Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hampster Powered

Timmy had Lassie the dog. Roy Rogers had Trigger the horse. James Qwilleran had Koko and Yum Yum the cats. On Green Acres, Fred and Doris Ziffel had Arnold the pig. And let's not forget that modern day heroine, Stephanie Plum, who has Rex ... the hamster.

Hamster? What kind of a hero companion is a hamster? Ah, see, that's the reaction of folks who don't understand hamster power. But hamsters are used to being underestimated. They go through their lives quietly enhancing our lives -- and never getting any credit for it.

What? Exactly how is your life hamster enhanced? Here. Let me give you a clue. Play this short video and see if you begin to get a glimmer. Go ahead. I'll wait.

Poor little guys. I hope they didn't throw up when they staggered away.

But the point I'm making here is that the hamsters had a wheel. Hamsters always have wheels and they are compelled by their DNA to make the wheels turn. And turn. And turn. And we all know turning wheels produce energy. And energy runs other stuff.

One of the major "other stuff" that operates off the energy generated by hard-working hamsters is your dial-up connection. Those of you who have graduated to high speed connections probably don't care -- why should you? But those of us who have to wait 5 minutes for 30 seconds of video to download, we know about hamster power, by golly.

I, for one, have learned to be more patient now that I realize my enjoyment of the Internet rests on the revolutions produced by thousands of tiny, furry little critters. When a download slows to a frozen molasses drip, I say to myself, "Hey, just go get a cup of coffee and let the little guys take five."

I hope this information is as enlightening for you as it has been for me. I'm sure I'm a better person for finally appreciating the unsung efforts of some of our little furry friends.

I can't help but wonder, though -- what creature is powering the high speed connection?


Wendy said...

Al Gore sneaks over to London and runs in The Eye at night, which powers the whole Internet!

John Bailey said...

Soon to be replaced by GWB, which will slow us all down again? That's be worth a video... ;-)

Dee said...

Snortle! You two should give a spew warning before posts like that. The images you've just put in my head!

~ Sil in Corea said...

One o' them there cheetahs, eh?

Jo said...

Thanks, Dee, for that video. I haven't sat here and laughed so loud for awhile.

Dee said...

Hmmm. You might have something there, Sil. Cheetahs certainly present a more elegant image than either Gore or Bush, don't they?

Glad you got a giggle, Jo. Some days we need all the giggles we can get.

bonnie said...

Having lost all my email addresses with the reformat I'm afraid I can't giggle here. Also can't send mail. I can get it, just can't send it!

Maggie said...

I promise, I am enlightened. I should share this with the world too. Oh MY Oh MY.