Donna C. Terrell

I Was Just Thinkin'

How Was Your Weekend?

 

I have decided that I’m done with idle chit-chat in the workplace. Particularly the whole “How was your weekend?” thing. Most folks, probably all of them around here, do not care how my weekend was. I really don’t care how theirs was. These people are not concerned whatsoever if I was well or sick, how the holiday barbecue tasted, or anything about me. We have nothing in common. Certainly no one has anything to add to the “I went to church” answer.

I remember when this phony woman once asked me “How was your Cinco de Mayo?” Like, do I look like I observe Cinco de Mayo? Nothing in my black heritage cares about or is even aware of it. I would have responded as such had she not been the VP of Creative.

Now I’m not mad at anyone, I’m just no longer interested. Just because you’re in the break room at the same time as a coworker, you should not feel obligated to talk. Talking about nothing is a waste of time and I’m done with it. Right now my time is very important to me. It’s nice to be friendly and it makes the day pleasant, but I just want to do the work and go home. Home is where conversation of substance really matters.

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The End–Dealing with the loss of a TV show

Every year you wait with bated breath to see the new television show line up in the newspaper TV section. You eagerly scan the list. “Hey, wait a minute. My show’s not here,” you may think with a sense of panic. Then, as the cloud of evil forebodings rises in your mind, you go online to see if you can get other information. Sure enough, they have CANCELED your show. The Television-Programming-Powers-That-Be have snatched your show off the line up without warning, apology, and even worse, NO CONCLUSION TO STORY LINES!

That’s just wrong. That’s a slap in the face of the faithful. It makes you not even want to get attached to TV shows. They could at least give loyal viewers a two-hour finale movie and tie up all those loose ends. In these days of continuing threads, it’s not right to end shows abruptly or with a cliffhanger. Networks  know they’re not bringing the show back, so they should end the show with some class.

This year, I started watching the mid-season show Awake, a really cool show about a police detective (Michael Britten) who, along with his wife and son, was involved in a fatal car accident. The premise was he lived in two alternate realities–one where his son was alive and his wife was dead, and another where his wife was alive and his son was dead. Every time he would go to sleep, he would wake up in one of each reality. He really didn’t know which world was real, nor did he want to let go of his wife and son. He also would get clues in each reality that would help him solve crimes. Michael’s partners would always be baffled about how he would get those leads, and of course they would never buy the truth. I thought this show was great, myself. Well-written and an imaginative concept.

Apparently, Fox didn’t care about my opinion and they canceled Awake. But I guess they were going to try to end this show the right way and give us viewers a finale. So I’m geeked up for this. The show was rolling along pretty well until we get to the end and it turns out…

IT WAS A DREAM.

A dream!!!!???? Seriously? C’mon, that’s the best they could come up with? After Michael solved the crime of who was trying to kill him (which was done well), he wakes up and both his wife and son are alive and well and in the kitchen eating breakfast. That is a cop-out at its highest level!!!! That is so early-days-of-TV scriptwriting! They could have at least said he was in a coma. He could have awakened and his wife and son were there at his bedside, looking like they had been in an accident. I’m sorry, a DREAM doesn’t cut it.

Fox also canceled Alcatraz, about the inmates who were supposed to have been transferred to other prisons after Alcatraz closed but now are back and still in their 1963 bodies. We’ll never know where have been for the last 49 years.

My advice to you who love TV and get hooked on shows–don’t fall in love. Accept that your heart may be broken. Always have a back-up plan, because The End will always be near.

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Christmas In October…why?

I was walking through a pedway on my way to work when I saw a Macy’s guy putting up a Christmas tree. On October 17th.  Now there are several very artsy, pretty trees throughout the store. Another stupid thing is they have a display of Cubs and Sox t-shirts next to the pedway tree in the middle of football season! At least display some Bears shirts! Get with the seasons, people!!! A Christmas tree in October doesn’t put me in a shopping mood! Why are they rushing the season? That will be another post soon–how we must flow in the SEASONS of life. Any thoughts? Why should we flow with the seasons of life? How can we do this without trying to hold on to what was, or conjure up something that has yet to be?

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