Ever since I was old enough to open my eyes I’ve been a rabid, unashamed fan-boy of Bugs Bunny. He’s the epitome of what a REAL New Yorker should strive to be – good-looking, smart and a wise-guy. I’ve followed Bugs’ adventures since his first appearance in Porky’s Hare Hunt in 1938.
Over the years Bugs has evolved physically but has never lost his wise-guy persona. His usual targets-of-opportunity, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam, serve as foils for his quick wit and devastating practical jokes.
I’ve gone to great lengths to model my life after Bugs. Why not? He’s appeared in more films than any other cartoon character, he’s the mascot of a major corporation (Warner Bros.) and he’s recognized instantly in every country in the world.
Now, here’s the ten most important life-lessons that I’ve picked up from Bugs …
10. Everyone Loves a Wise-Guy
9. You Can Always Talk Your Way Out of Trouble
8. Dressing in Drag Has Its Uses
7. Go For the Carrots, Not the Gold
6. Take Advantage of Those Dumber Than You
5. It’s OK to be Sexually Attracted to Robots
4. Living in a Hole in the Ground Isn’t So Bad
I remember one episode that really left an impression on me, where Bugs is in his rabbit-hole with a bad guy flying overhead in a helicopter. Bugs sings a little ditty …
There ain't no place like a hole in the ground, A hole in the ground, A hole in the ground There ain't no place like a hole in the ground With a big fat goon a-floatin' around
Now I’ve never had the same exact opportunity to be able to USE this song, but I think of it often when I’m safely holed-up in whatever apartment or room I’m currently renting and the big bad world is out there, trying its best to ruin my day.
3. Stick Up for the Underdogs
2. Break the Fourth Wall
1. Always Have a Pithy Response Ready
Bugs is never at a loss for words – he’s got a ready quip suitable for any occasion always on the tip of his tongue. I admire and try my best to emulate anyone with this ability.