The Parnell Pick-Me-Up

Are you feeling a bit like this?


But would really prefer this?

Credit: Ajorbahman’s Collection

That happens to be my husband and me (hey, I never claimed we were attractive—or non-hirsute) after watching “Signing in the Waldenbooks”, a song about the woes of book signings, created and performed by author Parnell Hall several years ago.

I linked to the YouTube video above rather than embedding it, given my simian neurons are still not clear on the legality of such mischief. However, if your cerebral pathways represent a higher evolutionary structure, and you have nothing better to do (which takes us back to that first sad monkey image now, doesn’t it?), here is some information from HubPages: “Embedded YouTube Videos – Copyright Infringement?”

See, I can impart useful bits of info when I want to. I just don’t usually want to.

So enjoy this video. You do not have to be a writer to appreciate its wit. Who hasn’t lived such awkwardness? My husband laughed so hard I thought he might tangle a testicle, and the only writing he’s ever done is to Santa for a less Type-A wife. (Or was it Johnnie Walker?)

And given little brings me more pleasure than watching my ball and chain laugh, I burst into a red-faced buffoon myself.

Unfortunately, my teenager, laggering in to see whether 911 was in order (see, there’s hope yet), took one look at his hunched-over, ab-gripping parents, and assumed an expression like this:

Credit: Microsoft Clip Art

Maybe you’ve already seen this delightful video. Early adopter of innovation, I am not. If so, enjoy it again or just toss me a look like my son did. In fact, you can even add a few gestures. I’ll never know.

31 Responses to “The Parnell Pick-Me-Up”

  1. Perfecting Motherhood

    OMG this is hilarious, thanks for sharing! I didn’t know about the guy but now I’ll have to check him out. I can’t believe he got to sit next to Mary Higgins Clark. You’d think he would have try to snatch her fans after they were done with her!

    • crubin

      You are most welcome! Thanks for stopping by. And thanks for introducing me to the Momofuku Compost Cookies on your blog, which I can’t wait to try!

  2. Kourtney Heintz

    Carrie, I <3 Parnell! I love this video. He spoke at a library talk the MWA did in New York back in 2010 and he had me laughing the entire time. I have to check out his sudoku puzzle solving grandma mysteries.

    • crubin

      I would love to hear him speak. I’m sure the laughs would be plenty!

      I must admit, you gave me my own puzzle to solve: what “<3" means. After a short search, I discovered it stands for a heart. See how many things you are teaching me through your blog and comments! So, let me practice: I <3 chocolate.

      • Kourtney Heintz

        He’s a laugh riot. :) Sorry about that. Sometimes it becomes a heart shape like the smiley face, other times it stays <3. And excellent use of the <3! :)

    • crubin

      Pretty creative path he took. I’d do the same, but YouTube would probably pull the video in order to preserve the world’s sanity.

      Thanks for stopping by. Gave me a chance to explore your blog. Very funny! Looking forward to reading more.

  3. lynnettedobberpuhl

    Very funny! And horrifying. Realized dreams are a mixed bag, which is a reminder to appreciate where we are at, even as we strive to also sit at a lonely table playing with our pen. Thanks for the link to ethical use of Youtube embedment, which is something I have been trying to be smarter about. Ethics are so stifling, argghh. Also time consuming. But I hear karma is a bitch, so I am trying to be good.

    • crubin

      As an introvert, I am already fearful of any book signings I will be lucky enough to land. Mr. Hall’s video adds fuel to my fire. Oh, well, guess it will make for good blog fodder!

      Thanks for visiting!

      • lynnettedobberpuhl

        Hey, good news. I read the embedded videos usage guidelines and as long as the youtube video was uploaded by the creator of the video (as in Parnell’s case,) the creator is authorizing sharing as part of the youtube terms of service. As long as you give them credit, you are being a good citizen. Embed away!

        • crubin

          Yes, I think as long as the creator of the video is the one who uploaded it and has left the embed option on, then it should be okay (as in this case). I guess where it gets murky is if it wasn’t the creator who uploaded it (e.g., a movie clip uploaded by someone other than those with the movie rights).

          Thanks so much for further clarifying it. Appreciate it!

  4. My Italian Letters

    Thank you for the introduction to him … loved his sense of humour and ability to laugh at himself … off to try one of his books … he looks like my kind of guy!!

    • crubin

      I always admire people who come up with creative ideas, whether it is a new product or a way to promote that product or whatever else it may be. These song clips of his must surely be helping him sell books, and if not, well, they are entertaining to the rest of us.

      Thanks so much visiting. My comment board was getting lonely after this post!

  5. omwaombara

    He he he! I just love the two monkeys. They are both not so cute, but they are not aware and yet they accomodate each other. Makes me laugh hysterically and take a second glance at m mirror. Truly funny!

    • crubin

      Well, they were the closest image I could find of my husband and me. Guess it’s time to get the razors out again…

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. JP

    You have to watch Signing at Waldenbooks. What every author dreams of. Have a first book signing and get stuck next to Stephen King or John Grisham.

  7. Berducci

    The signing at Waldenbooks was hilarious. I could not stop laughing. Had to watch a second time.

    • crubin

      See? Now you can thank me for lowering your blood pressure. Scientific studies have shown laughing does just that. Your bill will be coming.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • crubin

      Yes, I could most definitely feel his pain. Will make me think twice about walking past an author at a book signing. Now I will have to bury my introvert and at least go say hello!


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