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Who The Hell Is Reading This?

Posted in Nonsense with tags , , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by Bob

Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that people are reading my blog. What really intrigues me however is how my blog is found. I know that 100s of people are not reading my blog every day. That is ok. I have been really slacking as of late so I am not expecting that many hits. However, when I haven’t posted in 5 days, and all of a sudden there are 20 views to my blog on one day … I am curious. So, I look up to see how readers are getting to my blog. Referrers … none. I have no problem with that. Search engine terms … this is where I get a little concerned. I try to put relevant tags on my each post to my blog so that maybe, somewhere, someone might find it and read. Celebrity Deaths, or some variation are very popular search engine results on my blog. I think that is cool. That is not the highest searched term that comes to my blog though. What is the term you may ask? Anything that has to do with Grover.

“Super Grover” to be exact has come to my blog from 173 search engine results. Other variations with “Grover” in it have brought people to my blog 43 times. Is Grover REALLY that popular? Is there some bizarre Muppet resurgence I am not aware of? I am as big of a Muppet fan as anyone but I guess I need to start watching Sesame Street sooner than waiting for our soon to be little one to be old enough to watch. I am wondering if I should be a little creeped out that so many people are looking up Grover, that one person might be stalking me to see if I posted anything NEW about Grover or if I should be worried that kids are looking up Grover and finding my blog … which would not be good necessarily. All in all I guess I should be happy that my blog is being found by search engines at all.

Herman just got back from his vacation! He took off without me, claiming some B.S. about a secret mission to the northern most reaches of our planet. I think he was serious because he retrieved his Hoth uniform from storage, used my credit card for a plane ticket and then took off in the middle of the night. He looked a little too relaxed though when he got back today to have been on a world conquest campaign. I think he may have been up to no good. I swiped his camera so as soon as I can, I will get those pictures and find out what he was really up to. I will keep you all posted.

Until next time, Remember this, kids, it is very important. Even if your mommy makes you a super hero costume, do not attempt to do any of these things, especially flying. Because you cannot do it. You do not have super powers. Because there is only one Super Grover. And that is me.

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I Want to Play Too!

Posted in Nonsense, TV/Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2010 by Bob

Going to be a tad bit un-original here, mainly because I am dog tired (literally because the dog has been kicking me out of bed 5 times a night the last few nights), and because a migraine kicked in early last night. Despite the lack of creativity and inspiration, I do have to write three entries a week and other obligations later in the week may hamper that effort.

My friend Kevin talked about trying to meet Lance Guest and get his autograph on his copy of The Last Starfighter. His writing in his blog of the adventure actually made it happen. Another blog I read, Sybil Law, took from his success and is trying on her own blog to get to meet, among other things she wants to do, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. (I am linking to her request like Kevin is doing, although I think his blog has a LOT more pull than mine, but it couldn’t hurt)

Stealing from their tries for meeting folks, I am going to do the same. Who is it that I possibly want to meet you ask? Frank Oz. If you don’t know who Frank Oz is, I should make you look him up but I won’t. Frank Oz was the prison guard in Blues Brothers who gave Jake Blues his property back when he got out of prison. Actually that is just a small role. I really want to meet him because he is the voice of Fozzie Bear, Animal, Miss Piggy, Grover, Bert, Cookie Monster, Yoda, the hands of the Swedish Chef … I think you get where I am going with this. HE IS A GOD!!! At least to me.

He also has directed a number of films, (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, What About Bob?, In & Out … to name a few)  and does other voices and cameos as well. His Muppet voices are the ones I enjoy doing the most, and the ones I can do the best. Most people who know my know that I would do just about anything to be a famous cartoon voice or Muppet Voice. One problem with me being a Muppet however is the “Muppeteering” part. I have never used a puppet in my life and not sure I would know how to operate it without extensive training. I can only hope that one day Mr. Oz. sees my YouTube video of The Rainbow Connection (yeah another shameless link to it) and calls me asking if I wanted a job. I have thought about ordering my own Muppet from F.A.O. Schwarz.  Once again however I am starting to move off topic.

Basically, I want to meet one of my idols, Frank Oz. I would be happy with any amount of time I could meet with him 1 – on – 1, but I think I would die a happy man if I had the opportunity to talk with him for 30 min or so, with both of us talking in Muppet voices, and be able to record the experience. Actually, if that happened I think I would need a towel afterward.

So, if anyone out there knows Mr. Oz, knows how to send my video to him personally, or otherwise can hook me up, I would be forever in your debt. That is my outlandish wish for the day.

Until next time remember “When single shines the triple sun, What was sundered and undone, Shall be whole, the two made one, By Gelfling hand or else by none. ”

That is one middle aged frog

Posted in Nonsense, TV/Movies with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2009 by Bob

Happy Birthday Sesame Street! Today you are officially 40. As turning the big 4-0 myself recently, I can happily celebrate the fact that you and I grew up together…literally.

That is my birthday wish to that venerable institution that introduced a nation to the lovable Muppets. It is a show that I lived by in my youth, and later the Muppet Show in my teen years … and adult years. Anyone that knows me well can tell that the Muppets had an incredible, if not somewhat disturbing effect on me. One doesn’t have to go much further than my YouTube video of me singing the Rainbow Connection to see what an impact Mr. Henson had on me. (yeah, a shameless plug to get my video more hits)

Not the long ago I happened to be home during the day for some reason and I happened across an episode of Sesame Street. Much had changed on the good old street since I had last visited. It was the same, but somehow had changed. It looked smaller for one. I am sure it was the same effect you experience when you go back to visit your old grade school. Of course everything is smaller … you are bigger! There were also a lot of new characters that I didn’t recognize or knew of slightly because of my love of Muppets.

Since I was a Sesame Street watcher in the early days, I was one of the children that grew up watching kid’s shows before the era of “political correctness”. I remember when 2 male Muppets living together didn’t mean anything other than they shared the apartment to save on rent. (Although the family guy episode with Bert and Ernie was HILARIOUS) I remember when Cookie Monster ate only cookies and smoked a pipe … which he also ate. Cookies were not a “sometimes food”. I remember when Aloysius Snuffleupagus was still only able to be seen by Big Bird. I also stopped watching long before the beloved Mr. Looper … Scooper … Hooper died.

I was surprised to see some of the original people that I grew up watching were still on the show. Gordon, Maria, Luis. It was nice. Of course in 40 years you expect to see some changes in the old hood. Children today need to be coddled much more than they did when I grew up. For some reason kids today are more fragile. They aren’t allowed to have toys that fire real missiles (loved my Battlestar Galactica Cylon ship) and have to wear 100 pounds of protective gear to climb on a jungle gym … if they can find a park that has one anymore. Once again I digress. (I shall save that rant for another blog)

Where was I? Oh yeah. Some things, of course, have changed, but one thing pretty much remains the same … Sesame Street is still around. The whole anniversary got me to thinking this last week of other shows I used to watch that were meant to educate and entertain. All of the shows are gone now. I think my favorite as I moved a little past Sesame Street was The Electric Company. HEY YOU GUYYYYYYYYYYYS! A show that had big name stars such as Rita Moreno, Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers, Zero Mostel … and these were just a handful of RECURRING characters.

Big Blue Marble and Zoom were some others. I also watched Zoom recently and it was NOTHING like I remembered. Some things are just better to keep the memories.

None of those shows had as big an impact though. I do not go around singing the Easy Reader theme … very often … I do appreciate the references to those classics on other shows parodying them. (Mostly Family Guy). What I do however is I talk with a LOT of  cartoon type voices. My best and most requested at birthdays and Bar Mitzvahs, are the Muppet voices. I can remember, whether it is accurate or not, starting doing Muppet voices by singing “Rubber Ducky”. It wasn’t a stretch to go from that to Kermit (basically the same voice with subtle differences) and then learned to do many of the other voices. Once I got Muppets down I started moving to other cartoon voices. What did all this get me? It got me a video on YouTube but that is it so far. I think, no, I know my dream job would to be a cartoon voice. Better yet, to be a Muppeteer. I believe it is never too late in life to follow your dreams, so one day, when the economy stabilizes, and I can build myself a Muppet to practice with and learn, I may make that video of me and my Muppet and send it to Henson Studios and hope for the best.

Sesame Street shaped me into the person I am today … tall, round, and furry with many voices in my head. I know that when I have kids, I will be buying the DVDs of Sesame Street that are “for adults only” so that they can hopefully turn out as well as I did. Until next time …

 

Look! Up in the sky … It’s an egg plant …

It’s a meatball …

grover

IT’S SUPER GROVER!!!

 

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