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portlAndia’s FUNny, WEIRD HIPster LEGACY

To serve as a subtle reminder about Portlandia’s eighth and final season airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. on IFC starring SNL alum Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, here’s a “Flashback Friday” interview with the wildly gifted character actor “funny Freddy” (bonus points if you get the reference).

Hipsters deserve a fair amount of societal ridicule, but the simultaneous love letter cleverly written throughout Portlandia proves the paramount truth that the communities that can laugh together can live together.

And that (forgive me) will be a pretty hip legacy for Portlandia.

Happy Monday

Fred Armisen’s reluctant Portlandia driving character = All of us this morning.

Carrie Brownstein’s insistent Portlandia driving character = Our Monday alarm that officially starts the workweek.

Random Thought: I wonder if the name of the guy driving the Yugo was Hugo?

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.

P.S. In just a few short days, those tricky stop sign/right-of-way conundrums will be replaced by the open road of the weekend.         

The Even More Unlimited and Extended Labor Day Blog Post

Hopefully, you had a nice, relaxing Labor Day.

Following a long holiday weekend, it can be laboring to return to the working grind. There are several (even countless) tasks that need to be sorted out on a Tuesday that puts on a rare mask and acts like a Monday, characterized by moments of exhaustion and stress.

And yet, because this workweek started on a Tuesday, there’s this feeling within us that it’s not really a Monday in approach and tendency. Despite the routine being similar to Monday, there’s an extra breath of relief because Wednesday is tomorrow…and then Thursday arrives…and then Friday is here before we know it!

Coming off a long holiday weekend, kicking off our weekly routine on a Tuesday gives us a bounce in our step. We don’t sweat (as many of) the small things. However, those ever-present Monday traits find subtle and bold ways of reminding us exactly what day it really is.

Like this.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is any Tuesday after a long holiday weekend.

Swap & Pop, Said Fred

And you thought the only difference between East Egg and West Egg was money.

You can say “Gatsby,” where the vocal range is aimed up with a splash of authority or “Gatsbee,” where the vocal range goes exactly straight out with no hints of, well, anything.

SNL-alum and impersonating savant Fred Armisen has a special skill that involves detecting the molecular, distinguishing accents from country-country and city-city and, quite possibly, from neighborhood street-neighborhood street in the same community. If you listen carefully during the video clip (and in everyday life), we all speak with a unique dialect.

However subtle, it’s there.

We should all burnish our current skills at acute vocal observations of the human condition, especially the next time you travel throughout Germany.

Doug E. Doug is shaking his head in disappointment. Fred Armisen was clearly missing his lucky egg.