Toronto Mike

It's Better Than Bad, It's Good!

Last week, during my chat with The Pursuit of Happiness's Moe Berg, I asked him how he was doing. "Fine", was his reply. Moe qualified that by saying "fine is good".

My initial reflex response was "it's better than bad, it's good!" That line was loaded up in my blood clotted cranium just waiting to come out. But where did it come from, and how did it get there, and for how long had it remained dormant?

In the very early 90s, I stumbled upon a cartoon airing on MuchMusic entitled "The Ren & Stimpy Show. At the time, I was a diehard fan of The Simpsons, and warm to the idea that a teenager like myself could enjoy cartoons. I fell madly in love with Ren & Stimpy, recording them to VHS and watching certain episodes over and over again.

We've come to learn the creator is not a good person, but that won't stop me from praising this show for it's irreverent humour and wonderful animation. I can't tell you how many times I've quoted lines from Space Madness, or Son of Stimpy, The Rubber Nipple Salesmen. And of course, there was Powdered Toast Man and Log.

The Log ads is where I picked up the line I used with Moe.

What rolls down stairs alone or in pairs, and over your neighbor's dog?
What's great for a snack, And fits on your back? It's log, log, log
It's log, it's log, It's big, it's heavy, it's wood.
It's log, it's log, it's better than bad, it's good.
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