Once upon a time I was at a place in my Air Force career where we had to march to all of our meals. No, it wasn't Basic Training, it was something else.
At lunch time they would pipe music over the base-wide PA system (it was a very small base, all things considered). These were the marches one normally hears in the US military. ( I do have a story involving a non-US march at a military ceremony but that is a tale for later. It involves a "Chinese Hat." Maybe even later this week, I'll have to check with my staff to see if we can free up the resources for such a post. Yes, I am "putting on airs" as I do not have a staff. Unless you count Anya, one of my cats, who often sits in front of the monitor while I'm trying to type. Like right now.)
So there we are, all formed up and ready to march off to lunch. As luck would have it, it was my turn to lead the formation. (Something I am very good at. No brag, just fact. I would have told you a story of drill today, but things are bad enough, what with it being Monday and all.) As I am forming the troops and preparing to give my first command, this comes over the PA system...
That's right, what I knew back then as the theme music from Monty Python's Flying Circus. In fact, that's what I thought it was until moments ago, when I went searching for this...
So there we were, approximately 40 airmen (as near as I can recall) all formed up and ready to march off to lunch. And standing there, quivering with suppressed mirth, is their formation leader (Yours Truly) trying to absorb the absolute absurdity of marching a flight of airmen to lunch to the Monty Python Theme and attempting (oh, so desperately) to muster what's left of his military bearing before one of our "beloved" instructors notices the hold up.
I managed to recover, we made it to lunch and only much later did some in my flight 'fess up to recognizing the music.
And 'lo, these many years later, I use that story as my rather lame introduction to the ever popular "Cheese Shop" sketch. (After some totally gratuitous French, of course.)
Sur ce, je vous donne le fromage de la belle France. Et d'autres lieux. Bon appétit!