Who’s Line is it.

The weather turned lousy tonight.  Butt cold, even colder rain, and a chance for snow.  Now this was great for my Seahawks on Monday Night Football.  They thoroughly handled the Saints out of New Orleans (what do they know about cold?) on nationwide TV!

This was NOT great for bike riding.  This meant that I had to move to shed and watch a movie instead.  It was a decent ride, well as decent as it can be in the shed.  I was watching “The Outlaw Josey Wales”.

The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Outlaw Josey Wales (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now I am not sure if everyone is like me, but one of the reasons I rewatch movies is to listen for my favorite lines.  When they are good, they work every time you hear them.

What makes it fun, is the lines I like may not be the ones every likes.  An example?  Early in the movie, Josey (Clint Eastwood) is traveling with a kid from his unit, the only other survivor of the double cross.   Each time the two of them would out smart someone, the kid would say, “Whooped ’em again, Josey!”

It made me smile, because I have used it myself!  Many many times.  At WSU when I would do better on a test than I should have, I would smile and say it to myself.  This has continued since then.  Any time I have pulled something off, or the  times when I didn’t get in trouble for something with the one eyed boss,  I don’t say it out loud, but it I think it.  Once or twice I’ve even had to come up with a reason why I was smiling

There have been other lines, form other movies I use as well.

One day, while hiking to top of Mt Si, I rounded the corner at a lower flat area, just before the last climb.  There, was a mass of people, musta been 30 of them.  It was a Mountaineer class of some kind.   They had stoves going, and food.  I rounded the corner and saw them and they all stopped and stared at me.  Before I could stop it, Bill Murray’s line from “Stripes” came rushing out (the scene when he was exiting the plane at the end) “What’s this? A surprise party??  Who’s idea was this..”  and started giggling.

Not one person cracked a smile…  Oh well, no accounting for taste…

Out of the blue, I will spout, “Crom, I have never prayed to you before.  I have no tongue for it!”  As well as “If you will not listen, then TO HELL with you!”  Classic lines from Conan, 1981.  Do they ever actually fit the situation, I must think so, Michelle just pats me and lets me go on.  She is used to me.  She does still shake her head, though, when I make fists point at each other as say “Two snakes.  FACING each other!  But they were one!”

We will get ready to go somewhere, I will spout with “Let’s Kick the tires and light the fires big daddy!” “Independence day”.  Also from that one “I don’t hear no fat lady!!”  When it looks like our team will win, or we will get somewhere on time when we thought we’d be late.

Scott and I will quote John Candy from the Movie “Splash”  When asked what he thought of nude women appearing out of the water on Staten island, he replied with all sincerity, “Well I am FOR it of course!”

At work I have done my best Yoda voice with “Do or do not, there is no try!”

There’s two lines from Tombstone I’d love to use when they actually applied.  The first is Wyatt’s “You tell them I’m coming, and hells coming with me you hear!  HELL’s coming with me!!”  The other is Doc Holiday’s “I stand corrected, you are an oak!”  (Makes me giggle just typing it).

We regularly use, “I’m your Huckleberry!” and “You’re a daisy if you can!”

What makes this fun, is I do NOT speak in movie lines often.  But when I do, it can make a bad day good, liven up a boring meeting, or just make me smile (and its all about me).

One that I have NEVER been able to use out loud anyway, comes from and old movie, Jeremiah Johnson.  He asks another mountain man where he is heading. the reply?  “Same as you Jeremiah, Hell in the end!”  I can’t tell you home many times I have wanted to say this when some has asked me that same question.  I can’t help but think I’d end up in HR though if I dead.  But in my head I am yelling it!

So I will leave you with a partial quote.  One that fits anywhere any time, though I will clean it up a bit (mom reads this you know).  On a stressful day, or one where I have to get stuff done, or when I think I am honestly the only one WHO can get it done, I will quote Diehard.

“Yippee Ki Yay Mother _ _ _!”


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