Wednesday, 20 June 2012


I seem to be making a habit of disappearing.... sorry. I mean well and then life throws things my way. Come end of a hectic uni semester I find myself without a break, meddling in the horrible 9-5 world that is work.

Apologies but sometimes this gal just likes some lazy time after sitting amongst the bland walls of my office and staring at a dreary computer screen with never enough coffee and never enough time staring at the clock.

And yeah, maybe I haven't thought of writing recently for I have done a lot of writing over the past 2 months and I have done a lot of watching great writing! huh? you ask. Well it seems my ability to obsess over all things a little odd has appeared once again and I have been shamefully stuck to my cozy lounge room watching The West Wing

I know this is an unrelated topic and maybe I could somehow ween it into fashion through the likes of Press Secretary / Chief of Staff character CJ Cregg's wonderful power suits and elegant ball gowns. OR I could even say it is a distant relative of Tasty Tuesday... The President talks about food sometimes and his liking for Alaskan king crab and all those dinner parties they go to. BUT just because I can, I shall promote this genius of a series through no real reason but to say thanks West Wing you are beautiful.

Politicians - we are all somehow wired to hate them. Sometimes I think we actually have no real reason to hate them - we don't even really know what they are all about. We get confused with the person and the job - we think the man is the same as the policy or the governing body and we want to blame, shame and place a face on our disappointment of THE government. I do it - we all do. And we all come to the conclusion all politicians are soulless creatures, idiotic heads on two legs and worth nothing - screwing up our country bit by bit. But in fact they aren't. For all the bad that we see, there is some good happening amongst the cracks. And for all that cliche of government = bad, it is probably one of the hardest jobs out there, maybe we should give them a break.

I know I can get confused with reality and fiction and what Aaron Sorkin created is in no way an absolute true telling of what really goes on in the White House. It a version of American politics we all wish was true. But there are some definite truths to it. As much as we slander them, the people that help run the world are ultimately extremely smart cookies.

Has The West Wing made me a democrat at heart? yeah maybe... is it wrong to base beliefs on a TV show? also maybe, but it's a free world.

Has my passion for this amazing piece of television caused me to read news articles on the current presidential campaign - yes. Do I pretend it is an episode of The West Wing? absolutely. When I work at election day here (bet you didn't know that!) - do I pretend I'm an extra on The West Wing? a little. Have I been slightly more interested in my own countries politics because of it? Yep.

Sometimes I'm a little too full of heart. My mum said a very true thing the other day. I was passionately voicing my dislike for pretentious little morsels of food on a tv show and she replied "I don't really like it either but no need to get worked up about it. It doesn't effect you at all, so why waste your energy." This is true - it doesn't effect me but I can't help but get heated about it. It is probably one of my biggest faults - the ability to feel too much too often and yet the ability to feel nothing at all and forget things ever happened comes rather naturally as well.

So this weakness of mine has resulted in yet another passion. It has resulted in lack of sleep, square eyes and procrastination central. The West Wing is strong, intelligent and empowering. The characters are every bit endearing and so human. They are hopelessly flawed and brilliant, they are characters that stay with you. No one better than President Josiah Barlet - oh Martin Sheen where have you been all my life? I wish you really were the president of the free world. (spoiler alert!) Can you imagine it? A president suffering from MS and successfully governing two terms - that's eight years of ups and downs, eight years of making the world (fictional) a better place. Solving world issues, cleaning up education and gun control all while being a father and knowing the name of every man and woman that faithfully serve under him. Where would he be without his team? The original gang - Toby Ziegler, Sam Seaborne, CJ Cregg, Josh Lyman and Leo McGarry. It's like The Avengers politics style!

I have loved many a television series but this one - this wins by much more than a mile - best writing.

Just like I have walked beautiful Austria and sung The Sound of Music or acted out countless movies on the streets of New York, I will one day go to Washington DC, stand outside the White House gates and roll off President Jed Bartlet quotes.

Apparently Barrack Obama is a fan - surely that is credibility enough!

Three more sleeps until Melbourne - joy of joys I am in hungry need of some new scenery.

I'll see you sporadically over the next couple of weeks and I'll drop you some quotes every now and then (I do that to people all the time - it's another one of those annoying habits)

In the words of Jed Bartlet:

"What will be the next thing that challenges us? That makes us go farther and work harder? You know that when smallpox was eradicated, it was considered the single greatest humanitarian achievement of this century? Surely we can do it again, as we did in the time when our eyes looked towards the heavens, and with outstretched fingers we touched the face of God"

Come on! That is writing from the heavens!


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