How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good (colder in the afternoon and evening yesterday than the morning, though).
And after coming into Dunkin’ Donuts to use the wifi two Sundays in a row, and buying doughnut holes both times, I was recognized. I must be a regular.
Anyway, let’s get to it.
I said in a previous post that I wanted to blog about a movie that was over 70 years old. That time is now.
And the movie is…
The Man Who Came to Dinner
This is (or more like was) a 1942 movie about a guy who slips on some steps and breaks a bone. The guy has to be put in a wheelchair while he heals.
And then the fun (but not for the homeowners) cranks up. The guy who’s laid up is some kind of famous critic named Whiteside. He has a list of special demands, too.
The owners can’t use their own phone while Whiteside’s there. Or their living room or stairs that go up to the second floor…even if they have to use another entrance to the house to get there.
And then the phone starts ringing.
As a rather famous guy, Whiteside also gets gifts, including a set of 4 penguins, and an octopus he names after the homeowner. Oh, and Whiteside is suing the owners for $150,000. Later he says he’ll deduct the $784 and change for the phone bill he ran up from the amount of the lawsuit (nice, huh?) He invites some convicts over for lunch (I think it was), and a delegation from China over for dinner.
And then he does a radio broadcast from the living room of the house he’s taken over, complete with a full crew and a set of choir singers.
He also meddles in the affairs of his personal assistant, trying to get a prospective boyfriend to fall in love with someone else so the assistant won’t marry him and stop working for Whiteside.
He bugs the nurse who’s trying to take care of him, telling her how unfit to be a nurse she is, and all that. (Sorry to say she gives up on the profession entirely).
And then there’s the doctor whose book he promised to look over–something he never got around to.
Okay, a hilarious movie. Only hilarious because we couldn’t believe someone could be that awful to others. There are some glimmers of hope, though. After planning to break up his assistant and her boyfriend, Whiteside gets the second woman to put herself in a mummy case (which the famous-for-his-nose actor, Jimmy Durante, took care of).
So what’s the point of all this?
To have a laugh, first of all. Humor is good. Secondly, there are a lot of new things out there. Tools for this. Apps for that. Are they good? Some of them, sure. But sometimes older things (methods, or what-have-ya) are still good, too. Tools are tools, but basics are still the basics.
Like writing engaging characters, or good email subject lines, benefits, and postscripts.
You can do that with the memo app on your phone, MS Word, a yellow legal pad, or a paper-loaded clipboard. Don’t get overwhelmed by the options. If it streamlines your writing or marketing processes, use it.
I use different programs to take notes or write and edit in plain text if I need to. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded of the fundamentals.
So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by technology or options, take a step back. And remember that anything starts with the basics, classics, and fundamentals.
Like an old black-and-white comedy movie featuring a dude who turned out to be a semi-tolerable pest.
Until next time,