What is the air speed of a swallow?
Tired of quoting from Monty Python and the Holy Grail to his teenaged daughter on their commutes into town, the selenologist orders a DVD online. When it comes in the mail, he opens a couple bottles of Radler, which he calls Kinderbier and watches it with her.
He tries to give her some context as she churns through information on her smartphone while watching and talking to him.
“When I was your age, we could do only one thing at a time. We had to get our information from books and our movies in cinemas.”
Here in Castle Anthrax, we have but one punishment…
“We watched this movie over and over and recited it and watched it until we knew it by heart.”
He looks at the box. “This was made in 1975. Thirty-seven years ago.” He repeats the word thirty-seven several times at different speeds.
“Thirty-seven years ago, the world was a different place. Telephones still had rotary dials, anyone could change a headlight bulb, and I was exactly your age. Okay, roughly. One year older maybe. But without your grace. Anyway we went to movies, mostly. Luis Bunuel, Monty Python, whatever. Different things.”
None shall pass.
She laughs a few times, this makes him feel better because he didn’t remember the movie being this slow.
“Geeze. Thirty seven years ago, time moved differently. In my memory, the movie doesn’t drag on like this.”
The status update his daughter posted two minutes ago has seven likes and two comments.
Your father smells of elderberries.
“I have to watch Sound of Music someday, too. Being American and Austrian, and living in Austria, I mean.”
“Totally. Like, you’re like a trifecta or something, only without whatever third element would make it a trifecta.”
“Anyway, this movie is engraved on the brains of a generation. I wanted you to see it so you would understand.”
I’m not dead yet.