January 18, 2007


And such things, because this week’s Axis of Weevil Thursday Three (America’s Most Popular Thing!) is all about fantasy and flights of fancy and falderal such as that! Why? I have no idea, other than the fact that I can’t remember asking questions like this before.

So then, take a moment and take leave of your senses and ponder these three questions about all sorts of made-up things!

1) Of the fictional sorts of outlandish made-up places you’ve ever seen in the movies or read about, which one would you most like to live in, and why?

2) If you were a cartoon character, which cartoon character would you most like to be married to?

3) Which would you rather have right now--flying cars, or robot servants?

There now--start dreaming and either leave your answers in the comments below or a link to that magical fantasyland blog of yours.

As for my answers:

1) Hmm. I’ve always thought Brigadoon was kinda nice. Then again, I could just be thinking of Cyd Charisse. ::sigh::


I think the Hobbit’s Shire would be nice, too, although I’m rather put off by the idea of all those tiny women with big hairy feet. In either case, both places seem to have the sort of idyllic wistfulness about them, and everyone speaks English.

2) Well, the obvious first answer would probably be Jessica Rabbit, but let’s face it--she’s trouble. So I’d have to say Kim Possible’s mom, who has several good things to offer: one, she’s a brain surgeon, so she’s really smart AND could fix my brain; and two, she looks just like Kim, except for being of legal age. And yes, I know it must seem that I have some sort of redhead fixation.

3) Oh, robot servants, most definitely. I know everyone who cares about such things is all disappointed by the no-flying-cars present we’ve inherited, but if people flew as badly as they drive, they’d be skyborne mayhem all day long. And do you really think flying cars would fly in a neat pattern like they do in Star Wars or in those new Chevrolet commercials? NO WAY--I know I’d be taking a short cut and the heck with all this flying-like-you’re-on-a-grid stuff. So, yes, a nice robot servant would be plenty cool, and it wouldn’t even have to look like veteran NBC News Washington correspondent Norah O’Donnell.

Although, this being made-up stuff and all, I think in MY version of Brigadoonshire, there would be a requirement that all of the robots look like her. And not have big hairy feet. And they'd know how to drive a manual transmission.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at January 18, 2007 08:00 AM

1. The sort of hotel suite that Nick and Nora Charles found themselves in, or one of the high-styled houses of the fifties or early sixties, of the type that Cary Grant visited. Why? Might have something to do with cleaning staff.

2. Daddy Warbucks.

3. Robot servants, hands down. I'm putting off a major breakdown-cleaning of the Viking until it gets a little warmer. I will get some wet. And you should see my lizard hands. Maybe not.

Posted by: Janis Gore at January 18, 2007 08:17 AM

Does Daddy Warbucks know about your lizard hands?

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at January 18, 2007 08:26 AM

I won't have lizard hands if I marry Daddy Warbucks, silly.

Of course, I'd have to let things go for a while until I earned his heart, or lust, or pity.

Posted by: Janis Gore at January 18, 2007 08:31 AM

1. At first I thought of the Star Trek period, but their lack of anything resembling faith (besides faith in warp cores, transporters and replicators) and acknowledging God puts me off. Most every story set in the future may have some idyllic aspect but then there's always something bad that the story centers on (i.e. government gone haywire, people killing for sport due to boredom). I would not want to live in the past due to low expectations of medical treatment. So I'll pick "Blade Runner". Hand-held SEM's and hover cars are pretty neat.

2. The obvious answer is Jessica Rabbit, so I'll go with Ned Flander's wife, after he dies from some accident. She would be very supportive. If I was a female cartoon character then I'd pick Yosemite Sam for a rootin-tootin good time.

3. See answer on #1. We would not be driving hover cars, as it would be handled automatically by a next-gen GPS.

Posted by: Marc V at January 18, 2007 09:00 AM

I'm playing, or am I just fantasizing?

Posted by: Diane at January 18, 2007 09:40 AM

Wow, these are quite different questions. My answers, as best as I can come up with them:

1) I would pick a location from Tolkien as well, but in my case I'd probably choose Gondor after the fall of Sauron, when Aragorn had come into his kingdom. Tolkien evokes a truly blissful period during the days of Men and Hobbits in that time.

2) IF a comic strip character = a "cartoon" character, I would pick Abbey Spencer in the "Judge Parker" strip: looks, brains AND money. Of course then that would make me Sam Driver. Oh well.

3) I would have to pick flying cars, myself. I still think Detroit should have had them in mass production by now!

Posted by: Stan at January 18, 2007 10:46 AM

I’ll answer on the comments this time:

1. I want to work on the movie campus. The one where no one has committee meetings and we all have time for our students.
2. Always thought that Dennis the Menace’s Mom was OK.
3. Servants--

Posted by: jim at January 18, 2007 11:00 AM

Now I'll click my heels and say "There's no place like home. There's no place like home."

Posted by: Sarah G. at January 18, 2007 11:16 AM

I'll be up in a few. Um the first one is hard though. I like the ST uni but too many exciting things happen there. I guess I must ponder on...

Posted by: Chef Tony at January 18, 2007 02:46 PM

1. Black Rock Laboratory. The machines, the adventures, Mitch the monkey.

2. Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward. Looks, brains, money.

3. The car. See 1. It can take off vertically and is submersible.

Posted by: kitchen hand at January 18, 2007 05:42 PM

(The car: because Lady C-W already has a butler.)

Posted by: kitchen hand at January 18, 2007 05:44 PM

For some reason, I never got into Thunderbirds when I was young. I knew about it, and I don't know what I watched instead of it, but I just missed out on all of the excitement.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at January 19, 2007 09:19 AM