Thursday, August 28, 2008

Welcome Back Mr.Green Jeans

As a kid I remember waking up every Saturday morning and catching the latest episode of everyone's surrogate grandpa Captain Kangaroo. Although I don't remember specifics of the show I do recall that groovy mustache the Captain was sporting and some type of kangaroo hand puppet that looked like it was made from a baseball cap. Another part of the show I remember is the one and only Mr. Green Jeans. Again I'm a little fuzzy on the details, but I'm pretty sure that it was Mr. Green Jeans's job to keep the Captain's garden nice and ...uh green I guess.
Well after 25 years, the late Mr. Jeans is now back in my life and showing me the path to keeping the planet clean. No I'm not talking about the Captian coming out on DVD (although that would be soooo awesome), I'm talking about Fred and his dislike of wasted energy. For some reason the kid hates to have the lights on. It doesn't matter what you are doing or who's in the room, if there is a light to turn off he's the man who'll make sure it's off.

This is great and all until you finally find those ten minutes of privacy you have been begging for so you can curl up on the couch and finish the last and most crucial page of your new book, only to left in the dark the moment you get comfortable. So you get up,tell him you were using the light, get seated, open your book, and the dark once again. So you get up, tell him you were using the light, get seated, open your book, and the dark once again. Pretty soon you find yourself in a constant loop involving sitting, standing, telling him to stop, cutting on the light, and attempting to sit again, only to guessed it..... left in the dark once again.



Dad Stuff said...

Time to start using candlelight to read by.

I can remember Mr. Moose dropping ping pong balls on the Captain.
Great show!

Darren said...

It is better than a kid who turns on every light in the house to go to the bathroom. I finally broke her of that though. How using about a table lamp that he can't reach?

And I'm showing my age, but I remember when Captain Kangaroo was on every day, not just Saturdays. The puppets were Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit. I don't remember a kangaroo puppet, but there may have been after I stopped watching.