Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monty & Me


Woah. I’m two for three…or second down…or…(insert sports terminology here) whatever means that it’s been three days and I’m dropping another post. Awesome. Feel free to continue leaving your incredibly witty and sweet comments down there for the Googlicious Giveaway…and kudos to you guys for eeking Inside…Out ever closer to the magic-#25 “likes” on Facebook. You guys rock.

My male readers will be happy to note that I caught Monty Python & the Holy Grail the other night on some cable channel I’d never known existed. I think the network was I-B-S…no, wait. That stands for irritable bowel syndrome…maybe it was I-B-C? I-A-C?? Not sure now…but I'm pretty sure it had a “C”. ANYWAY. Such guy-humor…and such a freakin’ hoot.

Which brings me to a connection I made today: My office is the equivalent to 1 ½ Avenue-blocks from the municipal lot where I park my car. That equals like, 16 city blocks. Okay, I’m lying….but wait. I have to walk the length of half a football field (sometimes) to get to these uber-steep stairs and there are 147 of them. Okay, I’m exaggerating…but it is steep. Then I have to walk along the sidewalk, which is paved with this stone that is horribly uneven and requires me to stare intently at the ground and watch every single step, or I’ll twist my ankle and go down like a sacked quarterback. (WTF is with me and the sports references?? Maybe it’s guy-payback for that beauty post I did a while back…) So, I walk and I stare at my feet…’cause I’m in heels, don’t you know, snow and ice be damned. And yes, I know I could do the change-into-work-shoes-that-I-stash-under-my-desk but that’s not who I am. You should know this by now.

It takes forever to walk from my car to the office…so you can imagine how much longer it feels when I’m heading back to my car at the end of the day. Remember that scene in Monty Python where the king is on his quest and he walks out of the woods to cross the field and they keep looping the film back to have him walking the same distance over and over…and over again?? And they play a gong every time they repeat it? That’s how I feel when I’m walking down to my car…I’m intently staring at my feet...and when I look up? The end of the block keeps getting further and further away.

Just like Monty-Freakin’-Python…

See? I told you it would all make sense.

Cathy Webster (Olliffe) said...

You walk way too far. I'm not sure any job is worth walking that far. Can't Ric pick you up??? In a limo?
Was it AMC? (If the volume was screwed up it was definitely AMC - they play great movies but you can never hear anything but the commercials.)

Christopher said...

Your insurance should probably go up because I'm cringing over here thinking thats an accident waiting to happen.

Dorn said...

Have Connor teach you how to skateboard for the Spring. For now hire a chihuahua led sled team to ride and practice your best "Mush!"

Lauren said...

Hmmm... perhaps you just need pointier high heels. You know, for traction? And then it can double as a weapon! Random comment 2: Good choice with the Monty Python reference. At the moment I'm more along the lines of "Bring out yer dead!" Good movie. So applicable to life.

Runnergirl said...

The only bit I remember about that film (which may have been the only bit I saw!), was the "Brave Brave Sir Robin, who bravely ran away" song. Love it!

So, Brave, Brave Lady Kathryn who refused to wear sensible shoes...

Vince said...

Get one of those pedometers. It all counts for the fat burning. And you'll end up with a tushie some fellow could hop pennies on euphemistically speaking.

Gigi said...

I understand completely! If you must be staring at your feet intently to keep from slipping on the ice you definitely want to be wearing cute shoes!

ValleyWriter said...

I am a "wear-boots-bring-nice-shoes-to-change-into" kind of gal (it's a Vermont/New Hampshire thing, I think)... but if that simply won't do - how about some Yak Trax?
(http://www.amazon.com/YakTrax-80493-WinterTrax-For-Shoe/dp/B003O2AYMU)

Sounds like a name Monty would approve of, no?

Kelly@MentalGarbage said...

I adore Monty Python... And I know that feeling. That's how I feel whenever I can't get a close parking spot to my brother-in-law's place. They live on this ridiculously steep, vertigo-inducing hill...

HulaBuns said...

So, I'm guessing you made it but had to crawl the last couple of feet? ;) I felt that way during our move, every time I felt like we were making progress I'd be confronted by the ever growing pile of boxes in our apartment. That's why I haven't visited in a while, I've been moving. Any who, I'm getting back to blogging slowly but surely. As always, thanks for the laugh!

MsSterlingCooper said...

Hey, I just watched Monty Python too. It was on IFC (Independent Film Channel) on Sunday!

I first watched this movie in English class way back in 9th or 10th grade. Very few "got" the film, and its brilliant. This will be a our 7th storm here in the Hudson Valley.

Alan W. Davidson said...

Such long, nasty, urban hikes to work *cue the violins*

I loved that movie. If I was in it, I'd be the dirty looking little guy running behind the king, clacking his coconuts together as he ran...er, something like that...

Alicia said...

Wow...that's a lot of walking and climbing and snow and ice. I walk about ten steps from my car to the door into our building, then another 15 steps down the hall to our office, then again about ten steps to my desk. On the flip side, we do have to walk about 1/2 of a city block to go to the bathroom. Now who's life is rough? Well, yeah, yours....gotta agree. Woman! Wear some warm & comfy boots til you get to your office!

John McElveen said...

I have seen it 100 times and recorded it again the other night!

"Ni" High Boots would be hard on your Sole too!!

J

Jen said...

And, you're doing it in heels? Where are your snow shoes?
Hey, you've got to stop by. Bitter Baking has come up with cookies inspired by When Pigs Fly. I'm giving some away. Oh, and they've changed their website. You can actually find the prices on things.

Spot said...

But you're still wearing heels because it's who you are. Hehe. That made me laugh. Lulu is just like that. Well, now that's she's pregnant she wears flats, but I know heels will be back as soon as she delivers. Like on her way home from the hospital. Lol.

Great post.
♥Spot

sage said...

We keep hearing about these heels!

I hardly ever watch TV, but the other night I had long meetings and came in and sure enough on IFC (independent Film channel) there he was!

kathryn said...

Cathy Webster (Olliffe): Yeah, I've requested the limo several times. Dragon, Ric Dragon seems to have selective hearing. I'd even consider a Dragon-cable car...how cool would that be?? Flames emblazoned on the sides... don't think it was AMC, though the commercials were ridiculously LOUD.

Christopher: I KNOW! If I look up, even for a second, I'll often feel my ankle start to slip. If it wasn't so treacherous, I'd walk in the street. (Don't you DARE say it!)

Dorn: Ha! I'm loving this idea! And it will further establish my deep-seated dislike for the season, whilst showing the world that I can cope, albeit with a Kathryn-flair. Perfect!

kathryn said...

Lauren: I love that scene. I called Connor in to see it and he said he'd seen it a whole bunch of times. Yay...the next generation appreciates the absurdity. Traction? Interesting concept...

Runnergirl: Ha! Yup. I refuse to give this horrific season any more power than it already has. It's the principle, I tell ya!

Vince: Yeah. If only. I don't know how much teetering in ice does for one's tushie...but you'd think those 657 stairs would have made a greater impact. Altho, I'm not puffing like a freight train when I reach the top anymore. Progress!

Gay Guy said...

Oh, how I LOVE Monty Python. I think it come on TV just at the right formative stage for me. Warped . . . errr . . . . influence my sense of humor.

It was one of those things which very few other kids understood but adults understood. Well, not my parents, but cool teachers and the parents of one friend.

Kristy said...

I LOVE Monty Python!!! I have issues with looking in the rearview mirror while driving. I cannot help but giggle and play a little game with myself. I look in the mirror and look away and look back and look away. In my mind, I hear the drum roll. The cars are always far away in the mirror. Then I laugh. It is always hard to explain to anyone else in the car. It is terribly easy to amuse myself.

Tinkerschnitzel said...

Perhaps you need some shrubbery to go with those heels. :D

Lou said...

I especially love the Black Knight sequence "Tis but a scratch". I'm chuckling now just thinking of it.

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