Yesterday was BoyGeeding’s actual birthday, and his immediate family has been holding out on his presents since his birthday on Saturday. DaughterGeeding gave him stuffed toy versions of Tom and Jerry and WifeGeeding and I gave him a Big Wheel. There’s only one problem with the Big Wheel, his feet can’t quite reach the peddles. That recommended ages for the Big Wheel is three to seven, so I jumped the gun a bit. The Big Wheel was a big player in my toddler years.
A mother of a three-year-old was at BoyGeeding’s party and they gifted him a Nerf Vortex, which is meant to be thrown further than a regular football and has an age recommendation of six and up. We’re thankful for the gift and all, but it was an odd choice. I’m guessing it was a re-gift as her child turned three the week before.
While watching ‘Better Call Saul’ curiosity got the best of me and I had to look up “Chicago sunroof” on the Urban Dictionary. The show also referenced the Donner Party and later that evening I noticed a tweet about them referring them to “emigrants” which caused me to look up the difference between “emigrant” and “immigrant”.
When questioning which is the most attractive of two women, and one of the options is Morena Baccarin, the answer is Morena Baccarin.
Here's another Texas town that is often mispronounced: Bogata, in Northeast Texas. It is pronounced buh-GO-tuh.
Big Wheel! Wait til he learns to power slide, and the wheel starts to get worn down in a couple of spots. After that, mine was like driving on a flat tire: thump, thump, thump.
Better yet, when he gets old enough, have him graduate to a Mean Green Machine, with the hand brake that really helps you power slide.
I'm a big fan of the Nerf footballs. He's not too early for a smaller one like that. But it's mostly useful for throwing at siblings.
I got all but three if the city names right, and I think they got two of them wrong. And it's the first list of mispronounced Texas cities I've ever seen that didn't have Mexia ('Muh-hair' if you're really old school) on it.
You can get pedal blocks for the big wheel and boygeeding will be ready to go!
Bike stores usually carry them or online.
Also conspicuously absent from SNL40: Dennis Miller. There's apparently no bad blood, as Miller tweeted congrats to Lorne on the same day, but it was strange that he didn't appear or at least figure a bit more heavily in the Weekend Update clips shown.
But stranger still was the complete lack of a mention of Julia Louis-Dreyfus. How do Seinfeld and Larry David have a tongue-in-cheek self-congratulatory conversation and not even mention her? So odd. I don't even remember seeing her in any clips – but it was a long show that I watched over two nights, so my memory may be fuzzy.
Ultimately, I get it – condensing 40 years worth of TV into less than four hours will naturally result in some stuff getting left out. But those two seem like big names that, for whatever reason, were forgotten.
I can’t believe I forgot about Dennis Miller and Julia Louis D. Most BoN readers prefer Norm Macdonald as the Weekend Update host but I was a Dennis Miller fan. As you said, it’s hard to fit in everything since we’re dealing with 40 years.
Count me on the list of preferring Dennis Miller to any of the other WU hosts. I'm surprised he was left out, especially since he was the longest serving host of the segment. I think he might the massive montage clip at the beginning, including one with him and both Dana Carvey and Tom Hanks playing Dennis Miller.
Dennis Miller and Adam Carolla have started a podcast together, and I was listening to their second episode today. It was recorded before SNL40, and Miller mentioned that he wasn't going go be there. He said he had some family things going on, but that he also wasn't big on reunions – he didn't want to be the guy who graduated college coming back to the keg parties and hitting on undergrads. He went on to say how much he appreciated Lorne and his time there. So there's no conspiracy – there were just lots of other huge names there and it wasn't something he was interested in doing.
Refugio TX should have made the list.
They are wrong about Muenster too. I've been there many times and know people that have grown up there. They pronounce it MUN-ster, as in the cheese.
Double Fake Herman Munster
According to the title of the accompanying article, that's "Lesson 2" in Texas town pronunciation, so that has to be why some obvious ones aren't on the list. A few I noticed missing – Mexia, Waxahachie, Rio Vista.
Well, at least no Jarts for Boy Geeding…