This is such a huge change for me and my family.
Something I’ve always wanted, and now it’s here. Completely out of the blue…
WE FINALLY HAVE INTERNET!!!!
It’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of.
“The One With New Internet”
Yes, after months of waiting for Virgin™ we eventually gave up and another company sorted it within about 10 days. What took Virgin™ so long? Maybe they were waiting till I married them?
Well I’m sorry, Virgin™, but I’m now tied to someone else. For eighteen months at least.
There’s big changes for the Friends too, after last times quiz they’ve swapped apartments and Monica, it’s safe to say, is not coping. Oh Monica, I know what it’s like when your mates stop coming over too. But in my case it’s more to do with distance than anything else. (Well, I hope it is!) I can count the people we’ve had over since moving on one hand. I REALLY should arrange a house warming.
Rachel’s coping a bit better than Mon, despite the extra stress of being demoted at work following a restructure.
We’re undergoing a similar change at work but my position looks secure, for now. I’m not sure how long Rachel will stay in her job if she keeps hitting on clients! Watching this I’m wondering whether it’s worse to ask a client out or for them to ask you out? Is either fine anymore??
God I’m so confused, it’s been so long since I’ve dated, and even then I was terrible at asking people out. Even worse than Rachel who manages to accidentally give away two tickets to a Knicks game. (Yes I did have to Google™ “Knicks” and, yes, it is spelt completely differently to how I thought.)
I suppose it’s all about avoiding conflicts of interest? And power imbalances? Does it depend on the job?? I’d be more comfortable asking a chef out than them asking me, knowing if I said no they could poison my dinner…
With Rachel serving Joshua, it might seem weird for him to ask her out. What if she says no? He’d never go there again, she’s lost a customer! Clearly, that’s an unacceptable position for him to put her in. But, equally, she has power over him. He turns her down and BANG suddenly it’s “next season’s hot new trend” – leather dungarees. No really Joshua, they look great on you!
Perhaps it’s better to just leave it at a “How You Doin?” and get on with your job…
Getting with people at work is also something Chandler’s worried about. Just not his work!
Kathy’s in a play which requires her to get a little frisky with a co-star.
Chandler, it’s fair to say, is totally not cool with it. As usual his poor communication skills let him down and, after letting his paranoia fester, he awkwardly accuses Kathy of cheating and they break off contact. After getting steaming drunk (a rarity for the show, if not for Matthew Perry) he decides to patch things up. Only to find Kathy’s got with someone new in that time! Hrrm, haven’t we seen this before?
Once again the show casts a fine line between who’s in the wrong, highlighting Chandlers insecurity (interestingly, again, it turns out with good reason) before ultimately laying the blame on the cheater. But really they’re missing the REAL cause. If only they had mobile phones!!
This got me thinking, did any of the Friends™ cast get together in real life? You know what those actors are like, with their lack of inhibitions, and sexy bodies…
It turns out that, no, none of them ever did. I found some rumours regarding Aniston and Perry, and Cox and Le Blanc. But, as Chandler finds out, sometimes it’s better to wait for proof!
Whilst we’ve been together my wife once had to kiss someone in a show, but nothing so steamy as Kathy’s play.
There are a few other weird little things going on here:
Monica makes cookies, only yesterday my wife was making some with her friends. And Joey goes to get a chicken leg from Monica’s fridge.
“Who keeps cooked chicken legs in the fridge like that?” asks my wife. Well, as of recently, we do… I've hatched an ill-laid plan for me to bulk up a bit. (Puns intended). I’m trying to see if I can grow more muscles by adding more protein to my diet (in the form of chicken) but otherwise not changing my diet or exercise regime at all. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Chicken aside there’s not much going on here I can relate to. It’s been ages since we moved and I’m far from hitting on anyone inappropriately at work. One similarity though, there’s no sign of Phoebe’s half brother.
Don’t you just hate it in when you’re expecting one thing and something else happens?
Real Live Sitcom Moment:
Ok. I did speak to my sister.
The good news is I didn’t imagine it! The letter, her telling me about him, it’s all true. She says she even spoke to my dad at the time. And now I have a name:
The bad news is… that does not sound like a real name.
There we were, her just woken up and much more interested in whatever TV show she was watching. And me, awkwardly asking for everything she knew about something we haven’t spoken about in years.
And both laughing at how ridiculous and made up the name sounds.
“Could you stop watching TV for just one second and carry on telling me about our brother?”
“Ok, well I remember once looking him up on Facebook™ but there were too many.”
“What do ya mean too many?! How can there be more than one Luke Johnman?!”
The worst thing though, is he doesn’t know.
He doesn’t know my father is his father. How can I bust into someone’s life and tell them their doting, generic British dad (probably called Ian Johnman for all I know) is not their dad. And actually it’s an overweight Australian they’ve never met?
Still, Luke Johnman though... Maybe, she remembered it wrong?