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20 March 2012 @ 09:41 pm
From the couch of perpetual snores...  
... seriously, these cats never shut up. :0

So, yesterday went downhill shortly after I posted. I struggled to get some information for our hardware team, and then it was back to bed. I lost the whole day to fever and dizziness, and missed my chance to bike on the first sunny day in a week. But I felt better late in the day. I read some LJ Idol entries, and I went in search of Justified slash. Ahem.

So, this was a surprise (put down the torches and pitchforks, and stop reaching for the "defriend" option)... I found a community for the above, but about half of it was devoted to Tim/Raylan slash. My first thought was, Wait, not the actor, right? and then, Or is Tim a character on the show? Because 'Tim' turned out to be the bland-looking guy who always makes me think, "Huh. So, I guess he's still around." The character does have a personality, but he kind of looks like nothing to me, so I'd completely forgotten about him. But I don't feel so bad, because HalfshellHusband didn't know who he was, either. Rachel, Art, Bo, Arlo—yes. 'Tim,' no.

I also woolgathered about shows and movies, and my favorite characters in them (and a fic meme about that from ages ago). Often my favorite character is what you might call "The Crank": Walter on Fringe, Fin on L&O:SVU, Sam on Burn Notice, Mozzie on White Collar. There are also a lot of other shows, including Justified where the main character is kind of a crank, and thus my favorite (House, Iron Man, Dean on Supernatural). I must love snark and cantankerousness far too much. :0

I did get our Spring Break motels booked over the weekend. San Francisco is excruciatingly expensive, and the daily parking charge is highway robbery. But it is what it is. Not unlike the harangue that's going to come in the city itself, as I try to balance Lauren's interests (shopping) with the entire rest of the family's (museums, zoo, not shopping). Yurg.

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realpestilencerealpestilence on March 21st, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of Justified before, and so have no idea who Tim is (or anybody else). /0\


I'm rather fond of oddball but ultimately good-hearted characters, especially the ones with hidden depths. The bad part is that those characters are all too often the ones that get mishandled by the writers, and played for laughs and/or any -isms/phobias out there.


I hope you enjoy San Francisco. I'd love to see some of the local architecture there, all the pretty old rowhouses; and the area is supposed to have some nice scenery. I'd be in the "yay, museums!/meh, shopping!" crowd, too. :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 21st, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
"Justified" is a cable show (FX network, the people who brought you "The Shield"). It's kind of gritty, and very character-driven, which is always good in my book. Plus, Timothy Olyphant (the lead) is fairly gorgeous.

The bad part is that those characters are all too often the ones that get mishandled by the writers, and played for laughs and/or any -isms/phobias out there.
Yes-- I like some depth in these cranks, but I don't want them to just be the Comic Relief Dwarf (as Dave Barry referred to Gimli in the LOTR movies). One of my favorite L&O:SVU episodes featured Martha Plimpton acting her ass off (and she'd bugged me for years) in a story that inadvertantly revealed a whole lot of background into Fin's character. I love Fin.

I'd be in the "yay, museums!/meh, shopping!" crowd, too. :D
Hee! Yes, my idea of San Francisco shopping is going to Chinatown to look at stuff. I.e., window-shopping in a district that is atmosphere itself and its own experience instead of... actual shopping. ;)
Kristenpixiebelle on March 21st, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
San Francisco is so expensive, it shocks me. My boss travels there almost weekly so I book his travel and I'm used to it now... But wow. </p>

I also do market analysis there and look at apartment rents. I thought living in Southern California was bad! $300 a month JUST for your parking spot! Almost $2000 for an apartment without one.

Ouch.

Have fun on the trip!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 21st, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
$300 a month JUST for your parking spot!
That used to be my target apartment-rent price in college. :0

My husband and I used to go to SF a lot before we had kids, but we rarely go there now. Mostly day-trips, because it's a bout 2 hours drive awya.

But for Spring Break, we won't want to drive back every night. Having never looked at the cost of hotels there, it was really a shock. $200 a night to stay in a single double-queen room? Holy cow.

And now, of course, you have to consider the whole bedbug factor, so you can only lower your target price so far. Yikes.
cindy: fangirltsuki_no_bara on March 21st, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
i am somehow not surprised that you stumbled upon a lot of raylan/tim. (was the rest of it raylan/boyd?) i really like tim but there's not a lot of him, so you're forgiven for not remembering who he is. :D

i hear you on the tv cranks. a lot of the time they're my favorite characters too. art's a crank. he's probably my favorite secondary-character-who-gets-a-lot-of-screentime on justified.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on March 21st, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
The rest of it was Raylan/Boyd, which is what I was looking for. But Tim? I had to run that through my personal anti-filter and decided that he probably appealed to younger viewers (who might not notice Raylan's age, because the actor is so handsome, but otherwise would skew younger). And also, that most people are less prone to overlook blond men than I am. Hey, unless the guy is really handsome and/or charismatic, he'll tend to fade into the background for me. /o\

art's a crank. he's probably my favorite secondary-character-who-gets-a-lot-of-screentime on justified.
Mine too, for exactly that reason. That was one of the things that took me from "okay so far" to really liking the show-- Art cutting loose with the snark. More, more, more!
Danmuchtooarrogant on March 21st, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Hope you're feeling better now!

Yay for San Francisco vacation. I say, "Make the shopping one suffer," but that's just me. *evil grin*

Dan
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 21st, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
I say, "Make the shopping one suffer," but that's just me. *evil grin*

That's pretty much how I feel about it, because come on.

We'll go to Chinatown one day, and make a concessional trip to Ghirardeli Square. But otherwise... no way.
dragontatt: Boyd- damn gooddragontatt on March 22nd, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
Tim - aka Gutterson - is pretty cool even though he doesn't seem to be around too much. He's an ex-sniper (Army Ranger) and in one ep in season 2, he's at the bar when Raylan and Winona go out on a date. People *swear* he was there with a guy and that it has to mean he's gay, so there's that at least...

But I am a Boyd fan all the way...that man makes freaking melt, I tell you what.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on March 23rd, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
He does seem pretty cool, it's more the "OMG, so sexy! Inorite?" kind of response that utterly eludes me.

Boyd is completely getting under my skin. We're just 3 episodes into watching S2, and I ache for him. He's so lonely and friendless, and trying so hard while everyone doubts him-- especially Raylan, who is (from what we know) the only person besides Boyd's mother who ever loved him. The man needs a friend, and I know he's going to crack, which makes me feel all the worse for him.

Glad there are other Boyd fans out there, too-- you brought your A-game icon to the discussion, even! \o/