Monday, December 14, 2015 – Who Says I’m Not Festive or the Hippy Dippy Christmas Trees
Trivia – Who was the iconic standup comedian whose routines included The Hippy Dippy Weatherman? This is one of those that you either know it or you don’t – depending on your generation. Those of us who grew up in the shadow of the mushroom shaped cloud and The Cold War should know the answer.
I do like to decorate for the holidays. I AM FESTIVE! Just not in a traditional manner. My criteria – cheap and easy. That includes set up and break down. In fact, I actually overspent this year – almost $8.00 as opposed to the usual $5.00. That is because I was unable to find garland from last year. Of course I did find last year’s after I put these up these strands as I was looking for something completely unrelated.
And having lived the Keep Austin Weird tradition (I was probably born with it), the weirder the decorations, the better. Allens? Did the judges finally come to judge your yard? I am working on some outside ideas for next year, but I want to ensure I do not get thrown into the HOA Detention Pond. But it is good to know people in the legal field.
So while you are thinking of the name of the Hippy Dippy Weatherman, enjoy my Holiday “trees.” Note: “Holiday” as no political connotations. It is total holiday inclusive. It means these may not come down until Fourth of July.
Answer: The Hippy Dippy Weatherman was the incomparable George Carlin.
It went something like this – Think back to the 1960’s and The Cold War era. A weather forecast done by a “hippy” and “dippy” weatherman. This was the closing line of the routine.
“Like wow. There’s a line of thundershowers headed straight for Miami. There is also a line of Soviet ICBM missiles launched from Cuba, headed that way, so I wouldn’t sweat the thunderstorms.”
Today version: In George Carlin’s memory – “There’s a line of sandstorms headed straight for Syria. There is also a line of Russian bombers headed that way, so, Dude, I wouldn’t sweat the sandstorms.”