I was thinking about my nephew today. I was thinking about a fun conversation we had about a TV show. And then I was thinking about what the odds were that we watched that particular show and those two particular episodes. But more on that in a minute.
Back "in the day" when we had the three networks, it was always easy to make small talk with someone you didn't know very well by discussing TV shows. It probably took just a few seconds to find a show you both watched. And that whole "water cooler" thing probably came from back before there were water fountains. And now a big TV event is called a "water cooler moment." But unless it's something really big like "American Idol" or something, the chances are that the first stranger you'd ask, didn't see it. Of course if something really bizarre happens, they may have caught it on the news or the internet.
With all the cable channels out there and all the niche networks and programming, it was really odd that my nephew and I were really big fans of those two episodes. How niche is this?:
The show is called "Robot Chicken." It comes on late at night on the cartoon network during what they call "Adult Swim." The two episodes were funny takes on the Star Wars franchise.
That's a picture of the evil emperor at the barbershop on a bad hair day. "Robot Chicken" is all stop-motion animation and really funny. My nephew and I were discussing and quoting segments and I was thinking today how wonderful that was. And how odd. We live halfway across the country from each other, he's a guy and I'm not and we have a 34 year age difference and we were quoting lines from that show. A 15 minute show that comes on late at night.
I don't know what the odds are on that, but if Mom had had a water cooler at her house, those surely would have been some water cooler moments for me.