So I'm changing the subject. It's April Fool's Day. And it's not a day I generally observe because I'm not much of a prankster. For a while in college, George and I had a back and forth where we hid a potato in each other's residence or vehicle. It went on until the potato was completely shriveled up. At one point, George decided to coat the exterior with glue to keep it from rotting. I am still not sure why he thought it needed a gluey "protectant." And he may have somehow written the words "special treasure" on the potato too. We certainly referred to it as "the special treasure." And then I think he threw it away one day and that was the end of it. That was as pranky as it ever got for me.
I don't really have any other prank stories. I did have a friend once who broke up with her boyfriend on April Fool's Day without realizing that it was April Fool's until he said, "April Fool's, right?" and it became this slow, painful situation where she had to convince him that she wasn't kidding. I don't think he really believed her until the next day. Bummer.
But maybe April Fool's Day is mostly about having a laugh, and not necessarily at someone else's expense. I can totally get behind that. And with that in mind, I've seen the SNL promos this week with Elton John and Jason Sedakis running around to the Benny Hill Yakety Sax music, and it's made me want to find some of those old chase scenes. Oddly, I haven't been able to find any of the classics, but people on YouTube have been rather clever in cueing up their favorite chase scenes from movies to the music. The first one I saw was Gandolf and all the hobbits being chased. Something about Gandolf's flowing white hair was pretty funny set to the music. Too many of the scenes on YouTube are of battles rather than chases (and way too many still have the movie sound in them with Yakety Sax just playing over top). Get it right, people! Supposedly, "anything" is funny if you put it to that music, but I disagree. Chases though, they stay true to the original comedy. Anyway, if you too get a kick out of wasting your time in the manner, I recommend this one of an actual high speed police chase. And if you really must have more, this one from Star Wars is a little funny at first- it goes on a little too long and has a lot of battle in it (though a lot of chase as well- Stormtroopers in fast motion are actually kind of amusing).