a child of television, i think i watched more hours of cartoons and i love lucy re-runs than anybody i know, my brain absorbing every line and nuance like a big fat sponge as i sat bathed in that flickering blue light.
snippets of dialogue are always swirling through my head and sometimes one gets stuck there, like the words to a favorite song will...and stay there until, sadly, it is no longer your favorite song. the other day it was the following and it stayed with me so long i posted it on my facebook status and shared it with everyone...
"one, two, three strikes, you're out! one, two, three strikes, you're out! one, two, three strikes, you're out!"--bugs bunny, the only pitcher to ever strike out three batters with one pitch.
final score: bugs bunny--96
bugs wasn't just flippy, little juvenile entertainment to me, i regarded him as a member of the family, a screwball uncle who i saw just about everyday. i learned more from him than i think i did from many of my teachers, and while i sometimes think he was a little too cavalier in his use of dynamite, i realize now that i've patterned much of my behavior on his antics and actions.
i love that guy!
there are lots of great bugs bunny lines that are part of my lexicon, and bits that have a special meaning between me and friends;
my brother and i will often put on our best irish brogue to quip, "ya might, rabbit, ya might..."--"bugs and thugs"--1953 ("would i throw a lighted match inta this stove if my pal rocky was in there?")
my old roommate dennis and i would often boast in our best slobokian accent, "i will leap three-THOUSAND feet into a block of ce-ment...on my head yet!"--"big top bugs"--1951
and any argument in the world would simply disintegrate in an instant if one of the debaters would simply start, "duck season!"--"rabbit fire"--1950 (also "rabbit seasoning"--1952, and "duck! rabbit, duck!"--1953. "would you like to shoot him now or shoot him later?" "shoot me now! shoot me now!" BLAM! "let'ssss try that again..."
they're all in my head, bouncing around like bingo balls.
so...what are your favorite bugs bunny lines?
here are a couple did you knows? from my pal terry that i either didn't know or thought they were still curious.
this, by the way, is post no.750.
smell ya later!