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Last night at dinner, a friend revealed that he'd been creeped out by an episode of Little House on the Prairie when he was little, and had never been able to watch the show again. However, somehow he had no idea that there was a series of books! He'd never heard of them! This is the guy who's been lending me all the Sandman volumes, so he's not culturally illiterate. Maybe he doesn't have any sisters.

Another friend and I were discussing all the different incarnations of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys (and the Bobbsey Twins!). I claimed that the original, old school Nancy Drew were the best Nancy Drew, because the Casefiles were really poorly written mysteries. (Also, they maybe threw too much romance into it? At this point I don't remember why I got so annoyed.) However, the Casefiles version of the Hardy Boys* were the best Hardy Boys, because in the original series they were insufferable do-gooders. Anyone see what I'm saying? Or is this just a function of when I read the various series? (I read the original ND in 4th or 5th grade, but not the original HB until a bit later.)

I also claimed that I have this history of trying to watch a show, and sitting down to what is later considered to be one of the worst episodes ever. The one episode of Star Trek (TNG) that I saw was one where they couldn't control the temperature in the spaceship -- it would get really hot, and then really cold, and then back to hot again. It was really stupid! The first X-Files episode I saw was a really stupid and boring monster of the week, although I did try that show again. The first Doctor Who I saw was the one in London in 2012, with the crayon monster who's taking people, or something like that. And the first Veronica Mars I saw was the one with the school election, and maybe that's not considered one of the worst episodes of the first season, but I decided I could not handle the high school setting.

(I tried watching the Shakespeare episode of Dr. Who, because I heard really good things about it, but couldn't get into it, either. Doctor Who and Veronica Mars are two shows that on paper, seem like they'd be right up my alley. I have no idea why I don't really like them in practice.)


* We were reminiscing about how unexpectedly intense they were. "The girlfriend was killed in a bomb! And the terrorist fell to his death!" "Right! Because the hand was bloody and he slipped out of his grasp!" The eeee! was totally baffled by this, because he's just old enough for those to be after his time.
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It's 1973. My mom graduates from college and gets a nice job. When she buys her first new car, she buys a Mustang, because when you're 22 and the only woman in your office in 1973, you kick a fair amount of ass and you deserve that Mustang.

Two months later, a semi runs her off the road and the Mustang is wrecked. Not totalled, but never the same since.

Now it's 2005, she's married to the guy in the dorky golf pants from that office. So she buys one of those new Mustangs that looks like the old ones, in a cool steely blue color, because she's worked hard for years and the kids are out of the house and college tuition payments are almost over.

Two weeks later, someone hits her parked car in a parking lot. GAH! It pretty much just scraped it, but there's a dent and it took some of the paint off. It can be fixed, but STILL. Egad.

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I've also been watching a bunch of first-season episodes of Gilmore Girls, most of which I hadn't seen. I know that Gilmore Girls has often been criticized for an unhealthy relationship between Rory and Lorelai, but it never really bothered me. Now, however, I see that it must have been toned down by season two, because there is a lot of role reversal in the beginning of season one. Rory waiting up for her mom to get home from a date in "Paris is Burning"? Lorelai picking a fight with Rory in "Kill Me Now"? Yikes.

The season one Lorelai-Emily relationship still lurches from icy to tentative to warm and then back to icy again -- and of course, nothing changes in the later seasons. Perhaps it's realistic, but as it's my favorite relationship on the show, I always just want to shake the two of them for being so damn stubborn all the time. And after the way season 5 ended, I don't have any high hopes for them being friendly again any time soon.

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I also finished reading Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, by Chelsea Cain, which was cute. I was a huge Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys fan, so I enjoyed the gentle skewering of Nancy as someone who just always misses the big picture. This was great:
I put on my most dazzling smile. "Hello," I declared brightly, "I'm looking for Ned Junior. Please tell him that I have come to call on him."

The youth blinked several times. "Mom?" he asked.

I examined the youth for clues. His hair was titian. "Ned Junior?" I asked. "Is that you?"


Hee. There were also complicated subplots involving the Hardy Boys and Tom Swift, which amused me as the Hardy Boys Casefiles has them working for a secret CIA-like agency. At, you know, ages 17 and 18.

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