"Like the study of science and art, accounts of historical events can be intrinsically fascinating. But they have a wider significance. I believe that people are better able to chart their life course and make life decisions when they know how others have dealt with pressures and dilemmas---historically, contemporaneously, and in works of art. And only equipped with such understanding can we participate knowledgeably in contemporary discussions (and decisions) about the culpability of various individuals and countries in the Second World War. Only with such understanding can we ponder the responsibilty of human beings everywhere to counter current efforts at genocide in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia to bring the perpetrators to justice."
"...we humans are the kinds of animals who learn chiefly by observing others---what they value, what they spurn, how they conduct themselves from day to day, and especially, what they do when they believe that no one is looking."
----Howard Gardner, from The Disciplined Mind, published in 1999

Saturday, September 1, 2007

A Private Showing; or, Out and About

Today we all went to see Mr. Bean's Holiday. Choosing to attend the early matinee, we had the entire movie theater to ourselves, something we enjoyed immensely.
The movie is perfectly beautiful, and beautifully happy. The ending was perfectly wonderful, and in what is becoming more and more my usual fashion, I got a little teary-eyed with happiness.

What a wonderful thing to laugh out loud, dear reader.
You know what I mean?


Diane O'Connor said...

I certainly DO know what you mean!

neroli said...


The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

Well, I did make it through last week and here we are again! How are you holding up?

swampy said...

Mr. Bean! Mr. Bean ! I love you, Mr. Bean !
And yes, it feels so wonderful to have a good gufaw.

neroli said...

Dear Artist, I'll look to your example!...we were just getting ready for the kids last week and I'm already exhausted...and tomorrow, first day for the kiddos *plus* grad school.
It's 7:19 PM---I'm seriously considering going to bed! :)

Dear Swampy, gufaws indeed!
I'm usually the one everyone's craning their necks around to be able to get a good "shush!-glare" in at...so it was nice to be able to have some unadulterated Bean-time.
We're all still chuckling about 'les fruits de mers.'
Have you seen it yet?
(wiping tears out of my eyes from laughing)

min said...

Looks funny from the trailers. I doubt I'll see it until it's on video though. I never get to go to the movies.

captain corky said...

Mr. Bean is so funny. I loved that show when it was on HBO.

neroli said...

Min, I think that the film would be funny no matter the venue!

Corky, isn't he just hilarious? I think that Mr. Bean would be a good teaching tool for reading non-verbal communication, don't you?
And all our kids love to laugh...

I have lots of neckties said...

Re: laughter

"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."
-- Mark Twain

neroli said...

Lots Of: the origins of ROTFL???

I have lots of neckties said...

Neroli: The Twain quote could have been the origin of that, I'm not sure. But to me, he's saying that if you can learn to find the humor in any situation, no matter how dire, you can cope.

I know we frequently use the expression "rolling on the floor" to describe being overcome by extreme hilarity, but has anyone ever seen someone actually smitten that severely with a fit of the giggles?

I've seen the phenomenon occur once, more than 20 years ago. I was working for a small company, and I had written and printed out a page of sarcastic foolishness mocking some idiotic office policy. I showed my creation to a colleague, who doubled over and literally dropped to the floor and rolled there for about 20 seconds in convulsive laughter.

It was all I could do at that point to follow Twain's advice and find the humor in that situation, for I fully expected the next visitor to our work area to be the company president announcing our dismissal for displaying excess happiness. Thankfully, that didn't happen.

neroli said...

Displaying excess happiness!