One of my favorite movies is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Probably because my family growing up was the Griswolds. My family even came complete with a 1983 Metallic Pea-Ford-Family-Truckster.
After failing to install 25,000 (250 strands, 100 bulbs per strand) imported Italian twinkle lights on their home, Clark tries to enlist his son to stay up late on his Christmas break to help him fix the problem. The funniest part of this scene are the excuses Rusty makes as to why he can’t help.
Clark: Russ, we checked every bulb, didn’t we?
Rusty Griswold: Sure, Dad.
Clark: Hmm… Maybe we ought to just go up there and check…
Rusty Griswold: Oh, woo. Look at the time. I gotta get to bed. I still gotta brush my teeth, feed the hog, still got some homework to do, still got those bills to pay, wash the car…
“Feed the hog,” that’s my favorite. To this day I still use “feed the hog” as an excuse if I jokingly don’t want to do something. Continue reading Luke 14: “What’s Your Excuse?”