"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

Thursday, October 25, 2007

This Buddha Has Four Arms (Brought to You by Hasbro and SRA); or, Good Times Were Had By All

BG had a very good birthday. He did mention, however, that he would welcome a bathtub like the one that Francis had:

Me? This is what I wish for (though in my version the bacon is veggie, the cereal is whole grain and sugar-free, and the Potato Head is fashioned into a Buddha!)

But this music does play into my head often. It seems to fit.
I hope these clips make you as happy as I am: welcome to my world, dear reader!


Pelicano said...

He's CRAZY!!! In a good way of course... :-D That breakfast-machine reminds me of the one in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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neroli said...

Of course, in a good way :-D
I used to love watching him on Saturday mornings with BG (Peewee's Playhouse)
I was happy when that came out on DVD---I may have to treat myself for the holidays :)!

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! I used to hear "Toute Suite" (or is it "Toot Sweet" ?!?) in my head all the time with those whistle pops that were so popular there for a while.
(As in many other instances in my life, I thought I was a lot cooler than I really was :-D!)

Pelicano said...

I think not! You ARE cool- you can't help it- too interesting not to be! :-)
Chitty..is one of my fav-all-time films. I love watching the king and queen, he always trying to bring about her untimely demise and she always pulling through- unscathed. But Dick VanDyke's antics really make the film- he's a unique gem!
A treat of classic TV on DVD is definitely in order- I have a similar sentiment for Bewitched.

neroli said...

Pel, I guess it takes one to know one ;-)!
Of course you already knew that I had a thing for Dick VanDyke as a girl, and *always* watched a syndicated episode of "Bewitched" before going off to afternoon kindergarten!
(of course, I would also eat my lunch during the program...hmmm...associations of food + magic + beauty = happy endings ?!?)
The theme song to "Bewitched" is also one of those songs that runs through my head a lot.
(And the "I Dream of Jeannie" one too.)

Pravs said...

Thats quite hilarious !! My 2 year old is watching the clips quite curiously and laughing at some antics :)
hey when you say, you make jams too.. i would love to learn some new jam recipes :)

Diane O'Connor said...

Oh my gosh, the memories!! My Meghan and I use to watch Pee Wee Herman every Saturday too. We also had a videotape she loved. Happy Birthday to your son. Meghan is 22 this month.

neroli said...

Pravs, I'm glad!
I'll be digging through my notes---I've got a special one I think you would like :)

Diane, that's great!
PeeWee is timeless!
BG is fast approaching high school graduation.
Time flies, right?!? :)

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