I strongly believe that Mad Men is currently the best show on television. I believe this so strongly that I was willing to risk getting shanked on my way to claim this sweet Sterling Cooper & Partners mug.
Wednesday night, I saw that @MadMen_AMC retweeted the above picture from @FratelliCafe, so of course I immediately Googled Fratelli’s location. A 45 minute bus ride from work. To go, or not to go? I wouldn’t get off work until 5:30, which meant I wouldn’t arrive until 6:15, and at that point, how could I be sure there’d even be any mugs left? I decided against going due to the simple fact that I would be going entirely out of my way for a stupid little mug.
I woke up on Thursday morning and realized I was being a complete turd for judging myself for what I want. That was it. I decided to go. Who freaking cares if I go nuts for a SC&P mug? No one important, that’s for sure. If you’re reading this and you care, you’re not important and you can leave my blog now, thanks.
Obviously, I’m projecting my self-judgment onto you guys. Sorry.
Anyway, I hopped on the bus and rode to a transfer stop where I needed to catch a different bus. I haven’t seen the LA ghetto, and this probably wasn’t even close, but it differed drastically from what I was used to seeing in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. I waited at that stop for what felt like an eternity, or was at least enough time for me to notice all the graffiti on traffic signs and other public property. Then I got on bus #2 - passengers practically spilled out the windows, it smelled like cannabis, and everyone looked like they wanted to hurt me. I laughed out loud as I remembered I was doing all this for a dumb mug, and a few people around me seemed at least slightly offended. Rookie mistake to laugh as you board a bus packed full of exasperated commuters.
I finally arrived at Fratelli Cafe and choked on my own giggle when I saw the SC&P balloons from a distance. I don’t think I’ve ever fangirled so hard in my whole twenty years of existence. I went in and got my free latte and mug as well as a Greek salad that was surprisingly one of the best salads of my life. By this point it was about 7pm, Game 7 of the NBA finals was on, and I decided to be an even more obnoxious nerd and stay until the event ended at 7:30 to see if they’d let me take the poster home. They didn’t.
I’m one of those people who believes God puts us in the right place at the right time. So while it’s almost pathetic that I have nothing better to do than go an obscene distance out of my way just so I can get a supremely nerdy coffee mug, it put me in the right place at the right time to call 911 for a woman who was having a seizure. Thus, despite any metaphorical self-flagellation I may be inclined toward due to my proclivity to indulge my obsession with television culture, I’ll always be thankful I was there.
The poor manager/owner was taking her order when it happened, and I think he was more traumatized than the woman was when it was all over. I also think he assumed everyone else was shaken up, too, because he gave me two extra mugs for no reason.
So I was pretty excited about those until I realized I’d have to get home without breaking them… so I put one in my backpack (protecting it with an armful of SC&P napkins - let me know if you want a souvenir) and held the other two so they wouldn’t accidentally clang together in my backpack and break. I also laughed out loud every time I remembered I was doing this. I fully admit to my ridiculousness as a human being.
Don Draper of course. I’d have to say, his character reeled me in back in season one, and I didn’t quite know where his character would go.
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now
Sally Draper. She started out being just this little kid but has now grown to be one of my favorite characters in the series.
3. The character everyone else loves that I don’t
Betty Draper/Francis. I’m not sure that everyone loves her, but I’m not a fan. My roommate cheers at the possibility or her and Don getting back together, but I’m not sure if he’s serious or just trying irritate me :P
4. The character I love that everyone else hates
Pete Campbell. He is pretty douchey at times, but I instantly forgive him after watching him hit his face on a wall or fall down the stairs after having a tantrum.
5. The character I used to love but don’t any longer
Harry Crane. I don’t know what happened exactly, but now every time he is on screen I just wanna punch him in his sideburns.
6. The character I would totally smooch
Joan Harris. Because duh, shes amazing.
7. The character I’d want to be like
Ken Cosgrove. Let’s face it, can anyone be mad at Ken Cosgrove? Dude is the shit.
8. The character I’d slap
Harry Crane. Again, I don’t know why this guy just became a huge dick, but yeah, he’s getting a little too big for his britches if you ask me.
9. A pairing that I love
Don and Megan. Honestly when they got together, everything was great. Then Don just HADDD to start cheating with the home-wrecker who also ruined Cory and Topanga’s relationship too.
10. A pairing that I despise
Don and Betty. Like seriously it ended early on in the show, let’s keep it that way. All these subtleties that hint at the two of them together drive me insane. NO.