Honey, I’m home!

One of my favorite movie is Pleasantville.

It’s a philosophical film about freedom, society and will.

One of it’s high point is the “Honey, I’m home” scene,

Where William H Macy gets lost because everything is not as it’s always been.

Him, going home from work expecting diner,

His wife waiting for him, something ready in the oven, and smiling like a flower.

But now that they’re both working, who’s waiting for them at home?

Chinese food, pizza coupons or, if they’re rich, a waiter called Jerome?

We may now learn from social evolution that our eating habits are a total mess.

I highly need a catchphrase, everybody has one in the US.




Money, Money, Money

Today I’m going to break a taboo,

Talking about money and too bad if you boo.

I have no idea of any average American salary

But I must say in films, working people’s everyday life is quite extraordinary.

Take The Holiday, where Kate Winslet is a journalist in charge of weddings

I know, she is in London but it’s a US movie. She owns quite nice belongings.

How she got a cottage, expensive car, nice clothes, isn’t said in the screenplay.

Then, she decides, overnight, to spend her holidays in L.A.

About plane tickets, cab fees and other expenses she couldn’t care less!

I actually need a catchphrase, everybody has one in the US.


Shake things up

Changing careers appears to be much easier in America than in France.

It looks like you just have to do some unpaid internships or go free lance.

In P.S. I love you, Hilary Swank became a successful shoe designer after quitting real estate

Just because she knew how to draw and her dead husband showed her it was fate.

In Friends, Chandler change to advertiser after I don’t know what job in a big firm,

Phoebe, who’s a masseuse, is a caterer with Monica for a short term,

And Phoebe’s husband, Mike, go from lawyer to professional piano player.

I think it’s great and regret that it’s different here – sorry if I’m being a whiner –

where you have to do a three years formation just to go from waitress to hostess.

I surely need a catchphrase, everybody has one in the US.



Unemployment & Sensibility

I recently watched Pride & Prejudice (again) and it made me think about all these stories

Where the women are not working and seem to have no worries.

Except of course the trouble of love, that I think you still have, even with a good job.

People always care for love, even if they are the head of the Italian mob.

What if today I tried to see what’s it like to live not working.

Every miss Bennet looks fine with it, so maybe I lived to late or that’s what I should be trying.

From Little women to the Importance of being Earnest,

Even in Jane, Emma, or Sense & Sensibility, witch is, necessarily, the best,

They are never bored, reading, sewing, looking for tenderness.

I concretely need a catchphrase, everybody has one in the US.




Crazy Stupid co-workers

Crazy Stupid Love is a movie a friend of mine recently advised me to see

I’ve only seen the trailer so far, but it’s certainly a style that would, in fact, fit me.

Seeing these images, I realized something that occurs in a lot of movies.

It seems that they have to get stupid people in all companies.

It’s like some colleagues or bosses of the main characters

have to be super stupid, super mean, super morons or a mix of these supers.

I’m not saying it reflects reality and I sure hope it does not

But they look like they need to speak about it a lot.

I wonder if there is a problem with idiocy in the American business?

I positively need a catchphrase, everybody has one in the US.



I’d better be a lawyer

I’ve seen Ally McBeal, Drop Dead Diva and some Law & order

I watched Primal fear, Mr Deeds goes to town and The Lincoln Lawyer,

And in all this lawyery stuff something struck me,

I’m not saying it’s real, but it would be nice if it turned out to be :

All the men look beautiful and seem to have a awful lot of money.

Maybe that’s what I should do, I’d like to have friends looking like Mr McConaughey.

And I’d have no problem being Callista Flockhart aka Miss McBeal

If it meant working with Mr Downey Jr and living with Mr Ford, I think that’s a good deal.

That’s a nice motivation when you have to go to work. Nevertheless,

I sincerely need a catchphrase, everybody has one in the US.



Coffee or nothing

The working universe is surrounded by lots of things or facts.

One of them is Coffee, more than a drink, it’s part of the job’s artefacts.

It’s true in France and I guess it’s the same in almost all countries

But in America, as showed in TV and movies,

It has not only a status, a place or a ritual,

It is so intense it gets spiritual.

I’ll pass on Gilmore Girls where it’s really addictive

But just take a look at Gibbs on NCIS, it’s very illustrative.

I’m relieved I like hot drinks in paper cups, plastic lids, and bitterness!

I decidedly need a catchphrase, everybody has one in the US.


Where to?

I would certainly say that the place you work in does a lot in your everyday life,

I wonder what my future workplace will look like, if I’m not ending up a happy housewife.

Would I be a Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail, running a book business in a hundred square feet place?

Or Tom Hanks in Catch Me if You Can, running after a genius and spending Christmas in the police open space?

I surely hope I won’t be like Tom Hanks in Cast Away with no job and only a football as a friend,

or as Joe vs The Volcano’s Tom Hanks who, to leave is cubicle-hell-of-a-life, is ready to set up his own end.

I could be Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan who’d certainly rather be in a cubicle,

Or Tom Hanks from The Ladykillers, wondering about workplaces like his first bicycle.

And I don’t dream to be Tom Hanks in The Terminal, eating airport food and not marrying the cute stewardess.

Anyway, I still need a catchphrase, everybody has one in the US.



Unruly Super heroes

It’s cool how things work out when you’re a super hero

Your job doesn’t seem to matter, if you’ve got to save the world you can always go.

I just saw Captain America and it had me wonder,

Of course, this doesn’t apply to him, doing his job being a super soldier,

But Iron man, Batman, Superman, Spider man and the all brand,

They all have businesses to run or jobs to attend.

They keep their hero’s activities a secret, so no one knows where they are,

nevertheless, I don’t think any of them has been fired so far.

So, if I ever wanted to skip work and get away with it, I’d just have to be some kind of a goddess!

I really need a catchphrase, everybody has one in the US.



Journalist 1.01

Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City,

Or Jennifer Garner in 13 going 30,

Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle,

Or Robin Wright in message in a bottle.

If I want to be a journalist like them, I shall have no fear,

The Devil wears Prada made it pretty clear.

It seems to be an adventurous job that you can easily loose;

But, in the other hand, you always get to wear really nice shoes!

This is a strong argument to get me to do it, I confess…

I will necessarily need a catchphrase, everybody has one in the US.