Have you ever met a Pro from Dover?

My friend Mark from The Idiot Speaketh has written many interesting posts about all sorts of people and groups, and his post today reminded me of a show that I haven’t seen in a very long time: M.A.S.H. – The Movie.

MASH the movie, was the beginning of an entertainment icon. While MASH the tv series was fantastic, MASH the movie is a seriously funny stand alone movie. One of the threads running through this movie all about The Pros From Dover, who are the surgeons Hawkeye and Trapper John. They’ve been called to Tokyo to operate on some high mucky-muck’s relative, but they don’t just show up and do the surgery…they show up and make waves.  They bust up the general normal routine, turning heads and getting people out of their day-to-day rut, as well as offending a few stuck up sticky beaks while they are at it.  These two characters are obnoxious, pushy and fabulously funny. They give a new meaning to bluffing your way through a situation by turning people on their ears. These two guys definitely take teasing way too far, but they are only characters.

Once in a while we run into real people who  just make life more interesting, who make it their business to break any and all molds for hum drum living. My friend Mark is one of these amazing people, and I strongly urge you to give his blog a read. You’ll find yourself rolling on the floor laughing before you can get past the first paragraph. His most recent post, about how a bored nurse keeps himself entertained will definitely keep you in stitches.

So The Pros From Dover are characters in a movie, but I think they can be a concept as well.  Sometimes I run into people at The Big Box Store who make my day this way…they just bring with them a freshness of thinking and comedy that make my day.  It’s my fondest wish that sometimes I make someone’s day like that too.

What ever happened to Linda Ronstadt?

My favorite Idiot reminded me today (again!) of a singer I used to just adore: Linda Ronstadt. She seems to have dropped out of the limelight in recent years…what the heck?

Here’s one of my personal favorites filmed in 1976 during a concert in Germany:

Apparently Ms. Ronstadt has not disappeared. Not only has she continued to produce albums, but she also writes songs for other singers, has sung duets with countless other singers and has been nominated for and/or won many music awards.

At one time, Linda Ronstadt was engaged to George Lucas but apparently has never married, and has adopted two children on her own. She is also passionate about sustainable agriculture and is outspoken in the political issues of her home state of Arizona.

I’ve tried like heck to find a video of a more recently recorded song, but You Tube is just plum full of all the oldies. The most recently dated song I can find is this recording of Walk Away Rene that Ms. Ronstadt sang with Ann Savoy. It can be found on their album Adieu False Heart, which was recorded in 2006 and was nominated for a Grammy.

Hmm…did you get new glasses?

Isn’t is funny how you can change one little characteristic about a person and it makes them look totally different? I know I’ve had a haircut, and then come back to work and people I haven’t seen for a while will ask me if I got new glasses. Sometimes if you haven’t seen someone for a while, it’s hard to pinpoint what that difference is.

I was over at The Idiot Speaketh this morning, and there is a yummy picture of Robert Redford posted. It got me to thinking about how people change over time, and then I began to think of Burt Reynolds. Boy, wasn’t he a cutie back the day! Smokey and the Bandit continues to be one of my all time favorite movies.

So, I surfed around a little bit, and I found a bunch of pictures I’d never seen before of him with his mustache shaved off. I had to look twice to make sure it was Burt Reynolds I was looking at:

Here is one I found of Burt without his toupee. Isn’t it funny how he looks still more like the Burt Reynolds we all recognize without his hair, as opposed to when he had no mustache?

Ah, and here is my favorite:

I think Burt Reynolds was my first movie star crush as a kid. What is it about today’s actors that they don’t seem to have the same charisma as the actors of the 70 and early 80’s. Or is it just me? I think Russell Crowe comes close to having that sort of quality, as does Liam Neeson, but I’m hard pressed to come up with any other names. You tell me…who am I missing?

Mr. Diety – A video podcast review

By now, all ten of my faithful readers have discovered my love of fun videos. Today, I’m going to give you a review of one humdinger of a video podcast that will knock your socks off. It’s called Mr. Deity. I will be most interested to hear what my buddy over at The Idiot Speaketh thinks about the title music. I can’t wait to get the ring tone for my new cell phone!

This video podcast pokes fun at religion in a good way. It’s smart and gives you something to think about while being entertaining. The whole premise behind it deals with what might it have been like to be God and create everything from scratch, with lots of help from a guy named Larry, and The Devil, who’s your ex-girlfriend.  I mean, you can’t just mix up a bunch of stuff together and get a perfect world where the lights work and where the balance of good and evil is all worked out, like it’s a Betty Crocker cake mix…right? This show is irreverent, imaginative, funny, and very, very well done. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Anyway, here are three of my favorite episodes from Season 1.

If you ask me, Lucifer is getting the short end of the stick, regarding the Garden of Eden scene,  in this first example:

This one is my favorite because I just KNEW that there is must be a special place in Hell for cheating husbands. I will never look at the Hokey Pokey the same ever again.  Oh, and by the way…beware of the ear bug in this video. (Muhuwahahaha!)

This one expands on the phrase, “Let there be light”…’nough said!

So far, there are three whole seasons out, and now they are three episodes into the fourth.

School’s starting again…and Candid Camera.

It’s been pretty quiet at my blog lately, and thanks to my buddy over at The Idiot Speaketh for checking on me! I’ve been away because these last few days before school starts have been hectic, and I’ve had no time to get to the computer. Yes, the kids are going back to school. Here we go again…

A lot of parents live for when their kids go back to school. Not me. School adds a complexity and expense to life that I could really do without. Not that I would wish my children to wallow in ignorance for being uneducated, but I sure wish it were less of a chore.

I won’t belabor the point any more, but I will say that until football season is over, you may not be seeing as much of me out here on a regular basis. This morning, however, I had to stop out and see what’s going on. Apparently a lot…you guys have been busy, and it’s going to take me a while to catch up!

Something I was thinking about the other day is the old show Candid Camera…you know, where a prank is set up to be video taped? That show was a staple of our TV viewing when I was a kid, and I remember well all of us sitting around laughing like fools at these poor people who had been set up to get surprised. Anyway, I found a compilation of some of the old British shows. Enjoy!


Earlier today I declared that I had won the contest of sanity-cracking musical will between me and my fellow blogger over at The Idiot Speaketh. I do believe that I proclaimed victory too soon.

The Annoying Music Battle has now gone global, and the new contestants have kicked my butt.  The Frolicking Lady, and her Frolicking Dude (Yes, it’s true…dudes DO frolic!), posted the song that finally broke me: David Hasselhoff singing, “Looking for Freedom”.  Where’s my bagpipes CD? If anything can get that song out of my head, the bagpipes can… I hope…The children hate it to see me sobbing hysterically.

Anyway, I concede the contest. Well done Frolicking Lady and Dude…

(Editor’s note: For more on the Annoying Music Battle that still ensues, please also drop by The Life of Jamie. She’s pulled out something truly evil: Wham! Oh the humanity!)

I Win!

When I was a kid, my mom made me take piano lessons. At first I really hated them, and I did everything in my power to get out of the lessons, and ended up only having to take them for a year. Then, I was blissfully free.

Strange thing I discovered is that I actually really liked playing the piano, and so I continued on by myself, picking it up as I went along. One of the first whole songs I ever learned by

Titanium - No good for containment of vocal weaponry

my self was “You Light Up My Life” by Debbie Boone. Most people would hear that and cringe…maybe even cry out in anguish for having to listen to it. Not me. I like it. I can sing along word for word, and revel in every note. The only problem with that is that I couldn’t carry a tune in a titanium bucket. In fact, my singing could be downright deadly.  I have been contacted by R&D labs in their search for creation of new and improved non-lethal weaponry. Unfortunately the liaison assigned to my case developed an unfortunate drooling catatonia in response to having to hear my singing once too often. Until someone in R&D can come up with an appropriate protection against my rather unique skills, I’ll need to keep my day job.

That particular little factoid about me has remained unknown until this very minute. I had just stopped over to visit The Idiot Speaketh, and listened to his most recent salvo in this bitter struggle of musical good and evil…and I found heaven in the guise of Debbie Boone singing “You Light Up My Life”. What joy!

I see he’s also posted a video I was very fond of as a child of the 80’s…Toni Basil singing “Hey Mickey!” What a blast from the past! I love that tune. I used to know all the words, and I bet when I press the play button, it will be like I never forgot. I will say that I never cared much for the whole cheerleader theme, but I loved the song. Thank you to my blog buddy over at The Idiot Speaketh for bringing back such fond memories!

Here’s a selection that I am very fond of, and I hope you are too. There is something about bagpipes that grips me by my sternum and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I’m thinking maybe I was born in the Highlands of Scotland in another life. The song, Scotland the Brave, posted below was shared on You Tube by Waldemaroz, and it is a fine example of what I love about bagpipes.

  What I love even more about bagpipes is that they are usually played by cute, burly guys in kilts. Hmm…there’s a post for another day!

Grenade lobbed back…

As you may have noticed, there is a sanity-challenging musical competition going on between me and my fellow blogger over at The Idiot Speaketh. My favorite idiot speaketh a lot, and he’s funny, so you all go check him out.

So, to my musical nemesis…I challenge you to listen to this song all the way through. I will admit, I had a hard time doing it myself,  and I even like Adam Sandler.  Enjoy!

Of Earbugs and Zombies

I’m bad. I’m sooo bad.

I’ve infected a fellow blogger with something terrible. It’s an ear bug. You, know…one of those songs that just won’t get out of your head. I won’t mention the aforementioned insanity-inducing song by name again for fear that someone else might come down with the affliction. Truly, I should just go to the post I mentioned the song in, and scrub it with bleach and steel wool.

So, to my friend over at The Idiot Speaketh, I apologize. I hope the increase in meds has helped.

Anyway, in effort to assist my new friend in getting rid of this ear bug, I’ll post a different song. It’s something pretty benign and the music is actually pretty good. The man singing this song is Jonathan Coulton. He’s a geek. He’s a folk singer. He’s hilarious. He’s just all around fun. Below, I’ve pasted in a you tube video of Jonathan Coulton and his band serenading Wil Wheaton. For those of you who are Star Trek TNG fans, you’ll remember little Wesley Crusher? Well, he’s all grown up now and has a funny bearded man singing him silly songs at the PAX 2009 conference. Apparently  he’s a big internet geek/gamer now, and attends the internet/gamer conventions.

Having said all that, here’s the song…enjoy. And, Redriverpak…I hope this helps you get rid of that nasty ear bug I gave you! And, just in case you are a zombie fan, I included a concert video of Jonathan Coulton singing “Your Brains”. Check it out…love the audience participation!

(Editor’s note: After I finished writing this post, I went out to check out how things are going over at  The Idiot Speaketh. Wouldn’t you know it, he got his revenge. He posted a video featuring the song “I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls, and now it’s firmly entrenched in my head. Yeah…after the song I helped get lodged in his head, I deserved that. )

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