Friday, October 1, 2010

Be Excellent to Each Other

So, earlier this week I received an email from a friend that served as a reminder-encouragement message. At the end of the email he signed off with, "Be excellent to each other. . ." and I was stoked! I mean, come on-it's probably been 10 years since I watched my ol' VHS tape of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.

That's right--I'm a huge Bill and Ted fan. Besides being one of the iconic movies of my youth, Bill and Ted embodied the personalities of many of the "slackers with potential" who grew up in the late eighties/early nineties. The vernacular of Bill S. Preston Esquire and "Ted" Theodore Logan, will live on forever in the minds of those of us who loved Dr. Martens, acid washed jeans, metal-heads, air guitar solos, and . . . hanging out at the Circle K. :)

There are so many great quotes in that movie. . . classic. And I absolutely loved the fact that these two characters actually used some pretty stellar vocabulary words. Even when discussing their imminent failure of history, they find a way to sound somewhat intelligent.

Bill: "We are in danger of flunking most heinously tomorrow, Ted."
"We are destined to flunk most egregiously tomorrow." Yeah, that's right. . . heinous and egregious. . . that's some serious vocab kids!

And the quips from the guys' history teacher (Mr. Ryan) are even better now that I'm an educator myself.
"What you're telling me, essentially, is that Napoleon was a short, dead dude? = = = It seems to me the only thing you've learned is that Caesar is a "salad dressing dude." Hilarious, and with a straight face the entire movie.

Bill and Ted's actual history report, after they've kidnapped all the famous "historical dudes" is too funny. "Please welcome, for the final report of the afternoon, from all throughout history, some of the greatest people who have ever lived . . . in their 1988 world tour!"

(Sidenote: The second movie, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, was. . .well. . . Bogus.)

And, so, I leave you with President Abraham Lincoln straight from San Dimas High and Bill and Ted's History Adventure: "Fourscore and... [looks at his pocket watch] seven minutes ago... we, your forefathers, were brought forth upon a most excellent adventure conceived by our new friends, Bill... and Ted. These two great gentlemen are dedicated to a proposition which was true in my time, just as it's true today. Be excellent to each other. And... PARTY ON, DUDES!"


  1. OK... I may have to Netflix this. It's been too many years since I've seen it.