Jim Cutler (Harry Hamlin) and Lou Avery (Allan Havey) in Episode 5
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Last week (The Monolith) and this week (The Runaways), the dominant emotion was fear, mainly fear of being not needed.
The Computer (aka the Monolith) threatens to wipe out the creativity of the office and eliminate jobs. Marigold (formerly Margaret) no longer needs her parents, husband or son to be “happy.” Peggy is afraid of not being respected enough, especially now that she got a major raise and Don has to report to her.
Don is afraid that his greatness has been forgotten even though he sits in an office that wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for him. Continue reading
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Finally. Betty Hofstadt/Draper/Francis is back. She’s slim and trim and taking the path of least resistance when it comes to parenting in this latest episode of Mad Men (7.3 Field Trip).
Bobby’s comment (after swapping her sandwich for gum drops) was pretty telling: “I didn’t know you were going to eat today.” And hang on, she must have been in the bathroom for a helluva long time for Bobby to have eaten and traded her sandwich. Maybe that warm cow’s milk didn’t sit well with her, or maybe she’s incorporated purging prior to lunch into her weight loss routine. Continue reading
Ted Chaough (Kevin Rahm) and Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) in Episode 2
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Nobody was happy this week on Mad Men (7.2 A Day’s Work). People were getting and not getting flowers, being total jerks, and sort of going to funerals.
The two African American actors on this show (Dawn and Shirley) are admired, ignored, despised and dispatched in one day. They’ve figured out the key to keeping sane at work early on in their time there.
Dawn says, “Keep pretending, that’s your job.”
As in, pretend your boss isn’t an idiot. Pretend you like what you’re doing, or at least you don’t mind any of it. Continue reading
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Mad Men season 7 episode 1 (Time Zones) reminds us that whether you are in California, at a drug-fueled orgy, or punching the clock, the world is full of assholes.
Peggy’s an asshole too. But to be fair, her life is so shitty that she gets reminded of actual shit everyday by the kid with the plugged toilet.
She shits all over Freddy Rumsen’s idea which is actually Don’s idea. Being a total asshole can happen to nice, miserable people. Continue reading
I am currently obsessed with the Organic Saigon Chai from David’s Tea, so much so that I accidentally bought $40 of it. Anyway, every morning when I put the tea in my tea ball strainer thing, I hear the voice of Catherine Earnshaw saying, “Is he going to have some of tha tea?” (Remember they’re in the north of England, hence the “tha”.)
She was bitching about the narrator honing in on her precious tea supplies.
It never fails. I always hear her, every goddam morning.
I read Wuthering Heights when I was 12. Must’ve been some heavy imprinting. Crap.
When I was 16 I would go to used bookstores. One day I picked up a leather bound copy of “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman.
I remember having it on me at the mall one day, and I was reading it sitting on a bench, surrounded by crowds. I was reading “I Sing The Body Electric”, and I felt the earth open up beneath my feet. I had never read anything that made me feel the immensity of life’s possibilities before. It changed me.
This ad moves me and gives me chills similar to how I felt all those years ago.
As I was paying for my parking ticket this morning the machine told me to press the green button to accept my purchase.
As I did I thought, “Wait! Isn’t this horribly discriminative against people who are red/green colourblind?
And then I saw the big “CANCEL” and figured that if the colourblind can drive but can’t read then they’re on their own. I tried.
I was a teen in the 90’s and this means I didn’t have a camera with me all the time. Cameras were rarely pulled out of the drawer in the living room and film was expensive to buy and develop.
I remember my Grama’s freezer had quite a few rolls of film in little black cylinders.
One day on a whim I got them all developed. I can’t even remember what was on them — why is that you wonder? Because without taking a photo of that moment, I don’t remember it. Continue reading
Every day I take Kimi outside and tie his leash to a post in the garden. There’s a lilac tree 10 feet away where I’ve hung a bird feeder full of seeds.
Every day Kimi will sit directly underneath the bird feeder, expecting the pretty sparrows, wrens and chickadees not to notice him there. That is – he did that everyday until today when he discovered that he could hide in the garden and plan his hunting strategies from there.
See if you can spot the kitty in the pictures below. Continue reading
I’ve been knitting cat sweaters lately instead of blogging (sorry). I saw Megan Draper (on Mad Men) wearing this sweater in the Tale of Two Cities episode :
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and I thought – wouldn’t that be cute on a cat? Continue reading