Seinfeld is Still Relevant

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Seinfeld is still current, despite the fact that it officially ended almost 14 years ago, don’t you think?  I think there is probably at least one occasion a day that something happens, which is immediately followed by, “That’s like on that Seinfeld episode when….”

  • Kramer has that idea to open a “Make Your Own Pizza” shop
  • George fought all day for a parking spot on principle
  • George had to erase that embarrassing message off that answering machine
  • that guy in Elaine’s office was hard of hearing, or was he?  Or the germophobe was afraid of her because she was promiscuous
  • that girl had a “Tractor Story”
  • the brain played chess with the…you know, a certain male bodypart

Ok, so maybe these aren’t the most obvious choices to you, but I challenge you to make some comparisons as you go about your daily routine.

I was reminded of the episode where Elaine is supposed to call her friend to console her and she chooses moments when she’s on the move or distracted, on a “mobile” phone and not really giving her time the attention she deserves.  She spends the whole episode trying to get ahold of her while Jerry tells her how rude it is to make calls like that on the go.  Whoops.  Either times are different now or everyone I know is a jerk.

Even on the comedy Sirius stations, I’ll hear Jerry now and then and his stand-up still holds true.  His puns are so obvious and simple, but always coming from a valid observation.  Only now, I can picture a little bumble bee telling jokes instead of Jerry himself.  The high pitched squealing excitement that sounds slightly panicked at all times.

Do you think he relays his day in the same way when he goes home and talks to his wife?

“You’ll never believe this, the guy, down the hallway, he thinks he can walk past me and just nod without saying hello?  Well I’ll show him, next time we get on the elevator, I’m going to push all the buttons and make he talk to me.  Helllllloooo, la la la.”

Maybe he has a little laugh track app on his phone to follow up his little daily puns or observations when he walks around his home.  He seems like he might be cheesy like that.  I also imagine him to be pretty OCD, keeping his cereal boxes in alphabetical order.

Seinfeld was one of those things that any age could relate to, because the humor was pretty universal but put in odd character situations and usually embarrassing ones.  The routine always went full circle, so it was impossible to get lost and who doesn’t like goofy keyboard music?  My 97 year old Great-Grandmom and I used to watch it together and laugh.  “Oh, that George” she’d say.  I suppose we are avid fans.  My husband went far enough to make a festivus pole for laughs last year.  Grandmom insists it’s a stripper pole.

Thank goodness for syndication.

Nothing has really come close to it since.

Enact the Fifteen Minute Rule

Call your girlfriends. (Photo courtesy of tucsoncitizen.com)

One of my greatest friends made a suggestion not too long ago and unfortunately, it took me a while to let it sink in, and to realize how beneficial it is.  I wanted to share it with you.

Regardless of how busy your week is, take 15 minutes to call the people who are important to you.

Sounds obvious right?  My oldest and still my closest friends are, for the most part, scattered around the country.  With different careers, relationships and social lives, it’s nearly impossible to keep up on the day to day things that matter.  I hate it.  It’s embarrassing to not know a heck of a lot about people you love and care about.

The thing is, I always felt that if I made a call, the inevitable would happen; we’d tell the most recent random story, we’d laugh a ton, ask about each other’s families, jobs, significant others, reminisce about an old story, etc. and before you know it, two hours has passed.  Which, on a slow night is great and I can hang up the phone with a huge smile and say to myself, “After all these years, we still click”.  And we do, too much, over text and emails and not enough real conversation.

If we all said, “Listen, I have 15 minutes to get to point B, I wanted to check in and see how you are”, we’d talk more often and be more in tune.  Since none of us are sitting at home bored, I don’t think it’ll be offensive because we are all just as busy.

Call me old fashioned but the sound of friends’ laughter beats an “LOL” any day.  And imagine this, telling your friends how excited you are about their news instead of “Like”-ing it on Facebook.  Who knew.