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August 29, 2003

Which Movie Couple Are You?

Friedrich --

The Wife and I had a typical morning -- which means, in short, that she tried to have a "meaningful conversation" while I tried to establish some plans and facts. It was all a blur of mild indignation, mild exasperation, this and that -- and very fond, loving and familiar, needless to say. Then we got on with the day. As usual.

We're a cliche straight out of the pages of "Mars/Venus" and "You Just Don't Understand," in other words. She's the ditzy blonde who's always in the midst of one semi-developed feeling or other, and ever on the verge of a free-associating monologue about her amazing self; I'm just-the-facts Mr. Literal, gazing on his spacey lady with loving bemusement, and wondering why life can't occasionally be a little simpler. She's (mildly) offended when I ask her what she's getting at; I'm (fondly) exhausted by the endless circling and picking-apart. The Wife sometimes compares us to Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser in "Mad About You"; I'm more reminded of Gracie Allen and George Burns, but I see her point. (I'd better.)

I'm tempted by a few Larger Reflections here, mainly along the lines of, Sheesh, the older you get the less remarkable you realize you are. Why are we as young people convinced we're unique? But I'll resist the bait, and will instead limit myself to asking: Which archetypal movie or tv couple do you and your wife tend to find you resemble?



posted by Michael at August 29, 2003


I'm sort of hoping for Jean and Lionel from _As Time Goes By_. I'm in my mid-thirties. Am I nuts?

Posted by: Marvin on August 29, 2003 8:11 PM

What I was really hoping for myself was William Powell and Myrna Loy in "The Thin Man." But I've Gracie and George is much closer to the truth...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on August 29, 2003 8:21 PM

Captain Von Trapp and Maria before the Captn has his awakening. ;o)

Posted by: Deb on August 29, 2003 8:40 PM

One thing about being Gay and in a relationship is that you never find yourself wondering which movie couple you might resemble -- because there aren't any romantic Gay couples in the movies. (Sorry, folks, but Laurel and Hardy just don't count.)

Posted by: Tim Hulsey on August 29, 2003 9:25 PM

Jack Nicholson and Mary Steenburgen in Gone South over here.


Posted by: Scott Chaffin on August 29, 2003 9:49 PM

Hey Tim, I have a gay couple for friends. I call them Bert and Ernie. ;o)

Posted by: Deb on August 29, 2003 10:40 PM

It would be worse: you might resemble Don Amache and Frances Langford from "The Bickersons." Yikes!

Posted by: Pogue Mahone on August 30, 2003 1:13 AM

Lisa informs me that we are Enid and Seymour from Ghost World.

Posted by: Aaron Haspel on August 30, 2003 1:18 AM

"...the midst of one semi-developed feeling or other"

I don't presume to know Mrs. M. Blowhard, but I put forth that this state you cannot comprehend has been discussed by poets:

"....several things dovetailed in my mind, and at once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement especially in Literature which Shakespeare possessed so enormously I mean Negative capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason " ~John Keats

Others call this quality having perspective.

Gay couples I know have no problem adopting Lucy & Ricky or Nick & Nora or Martin & Lewis...

Posted by: j.c. on August 30, 2003 5:37 PM

me and my boyfriend like to watch a lot of stuff on t.v. like movies and they are pretty good but none like i want to see. We like to watch movies like action. and stuff with a lot of action.

Posted by: Jessica on December 8, 2003 3:16 PM

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