The Dude on the Right
As I continue to question my sanity, and finally able to get the "Hey There
Delilah" song by the Plain White T’s out of my head, probably thanks to my
fantastic parody song I recorded during
a previous podcast, now comes a dream last night, which, and I can’t figure
out why, had me trying to analyze the popularity of sports announcer Bob Uecker.
Yup, that’s right,
In the dream my dude-mobile is parked in a parking garage and between my car and
another car is a Mercedes. The Mercedes is sort of wedged between our cars with
nearly no clearance, and the driver of the Mercedes begins to pull forward. Sure
enough the driver turns too soon and scratches my bumper. It’s not dented, just
scratched, and the Mercedes driver gets out, gives me his business card and
tells me to send him the bill (I really wish, though, that I could remember the
information on the business card, that would be even more exciting to
investigate, but anyway, I digress). As simple as this dream starts, suddenly
the dude asks me for my analysis of the popularity of Bob Uecker.
And I actually answer him, and I based my analysis on how old people are or
if they are a rabid baseball fan.
Baseball fans who pay attention to various team announcers generally will
know who Bob Uecker is, he’s the play-by-play man for the Milwaukee Brewers that
the Chicago Cub’s folks allow to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and
desecrate it. Simple enough. Others might not know him by name, but if you say
he’s the play-by-play man in the "Major League" movies they’ll know exactly who
you are talking about. Then I explain to the dude that a generation of young
kids will have no idea who he is, but that the rest of America, even if not a
baseball fan, but as long as they watched TV or listened to the radio during the
1980’s, will know him by name simply from the Miller Lite commercials he was in,
and it is because of him we say silly things when heading to our seats like "I
must be in the front row!" even as we find ourselves heading to what we now call
the "Uecker Seats." And then, as if on cue, I break into the jingle "Bob Uecker,
Bob Uecker, Bob Uecker’s his name; should be in the Hall of Fame. The guys all
like him; don’t forget us gals! Buy him a Lite, and be his pal! Uecker, Uecker,
Uecker it’s The Bob Uecker Show!"
And with that, like all good dreams, I wake up, wonder to myself "Self, how
in the hell do you still remember that Bob Uecker jingle?" Then, of
course, what song has been pulsing through my brain all day? Yup, you guessed
it, "The Bob Uecker Show" jingle. I don’t know if I can write a parody of that
thing to clear it from my head, but I guess, as a dude, it’s better to have that
stuck in my head rather than the latest Aly & AJ song. No more humming "You’re
not livin’ – ’til your livin’, livin’ with me," now I’m stuck humming a jingle
from the ‘80’s, complete with a higher pitch for "Don’t forget us gals." Now I
just worry about what song will be stuck in my head next.
That’s it for this one!
I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!