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What You Doing in a Club on a Thursday

Doing a double-header tonight. Watching The Wire and trying to dig out of the endless well of e-mail. I’m not going to start a screed against email because I’d rather write to almost anyone instead of talk on the phone. Plus, email has elevated voice mail. WHen you call someone now, it’s serious shit.

What do you think of the Jimmy McNulty montage? The many faces of McNulty. Jimmy!

13 Responses

  1. To me Jimmy is the doofus newscaster on The Hour or the creepy real life serial killer from Appropriate Adult.

  2. I agree about preferring e-mail to talking on the phone. I never know what to do with the silences.

  3. I liked him as Theron in 300 (the movie that showed me I don’t know how to write screenplays).

  4. i loathe talking on the phone!

  5. I haven’t watched the Wire, but I can’t keep him and rufus sewell straight & I loved rufus in Dangerous Beauty. (“I’m. All. Booked. Up.”)

  6. Our 20-something kids tell us it’s rude to call someone on the phone, plus they don’t read email that’s not related to work, and they only pick up their mail about twice a month, and Facebook is only for old people now. My daughter has not deposited the birthday and xmas checks from her grandmother for a few years now because they are not direct deposit and it’s too much trouble to go to the bank.

    Turning 50 next week does not make me feel old, but that paragraph does.

    • I fuckin’ love these kids. Daughter the same. I wish I could not take calls or read email, FB def for senior citizens, which I am new to and can not “get into.”
      I definitely deposit my checks, however.

  7. I watched The Wire twice in six months (and the first time was this year–yeah, I have no life). But that’s how much I loved it. Dominic West is a fine actor. Have you watched The Affair on Showtime? It’s the type of show every writer should watch (at least a few episodes) since it’s a great study on POV. (And it shows West’s range as an actor.) PS – I hate the phone. Always have, even as a teenager in the 80s.

  8. Teri’s comment nailed it.

    At this rate, pretty soon there will be no actual conversations at all. From texting, to who knows? At some point maybe it’ll be like a Vulcan mind-meld.

    Jimmy McNulty. He’s got the next door neighbor look. Not too good looking, but good looking enough.

  9. What I’ve learned from the young folks is that it is impolite to call on the telephone unless you have pre-arranged a phone call date via text. Unexpected phone calls have always been intrusive and anxiety-provoking so it seems to me etiquette is finally catching up with reality. In general only old people use telephones to talk anyway

  10. Phone shy. Phone phobic. Phone lazy.
    Hell yes to Dominic West.

  11. I’ve never liked speaking on the phone, even as a teenager. Spoken words can’t be edited and once that foot’s lodged in there, it’s tough to talk anyway.

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