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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16620 on: July 10, 2020, 10:17:29 am »
Truth be told, I was never that big into Bewitched.   I liked Samantha, but Darrin and Endora annoyed the hell out of me.

I loved Bewitched. Back when it was still on in primetime, it was a big issue in my family for a while. It was on at, like, 8 p.m. and my dad was really adamant that my brother and I had to go to bed by 8. So I was always really upset (if only they'd had DVR -- problem solved!). Finally even my grandmother suggested to my dad (her SIL) that maybe he could just let me watch it. So finally, he did.

What I didn't realize at the time was that Bewitched is a perfect allegory for pre-feminist marriage, and not just because Darren has a career and Samantha's a housewife. (The first episode was in 1964, the year after Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique was published.) Darren is head of the household and makes the rules. In one episode, Samantha has to ask his permission to buy a new coat and he refuses for some reason. (That episode is also interesting from our perspective: After he refuses the coat, Endora casts a spell making him extremely stingy. At one point, he goes into the office and is horrified to find his secretary wastefully using just one side of pieces of scratch paper when she could write on the backs. Now it would be the other way around!)

Most telling, Samantha has these great powers but under Dareen's rules was required to keep them under wraps at all times.

That Girl, which I also loved, started a couple of years later, running immediately after Bewitched. It was very feminist. So the two shows were like "before" and "after" bookends.





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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16621 on: July 11, 2020, 03:30:29 pm »
Hiya BetterMost friends.



Weather here in NJ has been crazy yesterday and today.

Yesterday we spent the day being pounded by Tropical Storm Fay.  The rains started around 10:00 in the morning, and kept on for about 10 hours or so.  The coastal areas suffered flooding.

This morning things seemed calmer, it was partly cloudy.  Then, about 90 minutes ago, it got dark and heavy rains pounded us, and we had thunder and lightning.  Then it stopped for about 15 minutes, and then a new storm happened, and then it stopped, and then just a few minutes ago, it happened again.  Now, we have sun.

I went to a friend's new townhouse today.  My former supervisor (but still my coworker) and her twin 6 year-old girls have been living with her mother and younger brother in their townhouse.  It was cramped, and she needed more space for both her and the girls.  I was talking with her on the phone Friday (yesterday), and she told me that they've officially moved into their own place, and I know what she went through to get this townhouse.  She worked with multiple programs in the state to get all the first homeowner benefits and deals that she could, and she visited multiple homes for them.  Finally, her bid was accepted and when she closed, it was a big deal because it happened during the whole Covid scare, and it felt like it was never going to happen.   Then there was the drama of finding a moving company to help with the move during the pandemic, and a delay with the girls' beds.

Anyway, I spoke with her on Friday and she tells me that there is an issue with their dining room table, and it won't be delivered until the end of August.  They were making due by eating on the floor, picnic style.  I knew this would get real tired really quickly, so I told her I had a folding banquet table that I was not using, and I was willing to bring it to her today.  She was extremely grateful, and I got to have a quick tour of her new place.


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16622 on: July 11, 2020, 03:53:41 pm »
I loved Bewitched. Back when it was still on in primetime, it was a big issue in my family for a while. It was on at, like, 8 p.m. and my dad was really adamant that my brother and I had to go to bed by 8. So I was always really upset (if only they'd had DVR -- problem solved!). Finally even my grandmother suggested to my dad (her SIL) that maybe he could just let me watch it. So finally, he did.

What I didn't realize at the time was that Bewitched is a perfect allegory for pre-feminist marriage, and not just because Darren has a career and Samantha's a housewife. (The first episode was in 1964, the year after Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique was published.) Darren is head of the household and makes the rules. In one episode, Samantha has to ask his permission to buy a new coat and he refuses for some reason. (That episode is also interesting from our perspective: After he refuses the coat, Endora casts a spell making him extremely stingy. At one point, he goes into the office and is horrified to find his secretary wastefully using just one side of pieces of scratch paper when she could write on the backs. Now it would be the other way around!)

Most telling, Samantha has these great powers but under Dareen's rules was required to keep them under wraps at all times.

As a kid I 'got' that this was how households were expected to run, but it just seemed so wrong to me.  Darrin always had to be right, and be in charge.  As for Endora, I didn't like her attitude that Darrin was beneath her.

I do remember an episode later in the show's run, when Tabitha was around.  Darrin had wondered aloud if it would be better for Samantha to go public about being a witch, and she used her powers to give him a dream to show him what could happen, and he wok up and decided that it should stay secret.

That Girl, which I also loved, started a couple of years later, running immediately after Bewitched. It was very feminist. So the two shows were like "before" and "after" bookends.




Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16623 on: July 11, 2020, 03:58:44 pm »
I'll always remember one episode where Endora told Samantha that the closest Samantha would ever get to Bermuda was an onion.  ;D
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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16624 on: July 12, 2020, 01:50:31 pm »

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16625 on: July 12, 2020, 01:51:07 pm »
As a kid I 'got' that this was how households were expected to run, but it just seemed so wrong to me.  Darrin always had to be right, and be in charge.  As for Endora, I didn't like her attitude that Darrin was beneath her.

It seemed wrong to me, too. My own family wasn't quite that rigidly traditional. As for Endora, I think she's just kind of the stereotype bitchy MIL who won't mind her own business -- except in this case she has powers.


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That is hilarious. I wouldn't have remembered the opening scenes on my own but watching that I can see that it's an exact recreation of it, shot for shot -- the mannequin winking, the hair messing, literally every single shot -- except with some goofy stuff thrown in.

I'm not the hugest fan of that show in general, but when it comes to musical satire, I tell you, between that and "Ding Fries Are Done," it's genius.




 

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16626 on: July 12, 2020, 05:18:18 pm »
Hilarious!

That is hilarious. I wouldn't have remembered the opening scenes on my own but watching that I can see that it's an exact recreation of it, shot for shot -- the mannequin winking, the hair messing, literally every single shot -- except with some goofy stuff thrown in.

I'm not the hugest fan of that show in general, but when it comes to musical satire, I tell you, between that and "Ding Fries Are Done," it's genius.


I'm glad you both liked it!    Family Guy appeals to my sense of the absurd.  The things they do on that cartoon just make me laugh.  One of my faves is Bobby McFerrin (Don't Worry, Be Happy) falling down the stairs.




Then, someone edited it to make it last for 12 minutes.  I've never watched the full 12 minutes, but the fact that someone did it wrecked me for a while.





It was just like when someone did a 5 minute loop of the teacher from the Peanuts cartoons talking.  I will admit I watched the 5 minutes of it, laughing, and then made it my ring tone.





Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16627 on: July 12, 2020, 07:05:30 pm »
It was just like when someone did a 5 minute loop of the teacher from the Peanuts cartoons talking.  I will admit I watched the 5 minutes of it, laughing, and then made it my ring tone.

Great idea!



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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16628 on: July 15, 2020, 03:24:06 pm »
Hiya BetterMost friends.




How is everyone doing?

Well, it's hump day here.   I got through the first two days of work rather easily, and got caught up on everything I needed to.   Today has actually been slow/quiet, so I'm happy about that.  ;D

Have to go out after work and pick up some groceries, and then on Friday I'll get the rest of my order.   This month is a three paycheck month, so a little extra funds in the savings account this month, which is always a bonus.

I'm debating a day trip to the Jersey Shore next month when I'm on Stay-cation again.  Of course, I will have a mask and gloves, and I won't be lounging on the beach with crowds of people, but we'll have to see how things are going at that point.  If the numbers are really spiking again, I won't be going.


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16629 on: July 18, 2020, 02:44:05 pm »
Hiya BetterMost friends.




I hope everyone is well and having a good weekend!

My day started with a rude awakening.

Awakened from a deep sleep by my apartment buzzer at 5:00 am (after going to bed at 1:00 am).  Thought it was a dream, then the buzzer rings again.

I quickly get dressed and quietly go downstairs, and see a woman through the windows by the door, I have no idea who she is.

I open the door and she is very apologetic, saying she must've pressed the wrong apartment, she meant to ring apartment #4.  I told her I live in apartment #4.

She says she's looking for Raymond in apt #4, building #30.  I tell her that's the next building down.  She apologizes again and runs off.

Went back to bed, but didn't sleep well, now I'm gonna feel tired the rest of the day.

Have a social distance gathering to attend this evening, at some friends' backyard.  I'm bringing a platter of fruit, with some fluff and cool whip mixed together as one dip, and some Nutella and cool whip mixed for another dip.   I included some pound cake that I'll cut into large chunks to dip as well.

I also got a bunch of wooden skewers so people can pick up the fruit, and can toss it and use another to get more fruit, if they choose to.


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!