Wednesday, August 23, 2006

the hilarity of truth


Check out what I just got in the mail from Kiddo, fantastic little one that she is:

If you could be labelled, how would your fact sheet read? Perhaps your friends would say you supply 83% of their RDA for fun. Your boss might laud your 9 g of industriousness (per serving). Your dog would proudly declare that you're 100% perfect in every way.

But your parents...ah, well. Did you take up the career they wanted you to? Marry that girlfriend they liked so much? Do you visit them on a regular basis? Failing that, do you call?

Eh, even if you did do all those things, it still might not satisfy their expectations for your performance. Acknowledge their irritation with the shirt that tells the world you are, in fact, A Constant Source Of Disappointment.

No, that's not me in the shirt, that's a picture from the website where she bought it. Ironically, if I was to wear this shirt in front of my mother, I might get the old "that color isn't very flattering on you." Ya think? Even my darling uncle Al said upon our last visit: "I'm glad you're the one with all the piercings and tattoos; every family has a black sheep and I'm just glad it's not one of my kids." Awwww. Feel the love!!!

Double feature tonight of The Devil Wears Prada and Little Miss Sunshine!

3 Comments:

Anonymous Uncle Al said...

Now, now. The black sheep comment was just poking fun at you and your mother and my sister. (That's only two people for the unenlightened.) You know you get unconditional acceptance in the Barclay house.

.begin rant.

Save the $8 or whatever. Little Miss Sunshine has its moments, but I'll put on my old fart hat and say that it's sad that when people, including movie makers, can't think of anything intelligent to say or write, they drop an F bomb. And i know that in today's world, it doesn't always mean what it's always meant, but please. It was ridiculous.

And don't bother giving me any of the "post-modern, ironic, speaking to our generation" crap. I ain't buying it. They took what could have been a nice little movie and did whatever they could to get the "R" rating. Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, Drop Dead Georgeous, etc. did it much better. "F" doesn't always stand for funny.

.end rant.

August 23, 2006 12:52 PM  
Blogger krysten said...

you know, my mom and i are the black sheep in our family too...with our piercings and tatoos....but honestly, i think we're the only "normal" ones.

August 23, 2006 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

I loved both movies, Jamie. I felt like LMS got a little formulaic at times, but overall, I still think back to it 10 days after I've seen it. And the way movies are today, that's a plus in my book.

As for Devil Wears Prada... everyone's been raving about Meryl Streep. And she should be raved about, don't get me wrong. But what blew me away when I left that movie was Anne Hathaway. Streep does Streep, and she does it like nobody else. But Hathaway seriously lights up every scene of that movie. She's not especially "hot" (in the Hollywood sense, although I think she's beautiful), and she isn't the most powerful actress in the world, but DAMN if you aren't glued to every scene she's in. Whatever that Q-factor is... she's sure got it.

Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

August 24, 2006 9:41 AM  

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