Saturday, July 31, 2004

Saturday Mornings 

Saturday mornings are neat (unless you have to work). I guess I like Saturday mornings so much because I'm obsessed with reliving the past. For a kid, Saturday mornings are the best: No school or church, sleep in, eat a big breakfast, plus the whole weekend is still to go. And of course those Looney Tunes cartoons. Now, Saturdays are a break from the grind of work and life's other pressures (this my lame excuse for not blogging all week).

Sadly, the major networks don't play the cartoon classics anymore. You have to turn to Cartoon Network at 7am to see them, and the only thing I'm watching at that hour is the insides of my eyelids. I'm glad I got the Looney Tunes Golden Collection on DVD.

Yes, I still watch cartoons. Sue me.

In honor of carefree Saturday mornings of the past and present, here are the rules , courtesy of Wikipedia, that were followed in the production of Road Runner-Wile E. Coyote cartoons:

1. The Road Runner cannot harm the Coyote except by going "Beep-beep!"

2. No outside force can harm the Coyote - only his own ineptitude or the failure of the Acme products.

3. The Coyote could stop any time - if he were not a fanatic. (Repeat: "A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim." - George Santayana)

4. No dialogue ever, except "Beep - beep!"

5. The Road Runner must stay on the road - otherwise, logically, he would not be called Road Runner.

6. All action must be confined to the natural environment of the two characters - the southwest American desert.

7. All materials, tools, weapons, or mechanical conveniences must be obtained from the Acme Corporation.

8. Whenever possible, make gravity the Coyote's greatest enemy.

9. The Coyote is always more humiliated than harmed by his failures.

A few of the rules were later broken, but the most of the time the cartoons stuck to this simple comedic formula. I hope everyone gets the chance to enjoy a lazy Summer weekend.

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