Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday Thinking - Who Do You Think Said It?

From:  Abe Payne
Subject: You Wanted Arts and Crafts? How's This for Arts and Crafts?


My watch band broke recently, and I was in the depths of despair.  For those of you that don't know, when I deploy, I become a pretty big tightwad.  I hate spending money on anything while I'm gone.  I didn't want to spend money to buy a new watch or watch band, so I did what any reasonable person would do...I got on youtube.  I taught myself how to make a watch band out of 550 cord (paracord) by watching a couple videos and combining their techniques. I'm now quite good at it and can make all sort of crafty things like watch bands, bracelets, survival bracelets, name it.  Attached are some pictures of my new watch band.  

I'm pretty happy with it, although it was a little too tight at first (which you can't adjust later).  It's kinda like a new pair of underwear.  At first it's constrictive, but after a while it becomes a part of you.

I love you all.


P.S.  There are three pop culture references in this email.  Whoever can find all three gets a neat surprise.  (No cheating!)

Dear Abe,

Oh my goodness!  Can I order one?  Camo color, just like yours.  With a button from a uniform, just like yours.  I knew you had it in you.  Anybody that can cross-stitch a cow and come up with his own pattern when he runs out of embroidery floss can do anything.

My guesses: 

"Depths of despair" -- Anne of Green Gables

"It's kind of like a new pair of underwear.  At first it's constrictive, but after a while it becomes a part of you". -- That has got to be from Bill & Ted

"You wanted arts and crafts?  How's this for arts and crafts."  -- This has got to be from Jackie Chan.

Am I right?  Am I close?  You can make me a bracelet for my prize :)

I love you.


Ha, you got one right.  I can't tell you which one or everyone will copy you.

Sooooooo, help me out folks.  Will you?  Please?  Without googling, where are the quotes from?  (Angie, surely you know them don’t you?)  There's a prize at stake. 


Anonymous said...

Now that is crafty. Maybe when you get home you can host craft night. I think you should make me a nice bracelet...even though I don't know a single pop culture reference. Which I'm a little sad about, especially as I've recently taken up doing the NYT crosswords and need to build my knowledge database.


Anonymous said...

WOW mom. You found them. I only noticed the underwear one, until you mentioned the rest. HOWEVER, I figured them all out via my good friend GOOGLE.

I got a kick out of this Abe. Ray and I admired your watch band last night as we were reading the email together. Ray was quite impressed with your craftiness.

I LOVE these emails... please keep sending more... with pictures... are you starting to wonder if dad wrote this email...?

My favorite part was that you quoted the depths of despair... and what mom guessed. So funny.

I won't email you my answers, because I cheated, but shame on you for seeing the underwear quote movie... so crass... does mom know?


Jill said...

How funny, I'm reading Anne of Green Gables right now for the first time!

bBchronicles said...

Hi Jane -
SO HAPPY to see you again - thanks for visiting my blog. I've been on such a LONG blogging-vacation no one visits any more - so good to see you! Be my guest in using "the list" that you mentioned - no I didn't compile it but echo many on the list. Thanks for asking.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to make my guesses and then go goggle it to see if I'm right or put my foot in my mouth. . . Here goes

Depths of despair -- I'm with your mom, Anne of Green Gables (just visited her home in October, have never read them, but remember that from the tour)

The underwear one -- Wayne's World

The crafty one -- Napoleon Dynamite

Can't wait to check my own guesses! Our prayers are with, and for you Abe (you too Grace). . .
Love and miss you all .... Aunt Charlotte

michelle said...

This is awesome. I hope my boys will write me emails like this one day!

The Anne of Green Gables reference is the only one that I knew.

Peggy Dee said...

Impressive crafting! Wish I could help out with the pop references but I'm terrible at that game because I generally only watch or read things once so it doesn't get stuck in my brain for too long. My kids always have to tell me what their quotes are from!

Nikki said...

I thought of Anne of Green Gables when I read the "Depths of Despair" and then Waynes World with the underwear comment. But I was clueless about a third reference.

I like how it looks. And it's a perfect color for deployed folk. I'm going to show Danny. :)