May 18, 2006 [LINK]

Two series finales

I was never a regular fan of Will and Grace, but I usually enjoyed it when I did watch it, lured by the sophisticated pretensiousness, I suppose. Tonight's final episode was bittersweet and somewhat satisfying, as the main characters managed to maintain their strong friendship even as their lives parted ways. The multi-year switches were a bit disconcerting, but it was necessary to wrap the whole story line up in a convincing way. I gather that the "moral" of the story is that unconventional families are just as good as traditional Mom and Dad families. Upscale individuals may find a way to raise semi-normal kids on their own, but that is no easy task for the vast majority of folks.

I watched That '70s Show somewhat more often, since it brings back (hazy) memories of that wacky era of Jimmy Carter and the Menace of Disco. It appealed to a middle-brow audience, so the characters were not supposed to be that deep, but they were at least interesting, reminding you of this or that person you used to know. The idea that Jackie (Mila Kunis) and Fez (Wilmer Valderrama) would end up together was not very convincing. (They never did say what country he was from, did they?) The return of Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace was nice.

Belize photos

Two photos from my brief 1989 visit to Belize are now posted at Belize photo gallery. Belize is not part of Latin America, though it is absorbing a large influx of immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala, and one day may be considered a Latin American country.