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28 October 2008 @ 01:47 pm
LJ, You Scare Me...  
WHAT are you doing? Refusing to post comments, changing the display around randomly... settle down already! Geez. :(

We had a surprise visit yesterday from someone from back when the kids were in daycare at our local Jewish school. Lauren and her daughter were great friends, and this woman was driving past the house and for once someone was outside! We chatted with her and her daughter, and wished once again that they lived on our side of town. Such a nice family, and we resolved to keep better in touch. Really, the families we met during the 7 years total that our kids were in daycare there are still some of the nicest ever-- our local school was kind of a jolt by comparison!

Cycling: Yesterday, a family was coming the other way on the bike path and I wondered if the person at the rear with the bike trailer was a kid, as it appeared. In fact, yes-- it was an 11- or 12-year-old boy, talking over his shoulder to his younger sister (a clueless big-eyed 2-year-old with a binky in her mouth). So awesome! Best RL big brother I've seen in ages! Such a nice surprise-happy-moment. I love those. :)

Chuck: Oh, Jeff... your 'bizarre' runs even deeper than I thought. And overall I'm enjoying Season Two a lot, but not so much the apparent need for Sara to wear a tank-top at every single opportunity. Last night, she shed a jacket in the middle of hand-to-hand combat, and HalfshellHusband said, "She needed her cleavage to fight?" Yeah... you could make excuses about restricting arm-movement, but why the hell was there yet another tank-top under that jacket? The pandering, it gets old.

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Helen W.wneleh on October 29th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Heh, an awful lot of our lives is tied to people we met through preschool, including the family we spent this afternoon with and the family we split a farm share with, and my daughters are 7 and 10.

Maybe it's because there are so many preschool options and you can really choose a school that fits ones general life philosophy, and thereby meet like-minded people? Or the hanging-about aspect? Or that birthday parties were parent-stay back then?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 29th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Maybe it's because there are so many preschool options and you can really choose a school that fits ones general life philosophy, and thereby meet like-minded people?
That might have been part of it, definitely. We were one of the few non-Jewish families there, but the emphasis was on socializing and playing well with others rather than ABCs/other-book-knowledge. We figured that kids will spend a lifetime being chained to a desk, so why start that any earlier than you have to? Also, it was a very loving environment with low staff turnover, and the kids were paid attention to rather than babysat with television. All to the good!

Or the hanging-about aspect? Or that birthday parties were parent-stay back then?
That probably helped too-- we got to know a lot of the other families really well. But also, many of them were like us-- professional mothers who worked just as the fathers did, and tending to be on the 'older' side as parents. Our local school parents have some of the "Mommy Wars" issues, and a lot of them are a full decade younger than us (which is a wholly different generation, really).

Darn, but I miss the daycare parents! We still keep in touch with a couple of them regularly-- the few on our side of town (heck, some of those families don't even live in the same town. Playdates were a challenge).
Helen W.wneleh on October 29th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Our preschool was a 8:30-1 p.m. non-academic mixed-age coop, 13 kids total, only one teacher and a parent always in the room. Since the day was longer than most half-day programs, it attracts families where both parents work, but one or both are either very flexible or worked part-time. So we had profs, grad students, a nurse, work-from-home internet entrepreneurs, web designers, waiters... There were always a couple of English-language learners in the class, some kids who came in reading, kids who had been kicked out of more rigid preschools - quite a mix. Most of the parents were also older, w/ the exception of the grad students.

I miss it.




CaffieneKitty: hee!caffienekitty on October 29th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
Actually, I was rather impressed with the jacket-off maneuver on Chuck. There's a sort of fighting technique for using a cloak or a cape versus a blade, and so I thought it was cool she'd managed to give herself an effective improvised weapon in mid-combat with the jacket.

It wasn't as well-utilized visually as it could have been during the combat, though, so it didn't show up that that's what was going on as well as it could, but at the same time, Sara is not Jackie Chan, nor does she have to be. :-)

Heh. I hadn't even noticed she was wearing a tank top under the jacket. If I'd been asked to guess from memory, I might have said a t-shirt. I am easily distracted by improvised weapons. ^.^
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on October 29th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
If I'd been asked to guess from memory, I might have said a t-shirt. I am easily distracted by improvised weapons. ^.^
I often am too, and it wouldn't have caught my attention until my husband blurted that out.

Season One was the Wienerlicious costume, which had a short skirt and cleavage, but was a little silly and funny too. This season Sarah seems to have changed jobs primarily to wear the skimpy orange tank top and white pants, and rather than "Oh, she's so pretty" the show is selling more of "Oh, she's so hot." It's a change in tone, and after awhile the obviousness of it gets ridiculous.

I think she might possibly have worn various tank-tops for the duration of this episode- 3 different ones, if I remember. And that's kind of sad-- because women make up a big part of the show's audience (but we're never important, we're always the 'wrong' demographic), and we get tired of having the T&A thrown in our faces.

I prefer the weirdness of the Wienerlicious face-off between Sara and the (undercover) Sandwich delivery woman-- no punches pulled, no holds barred, both of them skilled combatants. SO refreshing from the hairpulling stereotypes we've seen forever.

Now, as to weapons... chairs with pointy legs always come in handy, I think, and have you ever peeked at the "Buy-More" videos on the official site? There's one with Casey and an apple that's definitely worth seeing. ;)
CaffieneKitty: pondercaffienekitty on October 29th, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)
It's a change in tone, and after awhile the obviousness of it gets ridiculous.

Hm. See, and I take that as part of her cover. People are less inclined to remember a woman's face or take her seriously in outfits like that. They see 'pretty/hot' girl and have a set of preconceived notions they apply to who she is and what capabilities she may or may not have based solely on her appearance and demeanor, and when she's undercover being 'girlfriend of head Nerd Herder', that preconception becomes a disguise in itself.

And yes, at the same time, it equals more cleavage time for the show, I guess, but I really never notice. I have a weird kind of mental filter about stuff like that sometimes though. :-)

have you ever peeked at the "Buy-More" videos on the official site? There's one with Casey and an apple that's definitely worth seeing. ;)

I haven't tried. I'm using a ten-year-old mac and have a non-US IP address, which cuts me off from 90% of online show bonus materials from the networks. Which sucks. :-/