Thursday, November 09, 2006

I'm no Robin

Unlike most of the modern world, I can't be bothered to blog about the recent election results or what it's going to mean in the coming years. Honestly, I'm afraid I'm battling a bad case of cynicism and loss of hope that any true change will occur inside government.

So, what's on my mind? Sidekicks. Do you ever notice that a lot of the relationships we build do indeed break down into the leader/superhero role and the sidekick role? Political candidates have their running mates, usually a lesser known that few people really care about. What about housewifes/househusbands? Couldn't they be viewed as the sidekick of the more dominant partner? Even friendships form around this dynamic. Really what sparked this whole thought process was watching the interaction among two friends. Tall, blonde girl walks purposefully and is clearly directing the course of the shopping trip, as well as that of the friendship. The shorter girl is left trailing after her. I very much got the impression I was watching a live action version of the cartoon in which the sidekick bounds around the lead muttering, "which way did they go, George? Which way did they go?"

I suppose I'm blathering on about all of this because it made me realize that I don't want to be a sidekick. At the same time, I don't want someone to play my sidekick either. I want equality...or maybe duality. The perfect situation is all parties in a relationship/friendship/whatever constantly switching between lead/sidekick roles depending on the situation. That said, I always want someone to make the decision on where to eat.


  1. Batman always knows where to eat ;) if we do lunch again hopefully we'll run into him (r u free on the 17th? i cant meet tomw)

    btw election- UGH

    im just glad i dont live in va anymore ;) and ehrlich is gone too ;)

  2. I tried not to blog during election day, the day before, and the day after. I went blog hopping and saw how everyone had something to say about it. I just don't. I am so glad you were honest in the beginning of this post. I also loved the honest ending. Great "journal-esque" blog post.

  3. One time, and I'm not sure what group it was, I actually did say where we should eat and noone listened to me or went with it. That annoyed me.

  4. Get a GPS... :-)