Older, wiser, more conniving


Yesterday marked the release of the long-awaited, long-anticipated fourth chapter in the “Indiana Jones” saga. I probably won’t see it. Not that I have anything against the movie – it’s just that I haven’t been to a movie in months, and haven’t really had the desire.

Have movies lost their magic for me? Maybe so.

But since we’re speaking of Indiana Jones, I bring to you another Annie the Nanny story from the archives of my life.

Little Brother: “Let’s play Indiana Jones!”

Big Brother: “Okay, I’ll be Indiana Jones.”

Little Brother: “No, I’M Indiana Jones!”

Big Brother: “No I AM.”

Little Brother: “NOOOOOOO!!!! I AM!!!!!”

Big Brother: [long pause] [far-off look in his eyes] [wheels turning] “Okay. I have an idea. How about we’re BOTH Indiana Jones. But you call me ‘Indiana Jones’ and I call you ‘Puff Boy.’”

Little Brother: “Okay!”



  1. Ensors on May 23, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    I forgot about Puff Boy! Oh how I love Puff Boy!

  2. Deborah Barnett on May 23, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    ok – that may be my favorite nanny story ever! Sounds like a conversation between Travis and Clark.

    I think movies, at the theatre, have lost their magic for me… $10 a pop will do that to a person. Especially, when, in just a few short months, you can rent the same movie for $1.00 and 10 of your best friends can watch it with you for free.

    Now, that’s magic.

  3. Anonymous on May 23, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    We went to see it with the school yesterday and it wasn’t even close to as good as the other ones. there were a few good parts but that was it.

  4. Sarah Kate on May 23, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    I love that story. Sooo great.

  5. Anonymous on May 24, 2008 at 8:08 AM

    i’m glad you’re not watching indiana jones, it’s incredibly condescending to the non-europeans

  6. Cameron Conant on May 24, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Let the magic come back. Start watching more art films! I honestly can’t stand most mainstream movie releases; they’re formulaic and boring. Sort of like Top 40 music. A few recommendations for you:

    “Shotgun Stories”
    “Paris, Je T’aime”
    “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
    “Mister Lonely”
    “Pan’s Labyrinth”


  7. Rebecca on May 26, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Ok. Saw it last night. Entertaining? Yes. Worth $10? No.

    Can’t wait to see you! Thinking of you and praying for you right now. xo

  8. Duane on May 29, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    i dunno. i kind of enjoyed it. well, 80% of it or so.

    movies are a lowest common denominator crowd pleasing business now. blame it on spielberg and jaws. i dont mind the $10, but i do mind people talking, crying babies, and cel phones. but at the same time, the home theatre thing cant replicate the experience of watching something really funny or scary on a 50ft screen with 500 people.

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