Monday, December 19, 2011

Ben & Joe Picture Commentary - Summer

At the end of July, Ben, Joe and I put together a brief commentary on random pictures while testing the abilities of Power Point 2011.

It sat in queue for a few months. Debbi said it was "too old" to earn a spot on her blog, so I'll gladly take the 2nd rate videos.

Here it be:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Crotch Injury Video

So, what do you do on a dull afternoon when you're about 16-18 years old (other than participate in the OBA)?

Some points to consider:

1. In the years leading up to the mid 90's, America's Funniest Home Videos was all the rage (at least as I perceived it). During this time, it seems like at least 33% of the videos on that show were of men getting hit in the crotch by . . . something. Anything, really.

2. Video cameras were different back then. Not everyone had them, so when you got access to one with a blank tape, you had to act. Plop in a big 'ole VHS and shoot away.

This is the situation four friends friends found themselves in -- Charlie Knight, Brad Williams, John Huston, and myself (there may have been a separate cameraman, I don't remember.)

After at LEAST 13 years in the vault (my basement), this long lost classic has been, at last, found. Without further ado, I present, in all it's glory, the famous Crotch Injury Video.

Disclaimer: This does have a little bit of a "PG" feel.

Friday, December 2, 2011

What Happened to Bert?

I'm talking about "Bert" from Mary Poppins . . .

Well, we know that he lived in London in the year 1910, and worked as a Chimney sweep, Screever (chalk artist), and part-time kite salesman.

We know he had a friend named "Mary Poppins" who was a nanny. Along with Bert, and the two children in her care, Jane and Michael Banks, they had a very well-documented adventure.

But after Mary Poppins floated away on her magical umbrella, what ever happened to Bert?

Well, Ben and Joe have helped me figure it out.

Apparently he moved to the English countryside.
We lost track of him for quite a while, but it
does seem like at some point he got married and had two children of his own, Jemima and Jeremy. Unfortunately, he also became a widower at some point.

Things began to turn around when he decided to invent a flying car named "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and fell in love with wealthy candy heiress "Truly Scrumptious."

The only part we can't figure out is why he started going by the name "Caractacus" after he left London. Our best guess is that his full name is "Caractacus Bert Potts."

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I'm 99% sure that this is what Ben & Joe actually think. Dick Van Dyke is always referred to as "Bert" regardless of which movie we're watching.