Parks & Rec 2-5: Tu te entierras en tu trabajo porque tu eres infeliz en tu vida personal

This episode, y’all. It’s a throwaway episode in many ways, but I literally had to pause and do some deep breaths at the Hillary Clinton quote.

Plot: The parks team from Pawnee’s sister city in Venezuela visits, giving Continue reading

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That ten-concerts meme

First off, for those of you expressing how sick and tired you are of that nine-concerts-and-a-lie meme all your friends are posting?






For those of you posting slightly more legitimate posts questioning why so many people are hopping on board this meme, I have some thoughts.

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On Jeff Varner, prejudice, and absolutely instant regret

There are incidents in all of our lives that come back to us over and over. I believe it’s because we haven’t finished fully wringing out their meaning, and I’ve been revisiting one of mine a lot in the last year or so. I’ve considered writing about it, because when I write I often surprise myself with my own thoughts. I haven’t found a way that made sense. I don’t want this to be a confession because I’m not seeking absolution. And I didn’t want to write something that sounded like a clickbaity “The Time I Said A Racist Thing” article you’d see on Upworthy.

And then this morning I watched the clip of Jeff Varner outing Zeke Smith on Survivor this week. (That link, by the way, is not a link to the Survivor clip; it’s a link to Zeke’s piece on the experience, which is incredibly good reading, even if like me you quit watching Survivor after you got tired of Rupert. The Survivor clip is through-linked in that article, but you should read the article.) Continue reading

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Parks & Rec 2-4: Dirty secrets

Plot: A local politician’s sex scandal prompts the crew to try to gather dirt on each other. Leslie is extremely anxious about her impending first date with Officer Sanderson. She humiliates herself, but Officer Sanderson declares the next day their second date and saves the day. 

Deep Thoughts: I hate the knowing-what-happens with Officer Sanderson, because these episodes are reminding me how much I loved him for Leslie when I first watched the series. He’s awkward and adorable and so kind.

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Mea Culpa… and nothing else

I wrote an *excellent* blog post in the shower this morning. It was funny and witty and original. I hit upon the delightful idea of comparing the back-and-forth on the internet this week between women of color and white women to a fight — a major fight — between two people in a relationship. That thing when your partner has really hurt you, really betrayed your trust in some way, and you know they really want to fix it, but you’re just not ever sure it can be fixed. I was going to pitch white women as the offender, naturally. I was going to empathize with the uncertain, hesitant WOC who want to forgive their partner (they could choose the other way, of course, but then the conversation’s mostly over) and aren’t quite sure what they need to make that happen. I was going to ask WOC to help brainstorm what it is that we, my white sisters and I, need to do to make this happen.

I was even, God help me, going to acknowledge that it’s a shitty thing to do, to make the hurt party also outline how to do the rebuilding. Continue reading

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Parks & Rec 2-3: Mehhhh

Plot: Leslie judges a beauty pageant. Tom is unlikable. Ann and Mark *zzzz* sorry what? Leslie and Officer Sanderson dance around each other.

Deep Thoughts: I know the writers still hadn’t found their footing yet, and had been told to totally rethink the way this show worked after season 1. I know these things. But this episode is a reason people would have quit watching. It makes me want Continue reading

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Parks & Rec 2-2: Manifesto on police violence, or tone-deaf artifact?

Episode: 2-2 The Stakeout

Plot: Leslie and Tom discover marijuana growing in their new public garden. Ann goes out with Mark. Ron has a hernia. Tom gets arrested when he and Leslie try to run a stakeout.

Deep Thoughts: One of the ways it’s going to be weird to recap a show I’ve already watched at least once is that it’s hard not to know what I know about the characters and apply that knowledge retroactively. In fact, I think it’s impossible and not even necessary. We know Officer Sanderson ends up being the kind of guy who doesn’t take no for an answer in one of those “Hollywood thinks stalking is cute” situations, and that makes me dislike him pretty strongly. I’m a fan of consent in general. But Continue reading

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Parks & Rec: 2-1 Pawnee Zoo

Plot: Leslie accidentally marries two male penguins. Mark hits on Ann. Andy is living in the pit and stalking Ann. 

Deep Thoughts: I love how dated this episode feels. It’s only from 2009, but I think it would play differently today, when gay marriage is legal and apparently “established legislation.” I mean, I’m sure some family values group would totally get worked up about a city employee performing a gay penguin marriage ceremony, but it would have a lot less weight now, and that’s delightful.

Your Related Link For The Day: Meet Zoo Atlanta’s Gay Flamingos and Their Chick.  You’re welcome.

Ann is Mean: Given how much I love this show, it’s amazing how I feel about Ann. In that I don’t like her. I range between disliking her Continue reading

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I know it completely won’t matter but

A letter to CVS Caremark*, on the occasion of my prescription’s increasing 1009% in one month, because I had exhausted my “one trial month” and now need to switch to either mail order or a CVS store: Continue reading

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Hillary’s child sex ring and other YOU ARE A MORON

pizzaToward the end of the campaign I saw a couple of my Trump-enabled acquaintances refer to Hillary as a pedophile. I didn’t even ask, because by that point their rants were so nonsensical as to not be worth my time. So I didn’t even know this was a thing.

Now I would like to say: JESUS CHRIST. Really? Really? A child sex ring? REALLY? Continue reading

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