Asta 2

The Week Thus Far....

To begin with, the insurance situation doesn't seem as bad as it first appeared. I feared I was going to get hit with a sizeable increase in my portion of the insurance premium. Instead, I will only be facing a small increase because I'm opting to go with the 80/20 plan as oppossed to the 100% coverage. I found out the 80/20 plan has an out-of-pocket cap of $800. $800 I may never have to spend vs having to pay an additional $500 up front for 100% coverage. Since I have enough savings to cover the $800 if need be, I'm going with saving on the monthly premiums and hoping for the best. Now, I can start looking at those DVD's I want to buy again. :)

Now, on to less important, random observations....

Dear people at The Gap, thanks to running those damn commercials every five minutes starring Madonna I may never step foot in your stores again. I know it was your intent to gain new business, but you have just annoyed me far too much to want to give you a dime of my money.

Early Season 3 episodes of Buffy (Anne, Dead Mans Party, Faith, Hope and Trick, Beauty & the Beasts, and Homecoming to be precise) pretty much blow. DMP is the only episode that has ever completely enraged me. I want Joyce and all the Scoobies to just shut up and die in that episode. And in FH&T, we get to see some of ED's worst acting ever as Faith suddenly turns into a big old wuss when confronted with the BB. Yeah, he killed your Watcher, wouldn't that warrant a little ass kicking by a Slayer? Then with B&tB, Buffy discovers Angel is back and we all get to suffer through their back and forth melodrama of a relationship for an entire year. I know the season gets better after these eps, but people who trash seasons 6&7 really need to take another look at some of these failures.

I finally read the July SFX last night. For the most part, nothing new. Until I get to Charisma's Q&A. Now I see why she won't be back next season. Nothing like screwing yourself over in, what, six questions? Yes, it's always a good career move to slam the man who gave you your big break.

Did any of my fellow Duranies hear that the original line up has reunited? Apparently they have an album coming out next year.

And for those of you fearing the attack of Blaster here's a site to go to to tell you what to do:

Microsoft Technet

For once in my life I'm happy to have antiquated software. For my fellow Windows 98 users, apparently, we are unafffected.

What really cracked me up today is I shocked the Hell out of one of our IS guys by just being aware of it. He started asking me questions about it. :) Meanwhile, they are still running virus scans on all our systems. It's made it a bitch to surf the net for my fic updates today. ;)
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Re: "Dead Man's Party". Word. I could not believe the complete and utter lack of sympathy on the part of Buffy's so-called friends. Not that I don't also get a little pissy about Buffy's uncommunicative nature there, too. But then, looking at certain events in S7 it's not too surprising. Still makes me angry, though.

Re: Charisma's Q&A...I don't suppose you'd be inclined to give me the gist of what was said? I can never find SFX around here...
Basically she was bitching about everything. How the WB didn't care about Angel. How she was sure they weren't going to be renewed for another season. She complained the show has never received decent publicity (even pointed out TV Guide has never done a feature article on the show) and that it had hindered her career.

And there was what I viewed as rather harsh criticism of Minear, Greenwalt, and Joss. How they had abandoned the show, how her character suffered because of it, and intimated that Joss was oblivious to all this and just kept reiterating how it was the best season yet. Gee, I didn't care for the last season myself, but a lot of people (including critics) did.

I actually really liked last season immensely, but I'm flabbergasted that she would be so catty. Hindering her career? Hello? What career would she have if not for Joss & Co. in the first place. Sheesh.
Jidabug, I also liked last season of Angel. Best since season one IMHO. Now if she'd been talking season three.... ;)
My knowledge of Seasons 2 and 3 is pretty sketchy, but from what I caught of S3 in reruns last Summer (when we started getting into the show), I'd have to agree.
Glad to hear the insurance situation isn't as dire as you thought. I actually miss the 80/20 days :) I didn't have to remember to get referrals for every damn thing, and I always knew where I stood. One thing my HMO Illinois provides, though, is greater affordability for my medication. One of them, without insurance, is about $1200 a month. 20% of that is $240. Next to that $50 doesn't look so bad. Arthritis and heart medications are the most expensive out there. It's all a tradeoff. What irritates me is that if all insurance companies covered medication, it would be far less expensive in the long run. Off my soapbox now :)

After seeing season three of Buffy again, I tend to agree that it wasn't the strongest season. DMP made me yell at the television, I was so angry. Once again, people looking to Buffy to make them feel better instead of trying to understand why she went away. It's all about them, and how it inconvenienced them, including her mother. And the one person who was just glad she was back? Giles. Bless him. It's funny the impressions you get. With further viewing, the much maligned season four has come to be one of my favorites; outstanding stand alone eps, and while the story arc may not have worked out the way they wanted, I felt it was an good attempt to compare both worlds and see which one came back wanting. To paraphrase Spike in The Initiative: "I knew this would happen if the bitch got some funding!" LOL

As for Charisma - she's a odd person, it seems. She's blunt, but I think too blunt. If you're concerned, better to tell your boss than a magazine.

Thanks for the Mircosoft link - I have WindowsME at home, so I should use it.
Agree about DMP, it was all about them and what they were feeling. Did they stop to consider how she felt? She had to kil her boyfriend for pete's sake!

And apparently Joyce didn't think it was significant that she had informed Buffy that if she walked out to never come back. An emotionally fragile 17 year old may have actually believed what she said. But, no, that was important to take into consideration. It was easier to make her feel bad for what she did and waht a failure a a person she was. UGH!
Ugh! is right! It's always about her disappointing them. You can see where that superior/inferiority complex seed was planted.

I had forgotten most of Charisma's interview - wow. She should thank Joss for giving her a job where she could actually "act" instead of just looking pretty in front of a camera. He's done a lot for her career - she will likely get offered roles she never would have been considered for previously if she hadn't shown some acting chops. Which she did, so her griping is sad as well as stupid.

As for the plot holes - what can you do, except to maybe say, "consistency is the hobgoblin of a weak mind." :)
With further viewing, the much maligned season four has come to be one of my favorites

Me, too. There are so many single eps in S4 that are simply phenomenal, that it really makes up for the whole Adam arc...and even that didn't really bother me until "Primeval," which I always felt was kind of rushed and had far too many problems with it. I mean, Riley is *paralyzed* for goodness sake, and he's able to muster the strength to remove a chip that's attached to his thoracic nerve with a broken bottle? My suspension bridge of disbelief will only span so far.
I mean, Riley is *paralyzed* for goodness sake, and he's able to muster the strength to remove a chip that's attached to his thoracic nerve with a broken bottle? My suspension bridge of disbelief will only span so far.

LOL. You've never heard my rant regarding The Killer in Me Spike and Buffy going back to the Initiative to find the drugs they used on him to calm him after they implanted the chip. WHAT DRUGS??!! He was down there, what?, a few days at most. After he regained consciousness (and being unconcious how would he know what they had done to him?) he almost immediately escaped. He didn't even know about the chip (which wasn't even referred to as such until several episodes later) until he attacked Willow. That gaping plothole I cannot forgive ME for.

As for Season 4, I too loved it. Pangs, Something Blue, Hush, HLoD, The Yoko Factor, Doomed, Superstar, New Moon Rising all great eps - in my opinion. :) Yes, the Adam/Dr Walsh/Intitaive arc could have been better, but the strength of the individual eps and watching the disintegration of the relationships amongst the Scoobies more than made up for it.
You've never heard my rant regarding The Killer in Me

That's a rant I can get behind. So many plot holes in regards to Spike's chip. I mean, he was hitting people all over the place when he first escaped. And that trap door in the middle of nowhere...yeah, right. I really try very hard not to let these inconsistencies bother me, but they really do.
ITA. Part of me says "Let it go" the other part screams "What the Hell were you people thinking?". There are some things I can explain away like why I believed that Joyce was the First even before ME confirmed it. Or even why Caleb had black ooze coming from his eyes. But, yeah, the trap door was another example of sloppy writing. Anyone remember how lost Spike was trying to find his way back into the Initiative in Something Blue? I do.

Oh, worst case of sloppy writing ever - The X-Files. Can't recall the episode title, but it was the one guest starring Bruce Campbell. M&S are in the hospital and Scully is asking Mulder if he agrees with her take on the situation. Mulder replies, "I don't know, I'm not a psychologist". YES YOU ARE! I think I actually fell out of my chair on that one.
Season Four doesn't make it into my list of top three fav. seasons, yet is has the majority of some my favorite stand alone ep's. Go figure. ;) Re: DMP, I'm vindicated in Touched when Spike tells off (FINALLY!) the sad, sad, ungrateful traitors. Have I mentioned that's one of my all time favorite moments on BtVS?

Happily, I've mananged to avoid The GAP/Madonna commercials. :)

Charisma Carpenter is an odd duck. Perhaps talking directly to your bosses instead of a magazine is a better career move than worrying about whether they're around the set or not. Way to slap everyone else in the face. I guess if we're so inclined, we can see her career choices this coming month in See Jane Date or whatever it's called. Family channel maybe?

Insurance sucks. Period.
I'm vindicated in Touched when Spike tells off (FINALLY!) the sad, sad, ungrateful traitors. Have I mentioned that's one of my all time favorite moments on BtVS?

Um, I seem to recall you mentioning that once or twice. ;) If only Spike could have made a cameo appearance in DMP. Tell them all to sod off then pull Buffy into the nearest closet for a good boinking. :)

So, Charisma is doing a Family Channel movie? Next a quick stop at PAX before heading into oblivion.
Yeah, exactly. It's one of those types of channels. Of course there's always the Lifetime Movie channel. Check your guide, I think it's on Sunday.
Great news about the insurance. Its always nice when they don't rob you completely blind. Also, thanks for the link to the Blaster patch. I needed it and you, obviously keen to my emotional distress, came through. One more example of the reason I bow to you in all things.
You? Emotionally distressed? Now, we can't have that. I might feel guilty when I pick on you.

Oh, as long as you are bowing before me, could you buff my shoes? Thanks, Minion. :)
For some reason I get the feeling that you don't like the season 3 episode Dead Man's Party. Could just be me.

And now for something completely different: one of Stinky's co-workers brought him a little wooden mask from Africa or somewhere, and it looks like that mask from the eppy. We thought about hanging it over the older kid's bed one night while he was sleeping just to freak him out. Pity our children.
Am I being too subtle regarding DMP? If so, I could go into much greater detail. :)

We thought about hanging it over the older kid's bed one night while he was sleeping just to freak him out. Pity our children.

Ah, family bonding rituals. As long as your insurance covers psychiatric services, I say go for it.
Back to the insurance again! The cosmic wheel turns...

Actually, mental health is covered by our insurance. (Good thing with us, you're no doubt saying.) But orthodontics, ha!
Pity your child? Pity you if that thing's eyes start glowing. ;)

DMP is why I never buy native masks of any kind. LOL And every time I'm in a museum store or gallery that has them, I'll remark to whoever I'm with on why I won't buy one no matter how "pretty". ;)
Oh, we'd just let the psycho-bitch dogs in and let them have at the zombies. Zombies wouldn't stand a chance.

And as for your fear of masks, maybe you need the aforementioned mental health coverage. :O)
Note to self: buy Cindy a pretty native mask for her birthday.
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And as for your fear of masks, maybe you need the aforementioned mental health coverage. :O)


Hah! It's the first thing I check every year when the office hosts open enrollment for our health insurance. :)

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Note to self: buy Cindy a pretty native mask for her birthday.


Awww! You keep it. I need to keep up with my theraputic basket weaving, so I can make you a nice basket to go along with it. =:O)


I wrote a nice, intelligent reply to this post, but LiveJournal ate it. Bastards.

DMP had me throwing things at the TV. Way to show your support, Scoobs! You're really acting like true friends. Except, not. And Joyce! Don't get me started on Joyce.

Also, way to go Charisma. Really classy. Slam the man who started your career in a major magazine. Honey, you wouldn't be in SFX if it weren't for him.

Hmm, I seem to have got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning...
If anyone showed class in all the changes at Angel it was ME. Not once have they badmouthed her. Have to say, after I read her feelings about the show, I don't think I'll miss her next season.
This is why remote controls were invented!

I mute the Gap commercial. I mute the DMP Buffy-trashing until the first zombie crashes through the window. I mute Xander's annoying declamation in "Into The Woods".

The mute button is our friend.

It allows me to like "Dead Man's Party" - hee, "Pat" is such a choice character. La, la, la. And the last scene: "Quitter." "Harpy." Etc.