Wednesday, April 18, 2012
1. Three intelligent, successful, well-spoken, intellectually intimidating and militantly pro-women's rights ladies came over to my house on Sunday to watch the premiere of the TV show Girls. I made a comment/joke about how one of the female characters had an extraordinarily comical body and it went down like the Hindenberg, except with more flames. As did my attempt to liken my joke to a similar thing I might say about Will Ferrell's extraordinarily comical body. But what really sealed my fate was when I accused them of being reverse sexists. Or was it when I told them to quit their whining and go bake me a cake? I forget. Hell hath no fury like a staunch feminist in the presence of a feeble minded male. I never stood a chance (and I'm still waiting on that cake).
2. For the record, Girls was brilliant, and I can't wait for the next episode. If you're not in America, stream it online. (Plus it features a blogger cameo – I see you Alexi Wasser.)
3. Although I'm working hard on getting over my grass is always greener on the other side approach to life, it has recently occurred to me that a little of it is necessary to drive you to succeed. You can get too comfortable in your current position and that's never a good thing. New philosophy: The diamonds are under your feet, but they're a little shinier elsewhere. After all, if you're standing still, you're going backwards.
4. After re-reading the Twilight books this past weekend, I have come to the conclusion that Bella is the second most infuriating female character ever created, after Carrie Bradshaw, but before Nicole Oakley.
5. The above round the world in 10 days video by Casey Neistat is the most inspiring and exciting thing I've seen in so fricken long. Thanks to Gala Darling for tipping me off to it.
6. And this Hallensteins TV commercial is the raunchiest thing I've seen in so fricken long. Kiwis getting sexy. I wonder how many Broadcasting Standards Authority complaints they got for this. Potentially NSFW. Undoubtedly not safe for watching when your mother's standing behind you. (Sorry Mum.)
7. Another thought on that whole unrequited love subject from yesterday – the adage, "He's never going to buy the ice cream truck if you're giving away popsicles for free," is 100% true, but it doesn't just relate to sex (or to men). If you're giving a guy or a girl all the benefits of a relationship – companionship, attention, affection, support (and, yes, sex) – without demanding any formal commitment from them, you're fighting a losing battle. Who is ever going to turn around and say, "Hey! This whole quasi-relationship thing is working extremely well for me because I don't have to commit, I can go out and be with other people without any real repercussions, and I know that you'll always be there no matter how badly I treat you... but let's formalise it anyway!" The answer is nobody. Don't ever put yourself in that position. If you're already in that position, get out of it immediately.
8. Best email I received all week: "I DO NOT WANT MY FUNERAL TO BE THE ISAAC HINDIN MILLER SHOW!!!!" In response to this innocent message I sent a friend: "Just so you know, if you die, I'm totally going to MC your funeral."
9. Toto is the world's greatest soft rock band of the 70s and 80s. Start here, try some of this on for size, slow things down with this and finish on a high with Africa. You can thank me later.
10. I called someone an idiot on my blog two days ago, and now I feel bad about it. To the anonymous commenter who managed to get under my skin with her messages about why New Zealand females shouldn't have to talk to strangers: Congratulations – it doesn't happen very often. Also, I'm sorry, I overreacted. Friends?
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