Thursday, February 10, 2011

11D In Absentia

Laura from 11D is on hiatus. Can't deal with the thought of not being able to find out what the regular commenters think about stuff going on, so um, here's a thread. Feel free to ask me to post a link to something. I think my e- is in the sidebar somehow. Or just comment. I know I'm not as good a writer as Laura, and I tend to have my own weird obsessions (Parks and Rec anyone?). But I'll stop posting here with a sigh of relief (I have found I am not much of a regular blogger) when she comes back.


Amy P said...

1. I love Parks and Rec. I think the first episode of this season was much stronger than The Office Episode that came out at the same time (although I liked the last Office episode where Michael went walkabout in Scranton).

2. We've been sampling a British Star Trek parody called Hyperdrive. It's really funny in spots. The captain has been demoted to being a sort of trade ambassador to distant planets. He gets plum assignments like needing to persuade the natives of a planet that has had no previous human contact that they need to accept and reprocess Britain's nuclear waste. If the captain fails to fulfill orders, he risks being sent back to Earth and reassigned to the "brat run," which shuttles school groups between Earth and the Moon.

3. Yesterday I read this

and sent it to Laura and my school principal. The post and the thread are about the problem of being nouveau pauvre in a church community, and discovering that you can't afford to do the stuff that is the bread-and-butter of the community life: bringing a nice gift to a baby shower, joining people for restaurant meals, going to conferences, etc. The author (a homeschooling mother of 9) urges churches to make sure that people who can't afford this stuff won't be shut out of community life.

During the fall (after being buried in school requests for $3 for this, $10 for that, punch, cupcakes, teacher b-days, teacher appreciation week, granola bars for the homeless, teacher Christmas gift, costume, you name it), I finally got fed up and sent an email to both the school principals, pointing out that the private school is actually pretty economically diverse. I pointed out that while a lot of people can afford this stuff, it is potentially very burdensome to the poorer members of our school community. The school community runs the gamut from grad student families to doctors and lawyers, so even with the best of intentions, it may be difficult to find a level of spending that is comfortable for all.

Anonymous said...

I'm here, but don't watch the same tv shows as you guys.

Do watch Parenthood, though. I originally thought that they'd been getting the portrayal of Max right. But, now, I think that they're missing the interesting kid under the annoying kid. They portray him too frequently as someone annoying, while missing what he might be giving back.

And, as I know from reading lots of blogs with kids with autism, they're kids, cute kids with intriguing ideas (in addition to being challenging and downright annoying at times). Just like other kids. Too many of the Max stories are about people around Max (his mom's efforts, or his dad's patience, or his grandad's learning experience) and not about him.


Amy P said...

I need to watch Parenthood, but I haven't been able to persuade my husband to watch and watching TV alone seems to me as disreputable as drinking alone.

We're currently skipping through old episodes of Monk. My husband occasionally points out when Tony Shalhoub screws up and does something like touching a trash can and then not going through the wipe ritual. DH has a fairly elaborate method for taking out the trash by using a clean trash bag as a protective barrier.

Wendy said...

bj, I'm not sure that Parenthood *should* tell the story of Max. It should tell the story of trying to parent Max and still parent Haddie (whom I loathe--am I alone in this?).

It's probably inevitable that my scholarship is making a movie towards discussing representations of autism/ASDs, particularly in pop culture, but I find my brain is fiddling with an idea about the representation of people with autism as exceptional (i.e., Sheldon from BBT, Bones, Abed from Community) and the counter-portrayal of characters like Max (sort of ordinary for a kid with AS) and Brick from The Middle.

Amy, I fell in love with Parks and Rec because of the Ben/Leslie story. I mean, I have loved Leslie and Ron and April and Andy, but I'm looking forward to the Ben/Leslie story, which is a typical romance novel trope: outsider comes to small town and falls in love with a woman there and then falls in love with the town. I read a version of that plot recently in Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Call Me Irresistible.

Anonymous said...

But we here Haddie's story. Max has one, too. And, I don't mean that they should show him having extraordinary gifts, just normal joys. But I guess my complaint may be more generally an issue with all the younger kids, who are only foils for their parents anxieties.

Jabbar gets to be good at soccer at least, and the little girl at performing. I just think we should get a glimpse of the joy they all bring.

Wendy said...

OK, good point about seeing Max's gifts as we see Jabbars and Sydney's. I remember in the episode where Max was "diagnosed," the doctor told them to "uncover Max's gifts." All we've seen so far is that he loves bugs. And we've lost that thread about finding his gifts as they simply try to deal with his misbehaviors.