I have a job that allows me to work almost exclusively from home. In fact, there’s no YMC office, unless you count Erica Ehm’s lovely wooden kitchen table. Barring any meetings I might have during the day or events I get to attend, where I choose to work is completely up to me. Occasionally, I’ll spend the day at the Starbucks down the street, but lately, since they have been adding caramel to almost every single one of my drinks (when I specifically have made it clear to my barista that caramel has a place in things like Twix, it most certainlyâ€”for meâ€”does not have a place in beverages), I have been spending less time working at Starbucks.
Mostly, I work at home. At my desk, on my couch, in my bed, on my wrap-around porch. The lovely thing about this ability is that I call all of the shots around here.
If I want to blast The Civil Wars’ Barton hollow, I can.
If I want to eat Chocolate Chex straight from the box, I can.
If I want to work in my hamburger shirt and my underpants, I can.
If I want to watch old episodes of The Cosby Show while I work, I most certainly can. And I most certainly do.
And I did. Yesterday.
Only, what I thought was going to be just a regular old Cosby episode…turned out to be something a little different.
At first, Claire was yelling at Cliff for daring to eat a sausage sandwich (WHAT IS A SAUSAGE SANDWICH?) so close to bedtime because, “Cliff! You know what happens when you eat sandwiches at night!” Oh yes, Claire, we know what happens. He has dreams about the men in the family giving birth to things like boats and cars and hoagies.
And then came the voice-over.
Vizzini. From The Princess Bride.
And THEN CAME THE MUPPETS.
I didn’t think I had that much caffeine…
And I can appreciate that The Cosby Show sometimes derails from the every day life of the Huxtables to do something a little bit differentâ€”I mean, “Theo Goes To The Real World” is one of my most favorite episodes ever. Oh, Mrs. Griswold and Ms. Farquar over at the Chuck Wagon Restaurant. It was not as good as, say, when Theo gets his ears pierced. Or when Denise sews the sweater. Or when they family plays the drinking game with Vanessa.
But, you guys. Gonzo was there (and, actually, all of the muppets), talking to Cliff about delivering a Koozbanian baby. And there were talking vegetables in the fridge. Vanessa becomes a jazz-punk performer and we watch pink neon music notes dance across the screen. And there was the black-and-white portion of the show where it was set 200 years ago.
In fact, I’m not even sure of anything anymore.
I think, though, that today I’m going to work at Starbucks. It seems safer.