August 13th, 2003


Monty Python

I admit it, I'm one of those geeks who love Monty Python.

I had gone to the video store originally looking for 1776, the musical, hoping to get the music out of my head. Besides, I was reading my book "Founding Fathers", and it seemed to got with it rather well. I had to drop off last weeks movies anyway, (all well dressed, period pieces, thank you very much), and was in the mood for something light and amusing, but in the same veign of 'period' and 'historical'. The closest I could find that tripped my interest was of course "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". I am so sad.

Granted, how many geeks love and quote that movie. At Jewell we would sit around and watch it while Josh did all the truly funny bits. But still, it nettles me that I love that movie and all my friends think it's 'beneath them', as if it's a mark on my intellegence if I actually like it. I find that many of these friends also have little love for British humor in general and can't really stand most of it.

So come to terms with the fact that I'm most likely going to have to keep my infatuation with British humor, (or the scant bit of it we get here in the states), in the closet as it were. As soon as you attatched the term 'British' or start speaking with an accent on a show, American's most likely will not watch...unless it's American Idol, and I STILL don't see what Copperdragonfly's thing with Simon is. Gah!

Funny, but many of the latest hit shows over here in the last five years have been British originally, has anyone noticed that? "Antique's Roadshow", "Trading Spaces", even those stupid game shows were all British originally. "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", has been on in England for years, I used to watch the British version on Comedy Central at Jewell. But when we get them across the water, we have to revamp them to American audiences apparantly, dumb them down for the masses. I'm not talking in a cultural sense, after all, we wouldn't get referances to Kent or cricket, obviously that makes sense. But the sophistication of many of the shows, the wit seems to be slowed for an American market to dumbed down by it's beer ads and so called 'reality' television.

I wonder if American television goes out of it's way to dumb down the public, or if the public is dumbed down because it percieves itself as supposed to being that way? Hard to say really. I mean after all, how many times have we watched Jay Leno and been shocked by the people he runs across who don't even know that the District of Columbia is synonmous with Washington DC. (Wait, what's the District of Colombia again?) We've created entire generations of idiots because that's what's expected of them to be...or were they just idiots to begin with. I don't know for sure. Hmmmm...

Not that Monty Python is the pinnacle of cerebral humor here...but come on, it's hard to miss the humor in it, even if your idea of high brow is the Hallmark Channel and a Seagrams. Perhaps I can forgive American's for not getting British humor, after all, why try 'Coupling' when you have 'Friends'.

Thanks Dan and Cat for introducing me to that show, sooo much funnier that 'Friends'.
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A letter to Jesus....

Little Matt went to his mother to demand a new bicycle. His mother decided that he should look at himself and the way he acted. She said, "Well Matt, it isn't Christmas and we don't have the money to just go out and buy you anything you want. So why don't you write a letter to Jesus and pray for one instead."
After his temper tantrum, his mother sent him to his room. Matt finally sat down to write a letter to Jesus.
He wrote:
Dear Jesus,

I've been a good boy this year and would appreciate a new bicycle.

Your Friend,
Now, Matt knew that Jesus really knew what kind of bratty boy he was, so he ripped up the letter and decided to give it another try. He wrote:
Dear Jesus,

I've been an OK boy this year and I want a new bicycle.

Yours Truly,
Well, Matt knew this wasn't very honest, so he tore it up and tried again. He wrote:
Dear Jesus,

I've thought about being a good boy this year and can I have a bicycle?

Well, Matt looked deep down in his heart, which, by the way, was what his mother really wanted. He knew he had been terrible and was deserving of almost nothing. He crumpled up the letter, threw it in the trashcan, and ran outside.
He aimlessly wandered about, depressed because of the way he treated his parents, and really considered his actions. He finally found himself in front of a Catholic Church.
Matt went inside and knelt down, looking around, not knowing what he should really do. Matt got up to walk out the door, and started looking at all the statues. All of a sudden, he grabbed a small one and ran out the door.
He went home, hid it under his bed and wrote this letter:

I've got your mama. If you ever want to see her again, give me a bike!

You Know Who
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