Thursday, October 15, 2009

I'm somebody now...

One of my favorite movies is "The Jerk" with Steve Martin.

I know, I know. It didn't win awards, it's not a brilliant film. It's silly. But it truly is genius.

It's been recently making the rounds on cable. A friend was over the other day was channel surfing. He stopped at The Jerk. I wasn't really paying attention to the screen as I was reading my blogbuds posts on my computer. (shocking)
I was just unconsciously saying the lines along with the movie.

He was amazed.
"How do you know that?", he asked.
"Know what?"
"You're practically reciting the entire script!"

I had a boyfriend back in high school. We went to see the movie when it came out. It became OUR movie. It turned into an inside joke. No one else quite got it, but we did.

He gave me daisy stems for my birthday.
I gave him an old thermos.
We used to sing the 'thermos song' to each other...

"I'm picking out a thermos for you.
Not an ordinary thermos, it's true.
But the extra best thermos money can buy
With vinyl and stripes and a cup built right in.

I'm picking out a thermos for you.
And maybe a barometer too.
And what else can I buy, so on me you'll rely.
A rear end thermometer too."

Brings tears to your eyes it's so romantic, doesn't it?

HeatherLynn had left a comment the other day that I wanted to personally answer. So I e-mailed her. I apologized because I didn't respond immediately. There have been alot of comments of late and it's been taking a little bit more time than usual to get back to everyone. That whole thing called 'life' kept getting in the way and drawing me away from my computer screens.

She sent a return message and I quote," NANCY!! You didn't have to write me back! You're much too famous for me! ;-)" End quote.

Sweet. But, c'mon now! I'm not famous! I just had the luck of the draw! And now I have all these wonderful new friends. That's been the best part of Blog of Note. That I now have had the opportunity to find all these other blogs outside of my 'normal' circle. Blogs that I might not have ever stumbled upon otherwise!

THAT, my friends, is cool.
Seven degrees of separation. Seven degrees.
And it turns out Heather is from Ohio as well.

Knucklehead (go give him a wedgie for me...please) wrote me, "Congrats! Just don't forget us little people who were reading you BEFORE you were famous."

Forget you? How could I forget you! You're on my sidebar! I read every post you've written! As I urge everyone else to do as well....(blatant promotion plug) :-)

Even Matthew got in on the razz attack and said, "Hard being adored, isn't it?"
You guys are funny. Very, very funny...

So many new friends, plus all of my old ones. But I'm not famous by any standard.

I do, however, feel a little like Steve Martin in the movie.

"The new phone books are here, the new phone books are here! I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity, your name in print, that makes people. Things are going to start happening to me now...."

I just hope there isn't a sniper nearby.
Or any cans.
I still have some comments to respond to.


  1. Once a year the new edition of The Blue Book shows up. It's a phone address/guide to all the docs in my county. And my nurse always grabs it out of the mailbox and yells "The new blue books are here! The new blue books are here!"

    My secretary, who likely has never heard of the movie, never understands why the nurse and I start laughing.

  2. I remember the first time I saw "The Jerk." I was home from college and watching cable late at night alone. The movie came on when I should've gone to bed but I stayed up to watch it. And I couldn't stop. It was so stupid and so funny; I sat there laughing out loud and out of control in the dark. When he started screaming "someone's trying to kill these cans," I thought I'd wet myself.
    I don't know, I think we have very similar, very silly minds.

  3. Awwwwww...Nancy! You quoted me! I'm not sure I've ever been quoted's quite an honor.

    Honestly I hadn't expected you to actually e-mail me, but how thoughtful that you did. Thank you.

    And I like how you tied in the whole phone book the BON thing...because I can totally see the similarities in that.

    But for the record, you were a "somebody" whether blogs of note found you or are just a much more "celebrated somebody" now....and rightfully so.

    Happy for your success my fellow Ohio-an!


  4. I too love The Jerk, although I haven't seen it in years. I will have to make every effort to correct that.

    Congrats on being a BoN! Well done you!!

  5. Now I have to add The Jerk to my Netflix queue so I can remember the Thermos Song. BTW, I loved you before you were famous. Enjoy your new-found fame and followers. May it never change your beautiful spirit.

  6. I'm with you-- "The Jerk" was a total blast-- just something funny to laugh your way through...

    And we're all SO glad this hasn't changed the real Nancy who we all know and love... =^)

  7. P.S. Forgot to say, "I coulda been somebody. I coulda been a contend-ah." (Since we're quoting movies!

    Bye now.

  8. "Well I'm gonna to go then. And I don't need any of this. I don't need this stuff, and I don't need you. I don't need anything except this."
    [picks up an ashtray]
    "And that's it and that's the only thing I need, is this. I don't need this or this. Just this ashtray. And this paddle game, the ashtray and the paddle game and that's all I need. And this remote control. The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that's all I need. And these matches. The ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control and the paddle ball. And this lamp. The ashtray, this paddle game and the remote control and the lamp and that's all I need. And that's all I need too. I don't need one other thing, not one - I need this. The paddle game, and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches, for sure. And this. And that's all I need. The ashtray, the remote control, the paddle game, this magazine and the chair."

    And this Blog!! :)

  9. THanks for visiting my blog. I'm sooo glad you like it! Thanks for following along too.

    I love "the jerk". It's been a while since i have watched it though. Gonna have to hunt it down!

  10. I still find myself quoting the 1st line of The Jerk... I think it is on e of the all time best opening lines!

  11. Enjoy your renown. We are all enjoying it, you should too:).

  12. I had always seen bits and pieces but never the whole movie until recently (about a month ago). The movie rocked. Steve Martin is lookin' good and I never realized how cute Bernardette was.

    Why do I keep envisioning that song from Wicked..."Popular, I know about Popular." Seriously, though, congrats on the B.O.N. All your hard work and perseverance paid off. You totally deserved it!!

    Don't forget the little people. You know, the people that knew you...when.

  13. Great blog! :) I'm happy I found you in my first couple days new on here.

    People think it's odd that I can talk along to entire movies too. And yet, I can't remember where I parked my car at the mall. It's the important things that matter. ;)

    Love reading you ~ I will be back for sure!

    Christine (kiki)

  14. @grumpy MD - It's kindof fun when someone quotes it, not because they KNOW it but because they heard it somewhere from someone that DOES. Great story!

    @Maureen - I KNOW we have similar minds. KNew that from the first day I read your blog. :-)
    I think it's a good thing.

    @sharon (#1) - Thanks my BFF. That translates into Before Famous Friend! HeeHee!

    @Leah - You crack me up!

    @Sharon - YOU obviously know this movie as well as I do too! I think we might have to Skype and watch it in tandem. :-)

    @ Mike - "I was born a poor black child..."
    I'm going to have to go pull out my copy and watch it again now....You can skype in too if you'd like!

    You guys are the best! I'm going to laugh ALL DAY!


  15. Can I include myself in the new friends list?

    I am clean, hardly make a mess, and very easy to look after.

    I am also a late comer to your blog after shamefully seeing your lovely face on mine, and leaving it so long to pop over and say hello. But I am here now, so massive apologies for that.

    Congratulations on the blogs of note nomination, you must be so happy, if a little overawed at all the new faces coming over to check you out?

    I have enjoyed reading through your archives and can see why you were picked though, so well done you!

    Anyway, I will let you be, but promise to pop over a lot more (if you will have me?)

  16. Sounds like a nice movie. I should try to look for it.. =)

  17. You know I don't know if I've ever seen "The Jerk" but I may have to check it out now :)

    Have a great day!

  18. I love when he's trying to read her wet love letter but my favorite part is when he's outside naked and sticks the dogs to him! AHAHAHAHAH!

  19. I have to thank Blog of note here that they brought you "the famous one" to knowledge. And I´d also like to thank you for cheering my lonely unemployed days with your blog entries. So thank you SO MUCH for the smiles and laughs that you´ve brought to my tiny little life. :)


  20. Nancy,

    I love THE JERK as well and I can't think of a line now but if it was on, I'd be doing the same thing you did.

    much love!

  21. I feel so incredibly warm and fuzzy inside knowing that somebody else in the world actually shouts, "The new phone books are here! The new phone books are here! Things are gonna start happenening to me, now!" Of course, you're way better than me because I didn't remember all the stuff in between. But you are clearly a kindred spirit.

  22. HA! Am I the only one who hasn't seen The Jerk? I guess that's this weekends rental...

    Just found you today on Blogs of Note, and read back through umpteen of your posts and, well--you deserve the mention! Congratulations!

    I can only aspire to such greatness, but little ol' me is baby new at this blog thing. You *sniff* give me something to aspire to *wipes away tears of gratitude*.

    Have a lovely day!

  23. i haven't seen the movie, but i AM one of your new followers since your blog of note fame, and i have to admit -- i've been totally sucked in!


  24. I love your blog. I have been following since your blog of note but have never really been the posting type. Now you had to mention "The Jerk". Big for me and the boyfriend at the time but now the circle of friends have no knowledge of it. So I continue to say "The new phone books are here, the new phone books are here!" and "He hates these cans!" out loud at the appropriate times and smile to myself. I get it.

  25. The phone book comment is the best ;-)

  26. One of my faves...thanks for reminding me.
    Matthew is awesome I agree...his writing makes me emotional.

  27. I love The Jerk. It was on two weeks ago, and my oldest son really got a kick out of it.

    "For one dollar I'll guess your weight, your height, or your sex." lol.

  28. Hey, I don't blame you for liking The Jerk. Steve Martin is hilarious!

  29. LOVE the JERK.

    "I don't need one other thing except my dog."
    "I don't need my dog."

    Enjoy your spotlight. You look good in it.


  30. I've never seen The Jerk but I can quote entire movies. XD I think I shall have to go find it now, I'm curious.

    Haha..and you are famous. Well to some to degree at any rate. True it may have been just the luck of the draw, but when someone gets the BoN that's like celeb status around here. (:

  31. I used to read all the previous comments to mine, but you posted this just a few hours ago and already there are more than 30 comments. So I'll just add mine here. I haven't seen The Jerk but I loved the one where Steve Martin was inside the body of a woman and they had to share it. Can't remember the name, but I'll go see The Jerk.

  32. Can you add me, I have no friends and beginning to feel non sexy. I like the gas station part in the Jerk.

  33. i luv your blog! it's fabbi. i might even consider following it.... (^.~) (READ IT!) ps. you ARE famous. a famous blogger. anyone with 543 followers is a famous blogger. enjooy staaardoom!!

  34. Is it wrong I have that Thermos in my cupboard, sitting there all alone? Yes, you are "somebody" and it did make my day to see you dropped by to visit me. Maybe I need to get out more? Enjoy the success, and maybe you can have Mr. Loveseat over for a good old movie fest to try it out!?

  35. I am so new to the blogging world I do not even know what the Blog of Note is! My son sent me to you and I am thoroughly enjoying reading your notes! You are awesome! I'll be back!

  36. I have enjoyed my visits ever since you first commented on something I wrote. It's great that you've found so many new reads through being the BoN too.

    I used to be able to recite most of David Lynch's 'Dune'. Wonder how much I still remember? Hmm.

  37. I too am a new follower. I'm glad you got the BoN as I'm not sure I would have found you otherwise. I've been enjoying working my way through your back posts.

    My blog ( will be a week-old tomorrow; I hope to one day write as well as you do.

  38. Hi there, interesting f8hasit. I like your style...even though I'm a lot older than 'the jerk.N
    My daughter has me hooked on Napoleon Dynamite.

  39. Nancy! Thanks for following me and commenting on my blog. You made my day. I now have TWO followers, and you've got...oh, never mind. =)I loved the Cinderella comment you made and completely relate to it. Add that vixen Snow White in there too. Consider me a fan and happy follower. You make me smile, which is always a good thing. And I am Netflixing "The Jerk" immediately.

  40. Whenever I leave somewhere and will be gone a while, I do the, "and all I need is (this) and that's it. That's all I need...and...(whatever)..." No one ever gets it. How nice to know there are others out there who would get my humor :-) Years ago I worked in a jail and had to walk large groups of inmates to court. I would quote Young Frankenstien (Marty Feldman/Gene Wilder and I believe Bernadette Peters) and say "walk this way" in the Igor accent and hunch over and drag one leg. With the thousands of inmates I walked over the years, one man got it. Like you and the references to The Jerk, I am happy that at least one person gets it! Otherwise I just laugh with myself and I'm good with that too!

  41. You've always been a star in my book, dahling....
    Now, you're just that much brighter....
    Wouldn't it be great to think there could be some agents/publishers who follow blog of note? Just looking for the creme of the you!

  42. I used to have a thermos just like that one! Who knew it would become the thermos of the famous!

  43. awww...the red plaid thermos! My mom had that...and I will admit to you that I haven't seen that movie in ages and the phone books are about the only thing I remember!

  44. PS: BRAVO BADASS! for the Blogs of Note recognition! Cheers and multiple cocktails!

  45. I am not even sure how I stumbled upon your page, as I am just learning how to find other blogs to follow, but I just wanted you to know I love your writing and seems like every blog I've read of yours thus far has made me smile at one point or another. Thanks for making me smile! Keep writing because I'll certainly keep reading! :)


  46. Hi! I just want to let you know that your blog really cheers me up! I'm glad you got BoN as I don't think I would have found you other wise. I too have just started a blog but it's not cheerful like yours. How did you get such a nice looking page with all of the side bars? It really looks great:) Keep up the good work and thanks for making me smile!

  47. I must admit that I'm one of the people that found your blog through blog of note...absolutely fantastic blog BTW. I'm catching up on your old posts now.

    Please keep it up! I'll add you to my list on my blog next time I update the meantime you're on my Reader.

  48. Steve Martin is definitely underappreciated. So much talent. Can I say "I knew you when??"

  49. OK Nancy, your new best friends can't stand it, you've left us hanging on the cliff! What happened over the "drinks" that were supposed to happen yesterday?! Hurry and fill us in! :-)

  50. "Steve Martin is definitely underappreciated. So much talent. Can I say "I knew you when??""

    carma, I hope he's getting his due now. I saw him on Letterman either last week or a bit further back, funning with Martin Short and masterfully playing the banjo with his band, which I remembered fondly from Saturday Night Live last season.

    That banjo playing on Letterman made me jump to the computer and put "Cruel Shoes" and "Pure Drivel" on hold at my local library, as well as a book containing the scripts for "L.A. Story" and "Roxanne." When I first saw "L.A. Story," I was stunned. I couldn't believe anyone could actually write like that and make it work through and through.

    But now I must also put "The Jerk" in my Netflix queue. It's been far too long since I've seen it.

    And yes, I agree with Kathryn, Nancy. Reveal all, or I'm just going to happily assume there were drinks and hot, hot sex. My mind always works overtime.

  51. Additionally, I'm hoping Martin's banjo-playing can sustain him now. I wish he would still contribute to The New Yorker (to which I happily subscribe), but I'd be happy with the banjo and if he only starred in movies he wrote. None of this "Pink Panther 2" garbage ever again. I want something new in the vein of "L.A. Story" or something as quietly heartfelt as "Shopgirl."

  52. i love the JERK and i loved SHOPGIRL too! but this love? it's for you missy! thanks for making me the star on your show today :) that was super sweet! now back to you? whats going on with dreamboat???? and you don't have to email me personally. just have your people do it! MWAH!!! xoxoxo

  53. I'm with Kathryn - the heck with the JERK, what happened over drinks the other night? Inquiring minds want to know...

  54. Now that you're a celebrity, I'm going to start driving slowly and menacingly down your street until your goons break my legs.

  55. since I'm a "new friend" I think that means I've just been mentioned on a famous blog... schwing!

  56. Haven't seen 'The Jerk'...but now I wanna watch the movie :)

    You have a great blog and now people will get to read more of your awesome stuff..Have a nice day!

  57. Hi Nancy,
    Chrissy sent me here and I am glad she your blog. I need to work my way back through it:)

    I have not seen the jerk for many years....but I loved it way back then...need to rent a copy and rewatch. I do like Steve Martin - a lot.

    Hope to get together in Cleveland soon.

  58. I came here through the blogs of note section.. and you have some great stuff here. I haven't seen The Jerk, but now I'm curious to see it... hopefully I shall, very soon :)

  59. I must admit that I found you through Blogs of Note... I wish I'd found you earlier though. I seriously love this blog; it's a breath of fresh sanity in my crazy life! I will most definitely be back. I'm also curious to see The Jerk now!
    By the way, I'm really hoping it goes well with Patrick, reading about you and him gives me the warm-and-fuzzies.
    Thanks for the great blog!

  60. "The Jerk" is pure genius...but what I'm most surprised at is the fond memories of the highschool ex-boyfriend. mine is now gay. and lives down the street with his husband. I wish I was joking. But to be honest, I still think he's kind of awesome and now we can drink together and check out hot guys together.

    I just started a new blog,, any advice would be welcome!

  61. This comment has nothing to do with this post. :) But I didn't know where else to put it...

    So, I spend what some might consider and obscene amount of time looking at blogs. I just keep clicking "next blog" "next blog" "next blog" until I find one that holds my interest.

    Unfortunately, very few hold my interest. I see blogs about art or blogs about how to make a million dollars if you just follow these 3 easy steps (for just $19.99), blogs about how happy happy happy life is with our new puppy. Blah, blah, blah.

    I desperately seek "real" blogs about "real" people.

    I found that the day I clicked on your blog.

    And, I just wanted to say, Thanks. :)

  62. I'm sure you've heard this a trillion and six times this week, but I just found your blog through BoN and I LOVE IT!

    This story about the love seat had me riveted at work! It turned my shitty day into one filled with vicarious butterflies. You rock my face off, girl.

    I'm going to be reading! Thanks for sharing your hysterical stories with us.

  63. A man is suing Verizon for his slow moving trackball on his Blackberry. Mark Tingle, of Cottonburgh, SC has filed suit for $3.42m against the cell phone giant claiming that he had nearly beaten the game BrickBreaker when "suddenly the trackball on my phone stopped working." Tingle states that he had been playing the game for at least five hours each day for the last year in order to beat it. "Just as I'm at the pinnacle of my cell phone gaming," said Tingle, "my phone stops working for me. I've spent too much time working toward this goal. Someone is going to pay."

  64. Geez, you have SO MANY fans now, it takes forever to scroll down to the bottom of the comments! LOL! I'll have to surf the movie channels for this movie. I haven't seen it in years. Now I'm curious!

  65. The jerk is like my favorite movie of all time! Its an inside joke for me and my friend, as well. Always makes me smile. This made my day!

  66. It takes quite a while to scroll down to comment these days ;) Everyone here loves your blog and if you feel famous or not, we just want to read what you have to say

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  68. I too remember singing and dancing with my family on the front porch n Mississippi. Thanks for the trip down cenematic Memory Ln. Lovin' your blog.

  69. I somehow feel strangely compelled to comment about this movie. I can't help myself - The Jerk is so one of my all time favorites. One of the DVD's on my home collection that I felt was worth donating part of my blood, sweat, and tears to the infamous RIAA. (Well, I know that the artists themselves aren't solely responsible for the RIAA as a whole, so the target of my cynicism is not the individual performer.)

    That part where he says "All I need is....this lamp....and this....and this....and this.....etc." I'm quite sure you could fill in the exact quote, no doubt! ;) I have laughed about that so many times since I saw The Jerk. That is just so my personality. I would start out with the sincere intention of only bringing like my Blackberry, but then.....

  70. I'm gonna have to watch that movie now. Also, I'm glad you're enjoying all your new publicity. We enjoy reading your stuff, so you should enjoy the fact that we're doing so. :)


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