Monday, March 16, 2015

Life Lessons From Looney Tunes

Today’s blog is an ode to Looney Tunes. Every person in my age bracket remembers that staple of Saturday mornings, the one day a week we could watch cartoons!  I’ve watched the stuff my kids like such as Adventure Time, Bob’s Burgers, and any number of Anime shows, and I’ve got to say I think they’re a complete waste of time (the shows, not the kids). Just as no sitcom will ever achieve the greatness of Seinfeld, no cartoon will ever surpass the brilliance of Looney Tunes.

So what life lessons did we learn from Looney Tunes? Here goes (feel free to add your own!):

     Storyline: A man dreams of making a fortune after finding a singing frog. The frog, however, refuses to perform on demand.

     Life Lesson #1: Get-Rich-Quick schemes seldom work.

     Life Lesson #2: Don't let others manipulate you for their own                                    ends.

Pepe Le Pew

     Storyline: Pepe is an amorous skunk, who often mistakes black cats as love interests.

     Life Lesson: Ladies, most men are odor-able.... am I right? So if a romantic one shows up wanting to whisk you away to the Casbah, let him!

Marvin, the Martian

     Storyline: Marvin has invented the Illudium Q36 Explosive Space Modulator with the express purpose of blowing up the earth.       

     Life Lesson #1: If a rabbit can stop terrorism, anyone can.

     Life Lesson #2: If you wear a push broom on your helmet, you'll                                always be prepared for cleaning emergencies!

Wile E. Coyote

Storyline:  Wile E. Coyote will go to any lengths to catch the elusive Road Runner. Wile E. apparently has a vast bank account, as he's able to order an endless supply of weaponry from the Acme Company.           

Life Lesson #1: Don't fixate on an unattainable object.
Life Lesson #2: Don't throw good money after bad.

Foghorn Leghorn

Storyline: Foghorn Leghorn is a deep south, happy-go-lucky rooster in charge of the barnyard. 

Life Lesson #1: Provoking others is never a good idea (just remember, the dog's not always leashed...)

Life lesson #2: Take an interest in everything going on around you. You never know what adventure it might lead you to!

Sam and Ralph

Storyline: Ralph the Wolf (cousin to Wile E.) and Sam the Sheepdog are sworn enemies at work. Off the clock, they're quite chummy. 

Life Lesson: Don't make it's only business. 

and finally....THE MASTER
Bugs Bunny

Life Lessons: 

1. Culture is cool.

2. Always remember to take the left turn at Albuquerque.

3. In times of trouble, just wait for the season to change.

4. No one knows what Hassenpfeffer is.

5. Try to get along with your neighbors.

6. Relate to your enemies on their level.

7. Never underestimate the power of feminine wiles.

8. Don't take yourself too seriously! 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Star Trek Meets Downton Abbey

Mr. Spock is no more. Our favorite eye-shadowed Vulcan has passed on to the place where everything is logical. 

I confess, I haven’t thought of Star Trek in many years. In high school, I was a devotee of the original series. In college, I really dug The Next Generation with Patrick Stewart and his sexy bald head.

Nowadays, I’m into Downton Abbey. Season Five has just come to a close and we, the fans, are staring down the barrel of its last year. I have loved every minute of Downton Abbey, just as I did Star Trek all those years ago. That got me wondering how I could enjoy such vastly different dramas. As it turns out, they’re not so different. Read on and see if you agree!

"Beam me up, Scotty!"

"Where's my Jim Beam?!"

To boldly go where no man 
has gone before...

Thomas Barrow in the 1920's....

"I'm a doctor, dammit, 
not a _______!"

"I'm a chauffeur, dammit, not a nobleman. No wait! I'm a nobleman, not a chauffeur. No wait! I'm an American businessman. That's it.... I'm an American businessman."

"She canna' take any more! 
She's gonna blow!"
Edith....pretty much all 
five seasons.


The rate at which Mary goes 
through men.

"Captain, we're being hailed!"

Mrs. Hughes and her repeated efforts to pull Carson into the 20th century.



"Make it so."

"Make it so."

To explore new life and 
new civilizations...

Bye Tom. Drop us a postcard 
from America! 

"Non interference is the 
prime directive."
"I won't interfere."
(C'mon Isabelle, marry 

Lord Merton already!)

"Set phasers to stun."
Set fashions to stun!

"Live long and prosper."
Live long and prosper, Julian!
Can't wait for your next series!