Monday, May 18

I prefer Snickers to bloodletting

I know I'm a little late to the schooner, as usual, but we just finished watching HBO's John Adams. Two things:

First, is it weird that I had a pseudo crush on the young Thomas Jefferson (played by Stephen Dillane)?
I'm telling myself the answer to that is "No," especially since my buddy Michaela has a pseudo crush on...wait for it...Phil Mickelson.

If I'm going down, I'm taking someone else's weird pseudo crush with me.

Second, and I should have been prepared for this, but I wasn't. No less than four times throughout the series, we had to pause the episode so I could recline on the couch while Noah fanned me with a pillow and talked about baseball while feeding me Sour Patch Kids, to distract me from the DISGUSTING COLONIAL MEDICAL PRACTICES that they so accurately and explicitly portrayed—from a leg amputation sans anesthesia, to "desanguination" OMG I can't even go there, to inoculation from the pox...oh, jeez, I'm getting dizzy again.
Noah: How can you watch Band of Brothers no problem but you can't watch this?
Erin: Be quiet and keep fanning!
I am one of those unfortunate souls who suffers from Likely to Pass Out Disease and have been ever since seventh grade, when while watching Amadeus in art class I passed out on my teacher's desk as I approached to ask to go get some air. (It was that scene when Salieri...nope, can't do it. Sorry.)

Other instances of fainting: On a plane from L.A. to Heathrow, while watching the bloodletting scene in Sense and Sensibility; in the hallway in high school, after the STD slides in health class; at the nurse's desk at the pediatrician, after watching my brother nearly pass out from getting a shot.

I've found that the best treatment for this affliction is the immediate and rapid consumption of candy. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go recover from writing this post.


Helen said...

Both legitimate crushes. I don't see the problem. :)

Kate Riley said...

I need to know how you kept it together during Ethan's birth with this syndrome of yours. And I need to know just as much as you need those Sour Patch Kids. :-)

Erin said...

You know, it's really weird, because whenever I see something that's gross or gory or bloody in real life, I have no problem with it. I guess it's the adrenaline. But when I see something in a movie, I have time to stew on it. Noah's the same. For instance, he has no problem helping someone who's just been shot, but on more than one occasion he's fainted while getting blood drawn!

Anonymous said...

Hilarious. And I ADORE you for making Sour Patch Kids your revival candy of choice. I could eat my weight in those things.

Erin said...

More than once, I've had to talk myself down from trying to buy one of those 5 lb. bags of them at Walmart. It's a sickness.

May @ Anne and May said...

TOTALLY AGREE. I also have this problem with torture scenes. I can't watch 24 for this reason alone.

And I have a weird pseudo crush on Yao Ming--so I think that tops Young Thomas Jefferson.

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