Welcome to this week’s Friday Open Thread! A place for feelings, friendship and photos of pets, people or objects that happens to be around you. There’s one of these every week, but, much like snowflakes, no two are the same.
To continue the brave tradition of open thread hosts posting pictures of themselves and their loved ones, here is my girlfriend Shannon looking hot as fuck, which is what I wanted to do with her at the time this photo was taken. (I am the short person next to her, and we were dressed for the ’80s.)
My week has been really busy! I’m finishing up two big projects in my main day job as an academic copy editor and working on some exciting things in my night job as a NSFW editor here on AS, and had two headaches and maybe food poisoned myself and am getting over a cold that has lingered for weeks, and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be wearing forgiving pants right now, double-fisting tea and beer and looking for a movie to watch.
Actually, I know exactly what movie I’m going to watch. Which means it’s confession time: I have never seen all of The Little Mermaid in one sitting.
This is true of many movies, because I don’t really watch movies. The Little Mermaid, though, feels like a big one to miss. (Maybe this is especially because it was formative in Shannon’s youth, and bridging pop culture gaps is lots of fun, and also she and Forever Intern Grace are appalled I haven’t seen it.)
Instead, in my childhood I was busy watching Space Jam and the live-action Mary Poppins with Julie Andrews and a lot of movies featuring golden retrievers playing sports and the loving friendship between a dolphin and a small dog (every day two summers in a row) and, frankly, mostly The Magic School Bus. And even though The Lion King is the first thing I ever remember watching and I had an embarrassing late Aladdin phase and am forever into The Aristocats, I have never seen all of The Little Mermaid in one sitting and TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT.
I am a grown-ass adult who has rent and clients and several library cards and can go to bars, and I’m gonna stay in tonight and watch The Little Mermaid because I damn well want to.
(Or at least, it’s going to be on. Really I’m gonna be talking to you.)
So, this is the part where you come in! Dish. What childhood movies did you never see? What did you watch over and over? What are you having for dinner tonight? Who are you having for dinner tonight? What is up with your garden, job, activity partner, apartment, city, life? Do you think of Julie Andrews and Cabins every time you think of Mary Poppins? Share photos of your life, and I will share photos of my pets (former) and sex toys (current, upon request) and reading pile (future) and probably other things too.
Talk about whatever you want to! That’s what a Friday Open Thread is for, after all. And plus, I want to be part of your world.
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