The Lighter Side: Don't You Hate It...Many, many years ago, I was a fan of Saturday Night Live. Back in those days, Martin Short was one of my favorites on the show. He and another guy did a hilarious segment. In it, they would say and do stupid and unlikely things and end each story with, "I hate it when that happens. Don't you hate it when that happens?!"
(Update: Although Martin Short was one of my favorites, so was Bill Crystal. It turns out it was Billy Crystal, not Martin Short in the skit. Thanks to David for the heads up on that.)
Here's one of the transcripts. It's just as ridiculous and almost painful to read as it was to watch.
For example, one of them told the story of how he stuck his head in his oven, turned it up to 400 degrees and kept it in there until it felt like his head would explode. He ended the story by saying, "I hate it when that happens. Don't you hate it when that happens?" To which his partner would respond, with a nod and a sigh, "Yeah, I hate it when that happens."
Things that don't just happen. It's ridiculous. It's code for, "Why in the world would you ever do that? That never just happens. You did it to yourself!" Each week, the two would culminate their stories of almost masochistic proportions with, "Yeah, I hate it when that happens."
I saw a story in the headlines this week that is actually quite sad. But, it reminded me of SNL and Martin Short. The Washington Post ran a story entitled "NY Man Accused of Throwing Dog Out Window." My first thought, upon reading the headline was, "Don't you hate it when that happens?"
Sometimes I hear people talk about the choices they make. And, it feels like an "I hate it when that happens" moment. I'll just tell you one story. Some good friends of mine have several children. (I'll use different names in order to protect the accused.) Recently, two of them were playing together and got into a fight. Later when I asked the mom what happened, she said little Joey just ran right into his big brother's fist.
Don't you hate it when that happens!
Any other SNL favorites? Or, other "hate it when that happens" stories? (HT: David)