Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Sweet Potatoes!

It is sweet potato season and for this I am excited.
The Rachel's are playing in Kansas City tonight and I am going and for this too, I am excited. I love the rachel's. At least, I hope I am going because I refuse to pay ticketmaster's extortionate price. An extra $7.40 on a $10 ticket? There is no way in hell. I love the rachel's $17.40 but a girl has to has principles.
Speaking of, I am playing phone tag with a lady from Unity Church where I applied for a copywriting job. I assume she wants to interview me.
I debated long and hard about applying for a position with a religious institution to which I do not belong. I researched the church, I discovered that they ordain both women and gays as ministers, one of my main criteria. Indeed, considers Unity Church to be exceptionally fag-loving. The job also pays quite well and has excellent benefits. So I decided to apply. That said, Unity Church does seem a little weird on the website. But, a Unity church here always has good readings. So does anyone have any insight on this? Work for a church? Even a liberal church?


DaintyDoughnuts said...

Ive never seen Desperate Housewives Ruth, but I will agree with you on the L Word. I too love that show and loath Jennifer character. I sincerely hope that I was not the roommate being eluded to, although I do feel "self concious without being self aware" almost 100% of the time. But Im not a writer, I cant figure out sex with women, and I would never get married anywhere in the state of Nevada.

ruth said...

Don't worry honey, I am alluding to one of my two writer roommates.
I am surprised that you have never seen desperate housewives, being such a pop culture whore.

Erin H said...

Dude, Ruth. Unity Church was MY church! In junior high and high school, that is. I assume the one you're talking about is in OP, and I've been there a couple of times. The only thing I can say about them at the moment is they're wacky. Very wacky. A job with them could be interesting. Go for it!

Bill McClain said...

I'm sure that Unity Church would be delighted that you want to work their for the especial purpose of taking Mamon's share. Supportive!

ruth said...

I KNOW they were your church, Erin. But the one I am talking about is at the eerily named Unity Village in YOUR neck of the woods.
I am pleased to see you still exist.

ruth said...

former neck, that is.

Erin H said...

crap. good luck with that. OP people are wacky, but Unity Village has it's own zip code--they're wackos. even my mom stopped going there.

on a lighter note, if you work there you should seek out the giant dinosaur carcass (or fossil. whatever.) on the grounds through which flows a creek where kristen and i learned the trials and tribulations of damming at an early age.

by the way, i will be back at my former neck next week.

Shawn said...

Ruth, to continue on the Sex in the City discussion ...

I personally found Sex in the City totally overrated, maybe this is because I'm not interested in the clothes, shoes, hairstyles, etc. The thing that I disagree with most in your post is that you say it is a feminist show. I think it had the potential to be so in the first few episodes, but rapidly devolved into a soap opera.

The first episode especially was pretty funny, sociological, etc. The question that I think Miranda asks in the first episode is something along the lines of, "I'm an intelligent, professionally accomplished, attractive woman in my 30s. Why can't I find a man who is the same?" Multiple issues were explored including why men are threatened by successful women, approaching sexual encounters in an emotionally detached way, etc, which were all pretty interesting. But, in the end, I found SITC so disappointing because it seemed they abandoned the sociological/political bent it had in the beginning in favor of "will they get together or not?" and not only that, but Miranda the accomplished lawyer gets stuck with the ugly douchebag who can't even manage to take care of himself, Charlotte gives up her cool job as a museum curator to marry up and have babies, and Samantha ends up settling down in a monogamous relationship. All of these choices are legitimate for anyone to make, but what makes it disappointing in context was that the characters began the show wanting certain things and feeling that they deserved them because they were intelligent, accomplished, and attractive and in the end they are not allowed any of them. To me the message seemed to be that women should cope with these "realities" (the realities being that intelligent women will never find an equally intelligent man (Miranda), you should be willing to sacrifice your career and throw out any expectations you may have of what your partner should be if you want to have a family (Charlotte), and eventually to be happy we have to settle down into a monogamous relationship (Samantha)).

I disagreed with all of this, but ultimately the main reason I disliked the show was that I didn't find it entertaining. To me the content was 1/3 sex and/or body part puns, 1/3 soap opera, and 1/3 references to fashion.

As for them dealing with real issues ... I don't know how many of us have to deal with negotiating the traditions of East Coast old money and or the fact that all our assets are tied up in hundreds of pairs of $1000 shoes. I think Sex in the City was an escapist fantasy where viewers could vicariously buy all the shoes they wanted, have sex with a new, novel person every week (including models), and live the glamourous lifestyle that the .000001% of the population who live in Manhattan and are fantastically wealthy get to lead.

I guess being male, midwestern, and poor, I didn't find much to relate to.

ruth said...

I suppose by feminist show, I meant that the characters were feminists. I don't expect their every choice to fall in line with feminist dogma, but I do expect their decisions not to be blatantly anti-woman like those of the Desperate Housewives characters.
It's true that I don't particularly relate to the $500 shoe purchases or the east coast establishment in general, but what I do find really realistic and inspiring is the friendships of the characters and of the way relationships are portrayed in general.
And to answer to a few of your specific points, I totally disagree that Steve is a douchebag or unattractive. And when Charlotte left the gallery, Miranda chewed her out for it. They didn't treat it as what she should be doing.
And yeah, the ending tied things up perhaps a little too neatly. But it is not anti-feminist to be in a relationship.

DaintyDoughnuts said...

Erin H you had better be reading my blog too!

I cant believe you are still alive!