3. My Writing- I was in the middle of a novella about a gay couple when I first began listening to the soundtrack, and Collins inspired me SO much. The story(still unfinished) went so smoothly, and the characters really sprang to life. I even worked a few lines of 'Cover You' and RENT tickets into the plot. Imagine that *G*
  4. Humorous Sarcasm- This is ME. I think people who take this sort of a spin on life are not only gifted in their view, but able to handle all life's crap well. There is a lot of irony, and a lot of harshness in life- not that I'd have to tell a Bohemian about that- but to be able to convey your displeasure about it, smile, and stab back at it is the ONLY way to live. I NEVER fail to smile at Collins' "Happy Birthday Jesus" line.
  5. Weakness- *sigh* I'm most definately the nursemaid, overly-motherly type. I think weakness in a guy is the most adorable quality. Not to mention attractive. No, I don't want to see poor Collins being acosted and beaten. But if I could be Angel during "You Okay Honey" I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to nurse him back to health for a MOMENT! *deep sigh* Course then I'd have to be a guy, and that could be hard without major surgery, so I'll settle with setting up a webpage 'mooning' over him :-) And you must admit he has quite a cute "Ughhhhh--" *incredibly deep sigh*