Remember the original Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory movie? It starts out showing Charlie doing his newspaper route. His mother works like a dog doing other people’s laundry 16 hours a day. They have the 4 grandparents, who are bedridden, to take care of. They are so bad off that they’re thrilled the day that Charlie bought a loaf of bread for them to eat. Charlie brings home the Golden Ticket and suddenly Grandpa Joe, who hasn’t left the bed in 25 years, is dancing and singing. This old guy was supposedly too lame to work, but if a few free candy bars are on the line he turns into Michael Jackson? If I’m Charlie and his Mom, I probably would have flown into a rage and killed him right there. I hope they get that part right in the new movie.
Self-proclaimed grand poobah of leisure and author of humorous suspense novels The Sneaker Tree & White Picket Prisons, the humor essay book Fifty Shades of Phil and the long running blog The Phil Factor. thephilfactor.com
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