An Aside  

MissAnnThrope 56F
11679 posts
9/24/2005 9:41 pm

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An Aside

My life is so very exciting that I spent tonight in the local laundromat. Yes, I know how to live.

The TV was on. They've stepped into the 1960s with TV reception there and only the VHS stations come in. There was another woman doing her wash and she was glued to the TV. So, I was stuck sitting through, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." She had the sound up so high, I couldn't even read and try to drown it out.

Now, I hate chick flicks with a passion. I think they're detrimental to women's psyches. My opinion of them has not changed. But what I have to say after watching that, if I had a family like that, I would have killed myself before 16.

bardicman 50M

9/25/2005 11:27 am

I would have liked to met you several years ago, My ex-wife and my previous girlfriend only got one channel on TV and that was lifetime. I have watched so many hours of Lifetime that I think I am growing a Vagina.....
Chick Flicks... Sometimes I still catch myself......

I am not dead yet

MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
9/25/2005 2:55 pm

bardic, I think I would have killed myself. Or at least gotten a TV for another room. My idea of a chick flick is "Blood & Donuts" or "Dance of the Damned."

This story goes way back. Years ago, my best friend was living with his girlfriend who was addicted to "Beauty & The Beast." Remember that show? He told me what went on, but I didn't believe it until I saw it for myself.

We always went out on Friday nights, so he could escape that hell. Every Friday night, her mother and sisters came to visit, to sit there and watch it. Well, the one Friday night, he was running late. So, I was invited to hang with his g/f and her family in the living room while he got ready.

Dead silence was required while that show was on. Even during the commercials. I tried to say something during a commercial and I was told, "shhhhh!" The commercials. It was a 20 minutes of hell I still remember. It was incredibly surreal.

pseudohippie 49F

9/25/2005 10:14 pm

MissAnn, you may or may not know this, but I'm a good Grik girl. Well, half Greek. But I have a giant Greek family, all of whom were offended by that movie (although my mother half-jokingly said she liked the idea of painting a Greek flag on the garage door--so far, she hasn't, whew). What do you expect from a bunch of MIT valedictorians? (Really, my Greek side is filled with them, while my Mayflower descendent side are barely-literate garbagemen...but that's another story altogether.)

Anyway, I, however, was not offended...I mean, c'mon, it's a parody. There were some truths to the movie, even if there were a lot of falsehoods. Here are a few.

Greeks do not believe windex can cure everything.

Greeks do not drink copious amounts of Ouzo as a rule.

Greeks are kinda loud and at a Greek dinner, there are usually 238429834 conversations going on at once.

Greeks do believe the Greeks invented everything. Every word, every storyline, every major idea. Well, they've got a good point there, but still, that was centuries ago. (One note: I do notice that currently there are comparatively more famous Greek-Americans per capita than other ethnicities that are equally as small a percentage of the general American population.)

Not all Greek women are hairy and ugly.

Not all Greek men are fools, but many are Mama's boys.

Although it often appears otherwise, not all Greeks own or work in diners.

We don't all have big weddings.

We don't all hate Xenos (means "stranger" in Greek), although my grandfather wasn't all too happy my mother married a WASP. (Another side note: my father is an absolutely wonderful man and my Grandfather is dead.)

Lastly, I'm not even that sure the film is really a "chick flick." Maybe that's my Grik girl bias, I don't know.

rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
3656 posts
9/25/2005 10:29 pm

if you had the family from greek wedding, you couldn't have killed yourself because your dad would have revived you with windex. i feel for you though with the b&b thing. blah!


SensuousWoman3 55F
3106 posts
9/27/2005 11:01 pm

I agree with Bard -- want to make me miserable? Lock me in a room with the Lifetime Channel (with the exception of the biographies). The way I see it, all the leftovers from the now defunct Love Boat are now featured on the Lifetime network. I have friends that are addicted to those syrupy, cloying "life dramas." What's worse? There are now TWO Lifetime stations. If I wanted a Hallmark moment, I'd buy a card. ~~eyes rolling~~

MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
9/30/2005 3:01 am

pseudo, romantic comedy in my book is a chick flick. However, I consider "Thelma and Louise" to be a buddy movie. It would translate with two men in the lead roles. I'm glad to hear it was all over the top though. And what do you mean, not all Greeks own diners? All NJ diners are owned by Greeks!

tires, I think I would have devised a Windex proof death. Like pouring gasoline over my head and lighting a match! And thanks on the "Beauty and the Beast" thing. I mean, Ron Perlman was STILL ugly in the makeup, just not as ugly. But those women were so into the fantasy... Hard to believe Columbia offered that woman a full scholarship.

Sensuous, there are TWO Lifetime Channels now? OMG... I bet my cable company carries both, (Like I'd notice.) but doesn't bother to carry the Horror Channel. *sigh*

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