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MsTeller

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  1. https://instagram.com/p/6nkkFMOWVu/?taken-by=normancook Lovely IG post from Kaley. I think her work with animals is beautiful.
  2. That is one of the reasons I like being spoiled beforehand. For one thing I still like to read my favorite stories in text form. For another I like to know if something is going to be shocking or ridiculous or upsetting. If I know ahead of time I can read a good book instead and not be shocked into being upset all night and it will be a much more enjoyable evening.
  3. After reading the last few pages of the forum I am now absolutely convinced that a lot of forum posters have better ideas than the writers do. There are better jokes and better comedy plots on these threads than we have gotten on the actual show. Some have even thought this out much further ahead. I don't think the actual writing team has thought this deeply about the psychology of the characters or what their scenes mean. I am convinced they are just thinking "This will get some ratings heck yeah!"
  4. I agree that The Kiss sounds more funny than disturbing. Because of the circumstances I don't think it will be unpleasant at all. I know I will cave in and watch that part even though I don't plan on watching the first episode this season (which really does sound unpleasant to me.) For me the problem is not so much that I find Shamy's argument upsetting. The problem is that I find it uninteresting and that is far worse. It is doubly disappointing since there was so much other material to choose from and so much comedy and conflict and sweetness in the story without all this stuff.
  5. I don't know what the correct pronunciation of "lever" is but in Texas this is absolutely the correct pronunciation of "bowl": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICxoOMsCK4o
  6. Yesterday I went to work out with a friend who does not watch TBBT. Her gym has these really cool treadmills with TVs in them. While we were working out Locomotion came on. Right when Sheldon kissed Amy she said "Awww that is really sweet. I bet they are off to do the dirty now!" I died laughing and decided that is how the story ended for me. There was the perfect ending right there! P.S. I apologize for the quote bars but I can't get rid of them!
  7. OT but true: In our ER we saw so many of these "accidents" that we actually had a special drawer for all the stuff that got pulled out. Any time someone said "special drawer" we all knew exactly what that meant! Anyway carry on........
  8. I just found this on Youtube and think it is wonderful:)
  9. On the other hand the later seasons of That 70s Show also had constantly contrived plots to keep Eric and Donna from finally ending up together and to keep them in a constant argument about things that happened two seasons before. It also used the same contrived plots to stir up conflict and cliffhangers in the Jackie/Hyde and Jackie/Kelso relationships. Considering how closely TBBT seems to be following the exact same course I would actually be worried!
  10. It is also one of my favorite books!
  11. THIS! I would like to add that there seems to be a double standard that I don't quite get. Amy is portrayed as a person who is lacking in self-esteem because of the way she has always been treated by others and desperately needs to develop a sense of self-worth. This is a point the writers are correct on. Why then are these same qualities (pride, self-love, ambition etc) always portrayed as character flaws in Sheldon?
  12. At this point does anyone else think that maybe the show's haters and detractors might have a point? That maybe the writers DO secretly hate these characters and DID create them for the purpose of breaking them down and making fun of them? Fans have always assumed that the humor is meant to be affectionate and that the ultimate message is meant to be positive even if there are a few bumps along the way. But that is not what I am getting from the recent taping reports or the overall direction of the show. The message I am getting loud and clear from the writing is that these characters are wrong for being who they are and will not achieve their happy ending until they change enough to become more socially and romantically acceptable. So even if it does "all work out" in the end it will still end up being a letdown of epic proportions because these will NOT be the characters we love. That is why I don't think people are just threatening to drop the show because they dislike one episode. I think a lot of us really mean it! I feel very badly right now for both Lenny and Shamy fans. Ouch on both counts! Both relationships turned ugly and mean-spirited very fast. Here are some positives: 1. Those of us who write may have lost an excuse for vegging out in front of the TV for another half hour a week. We now have that much more time on our hands to work on a better story of our own! 2. Fans of other shows can now move on and forget any mistakes we feel were made on our past favorites. There is now proof it could have been MUCH worse! 3. The cast of TBBT have made it regardless of what happens for the rest of the series. We know that they will do a great job with whatever material the writers give them and maybe now there will be awards since they can compete in the same drama-soap-comedy category with shows like Orange is The New Black. Even after the show ends or we stop watching we know we will get to watch them in other things!
  13. I would pick Jim too! I would also vote for Johnny if voting for more than one person was an option. I just love the energy that both of them have and they seem like very nice and sincere people.
  14. I have been making up stories since before I could actually write. I have just always loved characters and good stories and creating my own worlds. When I was a kid they used to be simple short stories that were either based on a fantasy/fairy tale situation or were based on my real life and my family and my pets etc. I went from there to a mix of fan fiction about my favorite TV shows and more realistic stories. Years ago I self-published a children's book but it was not very successful. (It turns out that being a writer does not necessarily make you a good salesperson for your work!) I kept writing until I was in my twenties but then I gave up and quit for quite a while. Then I started writing again when I was going through therapy and counseling and I was encouraged to journal about my feelings and experiences. I was also supposed to channel my daydreaming habit into something that was more productive. And then eventually I learned how to put all of the elements together. I started combining my real emotions and my own worlds and meanings with some of the other things that had inspired me and the story would often work out very well. That is when I started writing actual books! I am still holding out hope that I might be a successful author someday. That would be my greatest dream for my life! While I no longer write fan fiction I would say I have a very different interpretation of some of the characters on the show and that explains a lot of my frustration with it. It is mainly due to what the writers would characterize as a negative character trait versus what I would. Because of my different perspective on life and people in general I define character traits very differently. I also have a different view of what is interesting to write (or watch.) I think as a writer you have to be prepared for the fact that not everyone is going to like your story or your style. That comes with the territory!
  15. For me the problem is not so much that the show is too relationship centric. It is more the way the stories are being handled. So much of the appeal of TBBT was how different and eccentric and original all of the characters were. That was always fun to watch whether the episode was about relationships or work or hobbies. I feel that they are in danger of ruining this by going in a direction that is far too conventional and has been done far too many times before. Plus there is the suggestion that these guys have to change who they are for their relationships which destroys the entire purpose of the show. And it's not like they had any shortage of relationship-based material to explore. For example, just picture all of the storylines that could come out of Amy moving in with Sheldon and having to deal with his quirks. Or Penny and Leonard doing the same! Not everything has to be a soap opera or a traditional sitcom or drama trope.
  16. I really really want to trade you!
  17. A few years ago I had an injury to my neck. Now I have the super power of being able to feel the weather change hours before it happens. I call myself Barometer Girl! My powers include being able to tell people when to roll their car windows up, preparing for snowstorms ahead of everyone else and sometimes even warning people when severe weather is going to be in the area. My biggest arch enemy is The Hot and The Humid since I get a horrible headache. I have not been able to defeat this enemy despite deploying large amounts of ibuprofen to combat its evil powers.
  18. I just don't think people are always aware of how their responses come across. They intend for their message to say "It is disrespectful to act this way to Jim and Todd and Mayim because they are real people with real feelings and because Jim has already chosen the person he wishes to be with". Instead it often says "This is disgusting because Jim is gay and he can't have a crush on a female while having a boyfriend because people like THAT are icky!" I am hoping this is just the result of being upset by the nasty stuff people post on his and Mayim's IG (from both camps) and not because they really mean it this way.
  19. I don't think I have ever heard anyone say anything bad about working with Jim!
  20. I just hate the message here. It seems to be that Sheldon is not lovable or acceptable the way he is so he needs to suffer for a while. He has to learn to change the fundamental characteristics of who he is so he can "win back" Amy. Besides the fact that this story has been done by every other sitcom ever aired or written its moral is offensive! It might just be the drastically different lens I see the character through but the whole thing just really bothers me.
  21. http://www.latinpost.com/articles/70235/20150806/the-big-bang-theory-season-9-spoilers-ep-says-amy-wont-rule-out-dating-other-men-in-new-season.htm Unfortunately, I think I am out. What I loved so much about both Shamy and about TBBT in general was how different and unique they were. I just don't see the point in hanging in there for yet another years-long dragged-out will-they-or wont-they sitcom trope. It is especially disappointing considering the potential of the material. By now I think the world is clued in on how talented Jim is and considering how successful his other projects have been I think there will be plenty of other opportunities to watch him act!
  22. For what it's worth when I rewatch early episodes I can not imagine anyone else as Penny. I like Kaley as a comedienne and think she does very well. Any complaints I might have about Penny's character are really due to the writers and not Kaley herself.
  23. I love this blue shirt! It is a good color for him.
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