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  Tuesday, October 8, 2002

Why Hadn't I Heard This Song Before?

The weather in New York is finally approaching what it should be for this time of year, getting down into the low 50s overnight and barely making it into the 60s during the day. It finally feels like fall, for which I have longed for quite some time, not least because I get to go to Provincetown. So the song for the day is "Old Cape Cod":

If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air
Quaint little villages here and there
You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod
If you like the taste of a lobster stew
Served by a window with an ocean view
You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod
Winding roads that seem to beckon you
Miles of green beneath the skies of blue
Church bells chimin' on a Sunday morn'
Remind you of the town where you were born
If you spend an evening you'll want to stay
Watching the moonlight on Cape Cod Bay
You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod

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When Did I Become a Stereotypical Husband?

Miss Feva directs our attention to pick up your own damn socks!, a sort of collaborative Weblog for disgruntled wives. As I was reading it, chuckling at some of the husbands described therein, I came across this entry, which could very easily describe me:

I swear your arms are broken. Or your brain just can't figure out how to put a squirt of dishwashing soap and water in the pot. I not only was dead tired last night, but I washed all the dishes before I went to bed. What were you doing? Sitting on the couch watching TV telling me that you will take care of it. If you were going to take care of it, it would have been done already. It's okay, it's fine. I DID IT!

Or if you'd prefer a male view of relationships, you can go to Things my girlfriend and I have argued about, which includes items like:

  • Which way - the distances were identical - to drive round a circular bypass (this resulted in her kicking me in the head from the back seat as I drove along).
  • Whether her cutting our son's hair comes under 'money-saving skill' or 'therapy in the making.'
  • She wants to paint the living room yellow. I have not the words.
  • She really over-reacts whenever she catches me wearing her underwear.

8:01:44 PM     What do you think? ()

What's Happening in the World of Porn Blogging?

Over at the reverse cowgirl's blog, Susannah rails hilariously against intellectual reductionism.

7:59:05 PM     What do you think? ()

This Is Breaking a Taboo?

The New York Times is in ecstasies over the fact that Less Than Perfect stars a "plump" actress:

When a friend warns Claudia, a plump office assistant, that her cutthroat newsroom colleagues would feed her "to the wolves," Claudia retorts: "Do you think that will make me thinner? Because I'll try anything--except diet and exercise."
It is the kind of line that Mary Richard's weight-obsessed sidekick Rhoda Morgenstern would have delivered on The Mary Tyler Moore Show 30 years ago. But on a new ABC sitcom, Less Than Perfect, it is the heroine who looks more like Anna Nicole Smith than Ally McBeal--breaking what is perhaps one of television's last taboos.

So it's progress that television will have a zaftig heroine who is fixated on her weight? The article is right that this is so thirty years ago. The joke that was quoted works awfully hard to get from wolves to weight and fails to reward all of the effort by at least being funny. And this is their idea of "plump"? She is no more convincingly overweight than Rhoda Morgenstern (frankly one of the sexiest characters ever on network television) was.

8:26:17 AM     What do you think? ()

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