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06 May 2008 @ 05:58 pm
 
Cycling: Saturday I got stung during my ride. At first, there was some doubt (which is unusual). I felt this "Ow!" through the front of my shorts, and though I saw nothing there and pulled the shorts away a few times, it still hurt for about a mile or so. Later, I saw the tell-tale mark on the skin. And almost exactly 24 hours later, itching like blazes! Cortisone ointment stopped it, until 24 hours after that: more itching! The silver lining is that my last bee-sting 18 months ago over the eye (which made my eye swell halfway shut and resulted in three days of steroids) raised the possibility of having become allergic to bees. This latest result points to "not allergic"— at least, not in the dangerous way.

In other news, May is national Bike-To-Work-Month in the U.S. Those of you who've been around awhile know that this always makes me ponder the possibility of biking to my office, which every prior year has come up as impossible. This year, though… I see a glimmer of possiblity! I found the pedestrian overcrossing for the Interstate last year, though I didn't like the look of the neighborhood on the office side much. But it looks as if I can arc around the edges of it without adding too much distance. As is typical, the bike route from my office to home is easier than the other direction. This has to do with how people get to the freeway- I don't want to bike across any intersection where people are getting onto the freeway. Hoping to try this out on Thursday, in preparation for "Bike To Work Day" the following Thursday. 18-20 miles one way. :0

Brothers And Sisters: I watch this show because it follows Desperate Housewives (which I used to like a lot more than I do now). B & S (note the meaningful initials!) is too much of a "soap" for my tastes. I used to tune in for the boykissing and the Rachel Griffiths character, because I cannot stand the Sally Fields and Calista Flockhart characters on this show. They're so neurotic, they give me stress. Now I’m down to the boykissing (Kevin, played by Matthew Rhys), because the Rachel Griffiths character's story arc bugs me now (probably the appearance of Steven Weber, whom I cannot stand). There's a younger druggie brother, who has every "baby of the family" issue known to man (which means my patience for him is limited). There's another brother whose name I never remember, because his story is "meh" and he looks like a watered-down version of Liev Schreiber. But the boykissing does not disappoint. Sunday's was loving and wonderful, and is in preparation for a new approach to a stock ratings ploy. (!)

If for some reason you haven't read Your Friends Are Not Watching the Same Show You Are (And That's Okay), I highly recommend it just as an interesting take on the idea that what we see in a show is in large part due to why we watch it in the first place. Our filters affect our perceptions, which is why I've been disappointed with the "Michael and Lincoln" show the last couple of years while viewers of the "Michael and Sara" show were mostly happy until early Season 3. And also why the "boy!Clark Kent" show faded off when it became the "Clark and Lana" show and then the "Lois Lane" show and now the "Supergirl" show. Oy.

Though I'll still love you no matter what, unless you start going on about Deal or No Deal being television genius. That might be the final straw. ;)

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girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on May 7th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
I dunno...DoND *did* have an awesome Star Wars episode last week.

;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 7th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
I dunno...DoND *did* have an awesome Star Wars episode last week.
*glchhh* *hrrkk* !!!

*de-frenz* :0
cindytsuki_no_bara on May 7th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
you're going to bike 18-20 miles one way to get to work? are you crazy? (signs point to yes.)

*ahem*

maybe i should be wishing you good luck instead.... bike to work month is actually a pretty cool idea, altho i imagine it's impractical for a lot of people.

>>and is in preparation for a new approach to a stock ratings ploy. (!) <<

so instead of having two girls kiss, they're going to have two guys? :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 7th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
bike to work month is actually a pretty cool idea, altho i imagine it's impractical for a lot of people.
As it's been for me since I moved to Sacramento. For the longest time, my office was on the other side of a major freeway, with the only access being along the busy road with no shoulder and a deep ditch OR via gangland. Since we've moved, the damn freeway is STILL in the way. But there's the possibility of getting there now that I've located the pedestrian bridge crossing the freeway. Funny thing is, technology is what made that possible-- the "Aerial view" on MapQuest instead of the "Street view" is what helped me locate the thing. For years, it's been invisible because cars cannot drive on it, so it doesn't show up on maps. :0

There's a guy at the office who has biked 18 miles one way for years. I finally realized that if I can bike 30 miles in one stretch, and often bike 24-26, then 18-19 one direction is not impossible. Though the commute home will be a struggle, I imagine. ;)

so instead of having two girls kiss, they're going to have two guys? :D
Hahaha! I remember that first ratings ploy from like, FOREVER. But no-- the guys have kissed many times (whoo!). The ratings ploy is 'wedding,' which is a perennial favorite, and this time it's a m/m wedding instead. Which will not go over as well as the other, probably in large part because of the lack of froofy dresses that seem to make women love TV weddings so much. But who knows-- maybe it's the emotions they like most of all. In which case, the show's firing on all cylinders there. -ish.
Rosie: michael aviatorsrosie_spleen on May 7th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Hello, young woman; it's been a while and I hope everything is well with you and yours.

Thanks for the link to the article. I read it with interest and found myself agreeing with much of it in theory. The main thing I love about it are the words in the title 'And That's Okay' - because really? It *is* tv and our perceptions are our own, so we all watch it for the most enjoyable aspect, it's hoped.

We may disagree about it - 'and that's okay' - but one of the most important things is probably to watch for entertainment. If that's not happening, then it's something we can switch off...unlike parts of our real life.

I laughed at this Karen: because I cannot stand the Sally Fields and Calista Flockhart characters on this show. They're so neurotic, they give me stress.

I don't watch the show because of the white light CF makes me see, but the fact their characters 'give you stress?' LOL. Like kids!

Take care,

Rosie

edited because I used a disturbing metaphor, lol.

Edited at 2008-05-07 03:25 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 7th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
so we all watch it for the most enjoyable aspect, it's hoped.
Exactly-- whichever reason it is that we ARE watching.

Since I don't share many fandoms with that author, some of the article was a little confusing except for the "Bela and Ruby Show" (which I fear Supernatural might turn into!), and then the "Chloe Sullivan is Awesomesauce Show" (which, though that's not the flavor of 'Smallville' I used to watch, it's a flavor that has lots of appeal!).

I don't watch the show because of the white light CF makes me see
The rage kind or the insane kind? Or something else entirely? :0

Like kids!
Actually worse-- at least kids have an excuse for being so immature! But it's true-- major neurotics give me stress, and rageaholics give me stress. Even stupidity is easier to take. ;)

edited because I used a disturbing metaphor, lol.
;) Trying to avoid competing with me, eh? :D
Rosie: Michael Millerrosie_spleen on May 7th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
The rage kind or the insane kind? Or something else entirely? :0

Calista makes me a little of both! Generally, I like Sally, but I hear she is quite annoying in B&S.

The article was quite topical for fandom at the moment, and it was written humourously which is wonderful. It managed to be inoffensive in its use of humour, so this is an added bonus : D

But it's true-- major neurotics give me stress, and rageaholics give me stress. Even stupidity is easier to take. ;)

LOL. Lucky you are buffered from all this at LiveJournal ; )

You never write disturbing metaphors, dearest, you are the Creator of the Correct.

Thanks for the chat! Keep well.


The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 7th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Generally, I like Sally, but I hear she is quite annoying in B&S.
It's like fingernails on a chalkboard. The only thing worse is when she and the Calista character are going at it, because it's The Evil Times Two then. Unbearable.

It managed to be inoffensive in its use of humour, so this is an added bonus : D
I love good humor, especially when you can use it to make your point even better. Even though I wasn't familiar with most of the shows she was talking about, it was very clear what she meant.

I'm fairly certain there are fans of "The Theodore Bagwell Show", for instance, who do in fact wonder why the lead doesn't have more screentime. ;)
Harley: Martha mirrorcrimsonkitty88 on May 7th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
The article? Thank you for that. *laughs head off*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 7th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
Wasn't that funny? I mean, it's obvious that many of us are getting different things out of the same shows, but no-one's ever painted the extremes quite so well:

Some are watching the "Rose Tyler Show," and are vexed at the continued absence of the lead.
Hahaha! I don't even know the show, but I know exactly what she means by that.

Then of course there are the "Your Grasp of Basic Science Makes the Baby Newton Cry Show"
Argh-- I've personally witnessed many installments of that one. "Oh my god, the airlock is opening!" "That's okay, just grab onto something. It'll keep the vacuum of space from sucking you out of the ship." As opposed to sucking the lungs out of the inside of your body? "Oh no-- the planet's gravitational pull is too strong!" "That's okay, just turn the wheel really, really hard!" ;)

I also know what she means about "The Explosions" show being a favorite of her husband's, no matter what channel it's on. Even MY husband loves that show, when he hasn't rat-holed into some random PBS documentary. ;)
Harley: Billie David grin xmas specialcrimsonkitty88 on May 7th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Some are watching the "Rose Tyler Show," and are vexed at the continued absence of the lead.
Hahaha! I don't even know the show, but I know exactly what she means by that.


Hee hee. I'm a dedicated viewer of that show *points at icon* and am often confused as to why nothing has been done to fix this slight problem of her being absent.

I LOVE 'The Explosions Show'! Well most of the time... More often I tune into the 'Plot and Characterization' show. *grins*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 8th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
More often I tune into the 'Plot and Characterization' show.
Me too-- drama (as opposed to MELOdrama) is so hard for me to resist. Or snark/bizarre comedy.

Although I have severe problems with "The Maggots and Burned-And-Rotting-Flesh Show," so all of the CSIs are off-limits and 'Bones' is pushing it for me a lot of the time. :0
Harley: Are You Watching? Supernaturalcrimsonkitty88 on May 8th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
Although I have severe problems with "The Maggots and Burned-And-Rotting-Flesh Show,"

agreed though I usually handle CSI and Bones fairly well. We'll just have to cover our eyes tomorrow night for the new SPN ep. GAH!
happy is as happy does: TV addicthappywriter06 on May 7th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
And also why the "boy!Clark Kent" show faded off when it became the "Clark and Lana" show and then the "Lois Lane" show and now the "Supergirl" show. Oy.
I left in the middle of the "Clark and Lana" show. Couldn't take it anymore. I might've hurt someone had a stuck around for the "Lois Lane" show. I couldn't stand her.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 7th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
I might've hurt someone had a stuck around for the "Lois Lane" show. I couldn't stand her.
She was a pushy, unmitigated beeyotch who was mean to Clark (while taking over his bedroom for no good reason, because it was convenient for her to move in on his family). But mainly, having the show become about her rather than Clark was the final blow. I started to have issues with "The Clark And Lana Show" in S3, though the early part of S4 let up a little and then abruptly became "The Lana Show," wherein I watched while doing other things. Caught sporadic parts of "The Lois Lane" show in S5 (because sometimes it was "The Magnificent Bastard Show"!!), but that was really the end for me. I've only heard rumor of "The Supergirl" show, but I haven't watched it.

What's sad is that when "Smallville" started, I tuned in thinking that the idea couldn't possibly fly and immediately got sucked into it. Angsty!Teen!Clark, and the audacity of having him start out being friends with Lex Luthor really hooked me, because you knew where that was headed in the long run. And I loved that Clark inspired Lex to be a better person, along with the implication that Lex was still on the fence then and had Clark been a better friend (and not randomly, "Lex you're evil, everyone says so!")... Lex might have turned out differently.

I loved the idea that, even if only through neglect, Clark might have had a hand in creating his worst enemy.
happy is as happy does: I know right?! - Mean Girlshappywriter06 on May 8th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
She was a pushy, unmitigated beeyotch who was mean to Clark...
Exactly! Every time she came on screen, I groaned.

I started to have issues with "The Clark And Lana Show" in S3...
I got into the show around the end of S2 into S3. I watched S1 in reruns, borrowed a friends S1 DVD set only to give the show up a season later because I was getting sick of it. And I liked Clark and Lana in the beginning.

I meant to watch the show from the beginning because I was intrigued by the premise. If the show had kept on track, I'd kept watching.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 8th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
If the show had kept on track, I'd kept watching.
Oh, me too. The cast was good, and I'd still be there if the show were more about Clark (and he were less of a dingbat) instead of about romance/some-random-character instead. :(
Genevieve: boxed in by sezmsgenevieve on May 8th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
If for some reason you haven't read Your Friends Are Not Watching the Same Show You Are (And That's Okay), I highly recommend it just as an interesting take on the idea that what we see in a show is in large part due to why we watch it in the first place.

Oh, how funny. You're actually the third person on my flist who has posted this (first PB friend, though) and each time a whole slew of folks have agreed that it's all true. And I'm going to join them and say, yes, that's exactly how I see it, too. We all watch for different reasons, and what disappoints and frustrates us might go totally unnoticed by the next person in the fandom.

Though I'll still love you no matter what, unless you start going on about Deal or No Deal being television genius. That might be the final straw. ;)

Heh. Game shows and I are not friends. *g*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 8th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
You're actually the third person on my flist who has posted this (first PB friend, though)
I only saw it via the Supernatural fandom, which is why I posted it (for the PB folks, or those who might have missed it). You watch Torchwood, which is mentioned in the article, so I'm not surprised you saw it.

Funny, I don't watch Torchwood, but if I did I imagine I'd be watching the "Jack and Ianto Have Hot Monkey-Sex Show" and more regularly the "MonsterAlien?-Of-The-Week Show" (because I personally like that format and have no issues with it, unlike seemingly the entire rest of the world).

Heh. Game shows and I are not friends. *g*
I like Jeopardy, but I'll admit-- that's where it ends. Gameshows, soaps, sitcoms, gah. There's a lot of television that I just can't tolerate. :0

Edited at 2008-05-08 04:29 pm (UTC)
Genevieve: ten rose squee by quarkzmsgenevieve on May 9th, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
I'm actually not a huge fan of Torchwood, despite my love of the universe in which it's been created, and I'm not sure why. I suspect it's due to John Barrowman's overacting. *g* I'm actually a Doctor Who watcher from early childhood, though, and it was two of my Who friends who posted the link.

Not only do I hate game shows, I despise reality television with a passion, much to the horror of most of the young kiddies at my work. LOL.