November 11, 2005

Days Of Our Office Lives

Filed under: IM Madness — Twin A @ 3:57 pm

[14:42] drplacebo: i can’t get anything done today
[14:42] twinc723: me neither
[14:42] drplacebo: we watched too many buffys last night
[14:42] drplacebo: i’m hung over
[14:42] twinc723: lol
[14:42] drplacebo: i just want to kill vampires
[14:43] twinc723: i’m reading about pat robertson threatening dover, pa, and the public’s response to it, either “that’s disgusting” or “you’re an idiot”
[14:43] drplacebo: threatening them with going to hell?
[14:43] twinc723: he said “if something horrible happens, don’t turn to god”
[14:44] drplacebo: nice
[14:44] twinc723: it was interpreted by the media as “God’s gonna make something BAD happen to you”
[14:45] drplacebo: if pat robertson actually has the speed dial to God, we’re all fucked.
[14:45] twinc723: pat robertson has the speed dial to a drug dealer, and that’s it.
[14:48] drplacebo: but he’s GOD’S drug dealer
[14:55] twinc723: what drug is god’s favorite?
[14:55] twinc723: i’ll bet god is a huge e-tard
[14:55] drplacebo: god is like, totally rolling his BALLS OFF, right now.
[14:55] twinc723: totally
[14:55] twinc723: all that love shit
[14:56] drplacebo: yeah, God’s Love We Deliver — DUH.
[14:56] twinc723: HOLY SHIT!!!
[14:57] twinc723: it’s front for DRUG DEALERS!!!!
[14:57] twinc723: it’s a front, i mean
[14:57] drplacebo: we’ve got to go public with this. you saw that hot gay guy on the poster, didn’t you. DRUG DEALER.
[14:58] twinc723: WHERE ARE MY FREE DRUGS?????
[14:58] drplacebo: hmmm. Ask The DELETED JOKE ABOUT YOUR WORKPLACE
[14:58] twinc723: ah
[14:58] twinc723: i found some DELETED JOKE ABOUT MY WORKPLACE.
[14:58] twinc723: i feel muuuuuuuuuuuuuch beetttewrf asdjk;dsa;fjd;as
[14:58] drplacebo: nice
[14:58] twinc723: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
[15:01] drplacebo: nighty night fucker
[15:02] twinc723: sweet sweet sleep


  1. I actually volunteer at GLWD. I haven’t found the drugs (yet). But I usually don’t go into the food storage areas, or the freezers- maybe they keep the drugs there. Typically, I’m either chopping carrots/onion/califlower or wrist-deep in raw chicken parts. But it’s a big operation. They got vans that go all over the place. What an excellent front.

    Comment by sneeker — November 11, 2005 @ 6:42 pm

  2. Glad you’re enjoying the Buffies, and really enjoyed the festivities the other night.

    Now, word on the street has it some certain people had some kind of problem with ‘The Zeppo’, and I’m here to officially register my displeasure with that. And, if I have this straight, the complaint was that it *ahem* “profaned the narrative� that is Buffy- is this a fair assessment of the trouble?

    Well, sheesh, who got married and woke up all I’m-Kingsley-Amis the next day. Heaven forfend that the Buffy trope be experimented with in any way resembling playful…

    Now, for those of you who don’t watch the critically acclaimed underground hit series “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer�, which I’ve taken to watching in my spare hours , a noteworthy episode titled ‘The Zeppo’ occurs somewhere in the middle of the third season, and its title refers to the eponymous Marx brother whose adequate but irrelevant contributions are likened the plight of one of the series regulars, Xander, who has a similar relationship to three other high-powered characters on the show.

    The episode initially suggests that yet another kick-boxing save-the-world adventure will be the order of the day for Buffy and her gang, but instead, the story veers to focus on the minutia of Xander’s perspective on all this, where we see all the ways he is denigrated, ignored, and reduced to being the waterboy for Buffy et. al.

    Like the famous episode of ‘Lassie’ in which lassie’s family leaves the dog to go away for a day and all manner of hell breaks loose that Lassie subdues, only to have the returning family suggest that lassie is lazy for sleeping on the porch all day, Xander has his own less-than-apocalyptic yet more personally edifying adventure involving some reanimated corpses, all beneath the noses of Buffy, Giles and Willow who have been contending with a by-now-routine confrontation with Destiny.

    The reaction of twin A, here, is apparently that in foregrounding the sub-plot, and backgrounding events described as “epic”, Buffy, Angel, Giles and Willow are made to look ridiculous by comparison. Angel and Buffy are just two self-involved paramours completely wrapped up in their tedious issues, Giles seems pompous and delusional, and even beloved Willow is frail and meek rather than complex and gifted.

    What more appropriate acknowledgement could the series, which humanizes by pushing high-school-as-icon over the top in its very premise, make than to, at the point where we’re now receiving the series iconically, point out the ways in which its own iconic metaphor breaks down? I mean, no-one actually came out and wore a mouse-mask or nuthin, but the episode did- in a way devoid of snark, use irony deftly- which is in the background and in a way that reminds us of human consequence?

    In any event, I’m back to work now, but I include this link to Douglas Rushkoff’s “Nothing Sacred�

    as an edifying read on graven images, making sacre the profane, the dangers of being subject to narrative, etc.



    Comment by ooghe — November 14, 2005 @ 11:11 am

  3. OK. I don’t have enough time to respond to this now, as I actually have to work. But I will, soon, ooooh, I will.

    Comment by Twin A — November 14, 2005 @ 12:25 pm

  4. Also, are we going to have to start our own Buffy-litcrit-discussion blog?

    Comment by Twin A — November 14, 2005 @ 12:25 pm

  5. I think a Buffy litcrit discussion blog would be splendid. But be forewarned… some of my theories are a little “out there”…

    Comment by ooghe — November 14, 2005 @ 3:53 pm

  6. Yo—so how about this Buffycrit blog?

    Comment by DKNY — November 21, 2005 @ 11:13 am

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