The Story of the Start of the Story, part II The beginning was one of the hardest parts to write. Most notably because I wanted to post the story, but I didn't have a title or a name for my villain. I was racking my brain for a title. What could possibly work? I thought about how muppet movies always have the word "muppet" in the title. The Great Muppet Escape? No... The Great Muppet Chase? No... The Muppet Escape? The Muppet Chase? No, nothing was quite getting the true essence of the story across. Well, it just so happens that I was listening to Muppet Central Radio, as usual. I heard a song that I absolutely love, called "Sweet Vacation". Or, as it would appear in the little player window, Kermit, Gonzo, and the Muppets- Sweet Vacation -The Jim Henson Hour. I was singing along with this song, particularly the chorus, when it hit. Why not just use one of my favorite lines of the song? It worked perfectly! If you're curious, here's the words to "Sweet Vacation" Even when I'm weary and I just can't carry on And the world is like an endless debt for me to pay, Even when the neon seems to shine more than the sun And the secret place I live in feels so far away, Still I've got a ticket for a magic holiday And it's always booked and ready come what may. (Woah woah) Sweet Vacation Recreation Destination: Home, My friends can take me! Sweet Vacation Recreation Destination: Home, My friends can take me home. (Instrumental) Still I've got a ticket for a magic holiday, And it's always booked and ready come what may. (Woah woah) Sweet Vacation Recreation Destination: Home, My friends can take me! Sweet Vacation Recreation Destination: Home, My friends can take me! Sweet Vacation Recreation Destination: Home. My friends can take me home. Good song, don't you think so? Oh, so anyway, I still had the problem of the villain. He didn't have a name, and names tend to be important when you're writing something. So, I inspected my bookshelf. Let's see, we've got Frank Lloyd Wright, we've got something by Terry Longhurst, we've got The Works, we've got Atlas Shrugged, um... we've got a dictionary... a book of quotes... got some stuff by Avi, got To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, A Tale of Two Cities, um.... hm, this wasn't quite working. Well, maybe if... And then I had it. Lloyd, because I have a book on Frank Lloyd Wright, and Galt, because I have Atlas Shrugged, which has a character named John Galt. So, we do a little combining, and we have Lloyd Galt, a scum bag of a man who will stop at no evil to get the muppets to do a sick movie. Maybe I should send thank-you notes to the authors of those two books... And hey, speaking of books. There's a scene where I have a bunch of muppets all crowded around Gina while she reads a book to them. I couldn't figure out what book she was reading. It needed to be child friendly for Robin, but it still needed to be interesting... well, that rules out that book shelf. Hm, maybe The Giving Tree? No, it needs to be longer. So after searching through the bottom shelf of my bookcase, I came up with Black Beauty. I started to read through it to find the right passage to throw in, and I realized it didn't quite work as well as I had originally thought. So I kept looking. I came up with Old Con and Patrick. It's a sweet little story about a boy who was left somewhat paralyzed by polio during World War II. The boy, Patrick, is slowly growing stronger, and he can walk with crutches. But he still has a lot of obstacles, and that's what the story is about. Patrick, his grandfather, his mother, his dog and his bluejay, overcoming Patrick's obstacles together. It's more of that "togetherness" stuff that Destination: Home is really about.