Wet and wild comes to my neck of the woods this week...but it's snowy, icy wet and crazy driver wild. Why are there no muppets that deal with issues that surround bad weather? Aren't their helpful lessons that need taught to the public at large?
Historically, they've failed to win the affection of the people. For example, consider the case of Stan the Man, Super Neighbor:
No human interference or weather anomaly will keep Stan away from his task of cleaning the neighbor's windshield or getting out in the driveway with him, shoveling like there is no tomorrow.
Sure, the neighbors around Stan might want to roll out of bed on their snow day; maybe fix a cup of coffee and read the paper. They're not going anywhere in this weather. In fact, it might be a blessing in disguise as they plan their television binge watching schedule for the afternoon. The kids go outside to romp in the snow and the day just looks better and better. Pajamas might stay on all day long; it's recliner time. They work hard and deserve a break.
But good-natured Stan is there to lead, get everyone on their feet and out in the snow to work.
The scraping sound starts and everyone realizes that Stan the Man, Super Neighbor is finished with his sidewalk and driveway - now Stan is busy on theirs. Worse yet, he can see in the neighbor's windows and is happy to do so. It's perfect for intimate chats: "I got this buddy - I'll just work at it till you get out here. No problem."
Sure, the neighbors could pretend that they didn't need to shovel. They could ignore him while their wife scowls and gives them that "Stan is out there doing YOUR job" look. Actually, dragging their feet is working pretty well as they glance toward the driveway and see that Stan is about halfway done. What about my reading, they think; doesn't that need attention, too? There's a very important article about Bruce Jenner that they need to read in People magazine...they're not lazy, just concerned about Bruce.
"Hey, neighbor, I'm heading over to the widow Johnson's house...meet you over there!" Stan shouts. He whistles a Tony Bennett tune, minus Lady Gaga scat (of course).
One by one, the neighbors yank their coats and the coat hook off the wall simultaneously, put on their boots and scowl as they shovel in pajamas.
Why Stan the Muppet Fails: Everything about Stan should work. He is neighborly; he is helpful. There's quite a bit of stamina in Stan as he trudges along, blue faced, snow encrusted and red nosed. You have to admit, he has a good heart. In subzero weather, he is annoyingly perky. Then again, there's a shovel and no one is paying attention to what is going on outside. In test markets, most participants beat Stan with the shovel and buried him in the snow.
Oh, well. The public wants what the public wants. Keep warm, peeps.