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Friday, June 24, 2011

Somewhere between Hipster, Intentionally Ironic or Camp is a "Happy Ending," my favorite new TV show

excerpt from ABC-TV's Happy Endings, Season 1, Episode 7
Max teaches Penny how to be a hipster to make it easier for her to fit in with her new guy - a lethargic and pretentious hipster with hipster friends.

Somewhere between 'Hipster' and 'Intentionally Camp & Ironic' is a Happy Ending.

At 00:32 the adorable Elisha Cuthbert finally says something in this clip...
Love her!

I sure hope that ABC gives this show enough time for the cast and writers to really come together even more and for a larger audience to find it and support it, since I personally find this show's writing to be some of the funniest and most trenchant observational humor since Gilmore Girls left the scene.

There's nobody in the cast I don't like and they all seem to have that sense of magic and timing to make it always look like it's the first time they're mouthing their lines, not the twenty-first

(But the suits at ABC -particularly the ones in affiliate relations and PR- ought to be more diligent about making sure that the show's promotional information on the Internet is consistent and doesn't mention multiple dates and time slots for the show.There's far too much conflicting information.
Don't f-up a good show with promise simply because nobody is paying attention to the details.)

And seriously, as someone named Dave, how can I possibly NOT love a show where a character named Dave was supposed to marry Elisha Cuthbert?
(I mean her character, Alex.)

Elisha Cuthbert is a smasher!

She's straight out of Stureplan via Canada if you know what I mean.
She's double-vetted for talent, charm and good looks!

Happy Endings homepage at ABC-TV is at http://abc.go.com/shows/happy-endings

Hulu supposedly airs the entire episodes of the last 5 shows to air on ABC at:

Meanwhile back in Flatbush...

New York Post video: Soap & Suds - Brooklyn, NY laundromats as "happenings"

Didn't I read in an essay in -yes- The New Yorker, many years ago, that this laundromat-cum-music hall craze originally got passe around the late '80's or so?
There are some parts of the USA -and entire states- that the fad never ever successfully migrated to.

By the way, when you do a search in The New Yorker's index, there are currently 250 entries for the word "hipster."
Here's the most recent, an essay from last November by Richard Brody in their The Front Row blog titled Hip Replacements:

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If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well. Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, they couldn't be farther from the sort of strong results-oriented, eager work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect. But seldom if ever see...

This is particularly true in the Broward County city I live in, the City of Hallandale Beach, north of Aventura and south of Hollywood and right on the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the "Perfect Storm" of years of apathy, incompetency and cronyism are all too readily apparent. Sadly for its beleaguered residents, HB is where even easily-solved, quality-of-life problems are left to fester for YEARS on end, because of myopia, lack of common sense and ineffective supervisory management. It's a city with tremendous potential because of its terrific location and well-educated populace, yet its citizens have almost become numb to HB City Hall's frequent outrages and screw-ups, the result of YEARS of the worst kind of mismanagement and lack of foresight. On a daily basis, residents and Small Business owners wake up and see the same old problems that have never being adequately resolved by the city in a logical and responsible fashion, merely kicked -once again- further down the road for others to solve in the future.

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Singer/songwriter Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard)

Singer/songwriter Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard)
Singer/songwriter Full of Keys (Anni Bernhard) wearing the teal-colored Miami Dolphins cap I gave her in January 2013 (in Stockholm) while recording her 2nd album, "The Grazing Grounds" at Sandkvie Studios in Visby, Gotland, Sweden. Also pictured here are sound engineer and co-producer Linus Larsson and musician/DJ/co-producer Mats Jönsson, April 12, 2013.Click the photo to see her videos, read my blog posts and Tweets about her and learn more about this dynamic and original talent with personality to spare!

North Miami Beach Senior High School, the Home of the Chargers

North Miami Beach Senior High School, the Home of the Chargers
Before I was a Hoosier, I was an NMB Charger, Class of 1979.

In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation

In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation
"In the Heart of a Great Country, Beats the Soul of Hoosier Nation." -South Beach Hoosier, 2007.