“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
That is the correct one-liner from the Wizard of Oz, the epic 1939 movie classic starring Judy Garland. When the general population quotes this memorable line, they don’t always get it right (myself included).
But more on that later.
Last week, I was reminiscing about the days early into my current job. It was 1992. I had left a position in the Business Office at one of our state’s correctional facilities. Although I was fond of the work I performed at the institution and many of the employees, I was not fond of my boss. He liked me and that was a good thing as he could be horrible to people he didn’t like. He’d walk the halls and openly belch and not say one “Excuse me.” It was as gross as his cat hair covered sweater and office chair. This boss would come out of his office at 4:25 and stand by the counters in the front of the office to make sure no one left five minutes (or a second) early.
Unbeknown to me, the act in that last sentence affected me into the next job.
Early into my current position, I wrapped it up for the day and walked to the front of the office. Evidently my watch was a few minutes fast because the wall clock in front was at 4:25 p.m. I sat down on a bench in the waiting area to fulfill my eight-hour obligation.
Then I heard a voice, “Mary, what are you doing?” It was another employee who had walked to the front. He was still busy working, but noticed me sitting there by myself. I answered him, “I’m waiting until 4:30 to leave.” This employee laughed. He knew where I had worked previously, a setting he had also been employed at in an earlier time. And, thus, he said to me…
“Mary, you’re not in the institution anymore. Go home.”
Home was Appleton, not Kansas, but I got his point. It’s not that I was attempting to cheat the system or my time. It was about common sense and the flexibility that came from being outside the walls.
Enough about that, though, let’s get back to movie quotes…
Did you know the exact line that Dorothy speaks to Toto in The Wizard of Oz?
Or was your version somewhat altered?
Watch this VIDEO or read the contents of the page for additional movie quotes that everyone gets wrong, whether they know it or not. Let me know if you’ve been enlightened or if you are a super duper whiz at remembering lines.
For more one-liners from the house of Linda G. Hill, visit her One-Liner Wednesday post and check out the links in the comment section.