Here's something that puzzled me during my month-long marathon to watch every episode of all seven seasons of The Closer.
1. Why doesn't Kyra Sedgwick age? Is there a portrait of her in a closet, turning to dust?
2. What is it about fictional characters that you can grow to like them so much? They are not real! They are imaginary! It's all made up. I have grown very attached to Brenda and Detective Gabriel (I wanted to slap that spying girlfriend of his) and all the rest of the team. And the cat. Cats. I liked Brenda's cat Kitty and the other cat Joel. Although I like Laverne and Shirley better. They are cuter. Not that I am lookist when it comes to cats. But my cats are cuter and they are more affectionate.
I have wanted to be friends with characters in books, too. Some characters, I have not liked so much. Frenemies. Kay Scarpetta - interesting, but not somebody I would want to be friends with. Indeed, there are times when I have wanted to slap her. And Sarah Paretsky's Victoria Iphegenia. Annoying.
Bridget Jones, a little too scattered. Kinsey Milhone - I want her to get a new dress, for pete's sake. There is a lot to be said for a black dress that can go in your purse, much in the same way there is a lot to be said for shoes that can go in your dishwasher, but what you can say about them is not nice.
Wow. Maybe there aren't any characters in books I want to be friends with. Nancy Drew. I wanted to be friends with her and her titian hair. Actually, I wanted to be Nancy Drew. I wanted a roadster and titian hair and a boyfriend named Ned and I wanted to solve mysteries.
Where was I going with this? I don't remember.
Oh. I would like to be friends with Brenda, although maybe not. She is just a tiny bit manipulative. But then, who among us is without flaws? Not I that's for sure. I am introverted (not really a flaw but not a characteristic that lends itself to lots of friends) and self-centered and a little bit whiny and I get cranky when I am tired or hungry and then my already-limited amount of patience goes to nothing. And yet there are wonderful people who are friends with me. Friends who have almost no flaws as far as I am concerned.
But that's not what I wanted to talk about - which fictional characters I would want as friends. What I really wanted to talk about is how it seems that on the show, Brenda and Fritz don't each have a side of the bed.
That is, some days, Brenda is on the right side and Fritz is on the left and other days, they switch. Or so I seem to recall.
This is odd to me.
I have my side of the bed and SH has his. He was quite relieved when we became A Thing to discover that my side would not conflict with his side.
We might not have gotten married if we had both wanted the same side of the bed. SH is that inflexible. He just will not yield on his side.
I thought everyone had A Side, but then my friend Lenore, who does not make a Big Deal that her husband goes to bed before she does, unlike some spouses I know, told me that she and Rob switch off all the time. Sometimes she is on the right side of the bed, sometimes she is on the left.
I don't think I could live with that level of chaos. I have enough drama and unpredictability in my life (work). I don't need it at home.
And I wonder how the writers of the show - if I am remembering this correctly - could have someone as inflexible as Brenda switch sides of the bed with such ease. Are these all people who sleep alone?