Monday, November 23, 2009
The Truth In Advertising
After all the Mad Men fan fare has died down with the season finale, I've finally caught up enough to realize that Don Draper bears an astonishing resemblance to Michael Steadman, the ever earnest advertising exec on thirtysomething. Mea culpa --I watched thirtysomething with a fervor that bordered on religious. True to my ever dull Taurean nature, I'd tape the show on Tuesday nights while watching it and then watch it again before high school on Wednesday morning. Most of the girls I knew who watched it (and they were not many, let me tell you) were into Gary, the hippie professor who didn't believe in grading and called apartments "Orwellian nightmares." But I couldn't really dig Gary who always seemed to be mooching food and whining. I accept that everyone whines from time to time, myself included. But I don't know -- men on television whining work my nerves for some reason, so I could never get behind Gary as a dreamboat.
Ken Olin, though, was dreamy for all the same reasons Don Draper (John Hamm) is. They seem like adult men in a television world populated by teenagers. To be fair, so does Tom Arnold and I've not gone all swoony over him. But there's something about that tall, dark, handsome, brooding, married man trying to think up another jingle that makes everything better. And Don Draper is even cooler than Michael Steadman was. I think it's the era. The eighties were a bit of a wash all around, but the sixties were all good clothes, scotch, and deep pronouncements about the future. By the eighties, we'd seen a bit of what that imagined future was and all it seemed to be was Frankie Says Relax t-shirts and fluorescent socks, as if we wanted to be brighter if not smarter.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked." --The yoga sutras of Patanjali
Any favorite Thanksgiving cocktails?
Benedictions and Maledictions
Thanks for the well wishes! Feeling much better. Happy Monday!