August 19, 2012

The Sun Beagle

My dog likes to lounge in the sun.  While he may act like Louis XIV sometimes, the title of this post refers to his love of basking in the warm sunlight, not his penchant for believing he is French royalty.
sleepy beagle
Being the beagle that he is, he is very stubborn.  What that means is that when the sun is out, it is very hard to get him to come inside.

Inside? You must be mad. I won't hear of it.
The beagle suddenly develops hearing problems.  The word "treat" means nothing to him. Neither does "come here."  Or "Kenobi."

If I close my eyes, you cease to exist.
It's funny how that works.  My dog knows what "pumpkin" means but if it's sunny he forgets his own name.  He would sit outside all day if I let him.  He could be panting up a storm.  He doesn't care.  He must be in the sun.  Sometimes I have to go up to him and remind him that he's supposed to listen to me, or at least humor me, and come when I call.

You were talking to me?  Surely there must be another Kenobi around here... 
My dog is aware of the power of his cuteness.  I'm sure of this.  I tell him he has to come inside, and he turns on the charm.

You can't resist when I do this with my ears.
How confident is he in his power?  He looks at me with that sweet beagle face, and then he promptly goes back to ignoring me.

If I look away, maybe she will leave.
Often he can be lured inside with the promise of ice cubes.  When he is done eating them, he wants to go right back outside again.  How do I know if he really has to go or if he is tricking me?
I'm tricking you.
The old man beagle gets very sad if he doesn't get his way.

But he usually does.  That's the power of the Sun Beagle.

Le chien, c'est moi.

August 6, 2012

The Muppets

I saw the new Muppet movie this week.  (Okay, not new.  It came out in 2011.)  I was both looking forward to it and apprehensive.  The Muppets are my childhood.  So was Star Wars, and I saw what George Lucas did to it with the prequels.  I knew that Jason Segel was doing the movie, and he is around my age and has the same reverence for the Muppets as I do.  All I can say is, it was everything I had hoped it would be.  The greatest compliment I can give the movie is that it was as if Jim Henson himself had made it.  The Muppets have to get back together and save their theater from being demolished by an evil tycoon.  It doesn't matter what the plot is, really.  The Muppets sing and make you laugh and give you hope that things will turn out okay in the end.  There were no dry eyes on the couch when Kermit and the other Muppets were on stage singing "Rainbow Connection" near the end.  It is the quintessential Muppet song.  Kermit first sings it in one of my favorite movies, The Muppet Movie.  

I could fill this blog with videos of the Muppets.  However, I will show some restraint.  But how to choose?  There is Robin singing "Halfway Down the Stairs," Rowlf playing the piano and singing "Cottleston Pie," scenes from Veterinarian's Hospital and Pigs in Space, Gonzo gazing at the stars singing "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday," fantastic guest stars on The Muppet Show like Beverly Sills and John Cleese, Fozzie's jokes, Kermit getting exasperated, and those lovable grumps in the balcony, Statler and Waldorf.  One song I especially like from The Muppet Show is "Turn the World Around," from the Harry Belafonte episode.  

The song is about tolerance and getting along with others and loving each other, even if they are different from you.  This encapsulates what I feel was Jim Henson's gift to the world.  He didn't just give us wonderful characters who made us laugh.  He gave us this beautiful message of love and hope and fellowship.  The Muppets couldn't be more different from one another.  But they are a family, and they love each other and are there for one another.  I am a pessimist.  I generally don't think things will turn out okay.  I don't believe that good will triumph over evil, but I watch the Muppets and then I believe.  The Muppets make me feel better.  That's the essence of Jim Henson coming through.  It can be seen in the little things that make the Muppets come alive.  At the end of "Turn the World Around," some of the Muppets come out to sing with Harry Belafonte.  Kermit and Fozzie turn away from the camera to face him, and Fozzie puts his arm around Kermit's shoulders.  They aren't just puppets- they're friends.  

Jim Henson tragically died when he was only 53 years old.  Too young.  The world is a lesser place for it.  It's hard for me to believe it was over twenty years ago now.  Two memorials were held, one in New York and one in London.  The puppeteers (or muppeteers) and many of the Muppets were present to pay tribute.  Big Bird sang "Bein' Green."  At the end when he looks to the sky and says, "Thank you, Kermit," he is saying it for all of us.  

I'm grateful to have grown up in a world with Jim Henson's creations.  I learned my letters and numbers with Sesame Street.  I sang along to The Muppet Show.  I watched Fraggle Rock and The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth and more.  It was gratifying to see the new Muppet movie carry on his legacy.  
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