Prison Pete

Sunday, August 20, 2006
  18 Channels and Nothings On (Besides Sports).
WWF (wrestling) is a favorite Monday night TV watch around here. It is on the USA Network, which is one of the 18 channels they show here.

I guess it does not look so bad; sure, it is all fake and scripted, but everyone knows that going in. No drug test scandals. They just openly admit it.

The inmates recently voted to change our selection of TV channels, and as a result they added ESPN Classic. We now have ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic. The bulk of ESPN Classic seems to be old boxing matches.

I am no fan of boxing, and even more incredulous that anyone would want to watch reruns over and over again. But that is what the TV is showing on many nights. Although that will change a little bit now.

The drought of sports that my fellow brother inmates like to watch is over now, with the beginning of the pre-season football games. There was always such a pall over Club Fed when the basketball playoffs concluded, and didn't lift until that first pre-season football game. Of course one person's sorrow is usually someone else's joy.

It was easier for the good old county boys at Club Fed to watch the NASCAR races on Sundays when this mini sports drought occurred. But NASCAR is not even on the radar where I am currently residing.

On a related TV topic, I think you are right that it was Porky Pig and not Bugs Bunny who said "That's All Folks!" But I do have an image of Bugs sitting inside the Warner Brothers Logo, saying "That's all folks!" and pulling down a shade. Did he do it to prove how it sounded without the stuttering? Did he imitate the stutter? Both would be problematic in today's PC world. But than again everyone knows pigs do not really talk so who's to say how they should sound?

I am out of all sweet treats so it will be a long four days till commissary on Tuesday, but then again you are probably reading this on Tuesday. Whatever that has to do with the price of tea in China, I do not know.
Dear Pete: You are correct in that Bugs Bunny has said "That's all Folks!". I'm not sure as to the number of times he did this..haven't found any research on the internet to prove my point and not enough resources or time to watch all episodes of Warner Bros cartoons to validate my point, but I do believe it was more than once. Plus.. I remember that I sensed a 'rivalry' between Bugs and Porky Pig from a very early stage. Even as a child, I felt that Bugs, in the cartoons, thought he was inferior to Porky and sometimes, as a show of supremacy, Bugs would steal Porky’s “Limelight” by saying the ‘closing’ to a cartoon. When Bugs would do the “That’s All Folks’ at the end of a cartoon, I would just laugh and laugh because I was thinking….‘Bugs just One Upped You Porky’. But in all actuality, that wasn’t the real point…Being that early cartoons, and possibly today’s cartoons, are social commentaries with hidden adult themes, I think Bugs was actually telling Porky that Warner Bros. had more than one ‘celebrity’ and that Porky better watch his back, Bugs was about to steal Porky’s popularity.

Is that enough psycho-babble bull sh**t. I think so, at least for a cartoon. One could easily construct a college credit course out of the ‘Porky/Bugs’ relationship and turn it into a Sociology class (if someone hasn’t already, ha ha). Please comment…

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