Yesterday, I posted a Budweiser commercial and it brought to mind the 1987 movie, Baby Boom. I granted myself the evening off and put on Baby Boom for a happy visit I knew I would be laughing throughout. It makes for a happy change from the State of the Union and the Feds dialing back on stimulus and 200 point market drops.
In truth, for me, the best part starts when Diane Keaton, our charging business woman extraordinaire, cashes in New York and moves to Vermont, buying a 62 acre farm and farmhouse. In quick succession, just about everything goes wrong with the house in the dead of winter. The radiator quits and costs about $6,000; the roof has to be replaced while the stairs are filling up with fast blizzardy snow and then her kitchen water doesn’t come out of the pipe. The local and only plumber who has dealt with the other emergencies investigates the problem and declares it a major one. “Uh oh. Your well has dried up.”
Diane exclaims with relief, “Oh, God, oh good. I thought it was something serious. We can just fill it up because there’s a hose right around the back…”
Climbing out of the well, the plumber begins to laugh. “Fill it up?”
“Whhat?” Diane falters.
“Lady, you’re, you’re out of water… You’re going to have to tap into the county line and that’s three miles down the road…”
She cuts him off, “Mr. Boone, I am almost out of money. I don’t understand these technicalities. Just tell me one thing, okay? Is this going to be expensive?”
Mr. Boone: “Ah yup..”
And, having experienced this same meltdown living on a third of an acre in a small farming town of about 5,500 to 7,000 people in 1996-1997, of which I only caught a glimpse of about 400 of them, I love this scene:
and from there, the possibilities evidenced in the Budweiser commercial cited above begin to happen. It’s great and it is a chick film, gentlemen. However, like the romance novels, watch it with someone you like and you might get to experience the benefits…. Grin.