I loved the Saturday Night Live Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks!

I haven’t really watched SNL the past few  years, but did watch a little bit of last week’s episode, and loved the Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks.  I love how I fully expected his character to completely offend (and vice versa) the other contestants, but in the end they found they had a lot of unexpected similarities.  

Having gone to high school with many minority students in a low-income area and lived one year in a conservative low-income white community, but also growing up white and relatively comfortable and having worked 15 years in privileged White (and Indian) High Tech, I do feel that low-income black communities and low-income white communities have a lot more in common with each other than the privileged communities.  I love that the SNL Black Jeopardy skit explored that 🙂  And it was hilarious.

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I loved the Saturday Night Live Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks!

One of the best themed characters for me all time is Ferris Buehler’s sister in Ferris Buehler’s Day Off

I always loved how the sister in Ferris Buehler’s Day Off spends the entire movie fuming about Ferris while she herself doesn’t recognize her own benefits in the midst of all her wallowing..  She has a new car, stylish clothes and essentially skims or skips through most of her classes and basically does whatever she wants to do while obsessing about Ferris’s unfair privileges.  I love that character.  How many of us today wallow while living a good life in what we call “first world problems?” Many of us could learn something from watching that character 🙂   

I myself could have learned something about that.  In 2009, 2010 and 2011 I had an amazing job that I was good at, had the support of my bosses, was allowed to work wherever I wanted, skipped meetings without notice if I didn’t feel they were inportant, and earned an amazing living – and bitched the entire time about my jobs.  Amazing.  In retrospect, I was coming down with lung disease and think the illness was making me unhappy/anxious/stressed (without knowing it).  But I had a good life and bitched and worried the entire time 🙂

Ironically, now I live with the possibility of relapse, make half the money and am not appreciated at work, and am much more content.  Go figure 😉

One of the best themed characters for me all time is Ferris Buehler’s sister in Ferris Buehler’s Day Off

The scariest thing I ever did as a parent in USA was drop my oldest off at Kindergarten

More than anything else, this shows the sheltered life I’ve led, but I think the most nerve-wrenching thing I did as a parent was drop my oldest (son R) off at Kindergarten, which happened 13 years ago tomorrow.  I was so worried about him – would he do okay?  Would he make friends?  Would he be bullied?  It was stressful and worrisome.  I didn’t feel that way about my daughter L, not only because she was the second in line (we’d already done it so I knew what to expect) but she was much easier to adjust to things at the time.  But, again, it shows what a privileged life I lead – there are people in USA who have to worry about their kids and drive-by shootings, etc.  I did not go to a great high school (it was half minority in a poor area and there were problems with gangs, etc.), but I did not have to raise my kids in that.  I feel blessed.  And I wish I could make it so no one had to raise their kids in that.  The fact we have that in the USA is really unforgivable to us, our Leaders, and our top 1% who have retired and spend their days in luxury.

The scariest thing I ever did as a parent in USA was drop my oldest off at Kindergarten