The problem may have been that there was a Stonehenge Monument on stage in danger of being crushed by a dwarf!
Yesterday, while Mom and Dad were over at the house visiting the baby, my Dad told me about his recent visit to have his hearing aids adjusted. Apparently, the nurse adjusting his hearing aids had an I.Q to rival Forrest Gump. This is the sort of thing that happens to my Dad and I all the time.
First, a little background: My Dad's hearing aids have four volume settings that he can adjust. The idea is that you should keep them on setting #2 most of the time and only have to adjust to a higher or lower setting on occasion. My Dad, however, keeps his on #1 or "off" most of the time because #2 is frequently too loud and #3 and #4 are out of the question.
So, he goes to the doctor and the nurse begins to adjust his hearing aids (turning the gain up and down with a special tool).
"I need you to turn down my hearing aids."
"They're too loud. I never use settings 3 and 4."
"You're not supposed to.... that would be too loud. You should stay on setting #2 most of the time"
"Okay, but I hardly ever even use #2... most of the time I'm on #1 or off altogether. So, adjust the gain down."
"I can't do that."
"You're doing it right now. Just turn it down so that I can use #2 and #3."
"But that would be too loud..."
This went on for another 5 minutes. (He didn't even bother to get into a discussion of why #3 and #4 existed, since you're never supposed to use them.)
When my Dad told me this story I immediately began to explain to him the story behind a cult phenomenon called, "Spinal Tap" and the amp that goes to "11." Then, realizing that I had "This is Spinal Tap" on DVD, I decided to just play the scene for him.
Now, this is a tricky situation because, while it's true that I get my sense of humor from my father, he's now in his 60's and we don't always agree on what's funny anymore. It's quite a shock to find out that the man who introduced you to "Monty Python's Flying Circus" when you were 12 now gets a big kick out of "According to Jim."
Thank God the appreciation of true comedic genius runs deep. When Christopher Guest says (after a perfect pause) "...but this one goes to 11," my Dad almost fell off the couch laughing.
Postscript: If you don't know the scene I'm talking about, I'm going to have to insist that you stop reading my blog because you're obviously not funny.