July 24, 2006

 neighborhood watchrich

this weekend something new landed in the traffic circle:


there is much debate on the neighborhood listserv about just what, exactly, it is.


i think it's a robot ostrich. something like a robocop, keeping an eye on people who speed around the traffic circle.

go get 'em, robostrich!

Posted by xta at July 24, 2006 03:24 PM | TrackBack

Looks a little bit like Johnny 5 from "Short Circuit".

Posted by: John Boy at July 25, 2006 12:01 AM

I'm with you on the ostrich. See you tomorrow night!!

Posted by: lastewie at July 25, 2006 11:00 AM

I saw that! we were trying the "trying to get to costco through the neighborhood" thing, and when we went past that...thing, I laughed and wondered if you would post a picture!

Posted by: pinky at July 25, 2006 11:36 AM

John Boy -- nothing personal, but my first thought was to say, "please die!" for injecting the song "Who's Johnny?" into my head. Then again, now I've done it to other people. Shit. This is how pandemics happen.

That being said, I seem to recall that Johnny 5 and the caricatured Indian guy had some pretty funny lines.

As for RoboTrafficCircleCop: "to serve the public art, protect the listserv, and uphold the long and bendy foam pieces"

Posted by: Phil at July 26, 2006 01:27 PM

Phil - ;-)

Posted by: John Boy at July 29, 2006 02:27 AM

There's a July birthday card of sorts on it now.

BTW, someone from the paper called twice and e-mailed about the circle. I think he tried me because he couldn't get up with you. :)

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas at July 30, 2006 03:12 PM

Mechano was "de-installed" last night or this morning. Xta and I found it at about the same time. I went in, got my camera, and took some pitcures:



Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas at July 31, 2006 10:52 AM

"pitcures." Yeah, right.

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas at July 31, 2006 10:53 AM

While "Short Circuit" was primarily a Steve Guttenberg/Ally Sheedy vehicle, Phil is right in that there was some good comic relief provided by Fisher Stevens, who played the caricatured Indian guy (the character unfortunately named "Ben Jabituya"). But you can't discount the contributions made by Austin Pendleton as the robot project's senior scientist. Nobody ever gives Austin Pendleton enough credit, but he is one of America's great nebbishy character actors. Anyway, by "Short Circuit 2," Guttenberg, Sheedy and Pendleton were all gone, and it was Fisher Stevens' time to shine. I have no idea what my original point was, but damn, do I love Austin Pendleton.

Posted by: Jerry at August 6, 2006 12:01 AM
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