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I Bob in your general direction

Last night, as Marvin and I were trying to go to sleep–which was not possible because a BUNNY had the nerve to be IN THE FRONT YARD and Tallulah needed to let us know repeatedly. Tallulah kind of acts like my poor grandmother did when she got the dementia; she'll tell you something 48 times in one conversation.

ARABBIT'SINTHEYARD! RABBIT! RABBIT! RABBIT IN THE YARD, DID I TELL YOU I GREW UP IN A GAS STATION? And hey, there's a RRRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrABBIT!

(Okay. The gas station part was something my grandmother used to tell us, not Tallulah. I threw it in for dramatic effect. Did it work? She did grow up there, as my great-grandfather owned the town gas station and all the men hung out there and played checkers and such. I think it sounds ideal, but she could not get out of there fast enough. Moved to DC. But that's a whole 'nother post.)

With the relaxing Tallulah news brief in the background as we lay there, I said to Marvin, "I just have to come out and say this. I like Bob Seger."

And I do. I am sorry. I know it's not cool, okay? And that my Michigan is showing. Because Bob Seger is from Michigan, and if you are FROM Michigan you can just kind of tell old Bob is one of your people.

One of my friends who is a little older than me had Bob Seger's band play at his prom. Now, who gets to say that? I have no IDEA who played at my prom, except I know it wasn't any Bob Seger.

Marvin took this information in stride. "I guess I do, too, as long as it's not DOdododododododo. DOdododododododo." he said.

"JUST TAKE THOSE OLD RECORDS OFF THE SHELF!" I screamed. Why is it that when someone tells you they hate a song you feel compelled to sing the whole thing?

Tallulah and I were a duo at that point.

"I'll sit and listen to 'em by myself! [rrrrrrabbit! rabbit rabbit!]"

Anyway, I hate that song too. And the Katmandu one. But I like all other Bob Seger songs. Sue me.

And you know what I hate? And I don't want to hear it, but I know I will.

I hate Monty Python. Do you have any idea how nauseating it is to be the only person in the world who hates Monty Python? Someone once told me I showed a lack of intelligence because I hate Monty ridiculous Python. Okay, I laughed at The Canterbury Tales (tee hee, quod she), but I'm an idiot because I hate Monty and his pythons.

And people CAN'T let this go. They can't just accept it. "You don't even think it's funny when they…?"

No.

Not even the time they…?

NO!

I had an old boyfriend who constantly whipped out Monty Python videos. "Just watch this one part with me," he'd say. Then he'd LOOK at me during the "funny" parts to see if I was laughing. THAT'S conducive to hilarity, thanks. No pressure. Not making me self-conscious.

Now, whatever you do, please leave 850 Monty Python quotes in my comments. Because that's the other annoying part about MP. People are forever putting on a high-pitched, terrible British accent and saying three words and we're all supposed to know the context, and WHOO! Let me slap my knee.

"I'm not dead yet!"

I can help you with that.

Roll me away.

76 thoughts on “I Bob in your general direction

  1. Am I allowed to quote Monty Python because I have a real British accent? More importantly, though, I want to know who had the coolest act play their prom/graduation ball. I had Fun Lovin Criminals, which I am immensely proud of. My boyfriend had Chesney Hawkes. I so win!

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  2. Alright June, I’ll let you know the band that played at our prom was “Ceyx” (Cease). Plus a bit of trivia: Bob Seger also played at my sister’s prom, just before his first album took off.. You know Madonna was from Bay City, MI…do you have any of her CD’s on your shelf?
    Not a fan of the “Monty”..

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  3. Oh, my gosh we’re twins. I love, love, love Bob Seger. I went to his concert a couple of years ago and I have his Greatest Hits CD in the CD player of my car as I write this.
    AND I hate Monty Python. People are so shocked by this. I love funny, silly movies (Dumb and Dumber is truly a classic) but I hate Monty Python.

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  4. I hate Monty Python. I just don’t get it. You know, people just say that about intelligence just to make themselves feel better. I should know. I once made the same statement about Spongebob Squarepants.
    Of course, in Spongebob’s case it’s actually true.

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  5. Who, ME?? (looking around) – of course I don’t like Bob Saget. Geez. Why, is he gross or something? I am so behind on pop culture – did he date Britney? What?

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  6. Have an unreasoning hate for Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean). I hate to look at him. Maybe it’s his nostrils.
    As for Monty Python, some of it is hilarious, some of it is punishingly boring.

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  7. Try growing up in a house with 4 other kids, all of whom LOVED Monty Python! Now, that REALLY sucked! (I hate them and don’t understand how ANYONE ever thought they were amusing, much less funny!)

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  8. I loved Monty Python when I was about 13. I could recite the dead parrot sketch verbatim. But MP has since been ruined for me by the high prevalence of ANNOYING people who quote it at any opportunity. Or just any time, these people barely need an excuse. And the likelihood of someone over the age of 18 quoting MP when it was not required is directly proportional to their loser quotient and their tendency to smell.

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  9. Monty Python? Well, the way the guys in my group quoted thr show, I was just confused the whole time, I don;t get it!
    But Bob Segar? LOVE HIM! I pray that “Hollywood Nights” doesn’t come on the radio when I’m driving, because i”m topping out at 95 mph before I know it! Besides, it’s my song!

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  10. Ok, I’m glad I’m not the only one that hates Napolean Dynamite either. You know how people say of certain movies, “Oh, it’s so stupid, it’s funny!” No, it’s not. It’s just stupid. My kids rented it one time, and I started to watch it, but I fell asleep. GOSH. Now, “Airplane?” That was funny. About 20 years ago. I have no idea if I’d still think it was funny now, but you have to admit, the line, “Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue,” is always funny.

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  11. I dated this guy who would play that stupid Bob Seger song “Here I am, on the road again” and he just thought it was HIS song and treated it like some holy time when it was playing. As brief as this relationship was, those moments seemed to last forever. It made me hate the song.
    And I love Monty Python. So there.

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  12. Monty Python HATER. Right here…right now…used to think it was because I’m from Texas, but now beginning to wonder????

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  13. I really haven’t watched enough real MP to comment on it. But in high school I laughed at people imitating MP. But those people were pretty funny anyway. So maybe they made Monty Python funnier.
    My band plays Turn The Page. Never in my lifetime would I have suspected that I would know ALL the words to that song. Fortunately I don’t have to sing it, just harmonize.
    Fawn, you like Bob Saget??? Yuck.
    In a completely unrelated comment, this commercial is really funny:

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  14. Bob Seger totally rocks!!! We saw him two years ago in Milwaukee (that’s where we lived then) He was amazing and could still rock! I had my first kiss to “We’ve Got Tonight”, in Cathy Schantz’s basement. (we lived in Michigan too)
    Good times…Great music

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  15. I don’t like old Monte either. I think that’s the first time I’ve admitted that in public since the “YOUDONTLIKEMONTYPYTHON!?!?” chastising of 1993. My entire English class ripped me a new one. Teacher too. Stupid Monty Python…

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  16. He might be a nice guy, but I really hate, hate, hate Bob Seger’s music. Even when I was a teenager it really irritated me. Well, everything irritated me back then.
    Anyway, Monty Python, eh. The sketches where they were dressed up as frumpy women irritate me possibly more than Bob Seger songs, but I love Spamalot! My MP-loving husband sends you this comic:
    http://spamusement.com/index.php/comics/view/323

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  17. Love Night Moves..
    Despise Monty Python.
    I knew I liked you for a reason (of course the fact that you make me laugh coffee out of my nose enters into the equation as well, plus you have lovely animals)

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  18. a) My post for tomorrow (which I wrote last night…inspiration is slim here and I must strike while the iron is hot) is all about the rabbits in our front yard that are causing my dog Ruby to lose her everloving mind.
    b) I also am not a Monty Python fan. My high school boyfriend made me go see The Meaning of Life with him to prove to me how funny they were. Ironically, I got a very disapproving look for the ONE thing I laughed at, because he thought it was sacrilegious.

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  19. Well what an interesting time you had in bed June. The neighbours must have been wondering what on earth was going on in your house for the time you were singing and Lula was barking. Probably thought Marvin was doing something wrong .. again. :o)

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  20. Not so much on the Bob Seger. Couldn’t watch a marathon of Monty or anything, but seriously, some of it is inspired. I, too, shall refrain from spouting my fav quotes. I mean, it is your blog and all.
    And Hulk? I am with you on the campfire/CD/cooler of frosty beer/friends thing. Except, in my experience, at that point you can play nearly anything, and get people to sing along.

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  21. I have never seen anything Monty Python. I won’t waste my time, since most of you aren’t fans. Lula freaking out about the rabbit cracks me up. My dog was nutso last night trying to catch a fly. It was very entertaining!

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  22. I have to thank you for reminding me about Bob Seger. I love those songs. I just didn’t put his face with his name. I thought he was an old guy and realized I had him confused with Pete Seeger. Wow. What a mix up. I’m ok with Monty Python but I don’t enjoy slapstick generally and John Cleese in Fawlty Towers gives me a headache. Also, I would like to nominate Furry Godmother for comment of the week.

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  23. I’m not a MP fan, either. After I’d been married a few years, Mr Hyphen rented one of the “FUNNIEST” ones ever and I fell asleep mid-way. I know funny, and that ain’t funny.
    I LOVE Bob Seger. My favorite is whatever song that was on the movie About Last Night. You know… that stellar movie before Demi Moore “had work done”. He sings with passion.
    Lula, your grandmother and my 5 year-old have that whole repeat everything 48 times a minute thing in common. I’ll start blaming dementia.
    p.s. why are your comments haten’ on the Hyphen Mama? Did I get black balled again?

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  24. I don’t like Monty Python either – I’m glad to see that I’m not alone. I thought it was just me.

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  25. Okay, okay. If you had a six year old daughter, whose dumbass dad was french, who giggled hysterically at everything in the Holy Grail, and now at age 14 can pull lines from it when appropriate, then maybe you might enjoy it more than you do.
    I am not an avid fan, but through her eyes I enjoy it.
    Bob always rocked when we were kids, but it is sad to see him, and us, get old.
    As for the rabbit, did you ever think about just going outside to chase it away so you could sleep? Or maybe, hanging some paper over the window? Lula is a doll, but I get cranky with anyone in between me and sleep.
    Moo

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  26. It’s like I don’t even know you! How can you not like MPFC? I considered rending my clothes and declaring you dead but then I would miss you and Talulah and the rest of the animals even that sour puss Francis. So I will not declare you dead I will just agree to disagree and not quote Monty to you. You do like Lucille Ball don’t you? Think about this long and hard because this may just be grounds for me divorcing you.

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  27. I’m not a fan of Monty Python either. My man chides me for having no taste or appreciation for “funny movies.” I also hate/he also loves: Spaceballs, Robin Hood men in tights, and Blazing Saddles.

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  28. “Well you walk into a restaurant, strung out from the road, you can feel the eyes upon you as you’re shaking off the load, you pretend it doesn’t bother you but you just want to explooooode…”. Now you too can be singing that in your head for the rest of the day – thanks, June. Love Bob Seger, even have LPs from back in the day.
    Never really got MP, but LOVE John Cleese. “A Fish Named Wanda” is on my top 10 all time favorite movies list.

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  29. I love Bob Seger. Night Moves is one of the best songs ever, a classic. I understand your allegiance and loyalty to one of the local boys. Being from Texas, we have our share of local boys to be fiercely loyal to as well. Specifically from my hometown are Boz Scaggs and Steve Miller. Stevie Ray Vaughn, Barry White, Willie Nelson, Buddy Holly, Mac Davis, George Strait, Edgar and Jonny Winter, Selena, Freddy Fender, Johnny Rodriguez, we got a boatload of singers from Texas. One of my favorites, Jerry Jeff Walker is a transplant, but we do still love him.
    I like Monty Python in small doses. One movie every 6 months. Too much of that gets real old real fast. The British guy I hate, I mean really can’t stand to watch is Benny Hill. What an ass-hat he is!
    Be thankful your Early Warning System only lets you know about critters on the “outside” of your house! My idiot dogs think they should wake up and let us know whenever any of the cats are moving, changing sleeping positions or getting into a new breathing pattern. Morons.

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  30. Before close captioning…watching Hearing People LAUGH while watching Monty Python…they looked stupid. Now we have close captioning….Hearing people STILL look stupid. 🙂

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  31. OMG, I love MP!!!! It’s the best ever!!! How can you hate it? It’s so funny…..
    “What’s on the television?” “Looks like a penguin.” 😀
    Or, perhaps, “Signor, my friend, he say that Milan is better than Napoli.” “Well, he shouldn’t be saying that! We haven’t done comparisons yet!”
    Sue me. I love it. XD

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  32. I groaned out loud when I thought I read you liked Bob Saget!
    No strong opinion either way on Bob Seger.
    HATE Monty Python! HATE The Three Stooges.
    Hey June, I was scrolling free movies last night and saw Bye Bye Love and thought that would have been a great title for your blog in year 7.

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  33. I hate Monty Python, too. Always have, and always will. It’s just stupid – Monty Python is just stupid.

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  34. Never seen Monty Python, never wanted to. Couldn’t quote it to you or recognize a quote from it.
    But the dog and the rabbit story. That was funny.

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  35. really, really don’t like monty python. yes, my 21 son likes to put the holy grail in and “watch this! watch this!” “isn’t that HILARIOUS?!!”
    ugh. ack. blech.

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  36. i can’t even begin to compete with the above hilarious comments….
    NEVER saw MP, never going to… My mom (glitter jiffy pop) use to feed us spam, i could kill her for that. My mister’s CEO is at the Buick Open with Tiger & Bob right now. i love Bob too, but use to sit down at HS dances when they would “take the old records off the shelf”… that song could make ya nibble on the end of a shotgun.

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  37. I too find Monty Python to be ok, but not amazingly fantastic.
    Maybe you should have let Tallulah OUT to catch the rabbit. Then you could hollar out your window “Bring out your dead (rabbits)!”
    Oh how I slay myself. You have no idea.
    Btw, Bob Seger is great. I really like “Against the Wind”.

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  38. “He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!” from Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
    And what? You don’t like Ken Buddah and his inflatable knees? What is wrong with you?!
    I used to like Bob Seger, until my old neighbor, a meth addict, would play him loudly all day, every day. When the meth took over, Bob Seger got turned off. Thank God for meth!

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  39. Weird…so weird. Two minutes ago my sister was asking me if she should take her kids to see a free movie called “Mr. Bean on vacation” or something along those lines. I told her I couldn’t stand Mr. Bean humor and we went on to have a 30 minute conversation about how much we dislike Monty Python, Napolean Dynamite, Mr. Bean, and Spongebob comedy. We don’t see what is so funny. It’s silly. We have a mutual friend who LOVES, LOVES, LOVES it. Every time she brings it up she gets a blank stare from me with the occasional cricket chirp in the background.
    Looking forward to the post about your grandmother who grew up in a gas station!

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  40. Seger’s “Live Bullet” playing on the CD player at a campfire, after the ball game on the radio is over, cooler full of beer, sitting with good friends. I don’t care what state you are from or in, you CANNOT beat that.
    I DEFY you to deny belting out “Turn The Page” all together…

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  41. On the other hand, I can’t stand Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean). I think he’s stupid and embarrassing to watch. My husband doesn’t like MP but thinks Mr. Bean is hilarious.

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  42. I hope that my love for Bob Seger will cause you to overlook my equal love for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I will not quote it out of respect for the sanctity of your blog, but we shall have to agree to disagree.
    Bob, however, rocks.

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  43. I find Monty Python OK. Not hilarious, not awful, just there. But then again I am a child of the ’80s, so you can’t expect much from me.
    I have no opinion on Bob Seger, except I know Matt LeBlanc was in the Night Moves video.

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  44. Love Bob Seger. Love Him. I have been seen rockin’ out to Turn the Page many a time in my car. Totally a MI thing. Hey didn’t our cousin Katy have that song played at her wedding for the father-daughter dance and Uncle John was really mad (Katy probably was too)?
    I HATE MONTY PYTHON.
    Maybe these things are genetic?

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  45. I have this habit of always choosing movies that are DOGS on the Netflix account I inherited. Apparently I am the worst movie-chooser ever. (To wit: Paul Blart, Mall Cop. Mamma Mia.) So in an attempt to break that streak, I put Monty Python and The Holy Grail first in my queue, figuring that was a CLASSIC; it was a NO FAIL situation. It arrived, I settled down to watch a GOOD movie full of sophisticated British frivolity and … WTF? Are they KIDDING ME? I was asleep within ten minutes. Booooooooorrrring.
    In my INFANTILE youth, I thought the Dead Parrot sketch was amusing.
    I’m somewhat disappointed that I’ve never seen Fawlty Towers … or is that just as lame?

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  46. Never saw Monty Python. Crap, now I have to to prove that I don’t like him either.
    My mother in laws dog was staying with us last week and caught and ate a rabbit in our yard. I could not get it away from him and by then it was just gross.

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  47. I hate Monty Python too. I was dating a guy, back in the 70’s, who took me to see the Holy Grail twice in one month, because he couldn’t understand why I didn’t think it was hilarious the first time we went. I fell asleep the second time. We broke up not long after that.
    I also have to comment on the chihuahua comment. 300!!! 300 chihuahuas!!! If that story didn’t involve dead dogs it might be humorous. Immaculate lawn, but dead chihuahuas in the living room. What a crazy world!

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  48. Well, somebody turned YOU into a newt, didn’t they?
    (Sorry, I had to. I love MP. Grew up in Great Britain where it was a weekly TV show. Does anyone out there remember the blanc mange skit?)

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  49. I always hated the Terry Gilliam animated stuff. But I love the Pythons . . . spam, spam, spam, spam . . . And I still love you. The world would be a boring place if we all liked the same things. Like rabbits. 😉
    Oh, and I love Bob, too. And I’m from Ohio. (But I vacation in the U.P.)

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  50. Bob Seger update–He is Tiger Woods golfing partner at the Buick Open in Grand Blanc MIchigan this week.
    Another Michigan update–the authorities in Dearborn Michigan took into custody a man who had 300 (not kidding) Chihuahua dogs in his filthy, garbage strewn small house. Unfortunately many of the dogs were deceased. To prove June’s theory, the neighbors didn’t suspect anything because his lawn was immaculate.

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  51. YOU KNOW, I liked Monty Python. In the seventies. When I was in high school. Like you were supposed to. “The Meaning of Life” was my favorite movie. IN HIGH SCHOOL.
    And then I grew up. *sigh*
    Much more annoying now? BLAZING (GD) SADDLES!
    My Huddie’s favorite flick. *gah*

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  52. YOU KNOW, I liked Monty Python. In the seventies. When I was in high school. Like you were supposed to. “The Meaning of Life” was my favorite movie. IN HIGH SCHOOL.
    And then I grew up. *sigh*
    Much more annoying now? BLAZING (GD) SADDLES!
    My Huddie’s favorite flick. *gah*

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  53. YOU KNOW, I liked Monty Python. In the seventies. When I was in high school. Like you were supposed to. “The Meaning of Life” was my favorite movie. IN HIGH SCHOOL.
    And then I grew up. *sigh*
    Much more annoying now? BLAZING (GD) SADDLES!
    My Huddie’s favorite flick. *gah*

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  54. My high school drama class all thought “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” was the best thing ever, and I think the reason I didn’t get good parts the first two years I auditioned was because the director was punishing me for not finding it hilarious. I mean, it wasn’t awful, it was just kinda there. It had a couple chuckle moments, but overall, I was much more excited when it was “Evil Dead” day in class. (Clearly, we learned a lot about quality theatre in that class.)

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  55. Love Bob Seger, but I’m from the Soo (Ontario) so perhaps that’s why. Love Monty Python too….but my husband doesn’t. I imagine that sitting next to you at “Spamalot” would have been much like sitting next to him….not one laugh, not one giggle, nada…..it was so sad……

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  56. I might have liked Monty Python at one time, and thought it was slightly funny, but my husband’s obsession with it has now ruined any appeal it might have ever had. And every time he quotes one of the movies, I want to punch him in the face. Is that wrong?

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  57. I don’t like Monty Python either. Not funny. I thought it was the english humor but I like their version of The Office so maybe not. But I do like Spam too, the luncheon meat, not the junk e-mails. I’m from Hawaii, Spam is our national meat. Bob Seger? I know the name but can’t think of any songs except the two you hate. Must go troll around I-Tunes now.

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  58. I know someone else who hates Monty Python like you do, but she hates Monty Python lovers even more. But that someone ain’t me!
    I fart in your general direction!

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  59. I WILL NOT DO IT no matter how many M ridiculous P quotes are stabbing at my fingertips as they hit the keyboard. I won’t do it. But I will tell you that I love the song Real Love by Bob Seger and I can’t find it enny.where. I look at iTunes, Amazon…I can’t find it. I like Bob, but I deeply love that song.
    And Spam.
    Oh, and Vikings.
    But mostly Real Love by Bob Seger.

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  60. You are not alone. I don’t like Monty Python either. And my husband just can’t comprehend this. I tell him it’s just his juvenile humor, and I’m more sophisticated than that. 😉

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