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10 April 2009 @ 11:36 pm
all in a hot and copper sky  
I found a stack of burned Freaks and Geeks DVDs in the living room, property of my flatmate Dave. This was surprising. Not surprising that the DVDs were his, because he hogs the television to the extent that everyone else keeps their DVDs in their room, but surprising that he owns Freaks and Geeks. In case it's not already obvious, Dave is a douche. If further proof is needed, he doesn't know that you can't put cooked food in for compost, that you wash out cartons for recycling, or that you turn out lights when you leave a room. He also lost part of his ear in a fight and yet has no conversation whatsoever. How can you be so dull and yet enrage someone sufficiently to bite off your ear? It is a Mystery.

BUT ANYWAY. Freaks and Geeks! I saw this when it first aired - a whole ten years ago, oof. I was only starting high school then, and not in a position to appreciate that this is a real view of how high school looks when you've got a lot of retrospective perspective on it. Mostly, I was like - I remember this! Wow, James Franco! Wow, Seth Rogen! WOW, JASON SEGAL! I don't really like Apertow's oeuvre, but I appreciate what he's trying to do - and I do rather see him as this generation's John Hughes. There's even the Brat Pack/Frat Pack analogy to break it down further. But watching this really made me wish Apertow did more stuff like this, as it is a hundred million times better than any of his films.

It also made me feel this real connection - just, the romantic stuff is secondary to the character development, things are real and messy, and no one is wholly evil - or geeky, or freaky. It reminded me of this comment I got once, from zebrui:

I was at the point where this wasn't about H/D anymore - it was once more about a deeply engrossing piece of art crossing the boundaries of fanfiction.

Freaks and Geeks isn't just about high school, it's about the deep uncertainty and oddity of life. My favourite episode is the Mathletes one - it's so unexpected and the ending ruled.

That said, I hated the final episode like a hating hating thing. Nick! I wanted to hug him so badly.

On another note - I've decided to spend my birthday making twenty-three cupcakes. I keep forgetting I'm not turning twenty-four; it's a bad sign, when your birthdays start blending together. Can anyone flick me a real quick and easy recipe? I want a chocolate or vanilla sponge with pink icing. None of your nasty fruity type things, please and thanks. Alternatively, I've heard Betty Crocker mix is good - anyone care to substantiate this claim?
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: freaks and geeks theme music
Chesty la Rue: DD wordhogwartshoney on April 11th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
Betty Crocker. Siriusly. Takes all the guesswork out of things.
Happy B'day!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: metal birdscoradh on April 12th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Good call!

And it's not my actual birthday yet ... you'll notice when that arrives by the incessant capslocked demands for worship and shiny. ;D
Aliciaaliciajd on April 11th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
You can't go wrong with the Betty Crocker or other brand such as Pillsbury and Duncan Hines mixes that we get here in the States. They are very good and fool proof. Same goes for the companion frosting mixes. Chocolate an vanilla are good, but the lemon flavor... num num...
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: cocktail umbrellasscoradh on April 12th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Oh no, not lemon! I know strawberry is technically fruit, but it makes up for that by being pink. (When processed). I will definitely check those out!
shadowclubshadowclub on April 11th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
I will vouch for box cupcakes:) It's basically the same thing just premeasured. I've heard a lot about Freaks and Geeks, but I have yet to see a complete episode.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: pink glittery lipsscoradh on April 12th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
You totally should watch it, I am not even kidding. But start from the beginning, I'd say, as it's written with reference to past episodes and no voice-overs (YAY FOR THAT!).
uminohikariuminohikari on April 11th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
Mix makes things easier-- it's really only dry ingredients, and it tastes the same
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: blue and grey flowersscoradh on April 12th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but my mom's gone on a 'make everything from scratch!' kick lately. Maybe I'll make HER make them...
allyndra: Jem Laughallyndra on April 11th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
How can you be so dull and yet enrage someone sufficiently to bite off your ear?

OMG, that made me laugh!

Most commercially available cake mixes make a pretty decent chocolate or vanilla cake. It's store bought frosting that's horrible. I generally make my cake from a mix and my frosting from scratch.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: pink flotation devicescoradh on April 12th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Note to self: make own frosting. Um, how? :D

Seriously. SOMEONE BIT OFF HIS EAR. I think he's spoken fifteen words this whole year. HOW??
Merit: Miscmeritjubet on April 11th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
I feel so bad that I haven't seen Freaks and Geeks. Though I would probably watch it and wonder, "And then you made Knocked Up?" But everyone likes money! and I like James Franco :D

Someone bit part of his ear off? O.o
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: stripey cupsscoradh on April 12th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
I have never seen Knocked Up. But now that I'm partially IN LOVE WITH SETH ROGEN HOW HOW HOW, I think I might. I just want to jump his character in Freaks and Geeks. I'm so baaaaaaaad.

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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: mirror comicscoradh on April 12th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
For this, you will probably end up MAKING time. I mean, I was meant to study this week...!