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31 January 2012 @ 10:19 pm
Portland Looms...  
I'm flying up to Portland on Thursday for my sister's wedding. Here's hoping it's fairly dry while I'm there.

In a followup to the Dr. visit about my thyroid levels, I had a bone density scan last Friday. The guy who checked me in at Kaiser said he thought I'd been there before, and he was right—I'd had a mammogram there in October. Funny that I didn't remember him, because he kind of sounded like Dr. Zoidberg, from Futurama. ;)

Thanks to urging from many on my f-list, HalfshellHusband and I started watching S1 of Sons of Anarchy. I suspect the show would be less popular if Jax weren't such a hunk and so conflicted about the group's more violent leanings. Because otherwise, it would just be a show about a sociopathic motorcycle gang. I really like Katey Sagal in this (she's scary), and I'm always happy to see Jay Karnes get work, even as a wacko. Nitpick: the show's set in California, so for the love of god, WHY hasn't someone cracked down on that East Coast pronunciation of Nevada? Nobody out West says that! It's appalling.

Oh, and since I'm up late, let me rant about Flashpoint which is on the Ion network again. At this time of night, I'm ready for reruns of Criminal Minds or Burn Notice or Psych or 30 Rock. But Flashpoint is a show about nothing, full of people dressed in black riot gear and talking on headsets and carrying big guns. Half the actors look like the same person. How is this show even on, let alone being repeated in syndication? Gah!

Special Offer: Free 100-word drabble to the first 5 people to respond. Pick a prompt and any of my fandoms (or suggest ones you know I've watched) and let's see what happens. Go!

alienmomalienmom on February 1st, 2012 07:18 am (UTC)
if the offer is still open, how about raising hope...since you got me addicted and all..hehe
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 1st, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
I'll give it a shot- probably tomorrow. Got a prompt? :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
Okay, yours is finished now.

Hope you like it!
Jas Massonjasmasson on February 1st, 2012 07:29 am (UTC)
Matt and John: Blue

Enjoy Portland!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on February 8th, 2012 08:15 am (UTC)
Yours is ready now.

I hope you like it. Thanks for playing!
Jas Masson: merlinjasmasson on February 9th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
Nononono. Thank you! ;)
Chat Noir: what? erik charkes what?master_chatnoir on February 1st, 2012 07:31 am (UTC)
If you're still watching Fringe, what about the (current) alternate universe version of *our* side's Olivia/Lincoln? Or in other words, Blonde ponytail no-bangs Olivia/New Fed-in-training spectacle-wearing Lincoln? If that even makes any sense. I suspect not. ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 1st, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
I'll give that a try, though I'm about 3 episodes behind, so the last one I saw featured Peter advising Lincoln to may try some contacts or something.

I do know what you mean-- our "current" alternate universe is a little different from the "our" universe of the last 3 (4?) seasons. Which only makes the show more intriguing. :)
nrrrdy_grrrl on February 1st, 2012 10:11 am (UTC)
That is the best description of Flashpoint ever!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on February 1st, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaha! Thank you!

I'm always SO disappointed when I turn to Ion and that's the show that's on instead of one of the other rotators. My God, it's the most useless thing ever, and the "look" of it is so riddled with sameness.

Meanwhile, shows like "Reaper" and "Pushing Daisies" get cancelled. Why oh why? :(
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN the impala is homedeirdre_c on February 1st, 2012 10:23 am (UTC)
SPN. Sam/Dean, breakfast in bed

the key of the day and the lock of the night: SDWeatheredlocknkey on February 1st, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
I'll just double up on this request. :)

Have a good trip. <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on February 27th, 2012 07:30 am (UTC)
Finally, finally, I squeezed into 100 words and found a title:

Your Schmoop, It Is Ready.

Thanks for the prompt!
cindytsuki_no_bara on February 1st, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
>>Because otherwise, it would just be a show about a sociopathic motorcycle gang.<<

pretty much, yeah. altho as it goes on it becomes more a show about a sociopathic motorcycle gang leader.... and i do think there's more to it - it's about sons and fathers (and mothers :D ) and family history and all the ties that bind, as well as being fairly specifically about bikers - but there's a little thread of sociopathy, definitely. charlie hunnam's actually british, which might explain his pronounciation.

ooh, a free drabble! how about burn notice, sam and the ladies. (i follow bruce campbell's twitter. he's kinda fun.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 7th, 2012 08:18 am (UTC)
If only the British guy were the only one saying "Nuh-vahh-duh"! But it's pretty much the whole cast. No excuses for that. :0

Your drabble is ready! Hope you like it!
brigid_tanner: Sons-Jax-underwear no shirtbrigid_tanner on February 2nd, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
I started watching Sons of Anarchy for Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal and William Lucking. *Then* I noticed Jax :) And Chibs. And Juice...but the story kept me coming back. It's way more violent than what I usually watch, and I'm alternately fascinated and repulsed by it. Maybe cause the characters are some of the most real I've ever seen on tv.

Flashpoint annoys me mostly cause I want to like it, and I'm pissed that *this* is about all Hugh Dillon has done since he broke up The Headstones cause he wanted to concentrate on acting. I so wish he'd stuck with singing. With The Headstones, cause the "solo" thing he did wasn't great. Pretty boring....kinda like Flashpoint.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on February 2nd, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
Wow. I didn't want to notice Jax, because I'm the anti-biker, but he's hot and the tinge of soulfulness doesn't hurt.

Ron P. is really good in this, though I find him a turnoff. Katey is fantastic, and I'm not that familiar with William Lucking so I'm more struck by the irony of the badass former gang leader having a perpetual oxygen feed.

I've loved some shows that were pretty violent, and it mostly has to do with the writing and the characters. "Oz" was not as violent as I'd expected, and the writing and cast were phenomenal. "The Shield" was way over my comfort-level on violence, but god-- the writing! The actors! Fantastic drama right to the end of Season 7.

"The Sopranos," OTOH, started to seem like nothing more than glorified sociopathy to me, and I have issues with that. So I gave up on it mid-S3, I think.

I don't even know who Hugh Dillon is, but perhaps he should have stuck with the singing. :D
brigid_tanner: Sons-tatbrigid_tanner on February 3rd, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
Ron is great in the show...I totally hate his character! LOL! William Lucking has been in lots of things, but what I remember him most for is a very short-lived show back in the early 80's called "The Outlaws". A gang of old west bank robbers and the Sheriff who was chasing them were suddenly transported into the present day. Where they set up a "detection agency". It was corny as hell, and I loved it.

Shame you don't know The Headstones. I'll see if I can find anything on YouTube and post to my page. If you feel the urge to look them up on iTunes, my favorite song is "Three Angels".

Never got into The Sopranos or The Shield. But I think there are a lot of The Shield alumni working on Sons.
nodressrehersalnodressrehersal on February 2nd, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
No way! I really like Flashpoint! I can't believe I'm admitting this in light of your scathing review, but seriously - I try to catch it every week.

I can't even watch commercials for Criminal Minds, I find that show so disturbingly creepy, but Flashpoint - there are happy endings, they always come to the rescue!

I like that they wear riot gear - I got so sick of looking at cleavage and pole dancers on CSI! And seriously, who looks like anyone else in this picture: http://www.bizbash.com/newyork/gallery-images/?id=18560&ord=4

Wow. Struck a little t.v. nerve there, I guess!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on February 2nd, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
I can't believe I'm admitting this in light of your scathing review, but seriously - I try to catch it every week.
Well, I figured SOMEBODY must be watching it. I can't get past the too-same-looking cast, and so I tend not to turn the sound on... which REALLY makes every episode look the same. :0

Criminal Minds was a show that I kind of hated in S1, and so I'm surprised to enjoy it a little bit in syndication. I didn't like Reed's character (the Boy Genious archetype really wears thin with me), and I even didn't like Mandy Patinkin in the show (and I _love_ Mandy). Something was off in S1.

CSI... I passed on that because of the gore-factor. I would like to have loved the drama on that show, but I just hate the level of realism in dealing with burns/rot/maggots/etc. It's so depressing.

So, consequently I missed the cleavage and pole-dancers, which is never my thing and tends to bug me. I support your hatred of that in all forms! It panders to the male audience and blatantly insults the female audience.

The three bald/short-cropped guys all look very similar to me, and you'll note-- they ARE half of the cast in that picture.

This isn't to say that all bald men are similar. Bald isn't my thing, but my heart speeds up for Patrick Stewart, Terry O'Quinn, and Mitch Pileggi. And I know that the first two, at least, do NOT look better with hair.

Sorry about hitting the nerve! I'm sure there's several shows or books I'm gaga over that you probably think are the biggest waste of time, ever. :D
nodressrehersalnodressrehersal on February 2nd, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
No worries - I honestly don't know a single person who watches Flashpoint, but it's one of my favorite laundry-folding shows. I don't like fantasy or science fiction, so that eliminates a lot. And I don't like stoopid sitcoms, so THAT eliminates a lot. And I don't like most reality tv shows, so THAT eliminates a lot.

I used to like CSI (original only) but lost interest after a few years. I think I already said this in another tv topic post, but I love Parenthood - that's my new favorite hour show. When nothing good is on, I'm still making my way through my dvd set of all the seasons of Homicide.
hurricanes & heartachesrejeneration on February 2nd, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC)
I hope, if you're still there, darling, that Portland is lovely. =D ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 2nd, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
I hope so, too! The wedding should be beautiful (Groundhog Day theme), and it should be dry today.

It's all the rain/frizzy hair stuff I hate, and I don't want to deal with that on a day I'm supposed to look good. Or wear a dress, because rain on nylons is ewwww.

Miss seeing you around! And i have a comment to respond to, still. Hope my sister has wireless going at her house. :)
Rosie: SPN - Dean waterrosie_spleen on February 3rd, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
Hope your trip is lovely and your sister's wedding is great. Love to get away for a wedding.

Re Sons. Glad you're watching. Interesting about Jax, bc I don't like him much until about season 4 and even his hunky looks don't do it for me in the earlier times.

Love the fringe element of outlaw living and Katey Cigar is sensational as Gemma (maybe it's the middle-aged matriarch feel, and the toughness). Also love the supporting sons like Opie and Piney.

Enjoy x
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on February 27th, 2012 07:33 am (UTC)
and even his hunky looks don't do it for me in the earlier times.
Ah, so clearly he wasn't the immediate draw.

Even _I_ notice the hunkiness, and that's despite his being blond (which usually doesn't register much for me).

We finished S1. Think we're going to try S1 of Justified, and see where that goes. We liked S1 of SoA, but I'm stuck on feeling that almost all the characters are trashy and sociopathic, which tends to eventually become a problem for me. Usually. But we'll see!