Gray Wraps Up… Banning Monkbot from the Internets… Netflix


Hold on…this post is going to be a rambling, bumpy ride.

So our dear Gray Charles marked the end of the Taylor Hicks tour with his ABBA-inspired humor.

Awww…I feel all warm and fuzzy.

It’s been a long tour and I’m glad it’s over…but…is it really?

Taylor and the gang will be hitting the road again come June. On that stretch of the tour (Is this a new tour…or the same tour Part Deux?), Taylor will finally make his way to my little ol’ state. Actually, he’ll be hitting three Mississippi hubs: Tupelo, Vicksburg, and…hold on to your butts…Biloxi, my hometown.

I had made a vow that I wouldn’t be going to see him in concert again.

But…Biloxi?!? I don’t know if I can pass up a chance to see Taylor perform in my hometown…and on a Friday night for goodness sake.

I have a lot of thinking to do.

I also have a lot of thinking to do on a subject broached by My Reality in his comment on the Baby Duck post.

Why is everyone enabling Baby Duck by responding to the post-concert musings? The critical concern this week is the network upfronts which will reveal what television shows are returning and what new programs will be launched! This blog is completely off point! I am petitioning its immediate removal from “the Internets” by imploring the National Security Council to intercede, as I consider this a threat to democracy in general.

I have to say…maybe he’s right…maybe Monkbot should be removed from “the Internets.” Afterall, I have always boldly proclaimed my love for pop culture yet…after much thought…I’ve decided to drastically restrict my television watching this fall.

I will be watching only “Heroes,” “The Office,” and “Gray’s Anatomy.” Other than that…Nothing….Nada…Zilch. No “Idol.” No “Dancing.” No “Betty.”

Furthermore, I will probably just download my limited three shows from iTunes.

My goal, once this television season is over, is to better use my time in the evenings…to be more creative…to produce work beyond Monkbot…to boldly go where no pop culture junkie has gone before…to go…TV-less.

That’s not to say, I won’t be watching my boob tube. I did just sign up for Netflix recently and have about 200 movies in my queue


Do not…I repeat…DO NOT…sign up for Netflix if you have even the slightest tendency toward Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

The television…and Internet for that matter…only serve to feed my proclivity for being an obsessive compulsive.

I tend to throw myself headfirst into projects or shows or entertainers…or, cough, blogs…do them until I’m sick of them…and then drop them after completely exhausting any interest I ever had in them.

Many of you have noticed that, even when I say I won’t be posting regularly at Monkbot…I post even more so. I just can’t help myself. When I want to blog…I REALLY want to blog…when I want to garden…I REALLY want to garden…when I want to eat…I REALLY want to eat (just look at my fat butt for proof on that one).

And, when I’m not being OCD with chips, tomato plants, or blogs, I do things like join Netflix.

Ahhh…Netflix. As I was saying…obsessive compulsives should never start a program that not only offers the opportunity to watch almost every movie ever made for set fee of $15 per month…it also offers those with OCD the opportunity to catalog every movie he or she has ever seen (something I now MUST do).

Furthermore, adding to the dangers of Netflixing while fighting OCD are the dangers of Netflixing while fighting PMS.

Never before has my status of being an “OCD single female over 35” been more apparent than two weeks ago when I signed up for Netflix. It was a Sunday afternoon and I had sat down at the computer to register for the trial period. I don’t remember much after that, except that two hours later I was finally able to shake off my hypnotic OCD/PMS trance and look down at my queue to see a list of romantic comedies and PBS reality shows so long that it would put phone book’s listing of “Smith” to shame. I had to marvel at how truly pathetic I am…and how desperately I need some testosterone in my life.

To make matters worse, I was frustrated because it didn’t seem that Netflix was as intuitive as I had hoped it would be. It had promised to recommend hordes of wonderful movies that I would “love” if I would just take time to rate some movies on the site.

So…I was puzzled as to why, out of 1,000s of movies, it was only suggesting 26 movies for me (among them were “Jane Eyre” “House of Cards,” and “Elizabeth.” What? No Matthew McConaughey action flicks I’ve missed? No Julia Roberts treasures I’ve yet to see? I was concerned, and asked a friend (a long-time Netflixer) about it the next day.

“Why don’t I have more choices? What am I doing wrong?” I whined.

“Let me see. How many movies have you rated?” she asked.


“When did you sign up?”


“Geez, Shelley, I’ve only rated 300, and I’ve been a member for three years.”


I didn’t have the nerve to admit that those 856 were only the ones I had thought of off the top of my head…that number didn’t count stuff like “Pete’s Dragon” and specific James Bond flicks (though I love Sean…all of his Bond films seem to run together in my mind…sorry).

I also hated to admit that I had big plans to go home and go through all the movie I owned to make sure I had logged all of those in (I’ve since done this task…and repeated it with my parents’ inventory this past weekend).

My movie ratings count is now up to 1,119…and, sadly, still growing. (I mean, an OCD pop culture girl like me can’t leave out such treasures as “The Rescuers Down Under,” “Arthur II: On the Rocks,” “The Poseidan Adventure,” and “The Pirate Movie.”)

So…now that I’ve officially rambled like a loon with this post…I’ll sum it up with this:

  • Gray is sweet (that hurts to admit).
  • I might see Taylor in Biloxi (that hurts to admit, too).
  • I won’t be watching much TV next season (ouch, again).
  • And I am now rocking back in forth in the corner, trying to remember the nuances of “The Cannonball Run,” “War Games,” and “The Secret of NIMH” so I can give them proper ratings and quell the call of the Netflix (and that’s the most painful confession of all).

72 Responses to “Gray Wraps Up… Banning Monkbot from the Internets… Netflix”

  1. Dr. Bob Says:

    Shelley, ramble away … stream of consciousness is great.

    Regarding Gray … sigh. (you can’t hear it, but it is happy/sad/nostalgic/a little exasperated)

    If you go see Taylor (and why not, for crying in the sink?), have a blast! Have two — one for me.

    Regarding Netflix — I also was underwhelmed with the interface and the great suggestions. It suggested the rest of the season of 24 that I was watching. This did not seem like much of a stretch. I was hoping for some computer program to put together some subtle nuances of my previous selections together and come with some things that I would like that had never occurred to me. Not so.

    My doctor recommended that I join netflix to help me exercise — interesting approach. I will be able to do so once my ankle heals. I managed to stub my toe so hard that I sprained it. How is that for spectacularly clumsy? Ouch. At least I did not fall down, but it was a close call.

  2. Quossum Says:

    I’m with you on the Netflix, girl. We joined some time ago, and we’re finally just about through with Seasons 1-4 of CSI: Miami. We haven’t even gotten any actual movies yet. Which is okay…I’m not a big movie-watcher, though I do like to read reviews.

    I totally get it with the Hicks ride, too. I think my days of traveling far and wee to see him are over (though I would not, no indeed I wouldn’t, turn down another Monkbot convention that happened to coincide with a tour date, schedule permitting)–but hey, he’s gonna be in Houston, too! I can’t pass that up!

    All power to you at cutting back on the TV. It’s such a very seductive medium. Oh how I hate its wily charms. And damn you, DVR, for making it all too convenient to watch even more!

    Your fellow obsessive,

  3. shrewspeaks Says:

    Wow, NBC has no new comedies in their up-fronts. What does this say about American Culture? I certainly need more, not less laughter. Do we no longer have situations? Is evrything so dire that it can only be expressed through escapism dramas?

    Oh how I yern for the powerhouse days born on Brooks and Burrows backs. A shrink who’s friends seem as inbalanced as the patients on his couch, or a plucky 30 something gal throwing her hat up redefining what success and friendship was in the 70’s to a woman and best male friend living together, she’s straight he’s gay and in their world that just makes sense. What happened to defining rich characters such as a cabby who says his only aim was to be a cabby or smart sassy news reporter who would bellow her way into your heart and National headlines?

    Where is the new Lucy?
    Where is the new Dick VanDyke?
    Where is the new Newhart?

  4. double d Says:

    Neeeewwwwhart! Now, THERE was a show.

    Regarding Gray — Why “Mr. Reality” and not “Mr. Obtuse”….I don’t get it. Explain please.

    Regarding Taylor in Biloxi — When? Beau Rivage? I’m only an hour….However, my Daughters-in-law (2), a Niece-in-law and I are attending the concert in Marksville, LA at the Paragon Casino, July 21st. I can’t pass up a “local” show and a weekend trip with my girls. One of DIL’s used to work at the Casino, so she’s all excited about planning the trip. The NIL wants to make glitter “Soul Patrol” T-shirts (sarcastically). I just smiled through nervously clinched teeth. But, it’ll be fun for a girls’ weekend.

    NetFlix — Ok, the only “segment” that is adversely affected worse than the OCD crowd, is the Procastinator. That would be me. I have great intentions, but haven’t rated one movie, keep 2 movies for an average of 7.5 weeks and often order something I’ve already ordered or seen through “On Demand”. They are definitely making money on me.

    As for TV watching, I really don’t watch anything. I’ve still been too busy, cough*lazy*cough, to watch the first season of The Office that I downloaded to watch. I have caught AI for the last few weeks, mainly to “chat” with a buddy but it really holds little interest for me. I’ll likely be doing more outside this summer and less blogging and TV, so nothing that TV could “front” would really entice me to begin serious TV viewing.

  5. jenfera Says:

    Ohhhhhh, shrewbie! That was The Best Television Show Ending Evah!!! “You should really start wearing more sweaters!” Bwaaaaaah!!!

    Shelley, I am not sure if I am impressed or very, very scared of your movie knowledge. I think I would have a hard time naming 30 movie that I have liked, never mind hundreds. Although surely just reading the titles on Netflix would probably jolt my memory, and I might be able to say yes, I saw that, and I think I liked it, but I can’t remember plots or anything.

    As far as going to Taylor’s show goes, why not? You only go around once. Enjoy yourself. There’s no shame. And if you do go, I will be crossing my fingers for you that you have a way better experience than at HOB, with a very clear unobstructed view! (Is the venue in Biloxi assigned seating?)

    I’m going pimp Friday Night Lights one more time here. I mentioned it near the end of yesterday’s thread and lots of folks might not have seen it. Friday Night Lights is truly one of the best shows on television and I am thrilled that it has been renewed for a second season. I should point out that I don’t even like football, but I love this show. My husband also loves this show, so it is not just some girly thing either. Even Salon likes it!

    They are re-running the first season Sundays this summer and all of the episodes are available to watch for free on

  6. Shelley Says:

    DD…Mr Reality is NOT Gray.

    Taylor will be at Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum.

    Seating is assigned.

  7. KD Says:

    I think in this life we need to be careful not to give up the things we enjoy most in order to find other things to enjoy that we think will be more soul feeding. If plopping down in front of the TV and vegetating as a mini-escape from the realities of life is what you want to do, then do it. That escape may actually be feeding your soul more than you think. Indulging in TV shows, concerts, and good conversation via the internet are not sins…..enjoy what you enjoy Shelley, and make no apologies—to yourself or anyone else for that matter.
    I too have the tendency to love things for awhile, and then get bored and drop them. I have some unfinished quilts calling to me from the closet to prove it! I will read a beloved novel over and over, or watch movies again and again, and then never go back to them. I used to wonder what was wrong with me…now I embrace my own quirkiness and vow to enjoy the obsession of the moment while it lasts. πŸ™‚
    Hugs and Kisses to all—and go to that danged concert and enjoy it on behalf of all of us who can’t! πŸ˜‰

  8. Dr. Bob Says:

    Hi KD! (hope that all is going well)

    Not to be a bit of a nutty fan, but I once waited on James Brooks. I was totally star-struck. He was a great tipper, and interesting to book. I managed not to twitter.

  9. KD Says:

    Hi Dr. Bob!!
    LOL….loved your little James Brooks experience!!
    Everything is Great! How can it not be with a perpetually smiling three month old in the house? πŸ™‚

  10. KimLoree Says:

    I think I’ll steer clear of NetFlix since I’m half OCD and half procrastinator. I might wind up with a split personality.

    If you don’t go to Biloxi….may I PLEASE go in your place?

    And…did you all see what Gray put up today?

    And…what do I do with MOS and his seven autographs?

  11. baby duck Says:

    KimLoree, I emailed you about that.

    Gray, get yourself down to the river if that’s what it takes. You’ve seen what people can do, but it’s time to start anew. We’ve all come full circle now on this magic carpet ride of the TH tour. You and Taylor wrapped it up with a bow with the All About Abba reference/encore. But the new tour starts in a month. Let’s do this thing together. Biloxi, anyone?

    Forget about removing monkbots from β€œthe Internets”. Don’t worry about being “a threat to democracy in general”. I’ve discovered that there’s these certificates you can buy that allow you can spout almost any non-sense you want, and nobody can say a thing. Saw ’em on eBay. They’re called Offsets, patterned after something the inventor of the “Internets” came up with. What could be more appropriate?

  12. ivoryhut Says:

    I have yet to take the Netflix plunge, but some months ago, my math genius of a brother proposed that we try our hand at fashioning an improved Netflix recommendation system (which, by the way, is already allegedly one of the best in the industry).

    So I went online to check out how their current one works. I got distracted by a list of Monty Python movies, which led to titles that starred John Cleese, then Hugh Laurie, and then I forgot why I was there in the first place. Sneaky internets.

    I have since avoided it like the plague. When I finally get the basement finished, my garden planted, my closet space reclaimed, and my home office organized, maybe I’ll venture that way again. In the meantime, it’s a good thing for me that algorithms can be worked on offline.

  13. KimLoree Says:

    I’ll volunteer to round up the troops and we’ll all meet down by the river.

  14. Mr. Reality Says:


    Once again, the Monkbot blogosphere is trapped in a vortex of Taylor Hicks fandomonium at a time when the only concern should be the upfront announcements from ABC, CBS, NBC, FBC, and CW. I sentence all violators to two hours in a locked sound booth playing nothing but Clay Aiken Christmas music!

    And as for the rhapsodic praise of all things NetFlix–I maintain that it is an overrated service that is destroying the fabric of society. There should be a discerning approach to film viewing. Top movies starring A-list Hollywood superstars should be supported opening weekend at the multiplex. Second tier films should be purchased upon DVD release date and shared with friends and family. You can’t just sit at home and wait for NetFlix to ship FRIDAY THE 13th Parts 1-16 to your door, watch them in a catatonic stupor, and then wait for the entire POLICE ACADEMY series to arrive!

  15. KimLoree Says:

    Two hours????….Holy crap!!! I’d do anything for love, but I won’t do that.

  16. Shelley Says:

    It’s a sad day when Mr. Reality is the only voice of reason here.

  17. jenfera Says:

    Shelley, I think I am taking that personally.

    I think Mr. Reality should go start a TV blog and get it out of his system.

  18. Shelley Says:

    Mr. Reality is always welcome to rant about t.v. and the evils of Netflix. I mean…his opinion always offers such a fresh and original perspective.

    Afterall, Mr. Reality is a person who truly believes the movie “Honey” was underrated because, and I quote, “Jessica Alba is a true mega-supa-star.”

    Certainly you understand.

  19. Gray Charles Says:

    Mr. Reality should state his real name. People who hide behind pseudonyms on the Internet are not to be trusted.

  20. Claire Says:

    OK, I just Googled Netflix. Y’all are so spoiled, you don’t even have to go to the video shop. Lucky sods. And I would sooooo not return the DVD’s…

    *waves at Gray*
    Pseudonyms, eh? I agree thoroughly. Shifty bastids.



  21. texan Says:

    heck..I am way out of mega-corp-media the loop! it has been a nice little break. i have been frequenting small film festivals and truly enjoying the off the beaten path screens. give it a whirl!

    take a look at these…

    i did finally go HiDef so my TeeVee days are sure to pick up!

  22. KimLoree Says:

    Maybe that is his real name. My other personality knows a guy by the name of Alt Reality.

  23. jenfera Says:

    Tex, HiDef is da bomb. It’s weird though, in a way. You get this whole new level of TV-guilt. But let me tell ya, I get over it real quick when I see Ryan Seacrest in HD. Mmmmmmm.

  24. Jan Says:

    This song makes me think of you Shelley and hope that you will listen to it and take it to heart. I just heard it a couple of days ago.
    The Feeling – Strange

  25. Shelley Says:

    GREAT song, Jan.

    Thanks so much.

  26. texan Says:


    This Hi Def thing is like looking at something you are not supposed to see! Shade my eyes! The concert channel is my new love. I recorded Allison Krauss and Clapton to watch soon.

    I need DD to school me on the 5.1 sound thing. This all reminds me of the day we got our first color tv, or the microwave, or the cell phone that needed a backpack! Know what the best part of it is? I can actually turn the darn thing on with ONE remote. That is progress baby! πŸ˜‰

    ::digging for Pirate movie:::

  27. double d Says:

    Yeah, who died and made Mr. Reality Director of the Internets and the discussions, thereof? Or the architect for film viewing and rating? I, for one, certainly don’t see the “voice of reason”….

    Am I really supposed to give a rat’s hindquarter about the upfront of CW? I’d rather discuss The Office and I don’t even watch it.

  28. Shelley Says:

    Lay off Mr. Reality.

  29. bamaborntxbred Says:

    I don’t know….it’d be kind of interesting to talk about why in the h-e-double hockey sticks ABC or CBS or whoevertheheck has ordered a show called “Caveman”. A comedy based on the Geico characters.


  30. Claire Says:

    Aw Shelley, I think DD was being snarkalicious. (Correct me if I’m wrong, Madame Maven.)

    So – who IS the enigmatic Mr. Reality?


  31. Shelley Says:

    Oh..okay…sorry, DD. (thanks for the heads-up claire)

    Bama…I didn’t even read the line-ups…are you serious? Crazy!

    About Mr. R…he truly is a man of mystery.

  32. KD Says:

    So, anyway….
    Anyone know what happened to The Loop??

  33. jenfera Says:

    I’d rather see a show called Gecko.

  34. bamaborntxbred Says:

    Shelley-can you believe it?? There’s another one about an all male carpool group called “Carpoolers”. Ummm, okay.

    I agree with Mr. Reality about “Honey”. It was a highly underrated movie about a hardworking girl with big dreams….dreams that were shattered by someone she trusted. Oh! The drama! The tears! The hip hop dancing! Would she ever be able to make it on her own? Was she strong enough to do it?

  35. Shelley Says:

    Bama…just read EW’s write-up about new ABC line-up.

    Cavemen? Carpoolers?

    rolls eyes

    Personally, I don’t think the cavemen are funny enough to carry an entire 30 minutes.

    If this were the 80s…I’ll bet Clara “Where’s the Beef?” Lady would get her own sitcom. And…while we’re at it…how about a show based on the “I’ve Fallen and I can’t Get Up” Lady?

    I just know they’d be hits.

  36. Shelley Says:

    Uh oh…NBC’s line-up is promising the return of “The Bionic Woman.”

    I may have to reconsider my oath to only three shows.

  37. jenfera Says:

    Hello? Is this thing on??

    Gecko! A show called Gecko! Way better than Cavemen. The Gecko is like a little animated Ryan Seacrest with an Australian accent you could keep in your pocket.

  38. bamaborntxbred Says:

    Ooh…those NBC shows look pretty darn good!

    A new Candace Bushnell series sounds good….but Brooke Shields? Hmmm….

  39. Shelley Says:

    I wonder what Mr. Reality thinks of Brooke. I’ll bet he hates her.

    However, he’s probably already set up his DVR for the Bionic woman.

  40. ruhappytoseeme Says:

    I think your problem is you saw too many movies and they cant find more suggestions because you saw all the good movies? LOLI liked blockbuster online better then netflix, they seemed to be faster for me , and I always know what I want and have a huge list to see so I never even used the feature your talking about. but I did try both at one time. I think I own about 1000 dvd`s (I LOVE columbia house dvd club lol thats my obsession plus the fact that I have to buy movies I dont even want to see because I take care of my landlord and shes always saying how bad she wants to see a movie that I dont want to see so I get it lol)
    I noticed somewhere someone said that lost was being cancelled, it has a guuarenteed 10 season run, they said thats all they are going to do, they started with a biggining and a ending so they said (last night on leno to be exact) that they had 10 seasons and it was over for good.also founbd out thru tv guide online law and order ci is being picked up for another season but going on usa (worked for monk so hopefully it works for ci)
    I cant NOT go see taylor again, I love his concerts, I just wish he was commin up here again, but so far theres no summer tour (there is to philly but my back cant handle 2 1/2 hour drive each way ) I say GO to a concert again, ya know you want to and you know its worth it πŸ™‚
    have a good day all , gotta go to the landlords πŸ™‚

  41. double d Says:

    Snark is dead, evidently. I shall save you all from my sarcastic musings and leave the discussion to more applicable posters who are blatantly more entertaining and less offensive…yes, I am taking my ball and going home.

    Love to all. πŸ™‚

  42. Shelley Says:

    Aww, DD…I said I was sorry. Don’t leave.

  43. Mr. Reality Says:


    I feel compelled to issue an ultimatum to all Monkbot community members who are engaged in the disturbing trend of attending multiple concerts headlined by Taylor Hicks. No more! On any artist’s current tour, it is only appropriate to attend ONE show. The only way around that would be to “karma balance” attendance at a Taylor Hicks show with attendance at a Katharine McPhee event.

    Also, please refrain from posting about the upfronts until ALL of the network seasons have been announced! Incomplete ramblings are hereby forbidden! All the network seasons must be considered in their full context. Postings on this subject (beginning no earlier than Friday) should be well-sourced, thoughtfully relayed, and delivered in approximately 500-800 words (the length of most syndicated columns). Anyone who rebels against this process could risk complete banishment from this portal of the Internets.

  44. ivoryhut Says:

    Yeah, DD. Don’t leave. Come visit with me in the far corner, where I’m sitting alone after saying something about algorithms and Hugh Laurie and now no one wants to play with me.

    I showered today, ya know. Twice even.

    (Or maybe I’m just oblivious to the fact that being no fan of television may have something to do with my lack of relevant contribution to all tv-related discussions.)

  45. jenfera Says:

    So, Mr. Reality, would attendance at a Daughtry event work just as well? Cuz I might have to do that.

    And also, I would like to point out a loophole whereby the “summer tour” is actually a separate tour altogether. All bets are off. It’s summer, after all.

    DD, I for one enjoy your snark, and Ivory, I think you smell great. All soapy. πŸ˜‰

  46. ivoryhut Says:

    Incomplete ramblings are hereby forbidden! All the network seasons must be considered in their full context. Postings on this subject (beginning no earlier than Friday) should be well-sourced, thoughtfully relayed, and delivered in approximately 500-800 words

    My husband’s aunt’s husband (well-sourced enough?) thinks Fox management has poopy (thoughtfully relayed because I thought a lot about that and tossed out a few words before settling on ‘poopy’) politics. Said politics influence all content being considered for airing, ergo ‘poopy’ describes their full context.

    I am Asian, so the exchange rate brings that up to 673.8 words. And that, sir, completes this rambling.

  47. double d Says:

    OK. I’m back. (Yeah, I’m easy.)

    bumps knuckles with Ivoryhut In the TV banishment corner, can we have beer?

    And, Mr. Reality — I believe that you are threatening the genesis of the mighty Monkbot site….or, is this a set-up of things to come? Will we awake one morning and Monkbot is transformed into

    You really must want some serious fish slapping for that *** remark. Do you not recognize that she is the antithesis of Monkbot? Like, Ro-key. For shame that you spit on the premise for our last year of interaction. May you be banished to the island of Lost for 10 seasons to watch re-runs of Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch (the bad hair years).

  48. double d Says:

    again, knocks knuckles with Ivoryhut

  49. bamaborntxbred Says:

    Actually DD, snark is alive and well in the form of Mr. Reality. He’s having quite the snarkfest today.

    It’s all in good fun. All in good fun.

    Ivory- oft have been the times that I poured my heart, my angst, my charming wit into a comment, only to have it ignored by the masses. It always cuts to the core. Ask Shelley how often I’ve called her and beeotched about how no one “got” my comments.

    And, I’da commented ‘ceptin I don’t know what an algorithm is….

  50. Shelley Says:

    Future home of Jaime
    (Bama…you…complete me)

  51. jenfera Says:

    bama, I hear dat. Gecko! Gecko!! (sorta like echo.)

  52. jenfera Says:

    Dear Lord! The muffin bunnies! The rainbow kitties! They are gone! Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  53. Hatson Says:

    Hey , I would love listening to two hours of Christmas music by Clay. Of course I am a Christmasaholic who believes that the Chipmunk Christmas album is pure genius!(Musical purists shudder) DoubleD, you may never leave us really! We love ya!

  54. bamaborntxbred Says:

    The fluffy muffin bunnies will never be gone! No, nor the rainbow kitties! They will forever be bound to this hallowed site. For one, for all.

    I love the Geico Gecko. I fer sure would watch a tv show about him. He’s so cute. There’s a radio commercial, I s’pose they only play it in TX cuz it’s about insurance in TX…and he’s talking about how everyone tells him “Everything’s bigger in TX.” and he says at the end, in his cute widdle accent, ” I dooo look a litt-le biggah!”

    It’s so cute.

  55. double d Says:

    Shelley — if Oscar shows up on the Masthead, I will have confirmation that you have gone over to the Dark Side.

    Then, you can join Mr. Reality on Lost Island where Steve Austin will invade your every waking moment.

    …..”we can re-build him”.

  56. Shelley Says:

    forget oscar…i think that fembot is FANTASTIC!!!!

    note to self: infuse fembot with monkbot logo

  57. jenfera Says:

    Massachusetts insurance laws are SO INSANE that most companies don’t even bother working here. We can only choose from 3 or 4 companies for car insurance. Geico isn’t one of them. But, I pick up Connecticut radio stations from here and they have a few cute Geico commercials. There’s one particularly funny one that doesn’t feature the Gecko. This dramatic voice comes on talking like it is a public service announcement, or a commercial for one of those charities that helps kids in Africa. The voice warns us that Connecticut is in danger of no longer being the richest state, but that Geico’s low rates on car insurance can help. Then the tag line is, “Geico! Keeping Connecticut Rich!” Haaa!!

  58. bamaborntxbred Says:

    That’s pretty funny Jen! That Geico. Aren’t they just a humorous bunch?

    I actually like the caveman commercial where he’s in the airport on the moving sidewalk thingy…that’s funny. I don’t know why I like that one so much. Maybe it’s the Musak in the background or something.

  59. bamaborntxbred Says:

    I don’t think I used very good English in that first paragraph. Sorry.

  60. shrewspeaks Says:

    Too confused to play…maybe my anteni has been revoked and I don’t know it.

  61. jenfera Says:

    bama, the airport one is the only caveman ad I like!! I think it is the music. I get it stuck in my head every time. Doo doo doo doot da doo Doo doo doo doot da doo doo!!!

  62. Libby Says:

    I have given gift subscriptions to Netflix as Christmas presents — and they were well received.

    Just thought I would check in my fellow Monkbots. I have been on the road with work since Easter except for 2 weekends. April 26 — here in Atlanta to celebrate a firend’s birthday and anniversary — saw Norah Jones at The Tabernacle. She was fantastic. If you have a chance to see her, I highly recommend it.

    Then, I got an invite to the meet and greet for Taylor in Las Vegas. I have to admit I bought the tickets on line — a long time ago — with only the slightest thought of going. Since I was in the mid-west on business and I received an invitation to the m and g — I decided to fly to Vegas. It was a quick weekend. Great city — lots of people, a great mall and lots of gamblers. Taylor was very polite at the m and g. I did not get to say much — just that I enjoyed his music. I got an autograph for me and a friend that was not in attendance. Then, I saw a fine show at the House of Blues. Very good evening and a good peformance. I talked with lots of folks from around the country – Buffalo, NY, Portland Or, Richmond, VA –and a big contingent from Texas. The house was full. Glad to see it still going well. Shelley — why not take the trip to Biloxi — what can it hurt?

    Miss you guys ! Take care —


  63. leejolem Says:

    Shelley, you must go to an assigned seat Taylor concert!!!!! That way you won’t have to fight for a good view of the supreme monkbot.

    I don[‘t know anything about netflix, so I will remain quiet on that subject.

    Looks like you guys had fun today. Who the heck is Mr Reality?

    How was AI tonight? I was at my daughter’s last band concert forever –kind of sad. They played a selection from Schindler’s List with a guest violinist that was breathtakingly beautiful. Talk to you guys tomorrow.

  64. brc Says:

    brc enters the room late and is completely confused…. looks for Shrew so they can play in the corner and be consfused together.

    Who is Jaime Summers?

  65. Shelley Says:

    Jaime Summers is the bionic woman.

  66. Theresa Says:

    the supreme monkbot”

    That’s funny! I never heard that phrase before. We should put that one on a t-shirt.

  67. brc Says:

    Oh. I feel really stupid. I’m a child of the 70s. Should known that one πŸ™‚

  68. Claire Says:


    Behold, your new Jaime Summers!!!!

    Michelle Ryan-soap opera actress from Britain.

  69. Claire Says:

    oops, linky not worky… bad. Google her!

  70. texastaylorfan Says:

    As usual, late reading and everyone has surely left this thread, but I must comment anyway.

    Shelley – loved this post. I actually did laugh out loud, and that is very unusual for me to do while sitting alone at the computer. I’ve read where people say they spit their coffee all over the screen when reading something funny….surely not. But I really did enjoy this. You have an OCD friend here. ~sigh~ There are worse things.

    Now I guess I’m not well-schooled enough in your Monkbot blog to understand something. Why in the world would you consider NOT going to a TH concert in your hometown? You ARE a fan of his, right? I’m confused. Nothing unusual about that.

    And it probably reveals more about me than I should, but I only watch three shows anymore. Desperate Housewives, American Idol, and Letterman. Well, Craig Ferguson when I’m up that late. But that’s it. And American Idol is boring me to tears. I don’t even care who wins. But I love reading your reviews.

    Now really, why wouldn’t you go see Taylor in your hometown?

  71. Dinah Says:

    Yeah, why?
    RE: Mr. Reality…. what is it with this unnatural connection to him? Kinfolk? Lover-man? Superior? Hurumph! Favoritism!
    Go see Taylor, Shelley. Get your OCD working in his direction. It’s healthier than films of people speaking words written by someone else. Do a little screaming. Dance a little jig. Do some flirting. Have a little drink-y. I will be with you in spirit!

  72. Laurita Says:

    Me too, reading this thread a day late and cracking up numerous times πŸ˜‰

    Shelley, it’s pathetic, but I’m with you 100% on having experienced Netflix-obsessive-disorder, but after a couple of years of keeping their DVDs for months on end (kinda like DD!), I managed to pull off the big ‘cutting of the media umbilical cord’ and canceled my membership— of course immediately got all kinds of offers from them to rejoin, which was even more painful!

    And now I’ve replaced all this with my new compulsion which is recording 100s of films from Turner Classic Movies, Sundance, IFC, etc. and burning them to DVDs… very very scary… almost as bad as being hooked on the Boogie Board, which replaced the GC fix.. We’re talking some serious jonesin’ here, kids… Think I could bring this up at some “fill-in-the-blank-Anonymous” meeting?

    Btw, dear ivory, showering twice a day or more is generally considered a symptom of OCD… should we send out a shrink to the hut?

    (P.S. S, let me know if you do Biloxi, which I vote for, btw!, cause a friend from Key West will be going, and you two should meet up…)

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