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Charlie Day Time! *Special Craft Edition*

Spotted these while farting around at work today. After squealing like a little girl, I printed them out and started cutting away. Enjoy the end result.

These awesome little paper crafts can be found here.  And don’t worry fans, more episode reviews of It’s Always Sunny are on their way!

Posted by Wendy.

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Women Matter: Modern Family and Parenthood Tackle (Non)Working Moms

Recently, two very different shows about families – Modern Family and Parenthood – addressed the difficult choices many mothers make when it comes to work and family.

In Modern Family, Claire (Julie Bowen) makes a catch-up date with her old friend, co-worker and business rival Valerie (Minnie Driver).  Claire left her fast track to executive-dom behind after she met Phil and became a homemaker, keeping together a loving yet typically insane household of three kids.  Valerie is single, maintains lovers on different continents and gets news that she’s been promoted and will be moving to Paris while at lunch with Claire.

At first, Claire thinks Valerie must envy her stability but then realizes that she actually pities her.   In her effort to one-up Valerie’s promotion, she invites her over to see her awesome family-life in action.  Instead, Valerie witnesses a house in disarray – kids barely dressed holding liquor bottles, a husband stuck in a porta-potty and bragging about having “taken care of business,” and a rat on the loose.  Valerie high tails it out of suburbia, and Claire gets over her initial embarrassment and anger in a sweet, “Gotta love ‘em” dinner time moment.

Parenthood addresses possibly opting back in.  Kristina’s (Monica Potter) former boss is about to announce her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor and wants her to come to Sacramento to help with her speeches, just like “old times.”  The stay-at-home mom’s initial reaction is to say no – life lately has been intense with her son’s Asperger’s diagnosis and her teenage daughter buying sexy Victoria’s Secret bras.  Her husband Adam (Peter Krause) encourages her and the clearly excited Kristina says yes to a three day stint.

Once there, she feels out of place amongst the 20 something campaign staffers sitting in front of laptops, calling each other “dude” and talking about tweets.  But, her moment of triumph occurs at about 25 minutes into the 43 minute episode during a pitch for an important endorsement.  She uses – gasp – a personal connection, a sense of history and a carefully placed “dude” to lock it in.

With that success comes the offer of a full time job and one of the better pieces of writing the show has seen.  Kristina explains to Adam:  “Honestly, while I was there, I felt so alive…It was like I was being seen for the first time in so long.”  And, Adam, perfect husband that he is, soaks it all in and starts making plans about how they can adjust to become a dual working parent household.  But the plans are too much, and the pull toward family even more, and Kristina decides against taking the job.

I’m not a wife or a mother, but I’m surrounded by women everyday making similar choices and being torn in similar ways.  And I can’t say that I haven’t thought about what being a mom would mean for my personal identity and level of fulfillment, and what working full time would mean for my time (or lack of time) with my child.

I was recently at a More magazine lunch about happiness in a post women’s lib world and when one older high-powered executive asked the younger feminists what they are fighting for, temperatures rose.  Of course, there is still a lot to fight for.  Women make significantly less than men, are severely underrepresented in positions of power and our reproductive rights are constantly at jeopardy – not to mention the horrible abuses that women are subjected to worldwide, from being forced to become child brides to being the victims of the sex trade (see Nicholas Kristof’s “Half the Sky”).

But one issue that the different generations agreed should be a major one to rally around is making life easier for working moms.  There’s a new book by Brooklyn-based mom Sharon Lerner called “The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation,” in which she argues that the U.S. federal government needs to have better systems in place to support moms, including mandated paid maternity leave (it’s alarming to hear that only 42% of moms take off 12 weeks off after giving birth), a public daycare system and solid flex work options.

I’m going to keep tabs on the White House Council on Women and Girls as they tackle these and other policies that’ll help create that “21st century workplace to meet the changing needs of the 21st century workforce.”  They recently hosted a Forum on Workplace Flexibility that seemed to kick things off.

In the meantime, let’s thanks mom this Mother’s Day for her hard work, whether it’s in or out of the home.

Posted by: Mariela

Where Have All The Theme Songs Gone?

“You take the good, you take the bad you take them both and there you have…”  That takes me straight to Tootie, Blair, Jo and the Facts of Life gang and noon sandwiches at home after swimming lessons.

“Here we are face to face a couple of silver spoons.”  That one makes me wish desperately for a rideable indoor train, if only my apartment was big enough.

“I bet we’ve been together for a million years.  And I bet we’ll be together for a million more.”  That was the motherload, Thursday’s Must See TV that welcomed the slow but oh-so-stylish Mallory and the charming and forever young Alex P. Keaton.

In the last month, I even managed to get the theme songs for Disney’s Adventure of the Gummi Bears and Dear John stuck in my head and dutifully song bombed them forward.

Because they are memorable.  Because they wisp you back to a very specific time, when TV schedules mattered and brought people together.  Maybe it’s because I just watched more TV back then?

All I know is that, these days, theme songs have all but been washed away.  Blink and you’ll miss them.  Modern Family’s lasts all of 10 seconds and 30 Rock’s a mere 18.  A quick review of the 15 top rated TV shows last week showed, first off, that only six were original comedies or dramas (the rest were reality TV, the NCAA Championship Game and 60 Minutes).  Of those six, only one could be categorized as good and that one is “Who are You?” written and performed by The Who for CSI.  The rest all sound like a version of the same sort of Muzak.

So…what happened?  Is it a theme song revolt against our multitasking lives, impatient viewing habits and too-quick-to-fast-forward fingers?  Are the writers saying: “Enough is enough.  If you won’t respect us, then we won’t respect you!”

I bet that’s part of it.  And I even bet that shorter theme songs are part of the revolt.  The shorter they are, the harder they become to zip through in order to get right to the storyline.

I zip through them myself, but I do think it’s a shame that we’ll never find ourselves, late at night, having group sing-a-longs to any theme song post 1995.  And maybe that’s being generous?

Posted by: Mariela

Charlie Day Time! Episode 7 – Charlie Got Molested.

Charlie and the McPoyles

This week’s episode is “Charlie Got Molested”, in which the gang thinks that Charlie got molested by his gym coach back in the day, but in reality he didn’t.  It marks the end of Season One for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

I love this episode for two non-Charlie reasons.  The main reason is that this is the  first appearance by the McPoyle brothers, who are so creepy and disgusting that you can’t help but bust a gut laughing just by looking at them.  The second reason this episode is amazing is because it features America’s favorite principal Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins) as the gym coach from Charlie and Mac’s past.

But enough about other people that are not our beloved Charlie Day.  This episode is chocked full of tidbits about Charlie.  So, without further delay, let’s look at some of the things we learned about Charlie in this very special episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

  • Charlie can come up with some pretty evil schemes when he’s wasted.  This is pointed out to Charlie by the McPoyle brothers when he comes to stop them from falsely accusing the gym teacher of molesting them in order to get wealthy off of the lawsuit.  They point it out to him that he was the one that came up with the plan one night when they were all out drinking together.
  • As a child, Charlie was a bit of a psychopath. Mac comes to Dee and Denis and tells them his theory of why Charlie couldn’t have been molested as a child because he wasn’t weak like child molesters like their victims to be.  Mac goes on to describe Charlie as a child:  “… Charlie was a little bit of a psychopath.  He had this thing when he got excited his face would just turn purple and he would start biting things.  I don’t think Murray would have put his dick anywhere near him.”
  • Charlie’s mom calls him her “little gingerbread man”. She states this when she is trying to compose herself, and tells herself to “be strong for your little gingerbread man”.  This is hilarious to me.
  • Charlie has an Uncle Jack.  This isn’t that exciting of a tidbit, except that I also have an Uncle Jack.  Although mine is not creepy, and doesn’t get enjoyment over watching people touch dolls in naughty places.
  • Charlie touched his sister’s vagina. Apparently.  This comes out when everyone is hugging and crying because of the intervention.

That’s it for this week’s Charlie Day Time!  Up next….Season Two and the arrival of Danny Devito!

charlie and the baby

Posted by Wendy

Can You Identify 100 Theme Songs in 10 Minutes?

This is the most fun I’ve had in 10 minutes in a very long time.  

I probably could name about 25 at first listen, but I’m about to break out a pad and pencil (non mechanical) to be sure.

Posted by: Mariela

Charlie Day Time! Episode 4 – Charlie Gets Cancer

I gotta say, for this episode having Charlie’s name in the title, it is very light on the Charlie action.  There is one memorable thing, though, about this episode…I IDENTIFIED WITH CHARLIE!!

I’m shocked by the fact that I started to identify with Charlie, but let’s look at the facts:

  • Charlie crys when alone in his apartment – I TOTALLY DO THIS!!!  When we first see Charlie, Dennis is stopping by to borrow a basketball.  He is questioned why he looks so “poofie”, to which he replies, “Oh, yea, I’ve been crying a little bit”.  This is also a good time to note this is the first time we see Charlie’s apartment.  Charlie, in my mind anyways, scores some point by having the “Trust” poster on his wall.  Considering the episode proves how un-trustworthy he is, it’s a great shout out.  CharlieTrust
  • Charlie never gets laid – NEITHER DO I!!!  Ok…’never’ is a strong word, but whatever.  My main point here is how Charlie’s friends react to finding out he has cancer.  Dee’s first thought is about Charlie and his awesome hair, and how sad it will be for him to lose it.  I have great hair.  I’m known for my awesome hair styles.  I think my friends would get a little sad about me losing my hair, too.  Also, I would hope my friends would gather around and try to get me laid if I ever tell them I have cancer.  Ladies – I give you full permission to do this.  I want some sex before I die.

There were also some adorable moments of Charlie and The Waitress in this episode.  I especially loved the part where Charlie trys to ask her out after discussing her “Live Strong” bracelet.  While asking her out, she walks away from him mid-sentence.  Charlie says softly, “Its not a thing to walk away about…”.  awww….

*Non-Charlie note:  This episode saw the introduction of Artemis.  I tried to find the clip online of her doing her “Coyote Ugly” audition for Dennis, but couldn’t.  She fucking rules!

Posted by Wendy

Say It Ain’t So: Academy Trying to End the Red Carpet?

Is the Academy really trying to convince Oscar presenters not to walk the red carpet in order to keep people intrigued in the show?

You can’t take away an awards show’s red carpet! Awards shows are all about awkward red carpet hosts, fashion credits (i.e. ‘So tell me, who are you wearing?’) and uncomfortable moments (e.g., Gary Busey, Issac Mizrahi’s breast grabbing)!!!

Require all presenters to change their outfit to present if you want  people to stay tuned, but you can’t try to take away the red carpet.

Posted by: Lisa