New Year’s Stunt in Michigan…

Originally published in the Grand Rapids Press, January 1, 2011

The SciFi Network (yeah, I’m a little chagrinned that I know this channel exists and a bit more that I know where to find it) was running a Twilight Zone marathon New Year’s Day. The family watched a few. Some were scary. Some were pretty campy. But on the whole, they were much less scary and sickening than watching Michigan/Michigan State football.

One of my favorite Twilight Zones is called “The Man in the Bottle.” It’s the one where a poor guy finds a bottle with a genie and is granted several wishes — each with unanticipated consequences. Pretty standard stuff, but the one that always gets me is when he wishes to be leader of a great nation with no chance of being voted out of office. Poof! He turns into Hitler in his Berlin bunker in the closing days of World War II. Can you imagine anything worse? Well, having to be Jennifer Granholm as Michigan governor these past eight years would be a close second….

And as long as we’re confessing, I’d like you all to know that I watched most of “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” on Christmas Day. Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott. I enjoyed it, thank you very much. Don’t judge me.


  1. Tyler said,

    January 7, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    I liked Bedazzled with Brendan Frasier and Elizabeth Hurley. Modern update as “The Man in the Bottle” in that his wishes never work out, but in a hilarious way. Funny movie with a nice message and Hurley is hilarious and sexy as the Devil. Not that I’m for the Devil. 🙂

  2. John Auchter said,

    January 7, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    What’s the CAKE song? “Satan Is My Motor”? I find myself happily singing along with that when it pops up on my iTunes. And then feel a bit uncomfortable after I realize it.

    Have you even seen the orignial Bedazzled with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore? Cook is decidedly less sexy than Hurley, but it’s hilarious as well.

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