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[personal profile] kate_nepveu
Very sorry to hear that Tom Magliozzi, the one who laughed all the time on Car Talk, has died. I have actually three different pretty strong associations with Car Talk, which is impressive considering that I've never done anything more with a car than add windshield wiper fluid. First, the two years in New Haven when Chad was doing a post-doc and I was in law school; NPR was his alarm clock station and whichever morning Car Talk was on, was timed perfectly for lazy weekend waking-up. (Especially as they've moved into re-runs, the show's occasional but very tired sexism has become more grating to me, so it's weird to have my principal association be soft-focus romantic contentment.) Second, around about SteelyKid's birth I went back to listening to the show, this time as a podcast, and blitzed my way through quite the backlog up in the nursery with her (this association is less strong because I was so out of it during that time). And third, continuing up to the present day, I start my week with Click and Clack: the podcast is released over the weekend, and I default to listening to it on Monday's commute to and from work. In fact, I did that today, but I came home early (more on that in a moment) and had already finished it when I heard the news.

I have spent literally hundreds of hours listening to these guys. I knew what I was hearing was exaggerated personas, but I still enjoyed their company. And hey, their show taught me enough that I knew to take my car in for service for what turned out to be a bad wheel bearing, before the wheel actually fell off: so it was useful too.

The reason I was coming home early is SteelyKid had a tooth out today (she's fine) and Chad had class. But irresponsible though it would have been, I would have been not-so-secretly happy to stay home with her the whole day, because we realized a little bit ago this was the perfect opportunity to show her The Princess Bride for the first time—it's too scary for the Pip—and it was done by the time I got home. I asked her about it after the bleeding stopped and her mood improved (both of which happened at the same time, almost like flipping a switch; it was incredibly bizarre though of course welcome), and we agreed that Wesley's head flopping around on the castle wall was very funny, as was when the Prince got tied up; she also liked Fezzik and the horses, and "the ninja" (the Man in Black) fighting, but thought the Machine was too loud, especially when it went to 50. Chad tells me that Fred Savage's character was a note-perfect stand-in for her, not that this was a surprise; and that she spotted the Man in Black as a good guy right away, which is interesting. I'm sorry I didn't get to see her face—I'm calling dibs on showing it to the Pip now, though we'll have to do it solo so SteelyKid doesn't spoil it all for him—but now I'm flashing back to countless weekends watching it on UHF in my childhood, and feeling warm and fuzzy that I've passed along something so great to her. (Also feeling like a rewatch is due; I know what I'm putting on during stitching the next couple of sessions.)

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 04:29 am (UTC)
yhlee: wax seal (Radch ship (John Harris))
From: [personal profile] yhlee
I was sorry to hear that too (Joe told me)--I'd catch Car Talk sometimes on the radio when Joe would drive us places.

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 06:06 am (UTC)
metaphortunate: (Default)
From: [personal profile] metaphortunate
Oh man. I'm glad the movie watching went so well! I (of course) have a List of movies and books I want to share with the kids, and I'm sure they'll find a good half of them boring to tears.

We watched Princess Bride during the 2 1/2 days I was in labor with the Junebug. There was a TV in the labor & delivery room and Mr. E went and got our DVD player from home and hooked it up. A million residents and nurses and people came and went, as they do, and invariably they said "I love that movie!" the moment they came in the room. We invited them all to watch with us but sadly they were doing their jobs.

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 01:50 pm (UTC)
oracne: turtle (Default)
From: [personal profile] oracne
I had SO MUCH FUN watching Princess Bride for the first time with the Adorable Tots. Ms. 6 (then 5) more than once made a comment right before Fred Savage on screen made the same comment.

Cary Elwes

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Cary Elwes recently wrote a book about the making of (I saw him on his book tour): http://www.amazon.com/Cary-Elwes/e/B00NG1GS56

He's very funny. One of the stories he told was about that scene on the castle wall. It was his first scene with (and first time meeting) Andre the Giant. Apparently Andre made quite the impression ...

Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
phi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] phi
Aww. I'm glad she liked it. That's one of my favorites :)

Date: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lavendertook
I'm sad about Tom Magliozzi dying, too. )-:

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