Hey, Buddy! You Owe me Two Dollars for the Beer

Updated on February 24, 2018
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I was born in the south. I live in the south and will die in the south. This is only a small part of the memories I share.

This Introduction

should suffice the question that I know you are asking, why am I taking the time to write another piece that deals with The Lack of Communication, for lack of a better question. I am not going to talk to you for a long time--because it's Saturday evening and you have delicious steaks to eat and theaters to see Hollywood's latest offerings. Be safe. Kenneth.


I Promise

you that what you are about to read is some of the things that you see in everyday life. And if you are like me, you get irritated and beg for answers about "why" are the vast majority of these things we see and hear not being corrected?

I can only give the nation's public so much credit. But today is it. I have arrived at the conclusion that maybe we are not supposed to ask questions about "certain" life issues. That's it! The nation's higher powers have told certain people that when they see a certain life issue, do not speak. Let it alone. Look at the vastness of the universe's picture and then we all will understand.

I've seen Soap Operas, Classic Westerns, even Commercials when there are two or more actors in the scene. Then the phone rings and one of the people answers the phone, says, yeah, alright, okay, and hangs up. But did you see the head movement before he placed the phone on the base? I've seen multi-talented actors do this move so many times that it is not funny. What did the director say during rehearsal: "now, 'Bob,'when the phone rings, you answer, say a few things, then hold the receiver up in the air and look at it before you hang it on its base, okay?" Watch TV tonight and see if I am not right.

I've seen actors, and I mean those who command seven figures in their income, Brad Pitt, for one, be acting in a scene and of course there is a gorgeous girl whom he is chasing. He follows her inside a bar and there is some small talk. Finally she gives in to his sweet talk when he says, "I will pick you up at 10 for dinner," she smiles and says okay as she walks out of the scene. Did you catch that? Pitt or whomever he was playing did not ask for the girl's address! Not a murmur of where she lives. Is he called on to read her mind? I'd love to know for this is so ridiculous and I cannot take it any longer.

Then there are those actors who are gifted in the Area of Going to Strange Places. It works like this. And this point is the point above in reverse. Two actors, a woman and a man are talking while drinking their choice of drinks in some bar that is in the script. With the drinks being finished, the pretty female says,"'Tony," you can pick me up around 8," and "Tony" says, "where is your place?" "You go down Sunshine Boulevard to 112 Beecher Street--go six blocks to an apartment house and I live on the third floor," and he says,"great. See you then," and orders more whiskey. In this scene, it is a known fact that "Tony" is some sort of PI and he wants to take the pretty girl, "Peggy," out for dinner and talk to her about the case he is on. He has never been to this town in his life, so even with the directions "Peggy" gave him, is "Tony" able to deduce where she lives and he never asked where Sunshine Boulevard is located.

I know that you are familiar with this one. The scene opens with a wide view of a saloon in some TV western. Everyone in this bar is laughing, talking, drinking, and playing poker. Then, at the swinging doors, a gunfighter strolls into the bar and then he stops at the bar. He asks the bartender if he can have beer and the bartender says yes. In a minute or two, this cattle drover walks up and (read carefully), "you new in these parts, stranger?" In this one question, we see trouble already. The drover knows right off that he is "new" and "stranger," so why should the drover have to ask? Please explain this one to me so I can get a good night's sleep.

On the average, each time we see a pretty girl slapping the face of some rogue who is chasing her, is seldom crying for a doctor--although from the sound affect, the girl packs the punching power of Floyd "Money" Mayweather.

I'll close with this one: Did you ever notice that in many of the scenes we see in TV shows day or night where drinking is part of the scene, the star asks for beer, gets it, and takes ONE sip, then leaves due to a buddy running up to him in the bar and tells someone he is needed and never stops to pay for his cold one.

Happy viewing, friends.

One of Hollywood's best actors: Charlize Theron.
One of Hollywood's best actors: Charlize Theron. | Source

© 2018 Kenneth Avery


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      Kenneth Avery 2 weeks ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      DREAM ON-- you pose a lot of things that I have seen, but haven't published them.

      I Love the Andy Griffith Show--even today.

      In one scene, it is a wide scene, Andy is sitting on the couch and Opie is laying in the floor coloring a photo, but next to Andy is a half-bottle of beer and a glass and I know that in some episode, Andy drank draft beer when he was dating.

      My point is: in the wide scene, there sits the beer and glass and then Aunt Bea enters the scene, speaks, and we see the same wide scene and the beer and glass are gone.

      You can find mistakes in each show if you look close enough.

      Write me anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 weeks ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, GlenR -- thank you for your sweet comments. You mean that the Brits in their productions had glitches? I would think that (between us and them) the Brits would have Less glitches because they are more-prone to be detailed about their plays and films than we are in America. That is what I think.

      Thanks so much, Glen.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 weeks ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Robin -- you have a deal. I will save my money (or you can send it) to get to where you are and you can have your drink and I will have some great black coffee--just like the customs are when those very Classic Charlie Chan films were made. Even Bogart and his day they drank coffee. Hey! Another hub idea. Hmmmm.

      Stay cool, Robin and write me anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 weeks ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Elijah -- interesting take on a topic that hardly anyone knows about. But that is fine by me. Helps to exercise the mind.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 weeks ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Ann -- thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate it. And do this favor for me: watch TV for about two hours and see if you can find those little in consistencies in the script or whatever looks out of order. That is big fun.

      Write me anytime.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 3 weeks ago from Washington DC


      Your "The nation's higher powers have told certain people that when they see a certain life issue, do not speak" is constitutionally incorrect, accordingly, We The People are the nation's highest power when we understand how Article call all officials in government "Public Trust" (See my hub "The U.S. Constitution's Spirit"). Now I'll read on. I didn't know the piece was going to be about 'movie trivia', that paragraph appeared to be about what's happening in this nation.

      When I was a more and TV watcher I often saw those kinds of things - saw "TV magic" during 1/11/01 which I've gotten to the governors who will not do anything about it - so I suppose we are only willing to be entertained and not say anything about the errors in the movies nor government. I don't know what to do about the entertainment field but Amendment 1 say petition the governors (without following any specific format) and 10 gives us that authority which allows us to force change all unconstitutional behavior in government.

      Very interesting reading, didn't take up much time since I usually only have about 4 hours of battery time and true to form.


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      Robin Carretti 3 weeks ago from Hightstown

      Yes I see what you are referring too with the drinking and leaving I watch so many films like that I love the westerns so much it was a different time well love your work truly let's sit down and have a drink now don't disappear on me LoL check out my new work thanks

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      GlenR 3 weeks ago from UK

      If a film is enjoyable I’m to absorbed to notice small details.

      However, I remember an old British soap in which a permanent character always went off to make a cup of tea if a crisis arose. Her line was “I’ll just make us a nice cup of tea”. She walked off from the set on one occasion with this parting line and never ever reappeared. Crossroads, circa 1967!

      Our much-loved and sadly departed comedianne Victoria Wood had a lot of fun with the glitches made in Crossroads.

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      Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England


      Thanks. You too!


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      DREAM ON 3 weeks ago

      You are good. I missed the scenes you have noticed. I would watch a car chase and someone ran out of the car after them. When they came back to the car the car door was shut. Someone holding a beer and one scene and the very next one the beer is on the table. When did that happen ? I mention it to my friends and they say who cares? I say I do. I say how come nobody picked up on it. One scene they were wearing certain pants and the next one a different outfit. I wonder if they put certain things in there to play tricks on us. To see how easily we can be fooled. Maybe lack of time they have to move the scene along. Either way I am glad there is at least one other person who sees what nobody else sees. Thank you so much and I will be on the look out for the next blooper. Have a very good weekend.

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      Ann Carr 3 weeks ago from SW England

      So annoying isn't it?! Continuity is on an ad hoc basis it seems but these little things matter - in real life they'd be up the creek without a paddle.