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Tuesday
Jul282009

Let's Get to Work

Will The Smaller Child Nephew turns three today, and at his party this weekend, one of his four-year-old friends, who apparently has a very good job and also an account with Amazon, presented him with a Handy Manny toolbox.  Which talks!  Oh, sorry, Will, it's time for Aunt Beth to go back to her house.  Which is nine hours away.

I first became cognizant of Mr. Manny and his disheartening rubber dishwashing gloves the morning after my bachelorette party, which took place in an Orlando hotel abutting Disney property.  The television sets were auto-tuned to The Disney Channel, which meant that when somebody flipped it on to check the weather, we were greeted by Handy Manny and his Toolbox of Anthropomorphism.

"Am I still drunk," I demanded of the universe, "or is that a talking tape measure?"

I cannot believe the premise for this show ever made it past the PC police.  A Hispanic main character... and he's involved in construction work?  Does he drive his lowrider to the Home Depot parking lot every morning while wearing his sombrero?  Is there a Jewish character named Lew who is involved in the entertainment business?

Stereotypes, feh.  I'd type more about this, but I see that I misspelled a word in the previous paragraph and must go fetch my Wite-Out.

see what I did there? at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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Happy birthday, Will!

July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCJ

Wow. Will's three already? Time flies.

As the mom of a 28-month-old, I'm very familiar with the Disney Channel. I wholeheartedly believe the guys on "Imagination Movers" violate the Geneva Convention with each and every episode. But my son loves it, so it gives me 30 precious minutes to do housework while he's dancing.

July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy P.

Congrats to Will.

Manuel el Hacendoso, eh? Maybe his tools talk to him because he eats http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5CZ58CBGtg&feature=related" rel="nofollow">peyote every morning before going to work :-P

"I cannot believe the premise for this show ever made it past the PC police"

Maybe it's the other way around: that they sought to destroy the stereotype of the Cholo gangster, and portray Hispanics as hard-working people who contribute to the improvement of the community.

July 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

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