Stories from the Set: Monty Python and the Holy Grail


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"I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!" Courtesy of: Michael White Productions, National Film Trustee Company, Python (Monty) Pictures

“I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!” Courtesy of: Michael White Productions, National Film Trustee Company, Python (Monty) Pictures

The Pythons were on top of the world and falling apart. The first three series of Monty Python’s Flying Circus had earned them an adoring fanbase and the opportunity to move to the big screen, but internal conflicts were threatening to tear the group apart.

John Cleese was reluctant to commit to more of the same with another series and Graham Chapman’s drinking was gradually becoming an unignorable problem. Nevertheless, they pressed on with the writing of The Holy Grail only to find that film companies were somewhat reluctant to leave the film in the hands of debut directors Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. The Holy…

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One Coach’s Genius Response to a Rude Parent



Originally posted on JAG GYM Blog:

One Coach’s Genius Response to a Rude Parent

Best.  Rule.  Ever.  

If someone makes a snarky or rude comment about a player on this youth sports team, that person’s kid is suspended for the next game.  


No, the rule is clearly stated.  If you want to be the jackass who demoralizes children then your special snowflake will get to have a game off.  

Too harsh?

Again, no.  What is harsh is an 11 year-old child being chided by an adult for her play during a game.  Play.  Game.  They are playing a game and there are adults yelling in their outside their heads voices at them.


I think so.  If it spares one child the indignity of a parent screaming nasty comments during a game, then I say bravo!

My question is: what if the person is screaming at their own child?  Perhaps we then give…

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Breakouts Remain Active on Kilauea Volcano’s Kahaualeʻa 2 Flow

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An HVO geologist shields his face from intense heat as he dips a rock hammer into an active pāhoehoe toe. After scooping out the lava it is placed in the water to quench it. HVO routinely collects lava samples for chemical analysis, which can give insight into changes in the magmatic system. (USGS)

The following photos were released by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory(USGS). Note: these photos were not taken in areas currently accessible to the public. (You can visit the official website of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park for current information on the areas of Kilauea that are open to public). Enjoy the photos!

The lava pond in the northeast portion of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater remains active, and has built up a slightly elevated rim following several overflows over the past week. Today the pond was gently gas pistoning – a process that involves the cyclic rise and fall of the lava…

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I don’t have to run day

Sunday, bloody Sunday.  If you’re like me, you wake up this morning and think: “Saturday…Sunday, Monday… no idea what day it is…wait.  Sunday, yes.”

Happy that it’s still your weekend, sad that it just started and is almost over at the exact same time.  I am truly sorry, but who the hell invented the 2 day weekend?  It is not enough.  It has never been enough.  Well, maybe it was excessive when weekends were only one day, spent at church or something like that.

I’m done with the $, and the exhaustion.  Workplaces are becoming more and more difficult, filled with stressed out and terrible managers with no people skills, less resources, less staff and, I cannot stand it anymore.  I am a great employee and a fabulous manager but I work for Club Fed where none of that is ever recognized.  So what am I now?

Stressed out, disgruntled, disillusioned, life sucked outta me…


Anyway, I’m going to work tomorrow. If I can grab a quick nap in & some tidying and exercise, it’s a super great weekend. But, I will still wonder why we’re killing ourselves with this 5 day work week.

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Manic Monday

It started off fantastically well-9 yo & I were at the hospital lab for his blood work minutes after they opened.  When I saw the 6 vials, I was a little concerned but he asked the lab tech to let him know how much it would hurt and to tell him when she would pinch.  The lab tech was great too.  She patiently and gently answered his questions.

As she finished, Cameron was still breathing deeply, as he had been instructed.  She took out the needle and held the cotton ball down on his arm.  I had positioned myself on the other side of him so that he would look at me during the whole process.  Then, he slumped, his body not quite sliding down the big cushioned chair.  His head fell forward and the lab tech calmly told me to push the red button beside me.

I pushed that button and did not let go.  We both held on to him, propped his head back up and called his name.  Three er nurses were there in literally 2 seconds.  After some cold compresses and calling his name, he awoke.  This moment was pretty darn high on the relief scale for me.

It happened so quickly and so quietly that is was scary.  The reaction time of the hospital team was phenomenal.  I have never felt so secure as when the 3 nurses appeared and were looking after him.  He was brought apple juice and promptly drank most of it.

We were told that this is a completely normal reaction to giving blood.  Especially if you haven’t eaten much or are slightly dehydrated.  Cam had had breakfast (eggs), vitamins and juice.  He has given blood before but this has never happened.

Later on, my mom told me that this always happened to my brother and to warn the lab techs from now on.  So I looked it up, of course.  Here is the link with some great info:


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Mooned in Colorado



Originally posted on Grasshopper Soup:

In the morning I awoke to the train clumsily arriving in Denver with the blood orange sun rising in the east. Most of the night was spent alternating between sleeping across the seat I commandeered next to mine or sitting upright, lazy boy style. Neither of those strategies were too effective.  On a bus ride to New York City some years ago I arrived at a stop in Philadelphia in the same sedated state and I still can’t decide if I can say I’ve been there or not.  Denver looks tyrannically boring. I had read it is best to get a seat in the observation car upon departure from the “Queen City.” Apparently everyone else read this as the car was packed full of geriatrics. A tour guide soon grabbed the mic to narrate our journey and it became apparent he planned to rant for some time. He informed us…

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Women are women, but men are people


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Originally posted on Of Means and Ends:

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“I am not sure it’s wise. You want a ticket that represents men and women.”

Who said that about running two women on a presidential ticket? Mitt Romney? Mitch McConnell?

Oddly enough, it was Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of two Democratic female senators from California. Feinstein didn’t explain if she felt like women had been unrepresented by almost every major party presidential ticket in history, but Ann Friedman nails the core issue:

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