Why “Friends” is Amazing

The Blog Project, Day 2

I’m realizing that, in writing a blog, I feel this weird pressure to write about things that are deep, intelligent, witty, or somehow earth-shaking…but when I think about it, that sounds pretty pretentious.

And I’m definitely not interested in being pretentious.

Case in point: Over winter break (which feels like eons ago) I went to this meeting that was billed as a FREE (very important factor for a college student) conversational French group. Being a French nerd and wanting to practice my French over vacation, I decided to go…and found myself in a small room in my local community center, surrounded by women over the age of 60 discussing (wait for it) plant sex. That’s right. Apparently the whole group had decided to read this book called “Les langages secrets de la nature” by Jean-Marie Pelt (or “The Secret Languages of Nature”). It quickly became very uncomfortable, as the author began to describe the details of orchid reproduction in very flowery, romantic language. The so-called “conversation group” became a slow, tear-inducing form of torture, wherein each of us had to read the book, paragraph by paragraph, out loud in front of the group. I learned very useful key vocabulary, such as “étamine” (stamen), which will, no doubt, be useful at some point, if I’m lucky.

So because I really want to avoid talking about pretentious things like orchid reproduction on this blog, I will instead write about a lighter subject… the TV show “Friends”.

Despite the fact that this TV show was created before I was born, I recently discovered it on Netflix over winter break, and now I’m hopelessly addicted. I decided to confess this addiction to my parents, and it turns out that they are also fans of the show. In fact, my mom watched it when she was pregnant with me. I’ve decided that this basically means I was pre-natally destined to become a fan.

And with that, here are the reasons why I like “Friends”.

1. The episode titles. Each one starts with “The One ____”. A few of my favorites: “The One with East German Laundry Detergent”, “The One with the Thumb”, “The One with the Dozen Lasagnas”. Dedicated fans will notice that these are all from Season 1. That’s because I’m still on Season 1.

2. Chandler’s facial expressions

3. 20 minute episodes. These are the perfect length, because they are just long enough so I feel like I have actually watched something, while short enough that I can fit them into my schedule.

4. The theme song. It’s just catchy. “I’ll be there for you…”

5. Phoebe. Enough said.

That’s all I have time for right now- until tomorrow!

-M

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Why I Hate Blogs…

…and why I want to start one.

Blogging has always bothered me because it has become so trendy, so much so that for a while it seemed like everyone had a blog- from that cat crazy neighbor down the street to that guy who works at the gas station. It’s always the same spiel: “Check out my blog!” Shameless self-advertizing, and often the results were disappointing. Either the blog hadn’t been updated in years, or it was so poorly written that no one wanted to read it anyway, or it was so mundane and/or self-absorbed that it was painful to read.

I could go on.

The point is, that I don’t want to write a blog like that. The reason I’m starting this blog is not because I want people to like me more, or to comment on what I write, or even like what I’ve written (ok, to be honest it would be nice if someone liked it). This blog is for those thoughts that I have when I’m on walks and I don’t have a piece of paper, when I see something so beautiful and astounding or so shocking and horrid that I feel this innate compulsion to sit down and write about it.

It’s for that reason that I’ve decided to keep this blog quiet for now. I’ve never written a blog before, and so maybe my desire for anonymity arises from a selfish desire to avoid total public failure…or a desire for freedom. I’m not sure which one it is yet.

Keeping in line with this concept of anonymity, I also don’t really want my personal identity floating about on the Internet. While I may drop little details about my life, I want to keep my private life separate from my blog one for now, so please respect that.

Phew! Day 1 of the Blog Project is complete- until tomorrow!

-M