I’m too young to remember the day that Kennedy was shot. I have no memory of that day. For those that were old enough I’m told it was a day seared into their minds forever.
But I can still remember the day when Fonzie jumped the shark. It was September 20, 1977.
For some strange reason, though, I can’t even vaguely remember the plot that led to the Fonz donning his trademark leather jacket and jumping a shark on water skies. Was that a flotation belt around his waist? Decidedly uncool. And the shark was confined? Yawn.
You know what? That episode of Happy Days totally jumped the shark, yo.
That scene was so dumb that it eventually led to the phrase “jumping the shark” becoming an idiom in American English.
Idioms are off the hook, yo.
Wikipedia’s page for the phrase “jumping the shark” provides the following bit of illumination:
Jumping the shark is an idiom used to describe the moment of downturn for a previously successful enterprise. The phrase was originally used to denote the point in a television program’s history where the plot spins off into absurd story lines or unlikely characterizations. These changes were often the result of efforts to revive interest in a show whose viewership has begun to decline, usually through the employment of different actors, writers or producers.
I trust by now you see the relevance of this particular phrase to us denizens of the Abyss. Even though we don’t really have any sharks down here. All we’ve got are these bug-eyes albino newts due to the lack of sunlight.
Clearly I’ve lost my edge. It’s time to put this blog out of your misery. In this case it’s pretty clear where things went wrong. The first post. It’s been all downhill since then. Someone grab a fork.
Seriously, you’ve got to give it up for a blog that can jump the shark on the very first post, yo. I mean, it’s not a good sign when your entire existence is behind the “jumping the shark” curve, eh?
Oh wait. I just noticed the words “previously successful enterprise” in the definition. Dammit, jump the shark status denied! My bad.
Whew! You scared me there for a minute, my friend. Without your blog around to absorb some of the flack, my piece of crap blog would be a sitting duck! 😆
LOL! I think it’s safe to say I’ve achieved my goal of bottom of the barrel status, so things can only go downhill from here!
I’m planning to be around to run interference for you for a long, long time. Let the misery continue! 🙂
Phew!!! For a minute there, I thought you were quitting your blog. Don’t. Ever. Do. That!
Are you telling me that you already knew what the phrase “jumping the shark” mean? Because that was news to me. Of course, I’m probably only about a decade behind the times. 🙂
Is that the same as ‘OFF THE HOOK’? LOL.
Love that picture of the Fonz! Aaaaay!
Thanks! I was trying to figure out the best way to spell the Fonz’ catch phrase. I knew someone would come through for the betterment of us all! 🙂
You had me worried there for a minute. Just don’t invite Ted McGinley as a guest author or I’ll really be scared!
Hmmmm…not nice to scare your readers like that!! You are my hero!
Is HERO some sort of acronym for Wretched Refuse Abject Failure? Apparently not but I am the WRAF! 🙂
Heeeeeeeeey…. (Said like The Fonz.)
Your blog rocks! I was getting nervous, too, reading this. DON’T DISAPPEAR ON ME. You make me laugh. You are fabulously fabulous.
And if you stopped your blog? I’d have to tell you to sit on it.
I would dig that, daddy-o. 🙂
My bad. Me sorry. I didn’t mean to imply I was going anywhere. I mean, where would I go? What would I do? This blog is all I got left – the proverbial blade of grass that keeps me from falling off the face of the earth.” Hic.
This is a bulletin — This blog was also not about fishing for compliments. Those of you who know me the best will completely understand that when I say “I suck!” I’m just being unbiased, impartial, scientific and brutally honest!
But thanks. 🙂
Thanks for teaching me even more useless trivia. lol 🙂