Friday Flotsam

Fridaaaaaayyyyaaaaaah! (<–see I can keep it mild.)

Can we just talk about the bedpan situation around the grandparents’ bed in Willy Wonka real quick?

I know it’s been at the top of your to-dissect list.

First of all, four elderly grandparents. In a full-size bed. Together. CONSTANTLY. And apparently none of them can walk? At all? What’s the deal there? Why can’t they walk? Because clearly Grandpa Joe could walk once he put his mind (and legs and feet) to it. Matter of fact, he could dance! I bet you anything they all had a little Electric Slide in them just waiting to roar.

BUT THE BEDPANS. First of all, no. If they can get out of bed to squat over the bed pans, why can’t they make their way to the bathroom less than three feet away? Wasn’t there a bathroom less than three feet away? There were chocolate bars a plenty, surely there was a bathroom.

Or do they squat over the bedpans? Do they lean down and bring the bedpans to them? Still, it takes a certain amount of lower body strength to lean down, secure a grasp, haul it up, maneuver over the bedpan, not slosh anything out of the bedpan and gently place it back down. And if they can do that they can certainly just get up, dance a little, and go hit up the actually potty.

(you’re like, “what am I reading right now.”)

Wait, did the young mom have to take the bedpans out? That poor woman. I realize I could google “how do bedpans work?” or “why didn’t the grandparents in Wonka get out of bed” or “why don’t I have human friends” but it’s too much work. Just like going to the bathroom APPARENTLY.

(yes I’ve seen the movie a million times since I was a kid and cannot.let.this.go.)

I still haven’t lol’d.

Loled? Lol’d. I still haven’t!

And by that I mean use the actual l followed by the o followed by the final l. I usually just do this – “hahahahaha!” Or “ha!” Or use the different laughing face emojis. Mostly the emojis.

Thing is, back when it first came out, I hated it. I swore I’d never use lol. Never. But years have passed and it’s completely taken on a new attitude. And I’m obsessed. I love reading it as a subtle tack-on in funny memes with everyday adult humor. Especially coming from “poised” people like doctors or lawyers – completely hysterical. I love when it pops up unexpectedly in serious captions. It’s so funny to me now. Makes me lol so hard.

Oh! There it was! You all saw it!

. . . Not sure how I feel about it.

So, my life is at a crossroads, and I need your input.

And I’m serious. What I decide this weekend sets the tone for weeks to come. Years, maybe.

And I need your guidance, your strength, your gentle yet impactful nudge to help me through this pivotal fork in the road.

Should I watch the newest Mrs. Maisel first, the Alanis Morissette documentary, or the And Just Like That documentary? (Or D: a documentary on spider silk and its molecular properties, like Aaron suggests. And if you say D I will drop kick your boob.)

Which one? What comes first? Help me.

Daylight Saving Time is two weeks from this Sunday, in case anyone needs a morale boost.

Also, I feel like a turd saying Saving, singular. It most definitely feels like it should be SavingS, plural, but I guess that’s wrong and nothing is right and see you never lol.

Weekend plans?

Other than a birthday party tomorrow morning (the life of an elementary school kid <and the mom>) – ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Which is life-giving. And also means I’ll be churning out some reels, bruh. Look I am having fun JUST LET ME HAVE THIS. Also there’s a newish taco joint in the neighborhood that I’m dying to try and a book I’m about to finish. And of course the reels lol.

From this week, in case ya missed it::: Smoked Cajun Soup! Multiple have suggested just buying some already-smoked meats to make this dinner even more of a cinch. Brilliant! And a Herring Po’ Boy. Which technically isn’t an actual Po’ Boy, given the bread is a little different, but we’re okay! Just call it a sub sam and you’re set.

We’re having Slow Cooker Beer Chili tonight, what in your belly? (<–that kind of grossed me out, sorry lol)

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15 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Kellie D. February 25, 2022 at 9:22 am #
    My 10-year-old daughter is currently obsessed with Willy Wonka, and I also think about the bedpan situation every time we watch it because THAT POOR WOMAN. But they clearly live in an older tenement and those weren’t originally built with individual bathrooms in each residence. They had shared facilities for groups of apartments, so I guess the answer is that the grandparents couldn’t go that far?? Still, d**k move on Grandpa Joe’s part to only get his butt out of bed so he could freeload on Charlie’s golden ticket. The mom should have gotten to go. Clearly I think about this too much… The AJLT documentary is a fun watch, especially for the fashion archives and styling.
  2. Anonymous February 25, 2022 at 9:29 am #
    I am not sure........but I think you have gone round the bend!! As for the grandparents. They could walk...clear out to the outhouse. They just were staying cozy and warm and liked playing footsie together to pass the time.
    • Bev Weidner February 25, 2022 at 9:38 am #
      I never knew there was an outhouse! How did I MISS that. I need a life.
  3. Sarah February 25, 2022 at 9:44 am #
  4. Ashley February 25, 2022 at 10:13 am #
    For anyone else out there that loves VEEP: my husband and I cannot hear Daylight Saving Time mentioned without saying "It's neither plural nor possessive" a la Gary Cole's Kent character. Re: Willy Wonka: My righteous anger over poor Charlie's poverty and his lazy-a* grandparents-in-the-bed situation is why I hate hate hate that movie. Well partly why I hate it; I hate a lot of things about it, it's probably my biggest unpopular opinion. lol ;)
    • Bev Weidner February 25, 2022 at 10:16 am #
      I am WITH YOU on this. It's so jacked up on so many levels. Why I've seen it the amount of times I have? No one can tell. I always wanted to love it, but it's truly so, so weird. I stand with you on the grandparent laziness. And just say no to bedpans already.
  5. Jill February 25, 2022 at 11:18 am #
    You must watch Alanis Morissette now!
  6. Christine February 25, 2022 at 11:43 am #
    I'm embarrassed to say, I will be watching the final 2 hour episode of Love is Blind 2 ?‍♀️ its the only "reality" series that I watch... its a complete wreck of a show but I'm so all in LOL. I vote for Alanis and have in fact added it to my watch list!
  7. Joanne February 25, 2022 at 1:17 pm #
    I always thought it was odd that grandpa could get up and dance in just minutes and thought; why aren't they all trying harder to get out of bed and help?! I never once noticed the bedpans though. I kind of hate to admit that I haven't heard of any of those shows so I can't give you advice on that!
  8. Kathy February 25, 2022 at 1:38 pm #
    Honey, it’s a movie. You’re going to be ok. ?
    • Bev Weidner February 27, 2022 at 9:38 am #
      We both know that's entiiiiiiirely besides the point. ;)
  9. Katy K February 25, 2022 at 8:50 pm #
    I totally agree with you on the LOL thing, I hated and I this here response is the first time I've typed it. I still refuse to use it! As for Willy Wonka, I have also always been baffled by the grandparets. But as a kid in the 70's/80's, it didn't occur to me get mad about it. As an adult, I got mad, haha! I read that Roald Dahl wrote all the adults in his books to be jerks, and let the kids be the only ones with any sense. It was to empower his readers, the children! Kinda makes sense, especially if you've read any of his other books... No advice on what to watch, I mostly spend my evenings crocheting...
  10. Nancy February 26, 2022 at 11:27 am #
    Hey, if you want to binge a great series, there is Inventing Anna on Netflix. I just finished and loved it. No LOL but a fascinating character study.
  11. Tracy February 27, 2022 at 4:47 pm #
    I also highly recommend Inventing Anna! Very entertaining as well as fascinating.

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