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Movie Quote Monday – The Wizard of Oz

When I was a kid, The Wizard of Oz was shown on regular television once a year.  Of course, back then there was only  regular television.  There were three channels and they went completely off the air at midnight.  Way back then, you couldn’t run down to the Walmart and buy a movie.  There were no such things as DVD players or even VHS players then, no movie rental stores, and certainly no such thing as streaming video or video on demand.  In fact, I remember when HBO was new and what a big deal my parent’s first VHS player was.  It wasn’t even a VCR, and new VHS tapes cost about $90 each.  But I digress.

What I meant to tell you is that I was always excited, and a little scared, when it was time again for The Wizard of Oz.  It was such a treat to see the movie, but I just had to get past the one part that scared me to pieces, when the witch threw the ball of fire at them.  Ooohh, that sent shivers down my spine when she appeared on that roof in a puff of acrid green smoke.  She was terrible!  I had to cover my eyes leading up to that scene and when she was gone I was free to look again.  But sometimes it would sneak up on me.  *Shudder.*

But, today’s quote happens long before that mean old witch throws fire at our heroes:

Scarecrow:  Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking.

Do you thing writing falls under the same category?  If so, I’m in more trouble than I thought.

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  1. I also seem to recall it always came on just before school started at the end of summer. For me, the flying monkeys were scary, and that scene with the hourglass and the crystal ball where Dorothy could see her friends in trouble always made me feel so distressed. To this day, anytime I see an hourglass I think of that scene.

    As for your quote, I think more of politicians than writers. Except for trolls and people who don’t filter their comments, and a lot of the stuff you find on Facebook. I’m continually amazed with the high quality of writing I see on a lot of the WordPress blogs.

    January 16, 2012
    • I used to be bothered by the flying monkeys, but I could watch them, and I didn’t like the crystal ball part either. I hated when you saw her aunt looking for her and then the terrible witch popped up in her place.

      I see a lot of fantastic writing on WordPress, too. I was actually talking about myself :).

      January 17, 2012
  2. To this day I cannot watch the Wizard of Oz or even be in the same room when it is playing! Everything about it is terrifying, even the end when all the adults in her life laugh at her. Ahhh!

    As for blogging, I love reading about other people’s lives. I’ve read very few things where I thought the writer should have shown some restraint. Most of the writing seems honest and thoughtful. The ones I read anyway!

    January 16, 2012
    • It’s too bad you can’t watch it; every now and then I get the desire to see it again. The last time, though, I fell asleep right after she met the scarecrow.

      I agree about the good bloggers out there; I’ve read a lot of great stuff.

      January 17, 2012
  3. I like to think that talking on paper and talking on air are completely different. When we write, we can edit, rethink, and discover what we are trying to say, but when we speak we don’t usually edit so it can take a lot of words before we say something meaningful.

    January 16, 2012
    • Good point about the editing! I still manage to make a fool out of myself on here often enough :).

      January 17, 2012
  4. I too remember watching that movie over and over–scary indeed! The quote you mention does make me think more of politicians or those who write comments on some e-articles. Steve Allen used to do a bit on talk shows where he would read letters to the editor in the tone and volume of irrational comments in the letter. That’s who I think of!

    My favorite quote of that movie is “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” Good advice to find and then ignore those who try to pull your strings. Click your own heels and things will improve.

    January 16, 2012
    • What’s funny is that I can’t keep my eye off of Toto during that scene and how they’ve tied the curtain to his collar. You made me think of that when you talked about people pulling your strings.

      January 17, 2012
  5. Well, he was talking about me, I’m sure

    February 7, 2012

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