I don't watch a lot of TV. Well, I do, but not as much as I did when I was single. And not as much as I did before my wife and I had a son. Now most of my TV watching deals with Bob The Builder or Stanley. Or The Penguins (by the people who brought us another one of Andy's favorites: The Veggietales). So, my wife and I sit down to watch specific shows which we want to watch instead of simply leaving the TV on constantly. And, in watching those shows this November sweeps one trend has appeared. Friendship.
Let's look at this in a chronological basis, starting with the first day of the week (Sunday): Alias. Great show. One of those we videotape if we're going to miss it for any reason. Sydney and Will? Friends. Sydney and Vaughn? Friends.
Monday: Boston Public (not one to video if we'll be out, but worth watching): Not quite sure of everyone's names but everyone on the show seems to have gone out of their way to be friends with any potential love interest.
Tuesday: Smallville (probably at the moment my favorite show...I love Superman anything): Clark and Lana? Friends. Clark and Chloe? Friends.
Wednesday: Ed (finally hitting it's stride again, had lost it somewhere last season): Ed and Carol? Friends, of course.
Thursday: Friends (how appropriate): Ross and Rachel? Friends, is anyone surprised?
What happened to romance? Was there a memo circulated through Hollywood that platonic relationships were 'in' this year? That in the 'nesting instincts' which Americans escaped into after 9-11 it would be good not to have too many friends fall in love? Is there no hope for the 'Romantic Comedy' or did the producers learn their lessons too well after the ratings slid for David and Maddie in Moonlighting or Sam and Diane in Cheers after their relationships were consummated? I'm not saying the predictable relationships are the ones to stick with, just that had Rachel ended up with Joey I'd've probably stopped watching the show.
Perhaps it's a result of shows like the Bachelor. Producers figure we can find faux-love matches on 'Reality' series so they can deal with the greater emotional depth of friendships.
Ah, well...I can always console myself with the fact that, most likely, all of these relationships will be consummated by May sweeps. Does anyone think Friends won't end with Ross and Rachel together? Or Sydney and Will/Vaughn? Or Clark and Lana? And does anyone know how to pronounce Kristin Kreuk's last name? These are important issues.
How do I know these are important issues? Easy...top news story yesterday in most American houses? The Bachelor chose Helene.
Must be important then. Wouldn't want 100+ dead in Lagos to distract anyone from deciding whether Brooke's tears were real. You know, don't you, that those 100+ weren't Jews. They were Christians. What was that I was saying about important issues?
:: Peter 11/22/2002 04:48:00 PM [+] ::
Just found an interesting web site: DealCatcher. Perfect for the holidays, type in the product you want and it tells you where the deals are on that product, including any secret coupon codes you might need for additional discounts.
:: Peter 11/21/2002 09:39:00 AM [+] ::
I don't know where Neal Boortz found this, but I thought it funny enough to pass along:
HU'S ON FIRST (We take you now to the Oval Office.)
George: Condi! Nice to see you. What's happening?
Condi: Sir, I have the report here about the new leader of China.
George: Great. Lay it on me.
Condi: Hu is the new leader of China.
George: That's what I want to know.
Condi: That's what I'm telling you.
George: That's what I'm asking you. Who is the new leader of China?
George: I mean the fellow's name.
George: The guy in China.
George: The new leader of China.
George: The Chinaman!
Condi: Hu is leading China.
George: Now whaddya' asking me for?
Condi: I'm telling you Hu is leading China.
George: Well, I'm asking you. Who is leading China?
Condi: That's the man's name.
George: That's who's name?
George: Will you or will you not tell me the name of the new leader of China?
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Yassir? Yassir Arafat is in China? I thought he was in the Middle East.
Condi: That's correct.
George: Then who is in China?
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Yassir is in China?
Condi: No, sir.
George: Then who is?
Condi: Yes, sir.
Condi: No, sir.
George: Look, Condi. I need to know the name of the new leader of China.
Get me the Secretary General of the U.N. on the phone.
George: No, thanks.
Condi: You want Kofi?
Condi: You don't want Kofi.
George: No. But now that you mention it, I could use a glass of milk. And
then get me the U.N.
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Not Yassir! The guy at the U.N.
George: Milk! Will you please make the call?
Condi: And call who?
George: Who is the guy at the U.N?
Condi: Hu is the guy in China.
George: Will you stay out of China?!
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: And stay out of the Middle East! Just get me the guy at the U.N.
George: All right! With cream and two sugars. Now get on the phone.
(Condi picks up the phone.)
Condi: Rice, here.
George: Rice? Good idea. And a couple of egg rolls, too. Maybe we should
send some to the guy in China. And the Middle East. Can you get Chinese
food in the Middle East?
:: Peter 11/20/2002 09:44:00 AM [+] ::
You can't handle the truth
First the letter, courtesy, of course, the Arab News:
"Truth about Jews
This is regarding the article “Knight on the wrong horse” by Marwan ibn Faisal ibn Abdullah (Nov. 13). I’m an attorney in North Carolina, US, and wish I had the freedom you in Saudi Arabia seem to have. Telling the truth about Jews here can get you in a lot of trouble.
Our internal “Jewish Defense League” routinely sends e-mails threatening death to those who dare oppose Jews. The government doesn’t touch them.
I am sick of hearing American politicians speak of our freedom and democracy. We have no such thing. If I have any advice for you it would be carefully control your media, and don’t allow any Jewish media products in your country.
Victor Gerhard, United States published 20 November 2002"
Has anyone, anywhere ever received one of these 'routine' emails? An 'internal' JDL? 'Death to those who dare oppose Jews'?
What color is the sky in your world Victor? And, Victor, not to be a pestering Jew or anything, but, well, if 'we' (and I assume by 'we' you mean Americans) 'have no such thing' as 'freedom or democracy' then how were you able to articulate in print your thoughts without being arrested, detained, and summarily executed? Gee, you mean you weren't arrested, detained and summarily executed? Have you received your 'routine' email yet from the 'internal' JDL? No? Hmm...of course, if I really wanted to have some emails sent your way I could go to the Martindale.com lawyer search feature, type your name in and discover that according to Martindale there is no Victor Gerhard practicing law in North Carolina. Though there is a Victor J. Gerhard III working as a corporate attorney in Albany, NY. I'd hate to think you might have lied (and by 'lied' I mean 'said something untrue') in your letter to the Arab News.
A day after Los Angeles police arrested actor Jeffrey Jones on child-porn charges, his pal Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman, turned himself in on a related charge of possessing child pornography, the Los Angeles Times reports. Reubens, 50, surrendered Friday at the West Hollywood Division station on a misdemeanor charge of possessing materials depicting children under the age of 18 engaged in sexual conduct, and was subsequently released on $20,000 bail.
:: Peter 11/18/2002 01:06:00 PM [+] ::
Even the title which the Arab News gives this letter is amusing:
President Bush’s recent actions have caused me not only to question the reasons for my patriotism but also to question why I even bother calling myself an American. If only people could name themselves according to beliefs rather than religions or nationalities! My sympathy has been with Arabs and Muslims ever since I have been old enough to understand the atrocities committed by America. I do not agree, and have never agreed, with the senseless killings of Arabs for the sake of Israel or the “war on terrorism.” We as a nation are more despicable than the most ruthless terrorists we are hunting, supposedly in the name of justice. Rather than go to war with Bush’s “enemies” I offer a heartfelt apology to Muslims and Arabs for all the murders, all the discrimination, and all the ignorance of Americans. As only one voice, I sadly cannot prevent my country from going to war or from hating. I would give my life to make Americans see how wrong they are when they look for reasons to make war and to hate; none exists. I only hope people affected by our atrocious behavior can find it in their hearts not to judge all Americans by the mindless throng who somehow make it into positions of power.
Anna Dittrich, Weatherford, Oklahoma, US published 18 November 2002
Not mindless? This is as close to mindless as it is possible to get without an echo sounding in her skull every time the wind blows. Why do you bother to call yourself an American, indeed. Feel free to leave Ms. Dittrich, don't let the burka hit you on the way out.
Can we have a contest to figure out what she would name herself if she could 'according to beliefs rather than religions or nationalities'?
Caught the last part of the VH1 Top 100 Love Song ranking. I was struck by the fact that the top 4 were from soundtracks. Actually there are a great number from soundtracks, including #7 (Endless Love from the movie of the same name) but #4 (Open Arms from the movie Heavy Metal), #3 (My Heart Will Go On from Titanic), #2 (Love Me Tender from the movie of the same name) and #1 (I Will Always Love You from The Bodyguard) really impressed me.
A cursory examination shows that 10 of the 100 are from soundtracks. I'm sure there are others that I'm just not aware of.
:: Peter 11/18/2002 10:58:00 AM [+] ::