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1. I struck up a conversation with a woman while waiting for a bus last night. It was hard to describe. First she went on about how she went to a store but it was closed, but she wanted a list of items they had on sale (jewelry, a purse) with the prices, so she's going to another branch of that store. And then she was going to the supermarket (she named the supermarket) and I said I was happy about making dinner in the crockpot, and she said it was only her.

And then she told me this tale of horror - her husband had been killed on Labor Day and no one knew about it for days. He'd been left lying in a subway station, and the cops just thought he was a homeless man sleeping. For two days. Meanwhile, she was getting frantic and going to the cops and one guy was rude to her ("Maybe he just didn't want to come home. Some guys are like that.") She's apparently reporting him. And then they finally realized about the dead guy, and he matched a picture she gave them, so she had to identify him.

Which took looking at his tattoos because he has an identical cousin.

I am not making this up.

The story was horrible enough, but her voice was...matter of fact. Maybe she just told it often, I don't know. Since she told a total stranger, she might be that type. Still, it didn't sound all that different from her reaction that the bus left moments before we got there. It didn't match the story. I don't know. She segued from that to her mother's boyfriend. Fortunately, a neighbor of hers got on the same bus and she abandoned me (with an apology) to talk with her.

Be a good plot for "Without a Trace." I wonder if I'll see it later this year.

2. Studio 60 was better than it has been. Maybe it was the lack of sketch "comedy". Maybe it was two of the subplots - the Nate Corddry and his parents one, and the Timothy Busfield and the old man one. The DL Hughely one at the end was also something interesting. The rest? Meh.

Also, I find myself referring to the people on that show in a weird way. The two male leads are "Chandler" and "Josh." The female leads are "Harriet" and "Jordan". Everyone else is by their real names because, well, calling Timothy Busfield "Danny" would be confusing, but I don't think of him as "Cal".

Aaron Sorkin really likes the name "Danny", doesn't he?

3. Heroes is still good. And getting better. And, of course. I love Hiro.

4. I watched Wife Swap. There's just not that much at 8PM on Mondays. And. As usual, I found myself identifying more with the more counter-cultural family, but this time they both...weren't insane and there was real communication and even some change.

5. Stewed pullet? Always delicious.

6. Just before I woke up, I was having a nightmare - one of true horror.

It was an hour before Pesach and I hadn't covered my kitchen counters!


4. I watched Wife Swap.

Friday's Trading Spouses featured an Orthodox Jewish family.

Who were they trading with?

And Deb, who did the "Wife Swap" trade?

The "Wife Swap" trade was between a punk rock hairdresser who was sole support and housekeeper for the family and a baseball mom who only permitted Christian rock.

By the end of the swap, the previously unemployed punk rock dad decided he did want to work and help out in the house, the baseball son decided he also wanted to play guitar and the punk rock son decided he wanted to play baseball.

The Orthodox family traded with a Christian family from rural Kentucky. The producers played it more as geeks-vs-hicks than as evangelicals-vs-frummies.

(Incidentally, we know the Orthodox family involved; the mother felt that the show was giving her an opportunity to give positive PR for Orthodox Judaism.)

Oh, dear. She didn't come off well in the Television Without Pity forums - apparently not liking hunting is being "closed-minded" and hypocritical because she eats shechted meat. And they didn't understand the food issues, either.

But they did also notice the geekiness factor and thought she came over as at least more tolerant than the other woman.

How did they manage kashrut? (I'd also be curious about yichud, but the camera crew and the kids probably took care of that.)

The Orthodox woman did an Internet search and called around (presumably one of the places she called was the Chabad House in Louisville), and found out about a service that will FedEx you kosher food (presumably double-wrapped and microwaveable).

She also cooked a kosher meal for her extended-host-family and served it in disposable pans, instructing the guests to be careful not to touch the serving utensils to their (treyf) plates.

The show normally follows the families through a week of switcheroo, but in this case they left out Shabbat.

Also. Apparently the son was a roommate of the son of a friend of mine in yeshiva.

And he really is that socially inept.

1- Sounds like flight of ideas and delusions to me. Especially since he has an identical cousin. Congratulations! Our mental health system at work.

That's a pretty phrase but it also sounds dire. What does flight of ideas and delusions mean?

Flight of ideas - moving from one topic rapidly to another, in a disjointed fashion, so that none of it makes a whole lot of sense - there's no real relationship between the topics.
Delusions = beliefs that are not true, are demonstrably not true, and are usually quite bizarre. I'm guessing at this one because of the identical cousins thing.
Both of these are signs of psychosis.

Yeah, that does sound right. Thank you.

Identical cousin? I think this woman has watched The Patty Duke Show too often.

Have you been watching Vanished (coming back on Friday 3-Nov)? Brian Kinney and Deb Chen as FBI agents, working for Tony Rodriguez.