Solitary pursuits

dec5a1 On the fifth day of Christmas, my true loves gave to me…..five* hours alone, four people dressed, three frozen fruit treats, two burning snowmen and a queasy feeling in my tummy

Today’s activity was ‘watch a movie’ which was great because it required zero effort on my part. G requested ‘Superman’ (technically an old cartoon, rather than a movie) which was still in my laptop, so I clicked on ‘play’. Ta-da. Ideally it should probably have been an activity for the entire family, but I just didn’t have it in me to hear ‘it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Superman!’

But, speaking of movies, Jason and I were talking about ‘Princess Bride’ last night. Apparently his parents had been watching it when he phoned them. His dad, new to the ‘Princess Bride’ phenomenon, didn’t quite understand what all the hype was about. Which was somewhat comforting to me, since I’ve never met someone besides myself who didn’t like that movie.

I remember my college years – it seemed like people wanted to watch ‘The Princess Bride’ all the time. And then they would sit there and quote the cheesy (dare I say, unfunny?) lines with unbridled enthusiasm. Erupting in laughter every so often. And I’d sit there – alternately bored and confused – and occasionally muster an interested look on my face, in an effort to stifle the series of yawns that came upon me.

Blame it on being born in another hemisphere, but I just didn’t get what they were laughing about. ‘My name is….(I forget) Montoya…prepare to die..’ Why was that funny, or quote-worthy? And don’t get me started on the guy who couldn’t say his r’s..’mawhiage….?’ Not funny. Cute in a three year old, but not funny in an old guy.

But, maybe I’m just missing part of a complex humor gene, since I also failed to so much as chuckle during (admittedly limited) viewings of Monty Python, The Three Stooges, or Wallace and Grommit. I remember being at someone’s house once, as they prepared to unveil Wallace and Grommit. ‘You won’t be able to stop laughing,’ they warned before they hit ‘play’. Mmh, I don’t think it will be a problem.

I’m thinking about starting a Facebook group ‘Princess Bride is not a funny movie’ except I would probably be the sole and charter member, which would be rather pathetic. Sometimes it’s best not to expose oneself in so public a venue.

Or, maybe I should watch the movie again.. to see if old age has tempered my opinion.

*It was really more like almost four hours, but I rounded up for the purpose of this composition.

15 thoughts on “Solitary pursuits

  1. Sheesh, maybe she and I can start another facebook group…’people who refuse to watch Star Wars’….or ‘people who really don’t know what the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars is’

  2. Well, since that was my 500th comment, Miss Nina, I’ll be sure to put a copy in your stocking! Then you can decide for yourself…..

  3. I’m so delighted to read this, Nicola! *I* NEVER liked Princess Bride either and thought I was the only one! *Everyone* seemed to love that movie and I just did not get it….

  4. Vicky, perhaps this is why we gravitated towards each other in the 9th grade? Looks like I have 2 members for my fictitious facebook group!

  5. This is the 2nd and 3rd time Renate has left comments under my name (using my laptop, forgetting to change the name), and I must correct the error; have seen MP (love it), and I would never confuse Star Trek or Star Wars. The ten-year-old in me demanded I point this out.

  6. That’s funny Drew…the ‘Star Trek’ comment had me wondering, but I didn’t think it was a case of unchanged identity. Now I’ll have to wonder whenever I see a comment from you….is it him…or her…

  7. We are so kindred spirits. I am with you on Princess Bride and Star Wars/ Trek!
    I asked Lars about Princess Bride and he said he liked it, but maybe he just said it because thought it was the cool answer!

  8. Maria, we’ll pretend Lars’ English wasn’t very good at the time he watched Princess Bride which is why he thought it was funny…(unless he watched it recently?!)

  9. Nicola,

    I never got Princess Bride, either. Please start the Facebook group. I’ll totally join, too. However, the Star Wars vs. Star Trek…now them’s fightin’ words.

    Sincerely,
    Craig

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