Del Griffith: Between two pillows.
Neal Page: THOSE aren’t PILLOWS!
If you cracked a smile at that short dialogue, then you certainly know which movie the scene comes from…”Planes, Trains and Automobiles”…one of my favorites of all time. God knows after watching it I’ve never used a towel in the bathroom unless I have set eyes upon it and clearly identified it as such…and not a size XXXXL set of underwear!
The director of that film, John Hughes, was a master in the film making industry with such works to his credit as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Sixteen Candles”, “The Breakfast Club”, “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and many others.
Hughes passed away suddenly of a heart attack Thursday while visiting family in New York. He was 59 years old.
In light of that, I hope you’ll please forgive me as I stray off the hockey reservation for a little while here… but I just could not let his passing go by without just a brief comment.
Hughes movies were funny, energetic screenplays that would set the viewers up with and hour and a half of laughter … then hit us between the eyes with a wonderful life-lesson. In the above-mentioned 1987 film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles“, Steve Martin and John Candy star in a rip-roaring comedy that follows Neal Page, (Martin), in his attempt to simply get home in time for Thanksgiving. His journey is doomed once he crosses paths with the bumbling but well-meaning Del Griffith, (Candy). From there, Page’s travels turn into a nightmarish series of catastrophes that spiral out of control.
Throughout the movie, Griffith is carrying his oversized travel trunk that only hamper Page’s efforts all the more. The truck is cumbersome, heavy, bulky and to Page it was nothing more than a nuisance….a burden.
To Griffith…it was his life.
However, once Page realizes Griffith’s life is filled with far more challenges than his ever will and that his focus has been inward instead of outward, he then begins to help Del carry the trunk…his burden…along the way. Only once his heart was softened to Griffith’s situation and it was it opened to help his fellow man was he able to then make progress on his path and find his way home.
They tell me there’s a moral there someplace.
If you’ve not yet seen the movie, do yourself the favor of setting aside some time…maybe around Thanksgiving… to do so. You’ll roll on the floor laughing throughout it, then smile from your heart at the end.
That’s the way of a Hughes film.
R.I.P. John Hughes. And thank you for creating movies that made us laugh as much as they made us think.
And now…back to hockey.
Less Than A Month Away From Thrashers Hockey
Uh-huh…yup. That’s what I said. We are within a month of some Thrashers hockey action. In case you were not aware, Atlanta will once again participate in the Prospects Tournament and Training Camp in Traverse City, Michigan. The first game will be on Sunday September 6 as Atlanta’s young-uns will take on the Red Wings’ prospects. Monday the 7th the Thrashers will face the Rangers. After a practice-only day they’ll face off against Carolina on the 9th. The Finals will then be held on the 10th.
Ring Around The Blogosphere
The Falconer points out that Colby Armstrong was the Thrashers’ most valuable player while at full strength last year.
Big Shooter of the Blueland Chronicle tells us of the time he met the recently retired Jeremy Roenick.
Thrashing About’s Timmyf asks the question, “Does anybody else seem confused that Don Waddell has done exactly what he said he would?”
Ms. Sunshine informs us that Thrash is looking for a friend.
Sean Grace describes this particular time of year as “The long, hot tease“.
There’s a new Thrashers blog in town…Thrash Talk…and in one of his first entries, Andrew breaks down the Exelby/Kubina trade.
Tim of the6thsen goes “Around the League in 30 Beers“.
And finally…if you hadn’t already seen this, Adam Proteau has posted his list of the worst UFA signings of this summer. Atlanta’s acquisition of Nik Antropov is number three.