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Monty Python and the Interesting Parenting Techniques 
16th-May-2006 04:24 pm
Elayna: "You can have the rest of the pretzels if you want."
Me: "No, dude, I totally gorged myself just now. Can't eat another bite."
Elayna: "What's gorging?"
Me: "When you eat and eat until you are soooo full. Full up to here." *gesturing at esophagus*
Elayna: "So you can't eat even., like, a raspberry?"
Me: "Even a wafer-thin mint."
Elayna: "A what?"

I discovered that we do not own Meaning of Life. Zut alors! Fortunately, much as YouTube annoys the crap out of me, it's a great resource for stuff like this. So now Elayna has seen...

* The Mr. Creosote sketch
* The Dead Parrot sketch
* The Lumberjack Song, and
* The Argument Clinic sketch.

And now she has to do some homework. "That was never five minutes!", she says...
16th-May-2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
The "Mr. Creosote" sketch may have been the first Python sketch I ever saw, in like 1983 (when I was in fourth grade and hadn't even discovered Douglas Adams yet). It was featured on a making-of-movies TV special showing how they created the, er, explosion and innards...

So that's where my warping began! (Oh, and around the same time I saw the scene in Time Bandits where the giant steps on the house. Planted the seeds of my Gilliam love, it did...)
16th-May-2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
Ahh, the brainwashing pop culture education proceeds nicely. Excellent.
16th-May-2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
Hooray for the exposure of Monty Python to a new generation!

I've had my daughter watch Meaning of Life and Holy Grail, just so she could understand my references, though I was disappointed that she didn't like them...
16th-May-2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
Elana's seen (and enjoyed) most of Holy Grail... and yes, she likes getting our references. :)
16th-May-2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
If your all comming to Boston this time, I have the entire collection. SO my 11 year old nephews have seen every Monty Python ever (tv show, movies, recorded specials, and the A&E bio shows)

You can bring them back with you if you would like.
16th-May-2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
She'll be in FL - this'll just be me! Thanks, though. :)
16th-May-2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
How can you deprive your child of such important matters?

I appalled with you.

You haven't laid the Fish Dance on her yet, have you, hmm, have you?
16th-May-2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
The deprivation was accidental, not deliberate, I promise!
16th-May-2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
Ah... Meaning of Life - I inflicted that on my girlfriend one night. The fact that later that evening was our first kiss (although we did watch Princess Bride after Meaning of Life and just before the kiss) and that she's now my wife of almost 8 years says a lot about us.
17th-May-2006 02:23 am (UTC)
And this is the perfect post to hijack to say Lookee the twin baaaaby moose in my friend's backyard!

*ahem* Carry on.
17th-May-2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
But it's just wafer-thin!
17th-May-2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
That's FANTASTIC. Huzzah for the new generation.

I remember my astonishment when, during the 8th grade, two of my teachers began rattling off the dead parrot routine either for the benefit of, or in spite of the handful of students within hearing. It was a short time before I realized that they hadn't made it up, and that there was a lot more where that came from. That were 1984, maybe 5?

Coming back to '06, my folks came down to the city and took me & My Lovely Wife out to see Spamalot. It was... quaint? I found that the repetition of the old routines done from a stage had neither the impact of the original movies & sketches, nor the warmth of a Fellow Geek holding forth from memory... Ah well.

But yay for Python on youtube, and yay for the Sprout learning a new old thing, and yay on you for preachin' it.

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