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Run, Hick, Run

Today’s guest blogger is my son, Jeff. He and I both read the same newspaper headline, but had entirely different takes on it.

I thought … “Obama urges Hickenlooper (the mayor of Denver) to run for governor.”


But Jeff thought of several ways it struck him funny …

1. Obama urges a country folk to run for governor.

2. Obama urges Hickenlooper to get some exercise.

3. Obama urges countryfolk to get some exercise.

Now those are articles I want to read!

Guess how much I love having funny kids. Go ahead. Guess.

Camp Granny

The Denver Post had an article about parents who can’t afford to send their kids to camp, so they’re sending them to their grandparents for the summer. I hope they call first.

They call it Camp Granny. I think it’s a business plan screaming for attention.

Who wouldn’t want to sign up their kids for these fun and worthwhile activities …

• 4 pm Buffet of Soft Foods
• Butterscotch Unwrapping Workshop, motto Louder is Better
• Count the Liver Spots Contest
• Pin the White Socks and Sandals on Grandpa
• Fundamentals of Napping
• Medic Alert Lanyard Making
• How To Forget How Email Works … Again
• Curmudgeon Practice, includes fist-shaking instruction and vocabulary builders like hooligan and whippersnapper
• Tips and Tricks To Ignoring People, choose one breakout session:
– Pretending to be Asleep
– Turning Off Your Hearing Aid
– Shuffling From Room to Room In Your Slippers

What would you like to see your kids do at Camp Granny?

Don’t Stop ”˜Til You Get Enough

I was minding my own business over the weekend, reading the Denver Post while nursing a lovely cup of coffee, when I saw a blurb about prisoners in the Philippines doing the Thriller dance. Now, trust me when I say I had every intention of letting the Michael Jackson news fade away from Beckyland.

Alas, I was lying to myself. In my defense, I didn’t know that Filipino prisoners ”” and so many others ”” have created YouTube videos of the Thriller dance.

Take a look at these.

Filipino Prisoners Thriller … The only scary thing about this is the guy in drag playing the girl from the video.


Sobe Lizards Thriller …


Wedding Party Thriller …you wouldn’t believe how bridal parties choreograph the Thriller dance! Almost makes me want to get married again.


Bollywood Thriller … what they lack in expertise, they make up for in speed


And it wouldn’t be BeckyLand if I didn’t have a Marching Band Thriller … always funny to see a marching band dance! Thrilling even! Skip ahead about 40 seconds or so.


World Record Thriller … that’s a lot of college zombies


Toddler Thriller … if she had a little bit of gray hair, I’d swear it was me dancing.


Marine Thriller … truly secure in his manly military bearing.


Star Wars Thriller … sorry – I can’t stop!


Thriller Hungary … I think they wanted to show off their costumes for a bit because it doesn’t actually start till about 1:40


Flash Mob Thriller … two of my favorite things




I read an article in the Denver Post about a woman who ran afoul of the Department of Motor Vehicles because of her love of tofu. She just wanted to share her affinity for this gelatinous soy product by personalizing her license plate. ILVTOFU

SOYCURD just didn’t do it for her.

Pretty sure Gina turned a few heads with hers too. But DIVAGINA motors on.

I remember BUC2TH on my orthodontist’s bright yellow Corvette. Imagine how happy my dad was to give him yet more money.

And our friends the Gripmans drive their GRIPVAN.

In my infinite curiosity, I started looking into the phenomenon of vanity license plates and found a game you can buy for $15 called Vantpl8 where you try to figure out as many personalized license plates as possible before your time runs out. For example, 2LV4EVR would be To Love Forever and XKNTRE2R would be Cross Country Tour.

I’m fairly certain I don’t need to spend fifteen bucks to find out I’m not that smart.

I read this funny anonymous story, though, which convinced me to try harder …

“There’s these license plates here in Virginia that say “Kids First” at the bottom. I saw someone who had that license plate. Their license place number was EATTHE so it said, “Eat the kids first.”

I don’t care who you are … that’s just funny.

There are a zillion vanity plates here proving there are some very clever people driving around the United States.

-CSHFLW In Missouri, the state usually fills in any spaces on a vanity plate with a “-” which turns this into “Negative Cashflow.” A very creative use of a quirky state law.

2M8OS Tomatoes. His name or his avocation?

BAA BAA Baa Baa on a Black Jeep. Cute.

CARGASM On a brand new Corvette

COCO VAN Chicken in wine sauce…on a lady’s bronze colored Toyota minivan

Some I just don’t get and I tax my little brain when I should be driving. Try your hand at these …






Can you guess any of those?