“I like physics, but I love cartoons.”

When I woke up this morning, it was raining. By the time I was leaving to go to breakfast, about a half hour later, it was snowing. When I got in the car, it was just in time to hear the Cape and Islands NPR forecaster say the rain would be turning to snow later. About then someone should have looked out the window and readjusted that forecast just a bit. The announcer went on to say we are supposed to get around 3 inches of snow. I was a bit skeptical as those first flakes were wet and didn’t stick, but as I was driving home, I could see the snow was starting to cover the ground. From my window here in the den, the backyard looks like a winter wonderland (a word used with tongue in cheek). The pine branches have a layer of snow, and the snow is still falling heavily from the north. I’m not so skeptical any more.

I have no plans for today. Peapod will be by later with my groceries, and I’m clicking my heels in the air as my larder is about as empty as I can remember it ever being. The last three meals were eggs: an omelet with cheese, two over-easy and an egg salad sandwich. Thank God I am now out of eggs, but I am also out of bread and just about everything else. The animals have food as I went to Agway on Saturday. I took care of the dog, the cats and the birds. Today I take care of me.

Cartoons weren’t all that educational when I was a kid. Many were violent but in a funny way we knew wasn’t real. I can’t remember how many times I watched Road Runner use Acme dynamite on Coyote who always survived despite being flattened or blown up. Tom endlessly chased Jerry who was so much smarter unlike the mice I caught last winter in my eaves. They were suckers for peanut butter. I still love Rocky and Bullwinkle and appreciate their satirical and ironic humor far more now then I did as a kid. To me the best antagonists in any cartoons will always be Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. How many times did Elmer Fudd shoot himself with his shot-gun instead of shooting Bugs Bunny? Popeye was in his own way trying to be inspirational with all that spinach. He’d pop open the can and suck down the green slop which sailed from the can in an arc to his mouth. His arm muscles would grow and grow and Bluto would become history after one Popeye punch. I never did like spinach, but I did punch a couple of people, one in elementary school and one at Fenway Park.

I think my favorite cartoon was George of the Jungle which was on when I was in college. It definitely wasn’t meant for little kids. In one cartoon, George whacked the bad guy on his head with a thick club and announced, “I came. I saw and I conked him.” In another cartoon, the jungle was being redistricted by a character named Gerry Mander. What kid would get that reference when half the adults I know wouldn’t have? That was the fun of George of the Jungle.

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24 Comments on ““I like physics, but I love cartoons.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Let Germany brew your beer, let Switzerland make your watch, let Asia assemble your phone. We will build your car.
    Bob was very pleased that you purchased the Super Deluxe Edition of Another Self Portrait, and now he wants to talk to you

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I love this commercial and the little touches like Bob looking at his book. You can tell Bob that I am extremely glad that I spent so much money on the Super Deluxe Edition though I would have been just as happy without ordering the books. It is the music which makes it all worthwhile. As soon as you hear the first few words, you are transported to a place back in time when every Bob new album was reason for a party, a celebration. There are songs which were never released, and I feel privileged to hear them for the first time. It has been so long since I got to hear a Dylan, a good Dylan, for the first time.

      Tell Bob, the next time you two talk, that I am grateful for the release of this and for my being clever and buying it.

      • Hedley Says:

        You weren’t befuddled by the strange Bob “country singer” voice throughout the disc?. I know that Isle of Wight is with The Band, I always considered the 74 “Before the Flood” an absolute monster.

        What sporting excitement, smoking hot Renee Fleming singing the national anthem, Bruno Mars excellent half time show without the usual parade of over 60 wrinklies, and Payton generously providing a safety to start the game so that my otherwise useless superbowl squares came in to play and I won $150. Manning blew, youth, speed and tactical brilliance prevailed. Bob talked Detroit.

        And now we prepare for the 9 hour time difference with Sochi and wonder if any of the events face challenges caused by inappropriate engineering or engineered by outside forces. Bring it all, half pipes, full pipes, peace pipes, curling, guys doing luge, lets go. Does anyone remember the name of any ski jumper……except THAT fellow ???????

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        I liked the early songs best and there are many of these. Some, like Pretty Saro, are not even on an album. I wasn’t befuddled.

        I agree with your entire second paragraph. I knew little of Bruno Mars, and that show kicked butt. It was superb. I don’t think I have ever heard a finer rendition of the national anthem before Renee Fleming. Even the weather cooperated and the governor was no where to be seen.

        I am very much looking forward to the Olympics. I watch every broadcast as there is always some sport I like. My wish is that there will be no issue “engineered by outside forces.” Much as I prefer Putin to have egg on his face I hope it has more to do with poor plumbing and unfinished hotels.

    • Birgit Says:

      Noooo, let Opel in Bochum build your cars! Oops, too late. Forget it. But I can still recommend German beer 🙂

    • im6 Says:

      Hedley, since you’ve read my thoughts on Facebook, you know I liked the commercial even though, as I noted, I found it strange how intelligible the vocals were — a far cry from the unintelligible mumblings of late. That’s why I suggested it must have been done by a voiceover artist (or maybe I thought that because I’d just watched the film “In A World” prior to the start of the game). At any rate, I thought the message was nice, but I’m all for buying a proven product that’s built well and lasts rather than just because it might be homegrown. Silly me. But the biggest question I came away with from the commercial (and, really, all commercials with celebrity endorsements) was, “What kind of car does Dylan drive?” — if, indeed, he even drives (and where would he drive himself anyway?!). Somehow I can’t imagine Bob getting into a Fiat-owned Chrysler product (just as I’m sure those blonde models aren’t bleaching their hair themselves at home in the bathroom sink). I appreciate the “art” of commercials, even the messages if well-written and smart (which this one was), but after 30+ years in the advertising game, I know enough not to believe 1/4 of what you see or hear. Silly me again.

      • Hedley Says:

        The Maserati will suit Bob very well.

        Agree totally on product quality. Rather nice that the Toyota seats could set your ass on fire…oh what a feeling !

    • Bob Says:

      Of course the underpinnings of the Chrysler 200 is an Alfa Romeo. Not the legendary Alfa but the ones made by Fiat. I wonder how much of it is made with American components.

      Honda now exports more cars made here in America, with mostly American components, than they imported. They are the first Japanese manufacturer to accomplish that feat.

      The Maserati commercial made no sense to me. They are also made by Fiat. Even Ferrari is made by Fiat.

      The last time Italian cars, other than exotic cars, were imported here in the 80s they couldn’t sell the cars because of their poor quality and reliability. There quality was somewhere ahead of the French and behind the British cars.

      British automobile engineering was notoriously sub par. Why do the British drink warm beer? Because all the refrigerators are made by Lucas electrical. 🙂
      Who was the mythical god of darkness? Lucas. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I know nothing abut foreign made cars, and I don’t care. Cars haven’t ever interested me. I think it is more of a guy thing. I did know that many auto components are made here, but I didn’t realize that Honda exports cars made here.

        I hadn’t ever heard of Lucas Electrical, but I did find the site where your beer joke came from, and it is filled with Lucas jokes. I figure the mythical god of darkness is also a joke.

        When I was in Portugal, someone asked me if I knew what TAP, the name of Portugal’s airline, meant. He said it meant take another plane!

      • Bob Says:

        Lucas electrical is a British company that makes electrical components. British cars made in the 60s were filled with their parts and suffered from electrical problems. The Chrysler commercial was touting American made cars even though they are owned by Fiat. Honda a Japanese company is manufacturing and exporting cars made in America. Cars are a make thing, I think it has something to do with testosterone.

        I am impressed you looked it up.

      • katry Says:

        Most times I look up stuff posted here which I haven’t ever heard of before. Lucas Electrical is one of those things.

  2. Birgit Says:

    I love cartoons, but as a kid I wasn’t allowed to read comic books at home, they were considered as trash. Naturally I saw no reason to tell them that I read comics in the library and watched the Pink Panther show on TV with friends 😉 My favorite cartoons: Asterix and the Peanuts.

    • Hedley Says:

      Birgit, It always seemed that Asterix was a source of gigantic amusement to the French and to nobody else. Tintin, Captain Haddock and Snowy (Milou) perhaps had a wider acceptance

    • katry Says:

      I read comic books but preferred real books to the comics. My comic books were funny ones and maybe a Superman every now and then.

      Every Saturday we watched wasters and cartoons sitting in front of the TV with our cereal.

  3. olof1 Says:

    The sun has been shining all day here and the snow melts away fairly quickly. Still lots of it left but I have a big green patch of grass showing in my garden.

    I love comics and the best ones are the Norwegians, we have a few good Swedish ones too but the Norwegians beats them all. But I love those old road runner and coyote comics 🙂 ( their Swedish names are wheel legs and grey legs 🙂 ) and who can’t love Tom and Jerry :-), never liked popeye though.

    George of the Jungle wasn’t really known over here until the movies about Jungle George came. I guess that’s the same comic?

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It is still snowing here, but the snow is back to being wet again. It might even rain later. It is 34˚ now but will get to 40˚ tonight.

      I only liked Popeye when I was little. When I got older, I found him boring. Tom and Jerry and the Road Runner were clever with all the ways they had to get at each other.

      The movies were dumb. The George cartoons were clever.


      Enjoy the evening!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Cartoon fan here, too. As a kid I like Betty Boop. Even the racy Betty Boop cartoons. Popeye, not so much. My mother tried to get us to eat spinach by saying we would be like Popeye. I don’t know about anyone else but I sure didn’t want overdeveloped forearms and little niblet elbows. 🙂
    Beanie and Cecil the seasick Sea Serpent was a favorite of mine in high school. It was one of those cartoons that little kids laughed at but it had dialogue with double or deeper meanings that I could laugh at. It was like Rocky and Bullwinkle but not quite so cleverly satirical. Of course I love Moose and Squirrel and Fractured Fairy Tales as well as Roadrunner and The Coyote.

    It’s been snowing here all day. I went out to pay the real estate tax, drop off my very late annual town census and finalize my mother’s pension. Then I did a French Toast run to the grocery store because I had a craving for American Chop Suey but no fixings for it. Now that I have them, I don’t crave it. I’m sated on broiled chicken from the grocery store and Brigham’s Peppermint Stick ice cream. Tomorrow is another day.

    Enjoy the lovely (not) snow fall. More to come.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I also liked Betty Boop. She had such a fun voice and laugh. I’m with you in not wanting Popeye arms. I only like fresh spinach, never cooked.

      I forgot about Beanie and Cecil. I liked them too. How about Mister Peabody on Rocky and Bullwinkle! I loved that he adopted a pet poor, Sherman.

      I paid my taxes on-line Friday. They were due today. I forgot to get the dog’s license so now I have to pay a fine.

      Peapod is due, but I just got a call that the truck is running late due to the weather. They best be here so I can have a decent supper.

      We are not due for the snow Wednesday, less than an inch here.

      I hate the snow!!

      • Caryn Says:

        I was just reading that Roswell NM has been inundated with tumble weeds to the point that houses are buried and roads are blocked. Snow may be a pain but if it drifts up against the house, at least I don’t have to worry about it bursting into flame from a stray spark like dried tumbleweed. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        That’s awful. I’ll pick snow any day over tumbleweeds.

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