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Thoughts of speaker and author J. Timothy King

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By: J. Timothy King

Thu, 06 Mar 2008 18:23:03 +0000

Hi, Ann. Thanks for the comment. Regarding Gordon Hill... :D ... -TimK

By: Ann

Tue, 04 Mar 2008 00:41:42 +0000

Interesting snippets, I'm not terribly fond of Ted, but am interested to see Clydene develop (is Gordon Hill just a secondary character- or do we have run ins with him again?).

By: J. Timothy King

Sun, 02 Mar 2008 20:30:52 +0000

Thanks for commenting, Ian and Cheryl. Cheryl, well, I think, at the time, if you had commented to him as you did here, I think he would have argued: (1) There's nothing wrong with cuddling in church. You've never kissed your hubby in the back pew? (I have, my wife.) (2) You're being unfair, because the evidence showed Gordon Hill was not guilty, and the jury confirmed that. Besides, Clyde said she was going home, so she's in no danger--It's a moot point, even if he were a rapist, which there's no evidence that he is. These would be Ted's arguments (not mine--and I think I'll stop before he decides to sue me for defamation). But he would have only argued this way if you had caught him right at that moment, inbetween the verdict and the door. A few minutes later, he would have responded differently. And if you brought it up with him today... You may not like him very much, but please have pity on the poor, clueless guy. Even Ted doesn't deserve to be reminded like that. -TimK P.S. I don't think he'll sue me, because he would have nothing to win and everything to lose.

By: cherylp

Sun, 02 Mar 2008 17:11:51 +0000

Sounds like Ted gets off on vicarious thrills. Groping his girlfriend in church. Suggesting his wife go off with a possible rapist. Whatever is most inappropriate seems to be what he's drawn to. Interesting characters.

By: IanT

Sat, 01 Mar 2008 21:08:58 +0000

I tend to agree with Gabriele... but then I usually do. :-) The Ted/Clyde relationship as outlined here isn't something I personally can particularly relate to. I'll have to read some Mira and/or Michael, by the sounds of it.

By: J. Timothy King

Sat, 01 Mar 2008 19:51:15 +0000

Hi, Gabriele. :) Ted and Clyde: I think either you get them, or you don't... although their relationship isn't that strange. I've just highlighted some strange snippets here. Check out the very first scene if you want a contrasting scene. Also, remember that the second snippet above is from a couple years ago, before... Well, just "before." I haven't gotten enough feedback to confirm, but I think most people will either get Ted and Clyde, or they'll get Mira or Michael. But it's unlikely they'll get all the characters. -TimK

By: Gabriele

Sat, 01 Mar 2008 18:55:18 +0000

I don't like Ted much, but I don't like Clyde either for putting up with him. But as I said several times in response to Joely's snippets, I never 'get' romance. :)

By: J. Timothy King

Sat, 01 Mar 2008 08:20:18 +0000

Thanks for the comments, Jen, Stace, and Joely. Joely, I think I can understand why he might come off as passive aggressive. But he's not like Alan Shore (from Boston Legal). Alan Shore, if you poke him on a personal matter he doesn't want to talk about, he lashes back at you in order to try to put you on the defensive. With Ted, what you see is really what you get (for the most part). He comes off as brusque, but he's not acting out; he's just being frank and undiplomatic, because that's the only way he knows how to be. In the rest of this episode, hopefully it will become clearer what's going on his his head, and what weaknesses he has that will cause him to act out. BTW, in the first snippet above, remember that this is Clydene in the female role. She tends to react differently than most women would. Compare her reaction with Mira's. If Mira's boyfriend (if she had a steady boyfriend) tried something like this, she would feel genuinely embarrassed, then conflicted, then victimized and hurt. Clyde does not feel that way. Rather, she's just annoyed with Ted, wants him to put it back in his pants for an hour or two, and is looking for an excuse that will get him to do so. -TimK

By: Joely

Sat, 01 Mar 2008 04:12:04 +0000

I agree, Ted is one of those "nice" guys who's really passive aggressive. At least that's how he comes off in these snippets. Happy Leap Day!

By: Stace

Sat, 01 Mar 2008 00:10:20 +0000

Hmm, I don't know what's going on in the story, but Ted gets my dander up, in both scenes. I love the description of the scar trickling down Gordon's face. Very nice.