Opinion: I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)
On this, the occasion of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Daryl Hall’s 77th birthday, I wish to express on behalf of the ReMIND Magazine editorial board that I can’t go for that (no can do).
I am in full agreement with Mr. Hall (and to a lesser degree, Mr. John Oates), that that can’t be gone for. I also believe that even if that could be gone for, it should not be.
I considered possibly going for that a little (just a bit), but then I feared that going for that a little (just a bit) would eventually lead to going for that a lot (way too much) and the floodgates on going for that would be opened.
Where does it stop? Where do you dare me to draw the line? You’ve got the body, now you want my soul. I’ll do anything that you want me to do, but when it comes to that, I say: No go.
What is that, you ask? What sort of depravity could that be? Well, whatever that is, you can damn well be sure that I won’t go for that (no can do).
Can you go for that (can you do)? You can, but I would strongly advise against it. The more important question is: Should you go for that (should you do)?
In addition to that, there are other things I can’t go for. Why, just the other evening, my wife said she could go for a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Since I had consumed an entire rack of barbecued pork ribs just minutes earlier, I replied, “I can’t go for that.” My youngest son added, “No can do.”
[Editor’s note: It’s recommended to have a sidekick and a trusted saxophonist with you to validate your position on not going for that. Illuminating them with a harsh, intense backlight will help drive your point home.]
As the times and attitudes change, perhaps that will change with them, and I will be more receptive to the idea of going for that.
As it stands presently, let it be known: I can’t go for that (no can do).