Monday, April 20, 2009

note to self: stop doing anything.

I was poking around the US Postal Service website trying to confirm when postage is going up again (May 11th, blah), and right on the front page was an announcement about these soon-to-be-released Simpsons stamps! I think I'd heard that they were being released, but then promptly forgot about it. Because I am an avid Simpsons fan who sends a good bit of mail, this makes me really happy, and I'll definitely be buying some. (In addition to the Forever stamps I'm hoping to load up on before the postage goes up, which I have to remember to see if the post office has tomorrow. I love how I'm writing this here, like it's a post-it note stuck to my mirror.) I think the artwork on the stamps is weird, a little sketchy (meaning "as though it was quickly sketched," not "dubious"), but I like them, especially prim-Lisa.

My senior year of high school, I was taking an informal poll, for a while, about what people's favourite Simpsons episodes were. I probably still have the results in a notebook somewhere. My favourite episode is probably Trilogy of Error, which I remember watching when it aired and just being so, so thrilled about the clever narrative structure---the episode shows the same day from Homer, Lisa, and Bart's points of view, and then at the end everyone's stories converge, and it's all really neatly done. (And it has some awesome jokes, like the death scene of Lisa's grammar-correcting robot, Linguo.)

I feel like I should probably be making a grand statement about how The Simpsons is one of the American cultural phenomena closest to my heart, but I'm sort of distracted right now. It's really just pouring rain outside. It sounds wonderful, especially since I'm safely warm and dry in here.

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