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GrumpySteen

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Icon 1 posted March 02, 2009 08:34      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
105 years ago today, Theodore Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Few people have had as much of an affect on my point of view as Dr. Seuss (may he rest in peace).

I first realized how influential his works had been on me in middle school when I was reading The Butter Battle Book (it was new *shrug*) and realized how very directly the subject of the cold war arms race was being presented to children. That got me to thinking about the other Dr. Seuss works that I liked. The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, Yertle the Turtle, The Sneetches, The Zax, Green Eggs and Ham; all loaded with moral messages and all favorites which I read over and over as a child. It was easy for me to see how much of my view of the world was (and is) based on those stories, which is a little weird, but probably a good thing considering the morals I'd have otherwise inherited from my worthless relatives.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss, and thank you for making both the world and myself better.

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Icon 14 posted March 02, 2009 08:54      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My hero!

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Icon 1 posted March 02, 2009 10:50      Profile for TMBWITW,PB     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What exactly is the moral for Green Eggs and Ham?

Be willing to try new things?
Persistence pays off?
Give in to peer pressure?
If your friends don't like something that you do they're wrong?
If you bother someone long enough you can get them to do anything you want?

I love Dr. Seuss (and can read many of them to Kaitlin without looking at the pages by now) but the message in that one confuses me. I'm pretty sure the first one is what you're supposed to get from it, but the others are just as valid interpretations.

Well, can't sit here discussing this any longer. I've got to go off and read I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today to a preschooler. [Razz]

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GrumpySteen

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Personally, I got "Don't judge things based only on appearance" from Green Eggs and Ham (which, I suppose, is similar or at least complementary to "try new things").

I also learned that large quantities of food dye do interesting things to ... umm ... the results of the digestive process.

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Icon 1 posted March 02, 2009 12:50      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I've long suspected that 'Green Eggs and Ham' was one of Spungo's early influences...

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quote:
Originally posted by GrumpySteen:

I also learned that large quantities of food dye do interesting things to ... umm ... the results of the digestive process.

Silly. If you'd read the cookbook you'd know that you were supposed to put guacamole over the egg yolks and cover the ham with a cilantro and tomatillo crust. [Wink]

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I'm lucky to share and birthday with him. Today is also Lou Reed's birthday. But unfortunately, it is also Bon Jovi's birthday! That kind of spoils it... [cry baby]
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Oh, it's just a perfect day!

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