Larry Crowne (2011) is a movie written and directed by Tom Hanks, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts about a middle age man who gets downsized from his job at big-box store, decides to get back to college and his life changes …
– That leaves only Mr. Crowne and George Bernard Shaw.
= Uh, that’s “Geography Show”, remember?
– Right, the study of the Earth.
= Yes, study of the Earth, and there goes my opening remark.Thank you.
The equator is that imaginary line that separates the Earth into the northern and the southern hemisphere. And when you cross it for the first time it’s a very big deal if you are in the Navy, even if you’re a culinary specialist. The old guys make you dress up in goofy costumes and you have to sing these bawdy songs. And they play practical jokes on you. When I did it for the first time, years ago, a chief petty officer ordered me to stand watch until I saw the equator as we passed it, and I would recognize it by the big posts that were sunk into the ocean floor and spaced every 100 yards. And, obviously, I never hit my rack that night. Remember the old commercial for the Navy? “Join the Navy, see the world”? Well, it’s true. I did. I saw landmarks that were both manmade and the natural things. I saw deltas, I saw mountain ranges. I saw the Rock of Gibraltar. I saw Hong Kong. And I saw the southern sky, which has different stars than the northern sky does. In the Navy, I went around the world five times. I saw the aurora borealis. I had shore leave in Australia, couple of times. Quite memorable. And I saw the Great Lakes from the rail of a missile frigate while I was on the Great Lakes. I boiled and peeled and mashed and hashed an awful lot of potatoes. I saw pasta once a week. Spaghetti Wednesdays, when I was in charge of the galley. I learned a lot of geography in the Navy but I would never be able to communicate it to you with such ease unless I had taken a class like this. I believe it was George Bernard Shaw who once quipped, “A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition and art into pedantry. Hence a university education.” Sounds to me like George Bernard Shaw must have taken a college class maybe even Speech 217, the Art of Informal Remarks.
Ding-ding! Applause, please! Yeah!