Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday's With Sue



E.T. The Extra Terrestrial! Elliott, Ouch, Phone Home, could have all been used as quotes. I had to include the second picture when Gertie dressed him up, it's so funny. Such a great movie. I remember the whole family going to see it in the theater in Provo. I remember Matt's little ET shirt when he was a baby, then Booker inherited it. If you haven't seen it lately, you should. Booker and I rented it a couple years ago, and I had forgotten what a great movie it is. The only bad thing about the movie is the awful Neil Diamond song it inspired.
Here are a couple little trivia things about the movie. The character ET is based on an imaginary friend Steven Spielberg made up after his parents got divorced when he was a kid. And M&M's were supposed to be the candy used in the movie, but when the executives of Mars saw the ET character, they pulled out. They thought he was so ugly, they didn't want anything to do with it. So Hershey offered their new candy Recess Pieces, and Hershey profits went up 65% that year. I imagine a couple people may have lost their jobs at Mars.
I'm surprised at how few guesses I had! Amy got it right first! Yay Amy! Jeanine got it second then Dan. That is all the right guesses I got. Emily thought it might be Forrest Gump at first, then she decided it wasn't and it might be either Peter Pan or Hook. Nice try Em, but no.
Here is this week's movie quote:
I can't sleep anymore. It's too much like death.

51 comments:

Sue said...

What is up with the spacing? There were spaces when I composed it! I tried to fix it and had no luck. Any suggestions Em?

Emily said...

Ahhhh.... Yeah, I haven't seen this movie in over 20 years. I do remember going to see it with the family in the theater though (one of the movies that inspired the term "blockbuster" if I remember correctly). We waited in a long line outside and I remember spending the time sitting on some older persons shoulders (Ben most likely, but it kind of seems like it was Dan. Was this during the time you lived with us Dan?) On a side note, I do remember leaving the theater when we went to The Empire Strikes Back with Ben holding me. These are just my two earliest movie going memories. I'll have to see this movie again. For haven't having seen this in a long long time, it left quite an impression and I have a lot of memories of many scenes. Especially white ET.

I don't see a real problem with the spacing Sue, did you fix it already?

Dan W said...

Congrats, Amy! Way to go! You, too, Jeanine, as it sounded like you may have got it from the first clue as well! It took me about twenty minutes of chewing on the second clue to finally figure it out--one of those, "oh, I know it, I know it, tip-of-my-tongue" kinds of experiences. Then, once I figured it out, the "I don't like his feet" line totally came back in a flash! Great movie to think about again, for sure! Thanks, Sue...

I DO remember going to this with you Wrights and perhaps having one of you then-very-young ones on my shoulders in a long line. I was living with you guys for almost exactly a year, from early 1982 to February 1983 when I left on my mission, and this came out that year.

Dan W said...

Oh yeah, totally agree that Turn on Your Heartlight was not one of Neil's greatest creations! Of course, being a crappy song does not mean I still didn't find it getting stuck in my head (unwanted) all the time back in those days! "Going to take a ride across the moon, you and me..." Ack!

Emily said...

Amy you're becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Amy said...

Just a lucky streak. Trust me! I'm clueless on the next one. I remember going to see ET in Provo, too. It was quite a movie. Definitely a pop-culture contributor for the 80's. I think I had Kyle watch it one day, not so long ago, when he was sick.

Haley said...

I love this movie but haven't seen it in years so none of those sounded familiar. I thought it might be Forrest Gump as well. Oh well, I totally have this week's in the bag. Finally I knew one!

Emily said...

That's funny, I had a feeling it was Dan.
I sure am sloooooooooow lately. This is one I know I will get, I have vague images and impressions with this quote, but I'll have to fight through the fog to find them clearly. I suppose losing my winning perch in the SWS Allstars is a small price to pay for a new monkey.

Ben said...

I'm leaving for the airport now. I've spend the morning checking things out on this blog. Looks fun!!

Hey, what's wrong with "Heartlight?" I have it on my ipod.

Sue said...

I did not fix the spacing. There are still no paragraph spacing on my end. Em and Cat were really scared by the white ET if I remember Wright. Such a sad scene. Another little trivia I read is that this is one of the only movies where they actually filmed it in chronological order. Spielberg thought that would be a good idea since he was working with so many kids. He wanted them to live the movie, so they would genuinely be sad when ET almost dies and when they had to say goodbye. He's a genius.

Sorry Ben, but Heartlight is not a good song. It's cheesey even for Neil Diamond. Especially the version where the dub in ET saying some of his famous lines. Speaking of that version, I have a funny story about it. Last summer, me, Cat, Em, Matt and B saw a Neil Diamond impersonater at Taylorsville Days. It was free and sounded fun. He sang Heartlight and I had my video camera with me and I recorded him singing most of the song. Em and I started doing the ET lines, in our best ET voices, into the microphone of my camera. It is so funny, you can hear Em and I saying "Elliot" "ET Phone Home" then giggling hysterically. That was such a fun night. Scout doing her great bootie dance.

Neaners said...

I have seen it a few times over the years and I do also remember going to see it in the theatre with Dan must have been for a second time for him. He and I used to go on big bro little sis dates:) Ditto on Heartlight. Very cheesy. Neil Diamond is a favorite of mine. I saw him in concert about 5 years ago and he can still sing. I am also clueless on this next one so everyone has a chance. LOL.

Just an update on my progress. The wounds aren't healing like the doctor and I hoped so I will be off work for another 3 weeks:(. but it could take up to 6.He also said that it won't close completely normally so I may want to redo that part later. I am so upset at the original ER doctor who debrided it. He took out way too much tissue. Anyway I may take a quick trip to Denver in a couple weeks to visit my best friend SHELLEY because I am going so stir crazy but it isn't safe to be in a dirty medical environment with open wounds. Wish me luck and Take care! Thanks Amy especially for your love and support:)Phone calls mean so much.

Amy said...

Jeanine, sorry your not healing as quickly as hoped. I hope you'll be able to go to Denver and see Shelley. Sounds like a good idea. Kelly is in Denver today on a field trip for her Culinary Arts class. Yes, Ben, Kelly is taking Culinary Arts and loves it! She's taking it again next year for college credit. Their class toured
Johnson and Wales college yesterday.
There is nothing wrong with having "Heartlight" on your ipod, Ben. (You would all probably laugh at some of the songs I have on my ipod...my kids got me one for Mother's Day!--Camelot soundtrack, for example.) Heartlight is quite cheesy but I'm sure we all know every word. Like Dan said, it still gets in your head. Your story about the impersonater last year is so funny. We are some of the biggest Neil Diamond fans, by the way. Most of us went to his concert in December and had such a great time. We agree, Jeanine, he can still sing! We were so impressed. He has a lot of energy still and performed well. (Check out our post from December about the concert. It was great!)

Emily said...

Hee hee about Heartlight. I am sure we could all have a good laugh about a thing or two on each other's ipods. I need to get my hands on dad's someday...
We were so excited for that Neil impersonator but once he started we were all a shade horrified. A highlight was when he introduced his son "Neil" breezing by any references to his namesake. I was worried we would have a few of the same kind of moments with the real Neil, but that was certainly not so. Unadulterated awesomeness that was.

Amy said...

For sure! I was thinking after I posted that last post how funny it would be if everyone would admit to a few embarassing songs on your ipod. How 'bout it guys? We could have a nerd contest.
I already admitted to Camelot. (Ben, do you remember when you, Dave and I would play the soundtrack and act out the scenes for our babysitters? I wonder what they thought!) I also have Helen Reddy and Anne Murray's Greatest Hits. I might have won.

Dan W said...

I have some Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat songs; several songs from Wicked; all the Adam Sandler Hannukah songs, as well as the McKenzie Brothers goofy twelve days of Christmas and their Take Off; the Blues Brothers Rubber Biscuit.

My big confession is liking a couple of Air Supply songs: Making Love out of Nothing at All, and Every Woman in the World.

Mostly, though, my iPod is full of awesomeness!

Amy said...

I have Wicked, too. Air Supply takes me back to High School. Good times. I like them, too.

Haley said...

I have Wicked as well, I don't see how that is nerdy! I have nothing nerdy on my ipod at all! Haha. I think I also have Air Supply. I think that my nerdiest stuff on mine is all the EFY music!

Cat said...

I think the EFY music makes Haley the clear winner in this one! My media player (not an ipod), is full of pure awesomeness.

Sue said...

Air Supply is pretty nerdy, and the EFY stuff is totally nerdy. But, I don't know. I might just win the nerd contest. I don't have any music at all on my Ipod. I only have podcasts. There are 3 different ones about the show Lost, 6 different movie ones, The New Yorker Fiction, The Geekshow Podcast, This American Life, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Fresh Air and a few others.

Sue said...

I just remembered Dad has an Ipod. I'm going to declare him the winner of nerdiest stuff on an Ipod without even knowing what he has on it.

Sue said...

It's wednesday, so here is your 2nd quote!

What's the matter with you? I mean, you think you're the only one to ever shed a tear?

Neaners said...

My Ipod has also Anne Murray, Air supply and Helen Reddy and all those artists. No one mentioned Barry Manilow? I admit to Copacabana. LOL. I also love ABBA songs like Dancing QUEEN. Oh yes and Cyndi Lauper and the Footloose and FlASHDANCE Soundtrack. I am stumped with this weeks movie. Have a good one everyone!
P.S I remember seeing Camelot with Ben and Amy and David. We went to Toys R US afterwards and bought the action figures.Too funny.

Emily said...

Since my big ipod bit the dust, I am reduced to having two little ones (one shuffle and one mp3 player that is also my phone). The shuffle is like Sue's- podcasts only. I have two lost podcasts, one movie review podcast, 2 history podcasts and about 6 gardening ones. I will admit to trying out a Harry potter podcast once (that's an admittance for all ya'll's nerd bloodlust), but the guy that did it was so annoying I couldn't handle it and had to unsubscribe right away.
My other mp3 is for music-- 11 Radiohead albums-- and that's it (and is pure awesomeness, no nerdiness in sight).
I have Anne Murry's greatest hits on cd and needs only to be burned onto my itunes library -and for me to replace my normal sized ipod for it to be there.

Dan W said...

I have several podcasts as well. All nerdy. Main ones I listen to regularly: Speaking of Faith and RadioWest. I used to be hooked on This American Life, as well. I think it quit automatically syncing when I plugged in my iPod. I miss it and will start downloading that one regularly again.

Oh, BTW, gotta shout out to my sis, Jeanine. She's responsible for my having an iPod. TOTAL freaking surprise for my birthday almost three years ago now. Generous woman, that girl. About the best gift ever!

Amy said...

Thanks guys, for coming clean. I agree that it would be fun to see Dad's ipod. Come on Dad. I think Sue is right. No music--all podcasts? I think you win, however, Jeanine and Copacabana might take the cake in my book for nerdiest song!

Pops said...

Boy, Am I offended! Nerdiest ipod with out examination. Very rash judgement Amy and Sue. First, on my pure orange nano 8 gig ipod, I have not a one podcast or movie or video clips at all. Nada. Just music. I have...The Aquabats, BeeGees, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Neil Diamond, Primus, The Doors, 2 songs of Rolling Stones, 3 of Michael Jackson, Lots of Pink Floyd, Carpender Covers, Simon & Garfunkel, and one song of Chris DeDoux. So there, Peeps, maybe a little old fashoned, but not very nerdy in my opinion.

Cat said...

Cool stuff, Dad! I think Em and Haley are in a tie with the Anne Murray and EFY music, respectively.

Amy said...

Dad, I just said it would be fun to see what you had. I knew you would have some cool stuff on there. By the way, your orange ipod is very cool!

Emily said...

I don't have Anne Murry on my ipod (Amy and Jeanine are the ones that actually have her on theirs), just the cd at home, but if I burned it into my library and I had a big ipod, it would be on there. I do however still like the cd and listen to it every couple of years. That doesn't count.
In my opinion, Haley totally wins for the EFY stuff.

Dad, in my opinion, the Aquabats are nerdy- but not enough to win as some projected you would.

Emily said...

By the way Cat, you didn't admit to any songs! All you said was "pure awesomeness" that is a relative statement! A little suspect to me...
I'm sure Jeanine finds Copacabana pure awesomeness and Amy finds it nerdy, Sue probably thinks something called "the Geek Show Podcast" is pure awesomeness, but that's got to be nerdy, Ben thinks Heartlight is pure awesomeness, and well, the rest of us have an opinion about that one as well.
I am calling you out for some examples!

Pops said...

Yeah, Aquabats and Squirrel Nut Zippers are at least nichey if not nerdy. I forgot I have 2 Journey songs and "I Loved you First" by unknowned singer. I do need to add some stuff....Frank Sinatra, Josh Grobin and Barry Manalow to name a few.

Haley said...

Yes, awesomeness is purely relative. That's why it is great that we all love our own little ipods and who cares if it is nerdy! Haha.

Sue said...

Geek Show Podcast is pure awesomeness! Nothing makes me happier than listening to a panel of 6 geeks fighting over who is better, Spiderman or Superman? Or who should play Captain America in the movie, etc. I love it!

Dad, I am taking back my comment on you having the nerdiest stuff on your Ipod. So far, you seem to actually have the coolest stuff on your Ipod. I'm dying to know that Stones, Doors, Michael Jackson and Pink Floyd songs you have. Sorry I was such a quick judge.

Haley, I'm personally declaring you the winner with EFY stuff. Although, anyone with Anne Murry is a very close second.

Cat probably has all Bright Eyes and Neil Young on hers. Right Cat?

Pops said...

Far Side of the Moon and a few others. Doors greatest hits, Satisfaction and one other Stones hit I can't remember. Billy Jean, Thriller and Beat it. Mostly main stream stuff. I'm not a music hound and I stick mainly to the beaten path (pun). Primus is as for out as I go maybe. I do like Clayborn playing the bass and singing. Talented fellow! If I knew how my ipod worked, I would have more nerdy stuff on it i.e. Bro. Lund talks, True Madson, MoTab and other mormon type stuff. Nerdyness is in the ear of the beholder. (behearer?) Can't wait to see some of you this weekend in Wyo. Fun,fun,fun and food, food, food and Allison, Allison, Allison and Scout3. My w.v. is factair. my kinda airline.

Haley said...

By the way, I don't have ALL EFY on my ipod. I have some very cool music as well, many artists listed under Grandpa's. I am cool too! Haha. Marcus, Allison, and I are in Riverton now!! We decided to surprise everyone and we came last night!!

Amy said...

Yes, we were totally surprised at 11:15 last night! Fun! Allison is so adorable and sweet. Let the fun begin!

Oh and I actually have some of Haley's EFY songs on my ipod, too. So, according to you all, EFY AND Anne Murray must make me the winner, uh...loser! But, I do have cool stuff on there, too. I have every Adam Lambert song he has recorded...now that's COOL!

Emily said...

A shining example of dad's theory that what is considered cool is definitely in the eye of the beholder.

Tee hee.

What a nice surprise! Glad you get a little more time with Allison, I can't wait to see her!! Oh yeah, and Haley and Marcus......... get used to it guys, you will be second fiddle from now on.

Emily said...

ALWRIGHT PEEPS! Make sure you vote for the Queen or King of the nerdiest ipod content.

The winner will have their picture posted and properly titled on the family blog for an indeterminate amount of time.

Happy voting and good luck!

B said...

Man, I haven't chimed in on this yet, but I have a feeling some of the stuff on my Ipod would beat Anne Murray (whoever she is). I will have to go look at it and get back to you.

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Emily said...

B- throw some spank on that, sounds like I need to add you to the poll.

Matt said...

HAHAHA!! Amy read all of the comments on this ipod thing to all of us just now at Phisters. Funny stuff. Makes me want to listen to "les ClayBORN" and "FAR side of the moon"
I feel a lot like Cath though about my ipod, "pure awsomeness", but I must admit there are some things that would be considered nerd to some. One being the fact that I know how to convert DVD'S to a file that can be watched on my ipod. I have The Dark Knight, Prestige, Tommy Boy, Zoolander, New York Doll, a South Park episode or 2, a few lame things I've filmed, and 15 or so skate video's.
But if you must know, I have 2 confessions... The Hughs Brothers are on my ipod. Look them up.
And something I have been meaning to delete for years, is actually something Sue already made fun of me for - TV themes. Thats right. All of the intro songs to all of the old shows I watched as a kid.
I downloaded them in high school and havn't listened to them since.

"down at Fraggle Rock! Clap! Clap!"

Amy said...

OK, Matt just admitted that he has EFY songs, too. AND...besides Fraggle Rock, he has Green Acres, Jeffersons, Duck Tales, Inspector Gadgett, Night Court, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Saved by the Bell, Smurfs, Sesame Street, Welcome Back Kotter and the Oompa Loompa song. I am laughing my head off and I now pass the torch!!!

Neaners said...

I love the TV Themes. I forgot I have a few on mine too. Brings back memories. I won name that Tv tune on a cruise:)

Last night I spontaneously treated myself to see Fleetwood Mac in concert here in SAN JOSE. A lot of fun people so it was okay not to go with anyone. I sat in a great seat, 6th row to the right of stage. Stevie and Lindsay can still rock. Lindsay's guitar playing. WOW! They are in their late 60's and the energy was overwhelming and amazing. Mick Fleetwood on DRUMS..what can I say. It lasted 2.5 hours. All their great songs. I of course have them on my IPOD.

Oh yes finally, I was searching my songs on my IPOD and I think my Captain and Tennile's "Muskrat Love" might trump Copacabana. Do you agree? Lol!

Emily said...

Well, this is Matt's lucky day because it won't let me edit the poll because there are already votes.

B said...

Haha, we might have to start a new poll. I will admit to Josey and the Pussycats, Wicked, EFY, Ashlee Simpson, tons of 80's hits, High School Musical, and the line up to go on my iPod includes the Lion King soundtrack in Danish, Nik og Jay (Danish Backstreet Boys), assorted French/Armenian music, and the John Bytheway collection Dad got me for my birthday.

Adam Lambert marathon this weekend!!!!!

Dan W said...

Muskrat Love is a good argument for Jeanine's winning. I may know every lyric to that song, but it would never get on my iPod!

Oh, and check the record, I was the first to assert "awesomeness" regarding what I have in my library! Get your own freaking word.... :)

Sue said...

Muskrat Love, wow, what a terrible song. Jeanine, if you have Horse With No Name on your Ipod too, than you are the winner.

I had a feeling B had some terrible stuff on hers. Ashlee Simpson? I don't know what to say about that.

Matt and his TV themes. What a bunch of nerds we all are!

Dan, I think "awesomeness" has made it's way into the Wright lexicon, so you'll just have to deal with that.

And I was feeling really bad that I couldn't go to WY this weekend. But after B declaring an Adam Lambert marathon, I'm kind of glad I'm not there.

Neaners said...

I know I went crazy and loaded all my CD's when I got my IPOD and Muskrat was on there. Don't listen to it much though. Yes Sue I do have Horse with No Name. I love "America" and not afraid to admit it. Even Wildfire. Remember that one?
Sorry M and B and about Adam not winning. He lost points with me the last couple weeks with him screaming. I enjoyed the finale with KISS and Queen. Freddie was brilliant and I love all their music. I am seeing Styx and REO in Denver next Sunday:) Good Stuff.

Dan W said...

I can grant a pass to Horse with No Name, but Wildfire? That is the strangest song in history--makes no sense. A dead girl is coming to get him riding her (I guess) dead horse?

If I could vote for you a second time, Jaybabe, I would. Though I have to agree with Sue that everyone's nerdiness is pretty impressive. The TV theme fetish is pretty funny.

Hope everyone is having a weekend of pure awesomeness there in WYO

Amy said...

Sorry Jeanine, but Muskrat Love has always been one of my least favorite songs. Even worse that Copacabana. But I think you're awesome for admitting to songs you knew would be nerdy. I think we've all had some laughs at ourselves (and each other). Thanks for being good sports! Music is so personal and should just be what makes us happy.