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The Muppets? Seriously?

August 16, 2012


Okay, Plinky, honesty time here: when I signed up for daily prompts, I thought the prompts were going to be good! You know, nice, meaty, chewy, juicy prompts that would challenge my imagination and sharpen my writing skills. Something like… I don't know… Something like write a story that takes place during the winter in the Wild West and use the words "smoke", "spick-and-span", and "akimbo" and have at least one character cry. That would be meaty.

But what do I get? Muppets.

I'm too old for Muppets. I've never seen a Muppet television show or movie and my only familiarity with them is with the ones who have crossed over from the TV show into pop culture. Like Kermit and Miss Piggy, neither of whom, by the way, do I identify with. No, Plinky, I'm a Captain Kangaroo and Might Mouse and Yogi Bear and Jonny Quest, and Harold and the Purple Crayon kid, not a Muppets kid.

However (don't you love howevers?), I am familiar with a Muppet named Beaker who says, "Meep" all the time, and I'm familiar with him because someone once sent me a video of Beaker singing the execrable (yeah, I used a Thesaurus on that one because I couldn't think of word bad enough! And no, I can't really pronounce it.) Kansas song, "Dust in the Wind". A song so bad I can feel my eardrums start to dry up and crack whenever it starts playing. In the video, Beaker is "meeping" the song and little text pop-ups keep popping up causing poor Beaker all sorts of stress and anxiety and eventually the poor guy winds up burning the place down. Since then I've watched more Beaker videos and I've liked them.

But, Plinky, I don't identify with the guy.


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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Word Nerd permalink
    August 16, 2012 8:26 pm

    Dust in the Wind is certainly execrable (good word!). There are worse songs, though. “She’s Having My Baby” comes to mind. Or “Midnight at the Oasis.”

    Meep. Meep.


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      August 18, 2012 7:15 pm

      Those are bad songs for sure, but I’ll choose them over DITW any time. I’ll even take Feelings and Seasons in the Sun before that one!


  2. August 17, 2012 10:21 am

    Prompts can be interesting. I go to a Saturday Prompt writing group and though some of them are difficult, I find they help clear the constipation from my brain. 🙂 Write on!


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      August 18, 2012 7:16 pm

      What a cool idea! Do you get a prompt and then write and share, or write at home and then bring your stuff back the next week? I agree about prompts helping to get things moving. Freewrites work like that for me too.


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