August 6, 2009

Mr. Excitement

I found my soul mate. His name is Bert and he is a 40-year old puppet. Please don’t try to talk me out of it; I’ve already researched him on Wikipedia.

I should explain. The other day I was trying to remember what Bert collected. I remembered his proclivity towards pigeons, but not much else. It turns out he collects both bottle caps and paperclips. Since I went to all the work of loading up Wikipedia, I was curious what other information was known about him. Outside of being an enthusiast, he’s also an activist (for the National Association of W Lovers), and a scholar (he loves to read). Combine that with his patience he has for Ernie and I think he’s looking solid.

What sold me on Bert was a quote from his puppeteer Frank Oz: “I was never really happy with Bert's character until about a year in, when I realized...that he was a very boring character, and I'd use that weakness as a strength for him." Who says boring can't be good? If no one else, I know my cousin will support me.

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