December 07, 2004

Annoying Questions

So, the third installment of Lord of the Rings has been on cable lately, and what runs through my mind when I watch it is...

If you've been assigned for watch duty at the beacon of Amun Din, are you a) some poor sod who got in big trouble with your superiors or, b) part of a small sherpa unit trained especially for the purpose?

It's thoughts like these that keep me from making anything of myself.

Posted by natasha at December 7, 2004 12:45 AM | Random Mumblings | Technorati links |

You crack me up!

Posted by: Scott at December 7, 2004 03:36 AM

When I watch Return of the King, I don't think about the shepards. I'm just anticipating the battles.

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Posted by: Jenny at December 7, 2004 11:07 AM

Oh great....just great.

Now we'll have to suffer at least one season of "Lord of the Rings: Sherpa Observation Unit" on TV.

I hope you're satisfied, Natasha.

Posted by: palamedes at December 7, 2004 01:07 PM

Where do you think all those CIA, FBI, and Bush Admin whistleblowers get re-assigned to?

scene from the outpost:

Paul O'Neill: "Hey Dick...I think I see a signal.

Richard Clarke: "Jesus Christ, Paul. You said that yesterday. That was right after I caught you eating yak shit."

O'Neill: No, really...It a signal, really. I swear. Light the Fire!"

Clarke: Ok, Ok ...but if this is another false alarm, you're walking down the 18,000 feet for more firewood."

The signal is lit.

O'Neill: "Now that's a fire! Hey, is there any more of that yak shit left?"

Posted by: David Aquarius at December 7, 2004 03:40 PM

Since we're talking about people pissing off the wrong commanders and getting crap duty. Whose Cheerio's did 70-year-old Jack Lemmon piss in to get stuck patrolling the outer walls in the dead of winter, at night, holding nothing more than a sharp stick?

(Hamlet, 1996)

Posted by: Polonius19 at December 7, 2004 07:49 PM

I had pretty much the same thought: "What crappy duty that must be."

Posted by: paperwight at December 7, 2004 09:22 PM

dont, and i mean dont, put chile peppers in the 1st sergeants whiskey.

Posted by: Hubris Sonic at December 8, 2004 10:28 PM

dese annoyin questions r gay dey dont make ne sense and dey r not funny or annoy @ all

Posted by: maddy at December 9, 2004 12:18 AM

In the book, Amon Din was just a hill. You didn't need to be a sherpa to climb it.

Yeah, the films had their good points, but "Lord of the Rings" is a great work of literature, and loads of fun for fantasy buffs. If you haven't done so yet, read it. I guarantee you'll love it or you'll hate it. But remember, the books came first!

Yuletide greetings from Beautiful Downtown Ballard. Yah, sure!

Jana C.H.
Saith Floss Forbes: If you don't know the tune, sing tenor.

Posted by: Jana at December 9, 2004 03:15 PM

I thought they might be part of a large and diversified sheep herding group, monks, or knights on vigil.


Posted by: Scorpio at December 9, 2004 06:17 PM

What are these people talking about?

LOTR was great, you've got to have stamina to watch all three in a row.

As for the sentries, at least they did not fall asleep on the watch... unlike that chimp, GW Bush, leading up to 9-11.

Posted by: TABS at December 10, 2004 12:09 AM

Jana - It's been well over a decade since I last read the books. I'm lucky to have remembered the basic plot line and major character names. But thanks for pointing out that the Tolkien scenario was at least more realistic.

Posted by: natasha at December 10, 2004 01:46 PM

It is amazing that someone at one peak wasn't asleep. This is a warning system that gets used like once every hundred years or so. It had really been much longer than that since Mordor marched out.

"Hey Joe, wake up."

"Hunnh, What's Up?"

"Were you asleep?"

"Naaaah, well maybe for just a bit. Why? Did something happen? Nothing ever happens. Ain't nothing here but buzzards, rocks and snow. I sure shouldn't have put crushed peppers in the mayor's codpiece."

"I just see some smoke over there. Do you think we missed the signal?"

"No, they must have been cooking dinner. "

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Posted by: Gary Denton at December 11, 2004 03:43 PM