Friday, July 27, 2012

The Gates, Rural Oregon Style





















A lame joke nearly a decade in the making!

(It may not seem like much to us, but to the field mice who commissioned it, it. is. transcendent).

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Princess Amanda

A few weeks ago, my supervisor's son drew a picture of me.
Well, of "an Amanda" who happens to have orange hair.




He was hanging out at the office, and still working on the drawing, when his Mom told me what it was.  When she did, he sort of froze up and wouldn't show it to me.  But he made clear that it was "just an Amanda".  I found the picture in my in-box the next day.  (And now it's on my refrigerator at home).

I bumped into them again yesterday, and she told me he's started writing stories about Princess Amanda.  Again, not me.

I think that's right.  It's not me.  Apparently he wants a pet cat more than anything in the world, and I live with two cats.

There is so much about this that I love.  Not least of which is the reminder that no matter where you are in life, and no matter what you think about your current situation, if you've done anything good, or right, or worthwhile with your time (even something as small as being cool to two cats), then someone, somewhere, somehow, will think you have it going on.


Monday, July 16, 2012

UGLY BETTY | 2006 - 2010 | Long Form Screwball

UGLY BETTY is screwball comedy told Pickwick-Papers-style.

Charles Dickens' first novel was written and distributed as a serial before it was assembled into one volume.  Similarly, when the individual episodes that make up the saga of Ms. Betty Suarez are taken as a whole, it creates one giant, super long, epic screwball comedy.

Well, Wes D. Gehring's definition of screwball.  Which, unfortunately, I have not been able to improve upon.  I wish Mr. Gehring were not so insightful, it would have made this blog so much more interesting - to read and to do.  The thing is, in his book "Screwball Study:  A Genre of Madcap Romance," the guy pretty much nailed the definition of Screwball.  I've searched for weaknesses in his thesis, or something to fresh to add, and yet all I can do is agree.  The really good screwball comedies have the very elements he identified (a male anti-hero, the leisure class, pursuit of the "right" romantic partner, an urban setting, a world where a kind of child-like perspective is valued and rewarded, little interest in politics but keen attention to moral standards, and a baseline dissatisfaction with the status-quo).    

Change the male anti-hero to a female anti-hero, and you've got UGLY BETTY.

More on this soon.  I have the whole post in my head, but I continue to be crazy short on free time (which is why I haven't posted since May); at this point, it feels like a partial post is better than nothing.  Er, I mean...  In the spirit of the topic, it'll be published over multiple posts, as a sort of installment plan.