Flashback Wednesdays: I know you are, but what am I?

Image from Wikipedia

Image from Wikipedia

You’re a nerd! 

I know you are, but what am I?

You’re an idiot!

I know you are, but what am I?

I know you are, but what am I – I know you are, but what am I…Infinity!

My sister and I have Pee -Wee’s Big Adventure memorized. We could recite scenes line by line!  Tim Burton’s masterpiece never gets old and I had the pleasure of watching it a few years ago at LACMA’s Tim Burton ‘s retrospective in conjunction with his exhibit.  Watching again after all these years really brought back fun childhood moments, but also I felt a deeper appreciation for Tim Burton’s genius.  Impressive that this was Mr. Burton’s first feature film as a director.

When I think of this movie, I see my family gathered around the TV in our old family room. In particular, I remember my dad enjoying this film each and every time we watched it. He would crack up and then ask my sister to recite lines from the movie and then crack up even louder.  The innocence of those days – a time when movies, daddy and daddy’s girls were enough to bring happiness to a home.  Life was simple back then.

One of my dad’s favorite scenes is the Tequila dancing scene in the bar.


The scene is: Pee-Wee ‘s is in a pickle and has to think quick on his feet. He stumbles upon a sketchy bar with a bunch of thug- looking biker dudes, The Satan Helpers. He went straight to the phone, but couldn’t hear the operator.  He yells, “I am trying to use the phone!” That is enough to get The Satan Helpers’ attention and even more reason to get Pee-wee out of their private club. After kicking him out, Pee-wee clumsily stumbles on their bikes and causes them to fall – domino style. They couldn’t let him get away with it, so they bring him back in to let him have it. But, Pee-Wee asks for one last request  – The Tequila dance.

My dad loves that dance.  My sister and I actually learned to imitate Pee-wee’s Tequila dance per my dad’s request.  For my dad, there was nothing funnier than the Tequila dance.

Now that I am older, I can look back at these moments and smile. It was fun being young and laughing at cheesy movies. It was even more fun spending time with daddy. I am lucky to have these memories.

So, if you want a big laugh, I recommend Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure – you won’t be disappointed! Oh, and if anyone asks you – “Be sure and tell ’em Large Marge sent ya! “

  • Vanessa

    I cannot say enough about what this movie meant to us in our childhood. Reading your post took me back to another time. A time when life was definitely much simpler. The only thing that we worried about back then was whether the movie we wanted to rent on a Saturday night would be checked out from MusicPlus. This movie will go down in history for us. Up until this day Daddy still gets a kick out of this “Tequila” scene. A little over a month ago he actually was talking about it. He had some information that I had never before as to why this scene was so funny to him (aside for the obvious reasons). He said that when I would sing TEQUILA! that I didn’t know how to pronounce Tequila, so I would actually pronounce Tequila similar to the word “TACO.” So, instead of saying “TE-QUILA!” I would say, “TA-QUILA!” Mom and Dad figured that it was more familiar with the word “taco” and not necessarily Tequila. Daddy has to sing it to you to get the real picture but I was cracking up too! Anyhow, thank you for posting these words that had the power to make my mind travel to a time when you and I wore biker shorts, neon shorts, called ourselves the “Comas girls,” and never grew tired of watching movies over and over again- case in point- Pee’s Big Adventure.