Saturday, June 12, 2010

Don't Say Anything. Be Dominant.

For those of you who don't know, I am a long-time fan of the television show Freaks and Geeks. I watched it the night it premiered and fell in love with it. From that point on, I never missed an episode. In fact, I was so obsessed with the show when assigned in a middle school English class to give a speech on something we were an "expert" in, that's what I choose. I, in all seriousness, gave a ten minute speech on how awesome this show was.

To me, at age 14, it just had everything. I wanted so bad to be Lindsey Weir. I still have pictures hidden somewhere of me in my second-hand army jacket. For awhile, every time I thought about how into this show I was or mentioned it to someone who had absolutely no idea what I was talking about I would get so sad that everyone was missing out but now I watch Knocked Up, Superbad, Pineapple Express, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and How I Met Your Mother and I realize how ahead of the times I was. I've had crushes on Jason Segel and Seth Rogan since before anyone even knew who they were.

At one point in 8th grade, my friend Amanda and I were so obsessed with Freaks and Geeks that we took stacks of Post-Its and wrote our favorite quotes from the show on each one. We then hung them in our lockers so we would could remove a Post-It each day for a new quote. As I was thinking about how absurd that was I decided it would be a neat idea to choose some favorite quotes and locate the scenes they're used in. I then do a sketch from that shot and include the quote. I plan on doing one of these for every major character and then embroidering them in great detail.

Why, you ask? I have no idea. It just sounded kinda cool. And, you know, my basic lack of life or social skills plays into that too, I'm sure.

First sketch is of Bill Haverchuck. It comes from the second episode "Beers and Weirs" where Lindsay throws a party and her younger brother Sam and his friends switch the keg of real beer out for a keg of non-alcoholic beer. The scene I choose features Bill, left alone to guard the real keg, slowly getting drunk [using a decorative plastic baseball hat as a cup] and watching his favorite show, "Dallas." 

I'm pretty excited to see how I can translate this into Needlework.

And, before I forget, I got a sewing machine! Matt's Grandma just so happened to have three machines, two of which from garage sales, and she gave me one of them. It's an old Kenmore model, I believe from the seventies. I can't wait to use it!


  1. This is awesome! This will look amazing when it's finished.

    This morning, Alan said "Randi has an awesome drawing posted on Facebook," and before he had a chance to read the caption/info, I saw it and yelled -- yelled -- "Bill Haverchuck!" Clearly, I also have a problem with this show. I still re-watch episodes, three and four at a time, even though I could recite them by heart. I remember your presentation, by the way. I have dim memories of perhaps not even being in the class with you, but sitting in or something? That can't be right. We were obsessed.

  2. Now that you mention it, I'm pretty sure you weren't in the class. I think we got special permission to observe each other by doing speeches on the same thing? Or something? It's pretty ridiculous that we even made that request in the first place, honestly. I also am now remembering doing a monologue involving Eli in my freshman theatre class.

    I couldn't possibly be lamer, I'm convinced.

    I may actually cheat and do two of Bill, but only because he looks so fantastic in that Bionic Woman costume.