This and That

Funny Friday: Addicted

Posted on: September 9, 2011

Me:  “Hello. My name is Jami and I am an addict. This is very humbling but they say that admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. So here I am admitting to all of you I am addicted to…to…to a children’s cartoon called Phineas and Ferb.”

You: “But Jami, how do you know you’re addicted to Phinas and Ferb?”

Me:   “Did I mention Phineas and Ferb is a children’s cartoon? No normal, mature, sophisticated adult is addicted to a children’s’ cartoon. Children’s cartoons are suppose to annoy, disturb, and basically bug the heck out of all adults and this is how I feel about 99% of the cartoons I am forced to watch with my boys. But Phineas and Ferb is different. It reminds me of a cartoon I would have watched when I was a kid. I love the creativity of the story lines, the music is modern and edgy, and I love the bad guy. Dr. Doofenshmirtz is a goofy, lovable, and is not really evil but a just got teased too much in high school kind of bad guy which is hysterical. I have found myself trying to convince my sons (who usually only want to watch Thomas the Train or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) that Phineas and Ferb is a much better choice for morning TV. I was even laughing to myself thinking of The Roller Coaster Musical episode and how each character’s song really captured who they were as “people”.

See right there. I am describing cartoon characters as “people”. I just went on for a whole paragraph how I love this cartoon show. I am an addict and I need serious help.”

You: “Help me understand. Why don’t you like the other children’s cartoons on TV?”

Me:  “They are cheesy, lame, lacking in creativity, and have the most mind numbing dialog that sometimes I just want to scream. And don’t get me started on the music. The music pushes me over the edge or at least right to it. It’s so unoriginal, so classically upbeat and cheery. Always singing about rainbows, butterflies, and being best friends with everyone. Barf! Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t allow violence, inappropriate language, or mean spirited music in my boy’s little ears but there is no thinking out of the box with most cartoons. They are all the same. The same story lines, the same characters, the same music, and the same message. Boring!”

In fact, here is a picture of all of us watching Phineas and Ferb on the iPad in hubby’s and my room. Guess who got to pick the show we watched? I will give you a hint it wasn’t the boys.”

(Note: we were in our room because there isn’t central air in our housed, only in the bedrooms. So we cranked up our portable AC and turned the ipad on to mommy’s choice.)

You: “Wow. I’m not sure what to say. Your situation is pretty pathetic. Umm…aren’t you a little old to be addicted to a children’s cartoon?”
Me: “Yes, yes I am.”
Me again: “So whether you are a parent or not, you need to watch this show. I promise you will love it. You can’t say Doofenshmirtz without a smile.  Become an addict like me. Besides, there are worse things we could be addicted too, right?”
Nobody gave me any incentive to write this post. I truly just love Phineas and Ferb and was overcome with a desire to share my love with anyone that would listen. So find this on Netflix or your DVR and start enjoying your morning TV again.



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