August 6th, 2012

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The Phone Call!

Based on how much work we ended up having today, it probably wasn't the best of ideas to stay up extra late last night, but... See, since we make it a point not to play addictive video games on Sundays, we couldn't go to Legend Cards for a little cheering up before shutting down the computer, so instead we went to MormonChannel.org to see if there were some uplifting videos to watch. It's really kind of a hit-and-miss deal, because some of their movies are very Artistic, if you know what I mean. (This is also a big part of why we don't like a lot of "Mormon" music.)

This time it was a hit! Because they've recently posted a classic short film from the 70s, The Phone Call. It's not technically religious at all, actually; it's about a bassoonist who's trying to work up the courage to call a girl and ask her out on a date. It's super awesome because it has a bassoon! And it has all the cheesiness that you would expect from a 1970s after-school special! ...It was also about 25 minutes long, and we were already up a little late from reading manga. Oh, but we enjoyed it. Basically the main theme is believing in yourself. I'm having a hard time getting a direct link to it, but you can easily find it here. My favorite part is when he says to his friend, "You know I play the bassoon, right?" "Yeah." "And that's okay? We're still friends?"

Anyway, that and Johnny Lingo were two of our favorite cheesy inspiring films from back when we were in school. But we'll probably never see Johnny Lingo again, because it's really racist and really sexist. Not in a hateful way, of course; just in an insensitive way, I guess. The message is a lot like the one in Fruits Basket, with the Kisa stuff--how you need to like yourself, but it's almost impossible until there's someone who believes in you.

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Today I'm thankful for bassoon music, getting to watch The Phone Call again, being done with work for the day, fond memories of Johnny Lingo, and flexible schedules.