My many career posibilities…

Even though I have graduate years ago, and while I still think I might want to be teacher be it in the high school or community college form, I decided I would take those many tests in college that help you determine what career would be best for you. I have to tell you readers right now I found my results hilarious.

I have no I idea where that list is as it looks like papers exploded in my room and like a frat boy lives here.  So, I will just tell you the ones I can remember that stood such as me being  a marketing director, priest, accountant, human resources manager, CPA, Credit manager, loan manager, etc. The reason I find all of these so funny is while I like working with budgets since I have been budgeting since I was 14, and even got my bf to do it, I don’t like math and love statistics. Also, in less someone found someone way to make accounting entertaining their is a very slim chance that I would actually want to learn it much less like it.  Also as far as being the priest goes I have been avoiding figuring out my own religious beliefs since I was 15 and I have no inclination to go to church, I would rather sleep in on Sunday. I would volunteer for a church if it was for a good cause or if for some reason I decided to get married in one and that is about it.  Finally, the reason I do not think I would make a good marketing director, is I am not very good at selling my self and am still working at it, and with that I would have to sell the brand of a whole company and I am having a hard enough time selling the brand of me while looking for work.

However, even with these out of left field careers I did find some that I did like and would consider such as an Employee Development specialist, Policy analysts, underwriters, archivist, playwright, analyst. I like the employee development specialist because it sounds like you get to help people find work, and I am all for work with a purpose and making a difference. I like the analysts jobs because I love analyzing things tell I am blue in the face be it television shows, books, etc, so analyzing government policy sounds like fun. I am not sure what an underwriter does but I like to write and read so I am all for that. I think I have always wanted to be a playwright but, I just never took the class, and was too scared to find out if I would be any good at it or not.

So this blog, has left me with a question for you readers, be it through unemployment, a career change whatever, has this down time had you thinking about other careers you would want to pursue other than the one you got your degree for? And if so what other careers do you want to pursue?

A comparison of Sorkin’s "West Wing" and Palladino’s "Gilmore Girls"

Well all this post reveals to me is that I watch way too much television. But the interesting thing I have discovered in watching most of the first four seasons of  Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing” and Amy Sherman Palladino’s “Gilmore Girls” is that while these shows may have different themes among them, their are many commonalities when it comes to the pace of these shows. For one both of these producers have a focus on the fast walking and talking while at the same time. Furthermore, the main protagonists in the show always seem to be in a rush or having a deadline to get something done, be it packing for Yale, passing a Bill, or getting the funds to a major brand name school.
But even with these similarities both of these shows have very different themes. For instance with “West Wing” it is a democrats fantasy and escapism from reality since the show started in 2000 and ended in 2006 and about this time George Bush junior had been elected as President. Even though I would cut it off at 2003 because Soorkin stopped producing for the television show from season 5 to 7.
The show “The West Wing” became to represent for some democrats their version of White House life that was ran by liberal democrats who just wanted to help people, and not try to sacrifice their moral integrity in the process.  This perspective can be further shown when one of the main character Sam comments that in terms of education that “The schools should be palaces and that teachers should be treated like kings”.  This even more element in military skirmishes that take place in the situation room because our fictional President Bartlett played by the charismatic Martin Sheen does not want to get involved in wars with his fellow countries and at the very least wants to try to be diplomatic and peaceful before the United States is reduced to having to fight against another country.   These would be seen as tenets of a president with seemingly liberal democratic leanings that Soorkin is notorious for portraying in all of his television shows.  This show takes a political commentary hope for viewers while giving hope to fifty percent of population for a democratic president in the future at the time.
But with this “Gilmore Girls” their are hints of political commentary, but it seems to be more of a social/cultural commentary in my opinion. I have seen all the episodes of this show two to three times over and I would exclude season seven since Palladino had no hand in producing it.  This can be seen in the episode “Application Anxiety” in season three where Rory gets her Harvard application and she and her mom are watching a Brady Brunch singing and dance special when that morning Rory has been reading Gogol’s “Dead Souls”.  There is a strong contrast between the high and low culture in this show, but the great thing about these figures is that they are smart and can adapt to both of these seemingly different worlds.  This can further seen by the contrast between Rory/her mom when compared to the grandparents.
This becomes evident in season one episode six called “Rory’s Birthday parties”.  We see this contrast when Lorelai’s parents throw Rory a high class catered party for their friends and her classmates, and the next night she has this casual affair with her stars hallow family and friends.  But even with the differences between high and low culture through out the show I think that they can be related to one another, the best example of this I can give is through fashion when the couture designs on the runway trickle down to the budget wears that one will find at the mall, Target and Ross.
Now even though these shows are different in terms of themes, and similar in their approach, this has me wondering if Palladino and Sorkin have ever met.  I say this because I have seen Palladino’s show “Gilmore Girls” many times over and the first season of her new show “Bunheads”, and I have watched Sorkin’s “Sports Night”, “The West Wing”, “Studio 60 on the sunset strip”, and some of “The Newsroom”, and they seem so similar to one another.
Also I am wondering if these two should collaborate to make a show that is so good, that any major or cable network would have no reason to reject such a proposal.  But before this occurs I would like to know if anyone can find out if they know whether Sorkin and Palladino have met in the past, I have done my research online and have not found anything.  So if anyone has any information about this be it an article or expose please, can you please post it as a comment for this blog.  So readers I have to ask do you think Soorkin and Palladino should collaborate and make a kick ass show? Why or Why not?

A comparison of "Murder She Wrote" and "Castle"

Well, I have been watching “Murder She Wrote” off and on for the past couple months, and have become obsessed with the fictional character JB Fletcher. She is charismatic, gets along with everybody, and always seems to know how to handle situations in a fair and delicate matter.  I think her show from the 1980’s to 1990’s  might have been the beginning of mystery writers being the detectives in a television and to my knowledge I had not seen this before in any prior detective shows.  Also she has a Sherlock approach through using her powers of deduction to solve her crimes.  Murder she wrote’s first episode is even called The Murder of Sherlock Holmes.
The issue with her show is that there are very few pursued romances throughout the show. (spoiler) We learn from the first episode that she has lost her husband Frank, who is referenced to throughout the seasons.  She is pursued many times through visitors in other cities, and it seems to be hinted at the Dr. Hazelick seems to be into her.  But I think this is the point I think she is trying to show that an older woman can be independent and not needing to lean on a man, unless she wants to or he adds on to her own experiences.  This can even be shown through some of the women who seem to be having a hard time of things and tend get blamed for murders they did not commit over the seasons, while being tortured and ridiculed by some of the older men . But with Castle they go where the evidence leads, and while they tend to jump the gun about who the killer is also, not a majority of the people falsely accused for murder are female.
Another difference, is that in “Castle”, it’s all its about is the sexual tension, and the romance, and Castle through his own relationship with the mayor. This show chronicles their annoyance, friendship, and then love for one another. But, with Castle he tends to act like a child in an adult man’s body, and has very little understanding of women as shown through the many conversations with his daughter and mother. Also he like JB Fletcher but maybe for different reasons is too afraid to ever delve into a serious romantic relationship. Actually, that might be Castle’s issue he likes falling in love, and has a harder time actually maintaining the relationship. But , this show seems to focus more on romantic relationships when compared to murder she wrote.
But its not like this show does not care about the fictional murders that occur has shown between the team work between Esposito, Ryan, Laney, Beckett, and Castle to get the truth of the matter in a case. Castle is able to provide a different, albeit sometimes crazy, and conspiracy theory based approach to solving some murders. However, this always fun and keeps the viewers on their toes, because they never know what to expect from Castle.
But with both of these shows their may not be much difference in victims in both shows though, as they both show how much gender, race, and class will effect who be murdered and what their motive will be. The weird thing is that for some of these murders they were over things that could not be controlled, or because the murder is question made assumptions that were not really true.  (spoiler) I can refer to season  1 episode 3 of Castle where a model gets killed by her husband because he thinks she is cheating on him with a photographer.
These two shows, reveal how the mystery detective is viewed from an older wise women to a ruggedly handsome Rick Castle, seems to be a forward transition, but as viewers what would we rather focus on the murders or the relationships, or both.   Or I should be asking do we need both, or would one suffice?

 

The many similarities and differences between Daria and Gilmore Girls

I had been rewatching the shows Gilmore Girls and Daria for the past couple months and over this time I have learned that their are many similarities between these two shows. For instance the artistic side kicks of the main characters Jane and Lane. Well first of all the names sound similar and they are both really into music and making an impact on the world be it as an artist or musician.

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The comparisons do not end here though as the main protagonists are the two small town teenagers of Rory and Daria.  Also in both of these small towns weird things happen there. For instance in Lawndale a coffee shop was boycotted, and a football player who dies from a field goal poll.  Also in Gilmore girls their are festivals and fundraisers for a bridge that we never see,  and a bunch of weird characters like Kirk or Taylor always trying to find ways to make a buck in the town.  Actually sort of reminds me of Miss Lee from Daria given that he is a political figure of the town, who is constantly trying to maintain control over a town. While Miss Lee is always trying to have some semblance of control over her high school students.
Actually all the similarities between these shows made me wonder if Palladino had ever watched Daria and wanted to take a different take on a small town perspective.  I say this because the show Daria ended about the same time that the show Gilmore Girls started on ABC family.   I say this because while these shows have many similarities in their characters, they both have totally different perspectives on town life.  For instance in Gilmore girls people seem content to live their lives in Starshollow while all teenagers are dying to leave Lawndale and go off to college.
Also the family dynamics between both protagonists are very different. Daria is not very open with her family and tends to keep to herself and avoids town events like the plague. While, Rory is involved in all town events and is very close with all her family members.  Daria tends to be a realist, and not think highly of others while Rory seems to be the eternal optimist who thinks the best in others and gives people the benefit of doubt as shown through her relationship with Jess in season three.  So I ask you readers do you see any more similarities and difference between these shows and their significance?