No wonder the previews played up that confrontation between Don and Charlie ("Hey, easy pal, you're here to HELP!") - it was the high point of the episode, and it still wasn't all that scintillating. They had one minor spat of disagreement, and then they were back on the same side. Otherwise, I only noticed two things:
1) When Alan was growling at the old antenna TV, trying to get better reception...I snorted "HAH! That is exactly how I beat up my TV for most of high school. " Reception often looked like that. Sometimes that was the *good* reception. And it's a little worrisome to hear that his shiny new flatscreen broke after a year of use. *glowers at parents' shiny new flatscreen downstairs* I'm warning you...
2) Yay for heroic Don, ignoring both Liz and Charlie's yelps as he strode right into the danger zone to make sure he got Malloy free and clear of the car in the 5 second time frame.
2) uhhh...what the hell was Amita wearing in that last scene? It looked like she'd stapled a piece of carpet around her torso and then folded the ends back to expose her shoulders. Someone really needs to take her on a guided shopping excursion. And you know I hate to ever say that the Charmita feels forced, but it was...awkward in this part; there was a minute where he kind of almost nuzzled her neck/rested his head on her shoulder, but then abruptly pulled back at the call of champagne. Subtext: Must...appear...affectionate...d'ahhh, can't do it. Ooh, maybe alcohol will help!
But since I am stubbornly determined to see the good in this pair, I cannot argue with the arm around shoulder, handhold, or the smile at the end when it was just the two of them alone.
I will now subject you to surveys.
1. Who was your best friend?
2.What sports did you play?
None, but I was in tap/jazz dance outside of school
3. What kind of car did you drive?
4. It's Friday night, where were you?
Probably at home and on the computer/internet; possibly at a sporting event playing in the pep band and/or sleeping over at my best friend's house
5. Were you a party animal?
6. Were you considered a flirt?
7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
8. Were you a nerd?
9. Did you get suspended/expelled?
No. I'm boring. Not even a detention.
10. Can you sing the fight song?
Yes I can. Nobody ever sings it, but we had the lyrics, and after playing it in pep band 300 billion times, the lyrics just run through your head along with the notes.
11. Who were your favorite teachers?
Madame Toussaint, for French
12. Where did you sit during lunch?
Whatever empty table Nat and I could grab; sometimes 1 or 2 other girls from band would join us, but usually we were by ourselves.
13.What was your school's full name?
White Bear Lake Area High School. W'blahs!
14. School mascot?
Get this - a white bear.
15. Did you go to Prom?
16. If you could go back and do it over, would you?
Oh so YES. It was a blast.
17. What do you remember most about graduation?
That when I got there, I discovered my flute had been stolen during transit from the band room to the arena where the ceremony was, and never recovered. I almost didn't get my one last chance to play with my band! But a really sweet junior girl lent me hers.
18. What was your fav. class?
Band and French
19. Where were you on senior skip day?
We had no such thing.
20. Did you have a job your senior year?
Mmmm...no. Just the very occasional night of babysitting.
21. Where did you go most often for lunch?
Closed campus, so everybody went to the cafeteria.
22. Have you gained weight since then?
23. What did you do after graduation?
Right after? Uh, headed back to school for the all-night senior party, which was about the most fun I'd ever had in my life. In general? Eh, hung around the house and had fun without working until it was time to start college in late August.
24. When did you graduate?
25. Who was your Senior prom date?
did we not establish that I didn't go? I'd never gone to a dance in my life; I wasn't about to start with the traditionally expensive Prom. I don't like partner dancing (or individual moves on the dance floor, for that matter), nor crowds, nor eating or drinking in public, nor hanging out with more than 1 friend at a time, so there was really nothing attractive about dances whatsoever. That, and the dance was held more than a month before graduation, and was at some place in the city rather than at the school itself, so it wasn't like this big end-of-year thing.
26. Are you going to your 10 year reunion?
Oh, definitely! It'll be fun to see people again.
27. Who was your home room teacher?
In lieu of homeroom, we had 5 extra minutes tacked onto first period. It was Mr. Wagner first semester, Mme. Toussaint second.
28. Who will repost this after you?
whoever has time to kill on this lovely Easter morning
(Ooh, now I get to be extra-rambly!)
Used bookstores - #1, you can't beat the prices (unless you're super lucky at a garage sale). #2, I just love old books, especially ones with inscriptions on the inside cover (it gives them character). #3, The shelves are an eclectic mix, and you never know what you'll find, but there's usually something good. They're quiet and unobtrusive - not at all like new bookstores, where everything is so bright and glossy it almost hurts your eyes...and there is more often than not the irritating smell of coffee and baked goods from the stupid coffee shop stuffed into the corner of the store.
Oregon Trail - This goes back to the days of elementary school, before we had a computer at home, when we used ancient Apple computers with a DOS operating system in approximately 8 colors, and all the programs were stored on floppy disks. In retrospect I'd never want to play that version again, but the whole concept of having to purchase supplies, then traveling along a trail and making decisions while random events popped up was thrilling. Those things remained but the graphics got much better with the release of a Windows version, which I think was the first computer game I ever asked for. Version II was 100 times better than that, with nearly endless choices of supplies (my favorite? milk cows and chickens), different routes and the addition of "skills," awesomely realistic hunting graphics, and more frequent, more varied random events. As previously stated, this is my favorite computer game ever.
Freebies - blame it on my dad's lifelong drive to find bargains; he passed it on to me. Free samples, mail-in rebates, trial subscriptions...I love picking up useful things free of charge. I can spend long, happy hours filling out forms from links to online freebie sites. In the past, I've gotten quite a few tasty food items, a couple of t-shirts, and 2 years' worth of YM and CosmoGirl magazines for $0.
LotR parodies: When I finally (reluctantly) gave in to peer pressure and watched the Lord of the Rings movies in 2003, I was instantly obsessed, which meant finding everything there was to find online, parodies included. My first stop was the Hand Puppet Theater, then mollyringwraith's "Lord of the Rings: Condensed," then I found the Very Secret Diaries...in other words, there are pretty much an endless number of humorous ways to retell the movies, and every single one of them cracks me up. I'm always looking for more...
Sim horse clubs: From 1998-2004 these were pretty much my reason to use the internet. In a nutshell, they're mostly groups of teenage girls putting together websites wherein each member creates a few dream horses to start with, then we set up horse-related businesses and people build web pages describing their farm, hold shows, breed their horses, and generally role-play being stable owners. They seem to be fading from existence now, except for the ginormous websites with their own domain, but my main club consisted of 6-12 tight-knit friends. Why, here it is! It's defunct now, though (despite the lack of an official closing notice).
Female singer-songwriters: I have a hard time explaining what my favorite genre of music is, "adult contemporary" seems to come closest, but this is what I really mean. I like a light pop sound, but above all I desire meaningful and/or poetic lyrics, and I get that style best from women like Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Natalie Merchant, Vanessa Carlton, Tori Amos, and Dido (to name a few). I specify women because I generally don't feel the same amount of emotion coming from male singers, or maybe it's just harder for me to identify with.
Should I feel like doing more of these today, watch this space.