Monday, May 23, 2005

It's late and it's been a long day, but I do want to share two video clips with those who haven't yet seen them.

Spent most of the day putting in the garden. Tomatoes, onions, cucumbers (Greek salad, anyone?), squash, peppers, beans (lima, green and kidney), sweet corn, Indian corn (for the kids), watermelon, pumpkin and white sweet potatoes. The last might require a bit of an explanation. White sweet potatoes are a local thing. First time I planted them I thought they were "regular" sweet potatoes and I was shocked when I cut the first one open to eat it and discovered white flesh. Turned out they taste just like any other sweet potato (well, maybe a bit better...). Not long after that I came across a newspaper article which spoke of the local white sweet potato. Mystery solved. Now I put them in every year.

Putting in the garden proved to be a wonderful opportunity to build on the sunburn I got yesterday at the ballfield...

Anyway, before I retire to the coldroom for the night, I wanted to point out to people like Kurt Nimmo and Oliver Willis that soldiers aren't the idiots that they want to believe they are. The first video here was made by British troops and is a takeoff on a video called "Amarillo". The second is Norwegian troops doing a spoof on the Beach Boys' song "Kokomo".

Here are the links:

http://media2.big-boys.com/bbmedia/armyrillo.wmv

http://media2.big-boys.com/bbmedia/kosovo1.wmv

UPDATE: I realize that a few explanations might be due for the above links. "Kosovo" is easy to understand--it's a plaint about UN peacekeeping. The guys in the video are Norwegian soldiers, but I have no idea about the soundtrack. It's obviously professionally done. It seems to be American English like the original Beach Boys song, but accents often get hidden in the drawn out syllables of singing and Scandinavians in particular speak English with great proficiency. At any rate, whoever wrote the lyrics had a good command of colloquial English. Whether the troops had anything to do with the soundtrack or not, they do a great job creating a video to go along with it.

The other video has a clearer origin, but the humor might not be immediately obvious. I enjoyed it on its own merits-it's very amusing- but there's more to it. The true humor is probably only obvious to Brits. A British comedian named Peter Kay did a number where he lip-synced the Tony Christie song "Road to Amarillo" while running about and being surrounded by various celebrities. The link is to a video made by members of the British Royal Dragoon Guards, wherein they do a spoof on the Peter Kay video, essentially creating a spoof of a spoof.

6 comments:

Marianne said...

WOW....middle of nowhere + no sex = frighteningly funny. Those guys are in dire need of a decent care package. :-)

Cindy said...

The Kosovo one is especially hilarious. Thanks for the links.

Why do you call the bedroom the coldroom?

Snake Eater said...

Umm...Heat is activity. The more activity, the warmer it is. Less activity results in cooler temperatures.

Barb said...

They are both great fun!

"The coldroom" ... We sleep with our window open in all temperatures - it really can get chilly sometimes. Cuddled into a waterbed, we sleep very well that way...

AFSister said...

OH MY GOD! That Kosovo video is outstanding... I have to link that!

Snake Eater said...

Glad you enjoyed it. I'd love to find the complete story on the video--how the soundtrack was made and so forth. Actually, I think that I did find the whole story, but it was in Norwegian.

See, everyone, the troopies don't spend all of their time clubbing babies and oppressing people. They have brains and personalities just like everyone else. I'd rather be around military guys than anyone else on earth.