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My Favorite Moments During “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”

December 19, 2015

In the beginning of the cartoon, the Grinch talks about stopping Christmas from coming.     His lips move, but his teeth remain in the same space.   That always fascinated me, ever since I was a kid.

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The expression of pure joy as Max thinks he’s going for a sleigh ride…

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…and the Grinch’s immediate reaction.  (“Yeah…right!” ).    Especially when the pom-pom of his hat drops.   That’s classic Chuck Jones animation.

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The Grinch slithering among the gifts like the snake that he is….

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The fire truck with the super-strong ladder,  which can boost the Grinch to the top of the tree.   I always wished I could have a toy like that. .

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Cindy Lou Who, who is no more than two”    Compare her to the size of the Christmas decoration, she must be about 8 inches tall.   Also notice that she and the other who children have antennae.  Does that mean they’re part insect?  Grinch Cindy Lou Who

 

“And the one speck of food he left in the house, was a crumb that was even too small or even a mouse”.    And then he STEALS it…!!!  The poor mouse’s sad expression is priceless.

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The scene where he steals the ice-cubes.    Think of this:  it’s 20 below outside…the town is covered in ice and snow.   The Whos could always go out and get ice any time they wanted.    But the Grinch still takes the trouble to take the ice cubes from their fridge and put them in his bag, where the will be useless and melt.    Just to prove a point…because that’s the kind of a-hole he is.  🙂

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The scene towards the end of the movie, when the Whos were still happy, even though the Grinch had stolen their gifts.  And the Grinch puzzled and puzzled,  till his puzzler was sore, and then he had his epiphany.   You can tell when it happens, when the background color changes.

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And then ,the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches, plus TWO

I always loved that “plus TWO”.   It just ads further emphasis to his complete transformation.

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And I don’t know what kind of critter a “Roast Beast” is.   It apparently has at least two legs, but the inside looks like pure solid meat with no organs or bones or gristle.  That’s MY kind of meal.

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And you can keep slicing it and slicing it, and it never gets smaller and you never run out of food.

Grinch Roast Beat

My Very Catholic Workbook

March 6, 2014

This goes back to my Grade 1 Religion Class  when I attended Regina Caeli Elementary School in Montreal.   (Circa 1970-71).

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“I became a Child of God on August 9th…”

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…and thus the indoctrination begins.

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I think here we were supposed to draw the gifts God gave us…

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So why did I draw myself spraying the bugs?

I have no idea.

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“Draw something God made for us to enjoy”.

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Let me see…from left to right, there’s a kiddie pool, a fort made of blankets and lawn chairs, the neighbors cat, and me and a bike.

With the exception of the cat, these are all material possessions.

Obviously I missed the whole point, here.

Note that Mrs. McGuire gave me a “C”, which stood for “Correct”.

That was the default grade she gave:  meaning your work was adequate, but not great.

But I did get rewarded with the mandatory religious stamp.

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(If only I could be like that haloed boy…*sigh*).

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“Show Adam and Even when they were happy with God”

Cath 3 IMG_7309Wow…I must have really knocked this one out of the park.

Because I got the trifecta:   The standard “C” for Correct.

The bonus religious stamp of the angel:

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And…the coveted “E” for “Excellent”.

When you got an “E”, you know you did well.

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Mrs. McGuire didn’t just hand those E’s to anybody, you know.

You had to EARN them.

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But Religion Class wasn’t all fun and drawings.   80% of my book was filled with text.  Apparently we did a lot of reading along and underlining.

(All part of the indoctrination process,  naturally…)

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“Draw yourself with other people.  We are children of God”.

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Looking at this, I don’t think I was really interested in drawing myself with other people.

I just wanted to draw a green Volkswagen, which was my favorite car at the time.

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“Draw yourself helping at home”.

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Not my best work.  But obviously I was very enthralled with the vibrant pink color from my new felt pen set.

I recognize my baby brother in the crib.   But aside from that , this was a pretty shitty drawing,  even for a kid.  The walls to the left and right are just scribbled in.

Even Mrs. McGuire noticed.   I got a “V. G.” beside the “C”.

Meaning “Very Good”.  Which was one step below “Correct”.

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“Draw Noah and his family on the ark”.

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It looks like I actually put a lot of thought into this one.   I got Noah’s family looking out the windows, with a few animals, including (third from the left) what appears to be an ALLIGATOR!

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And if that’s the case, then I think this drawing is AWESOME!

Funny thing is, I actually remember drawing this.   And remembering the story about how Noah set out three doves to look for land.   Apparently the first two drowned and never came back.  But the third one came back with an olive branch or something, and that’s who Noah found Mount Ararat.

Anyway, for whatever reason, I chose to draw one of the drowning birds.    On the roof, right next to the nonchalant giraffe. 

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Pretty harsh, when you think about it.

But hey…this was the Old Testament.

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What would I have said to Jesus?

“Thank you Jesus for the food.  It was good”.

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Which, obviously, was the right thing to say.

Because it got “Excellent”.

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“Draw Jesus with three of his Apostles”.

Cath 6 IMG_7321Yes.  Three apostles:  James, John, and qeter.

But it did earn an “Excellent”.   And not just as an “E”, but with the whole word written out.

This was rare compliment from Mrs. McGuire.

I was really starting to get the hang of this.

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“Draw Jesus and his Apostles in the  boat”

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See?   I got too cocky, and here I only got a “Correct”.

Probably because I screwed up the names of the apostles, and tried to erase the lettering and got it all smudged.

I have to admit,  Mrs. McGuire was consistent and fair in her marking.

And you gotta respect that.

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“Draw some people Jesus wants you to love”

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Yeahhh….and I don’t think I really wanted to draw that.    Obviously, I preferred to draw myself building a snow fort instead.

Hence, the lesser grade of “C” instead of the coveted “E”

Geez.

You couldn’t fool ol’ Mrs. McG.

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“Pray to the Holy Spirit.  Write your prayer here”

Cath 8 IMG_7324“Thank you Jesus for going back to Heaven!”

(????)

I’m not a theological expert.   But I don’t think you’re supposed to thank Jesus for going to heaven.   You’re probably supposed to thank him for dying for your sins instead. 

But what do you want?

I was only in Grade 1.

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“Draw yourself being a child of God”.

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Wow.  Look at the size of that SUN.

Anyway, I think this was supposed to be me playing with my sister.

Because from a seven-year-old point of view, the ultimate sacrifice to God is being nice to your pesky younger siblings.

Apparently, so is cleaning your room for Jesus.

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Though I am intrigued as to why I suddenly regressed back to drawing stick-figure people.

I dunno..maybe it was some kind of “minimalist” artistic phase I was gong through.

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Here’s one of story of the Prodigal Son.

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On the left, I drew the rich son leaving home and setting out in the wold with his big bag of cash with the dollar sign on it.

(Because the dollar was standard currency back in biblical times).

On the right, we see the son returning home, tattered and poor, falling at his farther’s feet.

Though they both look like bums…both equally tattered and poor.

(Oh well).

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“Draw yourself  saying Thank you to Jesus”

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Oooh…LOOK!   This is probably the FIRST CARTOON BUBBLE I ever drew! (Even though I ran out of room and had to add to it).

Mrs. McGuire liked it too…I got an “E”    And also (look in the top right), a colored stamp of the three Wise Men.

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(Awesome).

I also recognize one of the items in the background.

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That’s an old Fisher-Price Clock I used to have when I was three.   I still held on to it back then.

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It boggles my mind, how I remember this.

Don’t ask me how, but I do.

Of coures, at the end of some of the chapters, there were “take home” questions which we had go over with our parents.   My Mom and Dad would quiz me, and they’d have to sign off that they covered the material with me, and then Mrs. McGuire would co-sign it.

This information probably all went on my Permanent Record.   .

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This was all taken very seriously.   To ensure we kids grew up to be good little Catholics.

And it worked.  Because just 7 years later,  I became an Altar Boy

(But that’s another story).

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Failed Kool-Aid Flavors

May 6, 2012

Viking New Years Resolutions

January 16, 2012

Teach your kids to play with something sharp.

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Remember, no Saxon can make you feel inferior, unless you allow it.

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Try a veggie

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Make a drakkar out of bacon, and sail it to Vinland.

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Take a bath once this year, whether you need it or not.

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Punch a unicorn.   Just because.

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Even six MORE uses for Christmas fruitcake

December 17, 2010

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Eight More Uses For Fruitcake.

December 2, 2010

 

More uses for bacon.

November 10, 2010

2010 Friar-O-Lanterns Part II

October 18, 2010

You Know You’re Living in Small-Town Ontario When…

March 3, 2010

Snowmobiles pull up to service stations to gas up, showering sparks all over the pavement.

The word “youse” is considered an acceptable pronoun.

It’s pretty much impossible to find a contractor or tradesman during the month of November, because they’re all off to Deer Camp.

Poutine with meat is considered haute cuisine.

To outsiders, your town is known mainly for the Tim Horton’s on the highway.

The same Tim Horton’s will routinely run out of donuts.

It’s not unusual to drive 100 km without seeing a traffic light.

The local-yokel radio station plays bingo.   Live, on the air.   Winners  phone in their winning cards.

The DJ at the same local-yokel radio station knows his callers on a first-name basis.

The main grocery store buys out the only other food store in town, and shuts it down to eliminate the competition.

The plant installs a revolving door in their newest building, and it causes confusion with some people who’ve obviously never had to use one.

Two different people who’ve never met will try to set you up with the same single woman.

The only sales help you can get are clueless, sullen 17-year-olds.

You better fill up with gas by 10:00 PM, or you’re going nowhere.

They finally tear down the old Canadian Tire and build a brand new store, but they neglect to install automatic electric doors.    Have fun trying to maneuver your 500-lb. trolley full of garden soil outside.

Gas-station restrooms all consist of circa 1968 wood paneling, and are freezing inside.

Bears shit in your back yard.

Baseball caps are the height of men’s fashion.

A beer gut isn’t something to be ashamed of.   In fact, it’s expected.

It’s a 45 minute drive to the nearest shopping mall.    And McDonald’s…and movie theater…and functioning laundromat…and real hospital….

When you’re at that mall’s food court, and you try to buy burgers, the A&W informs you that they’re out of meat.

There are only 3 pay-at-the-pump gas stations within a 150-kilometer radius, and you know where they all are.

Every store sells worms.

Apparently, you have the only video store on the planet that displays the  DVD’s chronologically, rather than alphabetically.

The “Pizza Pizza” franchise closes at 9:00 PM on Friday.   Because Lord knows, NOBODY would want to buy a pizza on Friday night.

The local restaurants don’t bother with a soda fountain.   When you order a coke, they give you the can, and charge you $1.25.

You write letter to the editor in the local paper, and people are still talking about it 2 years later.

Viking Training: Wii are the Warriors

January 21, 2010

One bright winter day in the village SmelBaäd, there was a knock on Clöst Aerfrök’s door.

“Why, it’s the Traveling Kilted One!”, he cheerfully exclaimed.   “To what do we owe the pleasure of this visit?”

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“I come bringing a gift:  a new way to train your warriors to fight.”, said the Kilted One.  “It’s called “Wii.”

“We?”, asked Clöst.

“Wii.”, replied the Kilted One.

“Wee?”

“No…Wii.”

“Whee?”

“No! No! ….Wii!   Wait an minute and you’ll Sii…er, I mean see.”

“Behold!  Imaginary enemies, on the magic viewing screen!   You can fight them over and over, and keep honing your battle skills.”

Before anyone could say anything, the Berserker rushed forward and cried “Enemies!!!  NYARRRRGH!!!!”, and smashed the screen with his mace.

“I win!!!”,  he  exclaimed, as he gleefully continued to pound the pieces into the ground.

“You…you FOOLS!!!”,  screamed the Kilted One.   “Those enemies weren’t REAL!  It was a simulation!   You were supposed to have fought them with imaginary swords, using these special Wii controls!”


“Sword fight, eh?”, asked Lars.   “Well, why didn’t you say so.  That we DO understand!”      Then he and Hagörf grabbed the controllers, and proceeded to duel with them.

“Though I don’t see the point of this…there is no cutting edge, and these strange devices break when we smash them together!”

Meanwhile, the Kilted One stood there, at a loss for words.

“Hey!”, cried the Berserker.    “There are more of these Wee things in the bag.”

“And look…instead of using them as swords, it’s just as much fun to smash them on your head!”

Hyargen!  Hyargen! Hyargen!“, laughed Lars and Hagörf.

“Give us some!  Let us ALL smash them on our heads!”.

Which they proceeded to do, until there was nothing left intact in the Kilted One’s bag.

“O Kilted One,  that was a strange game, but FUN!”, said the Berserker.   “What will you bring us next visit?”

“Groan.”,  replied the Kilted One.

“Come”, Clöst said sympathetically.  “I think you need a draft of ale.  Or three.   Believe me, that’s the only thing that helps in these situations.”

“It was a worthy idea.   But perhaps this new technology is a bit too delicate and too sophisticated for the average Viking.”