Hugh_Laurie_music_1854941bBetty Whoops shared Hugh Laurie‘s comment.

April 1 at 4:33 pm · Like · 46

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There’s almost no such thing as ready. There’s only now. And you may as well do it now. I mean, I say that confidently as if I’m about to go bungee jumping or something – I’m not. I’m not a crazed risk taker. But I do think that, generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”

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Mary Whoops I love how he says this. Damn right.

April 1 at 4:33 pm · Like · 4


Dennis Whim Good grief, Charlie Brown. Benjamin Franklin already said this, 200 years ago: “Never put off until tomorrow, what you can do today.”

April 1 at 4:35pm · Like · 6


Betty Whoops Franklin’s tweet was succinct, but not at all interesting because he didn’t have any bungee jumping in it.

April 1  at 4:42pm · Like · 4


Mary Whoops Yes. And he did not have Hugh Laurie’s blue eyes!

April 1 at 4:43pm · Like · 46


Dennis Whim There you go. That’s what this is all about. But Ben Franklin was hot in his time.

April 1 at 4:45pm · Like · 3


Betty Whoops Hugh Laurie has worn Franklin-era costumes very favorably. And I must say he brings out the humor in them. I don’t know if all of Ben Franklin’s paramours would have found his silk breeches especially amusing.

April 1  4:46 pm · Like · 4


Dennis Whim Why make fun of men this way? It’s not fair to turn us into sex objects.

April 1 at 4:47 pm · Like · 6


Betty Whoops. I haven’t said a word about Hugh Laurie’s blue eyes. His many talents do not depend on his facial attributes, objectively speaking.

April 1 at 4:48 · Like · 46


Mary Whoops He has too many talents.

April 1 at 4:48 pm · Like · 1


Betty Whoops  Absurdly so.

April 1 at 4:49 pm · Like · 1


Mary Whoops He shouldn’t go out in public with that many skills. Apparently he makes other men feel inadequate.

April 1 at 4:50 pm · Like · 1


Dennis Whim  That quote about being ready or not–that took talent?

April 1 at 4:50 pm · Like · 1


Betty Whoops  You didn’t get  it.  It wasn’t an idea, something that can be reduced ad absurdum. “Don’t put off today what you can do tomorrow” or whatever–give me a break.

April 1 at 4:52 pm · Like · 1


Dennis Whim What was the point then, pray?

April 1 at 4:53 pm · Like · 1


Betty Whoops There wasn’t a point.  It was a parody of indecisiveness. It was tone and voice, wandering around, behaving deferentially–he’s British. The modest behavior, the avoidance of bungee-jumping. Even bringing up bungee jumping itself is an act both of courage and of self-deprecation. Overall, it is funny and not at all dependent on face or face-saving.  It’s a guy who doesn’t know what to say talking his way into an explanation, beating around (about?) the bush, because he is too nice and polite–he’s British–to cut brusquely to the chase.

April 1 at 4:56 pm · Like · 1


Dennis Whim Or, as E.B. White–or was it Woody Allen?–said, explaining the joke kills it.  You call that a joke?

April 1 at 4:57 pm · Like · 1


Betty Whoops It was personality. Style.

April 1 at 4:57 pm · Like · 1


Dennis Whim It was sex appeal, let’s face it, ladies. My dear Whoopsies.

April 1 at 4:58 pm · Like · 1


Betty Whoops What do you find so sexy about Hugh Laurie?

April 1 at 4:59 pm · Like · 1


Dennis Whim You’re twisting my words.

April 1 at 4:59 pm · Like · 1


Mary Whoops The man is too talented for his own good. He is just overloaded and it is embarrassing.  Nothing comes up that he can’t do. He must be so embarrassed.

April 1 at 5:00 pm · Like · 1


Dennis Whim Apparently he can’t bungee jump.

April 1 at 5:01 pm · Like · 1


Betty Whoops That’s not a talent. It’s an aberration.

April 1 at 5:02 pm · Like · 1


Dennis Whim What talents, then?

April 1 at 5:03 pm · Like · 1


Betty Whoops  I know for a fact he can yodel.

April 1 at 5:04pm · Like · 1


Dennis Whim I bet he can’t dance….he’s British.

April 1 at 5:05 pm · Like · 1


Betty Whoops He can polka. My favorite line in his movie “The Young Visiters” is “Care to polka, Ethel?”

April 1 at 5:07 pm · Like · 1


Mary Whoops Stop this.  Let’s stop abusing poor Hugh. I am starting a campaign to collect bushel baskets to help him hide his talents. They just arouse jealousy. He should stick to writing novels, which I am sure he can do very comfortably within a yurt-like overturned bushel-basket secret chamber.

April 1 at 5:10pm · Like · 1


Dennis Whim Well, there’s a conversation stopper.

April 1 at 6:25 pm · Like · 23




BOBBIE ANN MASON wrote the widely anthologized short story “Shiloh.” Her first short stories were published in The New Yorker and her first book of fiction, Shiloh & Other Stories, won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her first novel, In Country, is taught widely in classes and was made into a Norman Jewison film. Mason’s newest novel, The Girl in the Blue Beret, ventures into World War II and the ways it is remembered. Her memoir,Clear Springs, about an American farm family throughout the twentieth century, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Find out more at bobbieannmason.net

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