#20 First Call

My first meeting with her was over the phone. I was applying for a job at Taproot in Seattle and called the office to find out if my resume arrived. I ended up talking with the person that answered the phone (the person I was calling was out) for an hour, getting the skinny on the company, the city, the Pacific Northwest.

Apparently, she is very good at getting her personality across on the phone, because after that hour I called a friend and told him I was going to have to move to Seattle so as to marry that girl.

I was joking; but followed my own instructions anyway. And this is the voice I get to wake up to in the morning; hear throughout the day; and the last voice that sends me to sleep at night.

Good for me for following instructions.

(originally posted as a countdown to our silver anniversary)

65Mile Insight: CODA

This week as the last of our fundraising walk & talks, Catherine and I look at CODA (now on Apple+), the marvelous way Sian Heder uses all the family members as theme carriers, and the brilliant performances by the cast. Speaking of a brilliant supporting cast – use this opportunity to support our cause!

Catherine and I are committed to walking 65 miles in six weeks as part of the 65 Roses 65 Mile Challenge. We are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis research in honor of our niece, Harper.

Each week we are also committing to posting an insight into movies, TV, theater or other aspects of our industry just as we finish our walks. Or if we need a break, during our walks. Mostly because as a couch potato, my favorite workouts involve marathoning with a remote.

To donate: Go to my fundraising page, or Catherine’s page and click the DONATE button in the right column.

#21 Adventure

Up to this point, our vacations were rigorously scheduled. We had a timetable, with every bit planned in advance. However, as we got more into the marriage, the realization that God had us on a whacky ride that did not fit our own plans started to become clear. And even more so, that we kind of liked the ride.

So, on this particular vacation, driving home we saw a sign saying there was an attraction off the highway. Way off the highway.

She looked at me. Paused. Said, “Want to go?”

And we did. Had to find a new place to stay near this unplanned attraction. And different places to eat. And different things to do. All on the fly.

We had a blast. That has been our life, an adventure. We plan, then we scrap the plans to go where the wind sends us.

(originally posted as a countdown to our silver anniversary)

65Insight: Godzilla vs Kong

This week as part of our fundraising walk & talk I’m chatting about Godzilla vs Kong – and how they get one thing wrong. Yep, I’m focusing on one thing, which was hard to contain myself. Take a listen, and while you do, consider supporting our effort.

Catherine and I are committed to walking 65 miles in six weeks as part of the 65 Roses 65 Mile Challenge. We are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis research in honor of our niece, Harper.

Each week we are also committing to posting an insight into movies, TV, theater or other aspects of our industry just as we finish our walks. Or if we need a break, during our walks. Mostly because as a couch potato, my favorite workouts involve marathoning with a remote.

To donate: Go to my fundraising page, or Catherine’s page and click the DONATE button in the right column.

#22 Tomato, To-mah-toe

She likes tomatoes. I can’t stand ‘em. I love onions. She can’t stand ‘em.

Some marriages wouldn’t survive such deeply held, polar opposite beliefs.

Us? I eat her onions, she eats my tomatoes. Our differences literally feed each other.

And that’s what makes a good marriage, when your differences feed each other.

On the other hand, she likes pineapple on her pizza – so some differences are irreconcilable.

[originally posted as a countdown to our silver anniversary]

65INSIGHT: TED LASSO EXPECTATIONS

This week Catherine and I finish our walk & talk with a conversation about Ted Lasso, and how it is good for your characters (and your audiences) to subvert expectations.

Catherine and I are committed to walking 65 miles in six weeks as part of the 65 Roses 65 Mile Challenge. We are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis research in honor of our niece, Harper.

Each week we are also committing to posting an insight into movies, TV, theater or other aspects of our industry just as we finish our walks. Or if we need a break, during our walks. Mostly because as a couch potato, my favorite workouts involve marathoning with a remote.

To donate: Go to my fundraising page, or Catherine’s page and click the DONATE button in the right column.

#23 Voice Professional

My voice mail greeting on my personal phone is the voice of a professional voice over artist. I paid for the service by doing the dishes. Pretty good deal, I think. So those that don’t get me on a call think I’m a real professional – if they don’t recognize her voice.

Or they realize how above my station I married if they do.

Either way, it makes me look better than I am. Which is true outside of the voice greeting; in teaching, writing, or just plain being, she makes me better than I am. That’s the joy of collaboration; and the key is to have the right collaborators. The ones that make you better than you are.

[originally posted as a countdown to our silver anniversary]

65Insight: “Just Mercy”

This week I talk about the movie Just Mercy, and the dramatic concept of delaying justice for our characters.

Catherine and I are committed to walking 65 miles in six weeks as part of the 65 Roses 65 Mile Challenge. We are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis research in honor of our niece, Harper. We are approaching the half-way mark – and we are on track to double our miles!

Each week we are also committing to posting an insight into movies, TV, theater or other aspects of our industry just as we finish our walks. Or if we need a break, during our walks. Mostly because as a couch potato, my favorite workouts involve marathoning with a remote.

Help us double our fundraising as well as our miles!

To donate: Go to my fundraising page, or Catherine’s page and click the DONATE button in the right column.

#24 “Well, Doctor…”

We can both be a bit goofy. When one of us does something especially goofy physically – usually trying to get a laugh through walking like a duck or pretending we can do cartwheels when we can’t – we have a phrase to remind us to think it through. We imagine the conversation at the hospital that we would have to have.

“Well, doctor, I thought it would make her laugh if I used the duct tape to make my nose look like a pig nose.”

That sort of thing.

Doesn’t stop us from acting goofy; just makes us laugh harder.

[originally posted as a countdown to our anniversary]

Elderly Man River: “Keep in Mind the Tiny Tots” has Always Been With Us

I have a friend that recently was forced to change the lyrics to a country song because the grammar wasn’t correct – and the song was going to be used in kid’s programming, so we can’t have that. In King George and the Ducky Phil Vischer (while I worked on the story, the magic all came from Phil) was able to get away with Larry singing “more wronger” (rhymes with “stronger”) by having Bob point out the error.

To honor the ongoing battle of lyrics (and dialogue) that is less-than-grammatical by design, here is a link to YouTube and Stan Freberg and Daws Butler dealing with the issue in the era of classic radio. https://youtu.be/PLlTlYfqQV4