My favorite movie scene is the one where the detective and his wife are sound asleep and the phone rings on the night table. The detective quickly awakens, picks up the phone, and says, "I'll be right over" or "I'm on my way!" I feel really safe and secure whenever I watch a scene like that. It's so very familiar, like an old shoe. Versions of it have been in lots of movies but never enough for me.
Along the same lines, sometimes when I'm stuck in a a traffic jam (happens every day) I listen to call in shows on the NPR station. Often a caller will complain that the attention wasted on celebrity gossip or other drivel should be devoted to serious topics like health care or climate change. Whenever I hear that I get the same warm, reassuring feeling that comes with the scene of the detective waking up. I feel the same way when somebody says that lots of other people were killed in car crashes like Princess Diana but there were no newspaper articles about those people. I love it!
So if you feel so inclined, please "make my day" by inveighing against the two video clips below. The first one appeared just yesterday. It's a nice long "Today Show" interview with Tiger Woods' girlfriend Cori Rist -- and it couldn't be more wonderful! I love everything about this interview and I've watched it many times. I really don't think any detail has escaped me. And yes, yes, I should be watching interviews with Joe Lieberman, which makes it even better. In fact, just thinking about Joe Lieberman (or Paul Krugman, if you prefer) in conjunction with this video gives me a tremendous rush of Mr. Snoid-like pleasure. Lawrence Summers and Cori Rist! Timothy Geithner! OMG!
But that's not all. How about a "cute kitten" video that has gotten almost twelve million views?! Think of it! The cute kitten video is 17 seconds long. Multiply 17 seconds by twelve million and you've got a lot of time that could have been devoted to Joe Lieberman, Paul Krugman, or climate change. Where's the phone? I've got to call NPR!
I could go on and on. But without further ado I
offer these two masterpieces for your pleasure or annoyance, as the
case may be.