Saturday, April 4, 2015

A to Z Challenge Post - D is for dumberdash and Death At A Funeral

Hello campers.

Today's D word is: dumberdash. This is a wonderful term refering to a sudden heavy downpour of rain; sometimes "dunderdash" is used. I love this word, but I'm not exactly sure why. Living here in the great Pacific Northwest, we experience these on a fairly regular basis. There is a spot on I-5, between Kelso and Kalama, that seems to generate its own independent weather. It can be gently raining, or not even raining at all, when suddenly you can see this wall of water appearing on the road in front of you; it's like driving into a car wash that has been set to "apocalyptic". Suddenly you can't see a single thing and it's raining hard enough to take the paint off your car. If you're lucky, you will see the brake lights of the vehicle immediately in front of you before you plow into them; and if you're REALLY lucky, the vehicle behind you will see your brake lights before they plow into you, etc. It would be funny, if it didn't make you want to shart yourself.

Today's D movie is: Death At A Funeral (british version). Stars Matthew MacFadyen, Keeley Hawes, Andy Nyman, Ewen Bremner, Daisy Donovan, and Alan Tudyk.
Death at a Funeral (2007) Poster

I couldn't have summed up the plot any better than Guy Bellinger did over on IMDb: Daniel is a decent young man, married to Jane, still living at his father's home. When his father dies, it is up to him to organize his funeral. On this painful morning, the suitable grave expression on his face, Daniel is ready to welcome his father's friends and relatives. But preserving the dignity inherent in such circumstances will be a hard task. Particularly with an undertaker who botches his work, the return from the USA of his famous but selfish brother, his cousin's fiancé who has accidentally ingested drugs, the presence a moron who takes advantage of the sad event to win back the heart (or rather the body) of a woman who is about to marry another, of a handicapped old uncle who is also the most unbearable pain in the neck. To cap it all, Daniel notices the presence among the mourners of a mysterious dwarf nobody else seems to know... Written by Guy Bellinger

This movie made me laugh so hard in so many places. Alan Tudyk really steals the show in my opinion. There was a remake in the US a few years later that is also pretty good, but this is much better, I think.

Hope you are enjoying the A to Z Challenge so far!



  1. Great word - and it sounds like a fun movie! I will have to add it to my (ever-growing) list of movies to watch!

  2. Visiting from A/Z :) I think I've been in a few dunderdash storms myself. Never heard of this movie but sounded like a cute plot! Good luck with the rest of the challenge!


  3. I have been caught in a few dunderdash storms too in an 18 wheeler. The worse one I was in was in Birmingham, AL. Thanks for the colorful glimpse of Dunderdash. Cher'ley from the A2Z challenger

  4. You're so right. Alan Tudyk TOTALLY steals the movie!

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy


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