June 08, 2005

Wife Goes On

Amy's officially off to Virginia. She and I drove down this past weekend (averaging 55 mpg the whole way, thanks to the Prius), and spent the weekend playing with the nieces.

The weekend was a lot of fun, despite getting off to a rocky start. First, a little background: The French word for "Uncle" is "Tonton", which is pronounced "tahn-tahn". "Tahn-tahn" is also how you pronounce the name of one of the creatures from Star Wars.


A Tauntaun

As both a Star Wars fan and a French Uncle, I've always gotten a kick out of this. However, upon arriving at Amy's folks house, we find the girls playing with two of these toys they got at Burger King:


A Wampa Beast

Now, as any Star Wars fan worth his space-salt can tell you, the Wampa Beast is the sworn enemy of the Tauntaun. In fact, according to this site:

With a crushing blow from its clawed hand, a wampa is strong enough to snap the neck of even a hardy tauntaun.

Gulp.

Luckily, the omen had no ill-effect for the rest of the weekend, and we had a lot of fun playing such games as "Make Tonton Kevin Eat Grass", "Pass the Spoon", and the unfortunately-translated "Captain Crochet" (doesn't have quite the same ferocity as its English version: "Captain Hook")

On Sunday I came back, and now I'm all by my lonesome.

I had planned to set up Amy's parents' computer while I was there, so we could video chat when I got back to NY. This way we could see each other, probably save on some phone bills, and my nieces won't forget who I am.

I had first tried videoconferencing about eight years ago, but the whole experience was so flaky and frustrating I haven't tried it again until now. But I figured it had been long enough, and surely the technology powers-that-be had worked out all the glitches.

Well, apparently, the technology powers-that-be have been doing Jello shots for the past eight years, because it's still flaky and frustrating, but now with prettier graphics. By the time we got everything up and running, we were both too tired to really use it. So we quit and went to bed. Maybe future sessions will be easier.

Posted by Kevin at June 8, 2005 06:10 PM
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cough - http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/ichat/ - cough

Posted by: Brian Kelly at June 8, 2005 07:14 PM

Kevin goes to work in the Northern place
while Amy moves to a Southern land
Kevin says to Amy, girl Iíll miss your face
Amy says Too bad and waves bye with her hand

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da,
Wife goes on, hah
La la how the wife goes on
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da
Wife goes on, hah
Funny how the wife goes on

Kevin takes the Prius to the sewing store
Buys twenty bucks worth of golden string
Takes it back to Amy waiting at the door
And as she leaves she begins to sing

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da
Wife goes on, hah
La la how the Wife goes on
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da
Life goes on, hah
Funny how the wife goes on

Yeah, In a couple of years they
have built a home sweet home
With a catapult & cornhole in the yard
of Kevin and Amy Cooney

Lonely ever after in the Northern place
Kevin waves to the children with his hand
Amy stays at home and does her pretty face
And in the evening she laughs from Virginialand

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da
Wife goes on, hah
La la how the Wife goes on
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da
Wife goes on, hah
Funny how the Wife goes on

Happy ever after in the Southern place
Amy leads the children with her hand
Kevin stays at home and frowns his pretty face
And in the evening she laughs from Virginialand

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da
Wife goes on, hah
La la how the Wife goes on
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da
Wife goes on, hah
Funny how the Wife goes on
And if you want some fun
take Ob-la-di-bla-da

Posted by: B at June 9, 2005 12:42 AM

Wow. That was impressive!

Posted by: Kevin at June 9, 2005 09:12 AM
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