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15 June 2007 @ 10:41 am
Friday Facts...  
Mockingbirds are apparently not subject to ideas like "nighttime." There was one going through his repertory last night at midnight outside my BR window. Thank goodness for earplugs! But in general (and no, I don't mean this seriously), I get slingshot-based urges when mockingbirds start their antics during the sleeping hours or when they attack the cats. Territorial little winged monsters...

Cat fountains: I used to think those "eternally flowing waterdish" gadgets were ridiculous and unnecessary. Then we acquired The Whale, aka Fat Baby aka Lightning. This particular cat believes that any water that is flowing is automatically better than still water. Therefore, fresh water in his water dish? Meh. Droplets moving down same-- oooh! Watering can in the breezeway with 3-day-old water that he has just knocked over? Yum-- it's moving! *headdesk*

I never thought I'd 1) Be keeping the toilet lid down for a cat, 2) Have to hide the watering can if it's full or 3) Be saying "Get out of the tub!" or (when I'm in the shower) "Go away!" to a pesky cat.

Last night's SPN repeat: I still love Andy, and still love "He sings it from his hair-- there's a difference." That last great line is undone by Dean later singing and flailing in the car, which just seems so horribly OOC and embarrasses me. Also, Andy's Evil Twin not!Andy still looks like Frodo The Hobbit to me...

New Amsterdam: I may have to watch this show, though I wonder if Highlander fans would tell me that it seems... familiar.



 
 
 
dannywinterlive on June 15th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
dean's flailing in the car seems ooc? really?

i remember, on the rewatch, thinking that oh, hey, with kripke having said that jo/dean was a direction the writers were taking, somebody might interpret that as dean thinking about jo. ha ha! i said to myself. silly fen!

b/c it's clearly (at least to me) that moment when you're in your car, driving somewhere, and you inexplicably find yourself singing dancing queen at the top of your lungs, only to realize that you just heard that song playing over the PA at the mall.

so, y'know. it struck ME as so in character that it hurt a little.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
somebody might interpret that as dean thinking about jo.
My denial-o-meter activates at that, since I'm rabidly anti-Dean/Jo.

But more to the point, he appeared not to like the song (and heaven knows, I don't!). So when that happens to me, I change the channel, not sing along. ;)

Now, the singing in the car would have been different for me if Dean were alone in the car, but with Sam actually there? Yeesh.

Not that Dean wouldn't do it just to annoy Sam. Heh.
danny: rps: jen: heart grew three sizeswinterlive on June 15th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
he didn't like the song, of course not, but songs you don't like can get stuck in your head easy peasy. :D

and dude, you cannot tell me that after all these years, having sam in the passenger seat brooding off through the window is not exactly the same as being all by oneself. hee.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
but songs you don't like can get stuck in your head easy peasy. :D
Oh, the evil-- it is TRUE. I drive them out with other songs, though. Life is too short to have "Kung Fu Fighting" in replay in my head!

and dude, you cannot tell me that after all these years, having sam in the passenger seat brooding off through the window is not exactly the same as being all by oneself. hee.
Even more evil, because-- hahahaha!

Though you'd think the moping would resonate through the car somehow, wouldn't you? Like a big black cloud... ;)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on June 15th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
I would have thought the Angel fans would be explaining why it's so familiar
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Well, is the guy a vampire, though? Did he used to be evil? Because otherwise, crime-fighting immortal makes me think of something else.

Xander: Look out! Angel's evil again!
Angel: Will you stop saying that? I'm not evil. I haven't been evil for a really long time.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on June 15th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
far as i know, he's a vampire, can't be with his true love.

i don't fancy it anyway. only thing i'm looking forward to is the sarah connor chronicles.

i'm off now to find my caps
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
far as i know, he's a vampire, can't be with his true love.

Well heavens-- Angel it is. :0

This is what I get for watching TV commercials with the sound off all the time...
bluesister on June 16th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
I only lived near mockingbirds once but, omg, it freaked me out. I thought a songbird had to be rabid or something to sing at night.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
I knew they sang at morning-- e.g., 3:30 am in the summer (!) because our bedroom at our prior house was right up near that bird's Special Tree. And they never freakin' shut up.

But at midnight? I'd never heard one going to town in the dark, and it kind of threw me.

Plus, I'm worried it's going to take up residence near our bedroom. They are so incredibly prone to staking and defending their territory, and such nuisance birds!
mercurybard on June 16th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
That cat sounds amusing to watch. ;D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
He's something else, all right. Half-Siamese mutt kitty from the pound, with all the bad traits you'd expect from a Siamese cat. Attitude. Trying to bite you when he doesn't want you to pet him. Talking-- OMG, the talking. I had to interrupt a phone call to someone at Chevron to say, "Will you shut up already?"

One morning, I was in the back bathroom and I could hear this thumping around in the breezeway. I thought, "God, who's out there?" And then I realized that the thumping was the cat slowing dragging the watering can out from where I'd purposely wedged it to foil him. He won-- he eventually stuck his head in it and knocked it over. What a freak.

His favorite brainless activity, actually, is chasing flickering light on the kitchen floor (when the sun shines through the trees outside). There's a big scampering fest, because he doesn't realize what the light is.

The other cat is much quieter and snuggly, though her weakness is shoelaces and pencils...
mercurybard on June 16th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
Talking-- OMG, the talking
One of our dogs is half Welsh Pembroke Corgi...and they talk. Then I moved back in with the hound mutt and he decided that he needed to try talking. He sounds like a weedwacker that's trying to gargle as its backfiring.

But if nothing else, the kitty gives you plenty of entertaining stories!

There's a web comic artist (Megatokyo) who had a cat that liked to chew on cords...
girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on June 16th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
I had *exactly* the same reaction to Dean's singing. It was OOC cringe-worthy because Dean would never consciously give Sam fodder with which to mock him. Sam walks up behind Dean while he's singing REO Speedwagon? Sure. Dean bursting out into a sappy love song intentionally with Sam sitting right there?

Uh, no. Just...no.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
Sam walks up behind Dean while he's singing REO Speedwagon? Sure. Dean bursting out into a sappy love song intentionally with Sam sitting right there?

Yes, exactly! I don't think Dean deliberately tries to be an idiot in front of Sam unless he's trying to annoy him. Quite the opposite, in fact-- his inner geek pops up randomly and Sam bugs him about it and embarrasses him. So, being deliberately geeky, and really aggressively so? That seemed wrong the first time I watched it, and it still seems un-Deanlike to me now.
girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on June 16th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
Yep, completely right on with this.

My personal theory is that the massive ANTI-JO backlash was fueled significantly by this one scene. Even though I didn't exactly go on a public anti-Jo warpath, I know I specifically sat there thinking "god, I can't believe they are totally gonna fuck up Dean's char for a romance storyline".

I can't imagine I'm the only person who was annoyed by that. Had they handled it differently, it could have been cute instead of abrasively OOC and people might not have been so vehement.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 19th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
I know I specifically sat there thinking "god, I can't believe they are totally gonna fuck up Dean's char for a romance storyline".
Haha! That's exactly what my reaction to that moment was too!

Had they handled it differently, it could have been cute instead of abrasively OOC and people might not have been so vehement.
My other fandom is Prison Break, and I watched the main character drift into unrecognizability in S2 for the sake of a manufactured romance with a character that many fans wanted but still... there was very little emotional foundation for on his side.

Having Dean become not!Dean for the sake of hooking up with Jo was exactly the kind of thing I feared when her character was introduced. I was hugely relieved when the show backed away from that, and rewatching those episodes where it was lurking... still hate the idea, and how her character was handled entirely.