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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Takes the chill away fine

There's a fire burning in our fireplace. I haven't lived in a house with a fireplace since 1987; I'd forgotten how it transforms a room. Fires give off a different sort of heat from a heat register - it's alive, pulsating, and it comes with neat crackly noises and a distinctive smell. Most of us, I think, have some sort of positive memory connected to firelight - candlelit dinners, campfires in the Strawberry Point area woods, Christmas singalongs around a fireplace much like ours. And maybe there's something else, too - something deeper than memory, some part of us that remembers when a fire was all that stood between us and the scary unknown. Whatever the reason, I'm certainly not fighting the appeal. It's inefficient compared to a gas furnace, I'm sure, but who expects magic to come cheap?

And on top of that, there's snow falling outside for the first time this fall - golly, but I do love this time of year.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Back to the well, yo

Because we here in the Creative Ideas & Editorial Revision Department at Meaningless Musings believe in continuing with a successful idea until it's completely run its course (and even quite a bit beyond), we once again proudly present the Name That Quote game!

Standard rules apply - try to name the source and the speaker, no looking up answers. This time the quotes aren't limited to any particular genre. Some are from TV, some from movies, some from various print media, some are song lyrics. Post your answers in the comments and I'll update the post with answers as people guess 'em.

1. "Something snapped inside of him - he was a raging lion" - Correctly identified as being from "Lambert, the Sheepish Lion," one of Disney's finest contributions to culture as we know it. It's a cartoon short that's (I learned tonight) available in its entirety on YouTube! If you've never seen it, I strongly encourage you to click that link.

2. "[name omitted because it would immediately give the source away], there's a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases." "Awww - five days? But I'm mad now!" - Correctly, if tentatively, identified as being from "The Simpsons," and more specifically Homer himself.

3. "Listen - I am your superior officer and when I tell you to maintain radio silence that means you hush!" - Correctly identified as being from "The Dukes of Hazzard," and therefore obviously (at least I assume obviously) said by Rosco, who for my money combined with Boss Hogg for one of the finest comedy duos in TV history.

4. "Her mother wasn't nearly so picky." - Correctly identified as being from "Aladdin," as the Sultan bemoans Jasmine's high standards.

5. "Ever since we've decided to adopt leaves as standard currency, we are of course all extremely rich." - Correctly identified as being from Douglas Adams's The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, in a particularly entertaining scene where the Golgafrinchams (sp?) are trying to work out economic theory on the newly-settled Earth.

6. "You will have eyes to see and for that night you'll be a bright lamp burning in the darkness." - Correctly identified as being from Peter Mayer's Jack-O-Lantern song, John's Garden.

7. "Kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty!" - Correctly identified as being said by none other than than paragon of virtue and erudism himself, Jay as he bangs on the glass of a pet shop near the beginning of "Mall Rats."

8. "Bye, trumpet player I don't know. Now I understand why your music is so sad." - Correctly identified as being from "Scrubs," as J.D. sadly moves out of the house he and Turk have shared for almost four seasons and says his goodbyes to a picture of Dizzy Gillespie.

9. "President Andrew Jackson, in the main foyer of his White House, had a big block of cheese." - Correctly identified as being part of Leo McGarry's "Big Block of Cheese Day" speech on "The West Wing"

10. "We bears all have one common dream." - Apparently recognized, but so far not identified.

11. "Superior, it's said, never gives up her dead." - Correctly identified as being from Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

12. "I'm so smart it's almost scary. I guess I'm a child progeny." - Believe in yourself, Joel. Correctly identified as being from "Calvin and Hobbes" - click here and search for "progeny" to see the source strip.

And that wraps up the game, kids! Seems like these used to take longer... I must be picking easy quotes. Thanks for playing, happy Wednesday, etc., etc.

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