Friday, December 09, 2011

reverb11 day 9 - how Don Draper disappointed me

Today’s prompt asks: What was the one disappointment that has turned out to be a blessing in the last 12 months. How will this affect how you deal with disappointment in the future?

 OK – here’s the dealio. I got, like, four hours of sleep last night, I have seven minutes to write this post, and my show opens tonight – so I don’t want to spend a lot of time thinking about the disappointments of 2011. The good news is, a big list of things didn’t immediately come to mind, so I’m going silly on this one – it’s Friday, after all!

 So, last year (2010), after several annoying years of people telling me I should be watching Mad Men, and oh, I would love Mad Men, and, Amanda, you REALLY SHOULD WATCH MAD MEN, SERIOUSLY, THIS IS THE SHOW FOR YOU, I decided to give in and watch Mad Men over the summer, when there was nothing else on. So Greg and I started renting the DVDs, and were immediately hooked. This was a big deal, considering we watch maybe two shows together, because we never like the same stuff. But, lo, we became mightily addicted to Mad Men – which we nicknamed “The Don Draper Show.”

 Side note: Jon Hamm, who plays Don Draper, is painfully hot. So, so much hotness. I mean, this didn’t even need to be said, but there you go. And he’s funny! Not on Mad Men, but in movies, and on SNL, and 30 Rock, and other things. He is my official TV boyfriend, for those of you keeping track. (Mark Ruffalo is my Hollywood boyfriend, and my Broadway boyfriend slot is currently open – although, really, Cheyenne Jackson would do nicely.)

 Anyway, we blew through the first three seasons, caught up to the fourth as it was airing, and watched the rest of the fourth season in real time. And it was wonderful .

 And then.

 Then there was some sort of contract negotiation bullshit between the creator, Matthew Weiner, and AMC, the network that airs the show, and the season that SHOULD have aired this summer did not. The fifth season will not air until March 2012. What the fuck, AMC? I needed a dose of Don Draper!

 BUT. Here is how that disappointment turned into a blessing. This past summer, I managed to get my hands on the iPad (Greg and Jane hog that thing), and realized that Netflix streaming offered Mad Men. So, for shits and giggles, I fired up the first episode – I thought it might be nice to see the gang again, if only for a few minutes.

 You know where this is headed.

 Several weeks later, I finished up watching ALL FOUR SEASONS AGAIN. And it was good. Good because I got my dose of Don, and good because I noticed things I hadn’t noticed before. And I’m totally primed for the fifth season, which starts in only – sigh – three months.

 Maybe I’d better watch it again.

 PS This video cracks me up. What?


Anabelle said...

He's the "What" down to an art :)

dominique said...

no i mean, he IS painfully hot. that's the best way to describe it. i don't go for celebrities at all but my GOD do i lust after some don draper. i feel you sister, i really do.

Esther said...

Three months is nothing. My favorite show, True Blood, ended in September, and I have to wait until June 2012 for the next season to start.

Unknown said...

i have been wanting to watch this show! i may have to now! your description of it is hilarious. :)

Jason said...

I too watched this show this past summer in its entirety, not because of how hot Draper was, but liked the show all the same. I have been waiting for the new season to pop up, but have been unaware of the turmoil as I don't actually have a television. Thanks for sharing this post, now I know when I too will get my fix.

Noel said...

I love the way you answered this post, and also, that video is hilarious!

Dwayne "The Train" said...

just thinking about my response to this post filled my heart with so much sadness that it's taken me a couple of days to be able to pull myself together enough to compose this.

my greatest heartbreak during this past year was my failure to meet james edward franco.

i made several attempts:

1) when i suspected he was wandering the streets of new haven, i made sure that i too was wandering the streets of new haven, full of hope that we would "accidentally" bump into each other, start a deep, meaningful conversation, and then become bffs forever. (that's right, best friends forever forever).

2) back when he had a twitter, i tweeted at him multiple times, full of hope that he would be so moved by my poetic way with the words that he would respond, that we would start a deep, meaningful conversation, and that we would become bffs forever.

3) i saw 127 hours 127 times (or slightly fewer) full of hope each time that he might just happen to be at the same movie as me watching himself on the big screen, that we would start a deep, meaningful conversation, and that we would then become bffs forever.

i suppose it's a good thing i did not get to meet him, because if i did, we would now be bffs forever, i would must likely now be part of his entourage and most definitely be living in his mansion, which would probably be awesome, but i wouldn't have time for the little people, meaning i wouldn't be able to comment on all your blog post. so really, you are the one who wins, amanda. i hope my suffering somehow makes you happy.

PS: i am pretty sure this is what it would look like meandJF.


also, here’s my reply to not yesterday’s prompt: #inotsosecretlyloveladygaga.

lgaumond said...

That picture is awesome.