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Oh hey there friends! Just singing and working here in the attic. Nice of you to drop by. I guess since you’re here it’s only fair to share the latest info I’ve been compiling for the Clash of Clones WDTCF series. Let’s dive right in and check out the origins for the Hot Air Balloon, shall we?
It’s humorous to me that I actually find myself qualified to dish on balloons. My first ever job at the tender age of 16 was selling balloons at Knott’s Berry Farm. While it might not sound glamorous, back then it was actually considered a very cool job and I had a lot of fun doing it for a year. Ever since those days, whenever I see a balloon I reminisce about that year but this post isn’t about teenage angst, pretty girls, expensive prices and ska summer… it’s about the 6th personal prize available in the Clash of Clones event.
I mentioned in a separate WDTCF that I think EA added this balloon to the game to mock the balloon troops from the Clan game but I was happy the designers actually chose something from a Simpsons episode. Our new balloon comes straight from “Little Orphan Millie” (S19:E6). When Milhouse’s parents are lost at sea, he becomes a brooding cool kid. Bart wants to help him (and also regain his popularity) so he contacts Milhouse’s beloved uncle from Solvang, California.
NERD NOTE: This episode teases on Solvang’s Danish roots but the real town WAS founded by and still has a ton of Danish influence. If you ever wanted to see Danish windmills, reproductions of the Hans Christian Andersen and Little Mermaid statues, or a replica of Copenhagen’s Round Tower, this is the place for you.
Norbert Van Houten is really cool (despite his name) and resembles the baddest mama jama of an archeologist EVER. He flies a biplane and apparently also owns a spiffy hot air balloon you should find very familiar. Funny that he says he’s cool because he’s Danish and not Dutch. (Anyone think the nerd looks like one of our “warriors”?)
Woohoo! Event items that actually come from the show, Just because I love to ramble and point out items in Simpsons episodes, I figured I’d share three other great hot air balloon moments from the Best. Show. Ever.
1) Naked Homer and Marge on the lam in “Natural Born Kissers” (S9:E25). They hide in the car dealerships balloon and end up running off with it. Best part of this sequence for me is naked Homer and the Crystal Cathedral.
2) Bart, Lisa and Maggie in a European balloon race over Paris, France, in “Mommie Bearest” (S16:E7). This is what happens when you don’t watch your children lol.
3) Homer and Marge on a romantic hot air balloon ride at the end of “Million Dollar Maybe” (S21:E11).
Well my friends, that’s enough hot air from yours truly. Keep on tapa-tapa-tapping and stay classy.
TTFN… Wookiee out!