Birthdays, Pizza & TV

Today was Dana’s birthday. For those of you who don’t know, Dana is Cameron’s wife. And for those of you who don’t know who Cameron is, we work together doing sound. For the past several years we’ve always gone to Little Tony’s, a local pizza place with red-and-white checked table cloths on the tables, for Dana’s birthday.

This year had to be a little different. She likes to watch her TV and if there’s one show that she would call her favorite, it would be “Friends”. So this year her birthday consisted of take-out from Little Tony’s and the series finale of “Friends”. I can’t say that I’ve ever really watched the show to any extent, so the finale didn’t really mean much to me.

I gave Dana the complete series of “Freaks and Geeks” on DVD. All 18 episodes. We were both big fans of that show and very sad to see it go off the air. Of course after the big finale we had to put on the Halloween episode of “Freaks and Geeks”. Bill dressing up as the Bionic Woman. Classic.

What? I can’t hear you. Let me switch the phone to my bionic ear.

That show described my life in junior high and high school so well. Sam being a total awkward geek. Lindsay being really smart but wanting to hang out with the cool kids. Actually if you want to read a great book, Paul Feig, the creator of the show, wrote about his life growing up in “Kick Me: Adventures In Adolescence.” You can find out what actually happened to Paul when he dressed up as a woman for Halloween. Or the time he thought everyone should know his dad was a war hero so he hung a captured Nazi flag in the front window. Hilarious stuff. (Not that Nazis are funny. Life isn’t quite “Hogan’s Heros.” But I could definitely relate to the extreme mortification he always seemed to put himself through.)