Good Lord. She has faith in me, she says. I have my doubts.
Nonetheless, here goes:
For a number of reasons, J and I decided to avoid introducing Toopweets to television for as long as possible. Over the past few months, however, Sesame Street has been stealthily creeping into our lives.
It started out, innocently enough, with the purchase of an Elmo doll. But now?
He... Is... Everywhere. And I don’t know when it happened, but all of a sudden, we're all actually watching Sesame Street, too. J and I find ourselves spontaneously shrieking the “Elmo’s World” theme song, picking up the THREE separate Elmos that litter our home, and carrying on comprehensive discussions wherein we attempt to pinpoint exactly what the hell is wrong with the living nightmare that is Mr. Noodle.
"Avert your eyes, children! He may take on another form!"Elmo, you are one insidious punk.
Which got me thinking…
If I feel like he’s taken over my life, how do the rest of the Sesame Street characters feel? Elmo showed up...when? Ten years ago? While the workhorses like Big Bird, Grover, Ernie and Bert have been putting in their time for the past 30 years? I mean, come on! Mr. Snuffleupagus is frigging INVISIBLE to everyone but Big Bird, and Elmo has his own world??
Not like I ever saw Showgirls, or anything (it was part of a drinking game! Years ago! It doesn’t count!) but if I did (ahem), I might be quick to draw a comparison between Elmo’s meteoric rise to the forefront of the Sesame Street hierarchy with Nomi the Stripper Ho’s equally speedy advancement to the top of the Vegas showgirl ladder.
All he’s missing are the fake nails and pasties. I’M ON TO YOU, ELMO!
That concludes today’s study in segues.
(Does that count, R?)
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Speaking of Rs (double segue! Whee!), I’m finally starting to answer your questions, and -R- asked me one on a topic near and dear to my heart, Saturday Night Live. She had requested that I divulge my favorite SNL skit of all time. Now, I can’t really choose JUST ONE, so I’ll leave you for today with my top five:
(My secret boyfriend) Peyton Manning's fake United Way Commercial
My new favorite (I adore you, Alec Baldwin.)
D*ck in a Box
The Barry Gibb Talk Show
and of course...