I was flipping the channels on ye ol’ television while I was seeking the motivation to get out of bed this morning. While I was involved in this struggle of guilt vs. pleasure I stumbled across a movie I haven’t really seen in about a decade but was just ecstatic to see: Smokey and the Bandit.
There are just so many things that make Smokey & the Bandit (S&tB from this point forward) a film that you can enjoy time and time again. First, of course, there is the fact that it is a film I remember from my childhood (although completely inappropriate for me at the age I saw it) so that instantly makes it a classic in my book. I share the same types of feelings for Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, The Goonies, Back to the Future, Corvette Summer, Flash Gordon, The Man with the Golden Gun and Doc Savage. Some of them may be good movies, some of them may be bad movies, but they are movies that instantly transport me back to being that wide eyed innocent young spoiled brat who loved to watch movies.
You also can’t deny that S&tB has the one thing that all guys (at heart I feel) want to be able to do: drive fast, outrun the law, and have a great time doing it and never getting hurt. Bandit was the personification of the miracle man behind the wheel who could push the pedal to the metal without worry of repercussions or fear of bodily harm. I’d almost say I could blame a lot of my speeding tickets in life on this example that Burt Reynolds presented to me as a kid.
The last thing that makes S&tB a classic that I can watch time and time again is the use of the CB. Let’s face it folks, the CB craze was very very real and we all at some point either had one in the family or knew someone that had one and we always came up with our own handle. CB’s have a special memory for me because a group of friends and myself all started using CB’s in the last year of high school in order to coordinate what we were doing and for having fun. Granted this was a good decade AFTER S&tB, but you can’t deny that Bandit
and the Snowman showed us the light on how these wonderful little boxes could make for a real good time when you were behind the wheel.
It’s amazing the things that I reflect on, isn’t it?
Today was a completely nothing day where absolutely nothing happened. I am not sure at this point if that is a good thing or a bad thing.
I will say that I hate Microsoft products with a passion now. NO QUESTIONS!
Actually there was absolutely nothing manic about it. I did, however, have a job interview.
Now, I’m not really comfortable with interviewing any more. It has been a very long time since I’ve actually had to go through a formal interview process. As a matter of fact I haven’t had to do this since 1996. You see, I am now at the end of a very long string of jobs that I have literally just fallen in to. When I started doing work for The Produce Exchange many many moons ago I first just pitched them what it would take for me to do their web site. After that one thing led to another and I was the IS Manager. No big deal.
From their I started doing all that fun stuff over at PlayTV in 1999. Once again, a formal interview never really happened. First I started doing a show at the behest of Alex Bennett. From their I did a trade show for Play, and then the next thing you know I’m in jobsville baby.
In 2000 a good friend of Aaron Lockhart’s knew a guy that was hiring for a place called Comedy World. I believe my “interview” was done in a coffee shop in Berkeley and it mostly involved being told what the concept was and next thing I know they are just finding a place for me. Sweet deal. Very easy.
So, now here in the year 2001 amongst a nasty ass economy and a slightly flooded job market I have to break out the charm and figure out how to sell people on my skills. I have to say it isn’t fun. The interviews so far that I have had have been good but nothing yet. So, I send the resumes, watch the phone, stare at the clock, and write journal entries.
I don’t like the new millenium!
Now I don’t know if this will prove true, but today Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back finally opens. Does this mean that I’ll stop talking about it finally? Probably not knowing me.
It will be interesting to see how the movie does against the competition that is out there. Now, I’m not actually talking about the other films opening. Why not? Because almost all the competition looks like crap. First and foremost is Bubble Boy. This looks like a one joke premise that they are dragging out for an entire movie (hold the comparisons to my life to yourselves). This is a movie that I may not even watch if my life depended on it. I bet it won’t even break a
million this weekend.
If you guys think that you are tired of hearing me talk about Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, feel for my poor wife. She has been putting up with this obsession for half the time of forever now and I’m sure she’s ready to try to suffocate me with any of my View Askew DVD’s in my sleep. I wouldn’t blame her. I wonder how many times I’m going to make her go see the movie this weekend?
That’s it for today.
I have to just say to everyone within the reading distance of these words that if you haven’t checked out http://www.owlprowl.com yet then you are missing out.
Daniel Scott Bishop is by far one of the best Internet broadcasters that I have ever listened to.
Now, I dont make that last statement lightly. You see, there are many different types of “netcasters” out there in the world. The loweliest of the bunch are the ones that discover that they can in some way, shape, or form put out a stream and then begin to make asses out of them selves for all the Internet to take notice of. These are the type of netcasters
that I really despise because they are the ones that give the whole personification of netcasting abad name. At times I have to admit that I feel like one of them.
In the middle you have the people that are really trying to do there thing. They are getting on and fulfilling a dream. They always wanted to be in some form of broadcasting and now they have the ability to do so. They put a little effort in to it, have a good time doing it, and even a few people may take notice of them. I probably fall into this class more then anything else. Yes, I know, for a brief time I was really on radio but now I’m not and when I do lightup the mic I don’t exactly give it my all… I just give it some.
In the final class you have the people that truely believe in what they are doing, want to put their best foot forward, and are truly broadcast professionals in their heart and soul. They know what they are doing, they do it well, and deserve tobe on more then just a
netcast. Daniel Scott Bishop is one of those people.