A Dater’s Guide to Disney Princesses: Tiana

tiana-frogWelcome back to a series of blog posts exploring the date-ability of Disney’s princesses. This week we discuss Tiana, from The Princess and the Frog.

Tiana is another of our princesses who married into her title. But that gives her more right to call herself a princess than someone like Mulan. I won’t get into that all over again.

Look, I’ll be honest… I only saw The Princess and the Frog once. And I was kind of distracted when I was watching it. So I’m not as familiar with it as I have been with some of the older films. But I’ll give you my opinion anyway. Because this is my blog. And what is a blog good for if not for sharing the opinions of the blogger?

Should You Date Her?

Yes. Ha! You thought I was gonna say no, didn’t you? Just because I’ve only seen her movie once, you thought I’d say no. Shows how well you know me!

I may not be terribly familiar with her story, but here’s what I know about her that I feel makes her date-able.

She’s a very hard worker. This girl is working two jobs when we first meet her. She’s trying to save up money to make her dream of owning her own restaurant come true.

Tiana - Working.gifNow, that dream and all the work she’s putting into it causes her to become a little obsessed, but as the story progresses, she’s able to move beyond that obsession.

She’s willing to work for what she wants, but is not oblivious to the fact that what she wants is not always what she needs.

Another plus, she’s faced with temptation and an easy way out of her predicament, but turns it down. She’s ready to do what’s right for the right reasons. She’s a keeper.

What did I say about the previous princesses?

AFI #45 – Shane

Shane - PosterShane

1953

Directed by George Stevens

Netflix says… Amid stunning vistas, this Oscar-winning Western from director George Stevens follows a reformed gunslinger whose determination to avoid a fight is tested when greedy cattle barons threaten the community of homesteaders he’s joined.

What a great classic western. The kind where you can tell the good guys from the bad guys based on the color of their hats. Also, you know the kid is crazy annoying, due to the fact that he just won’t shut up with his sing-songy inflections with everything he says! This one is from way back when Jack Palance was credited as Walter Jack Palance. He shows up on screen and you just know he’s the bad guy. Not just because he’s wearing black from head to toe (and really, who does that in the wild west? It’s always hot!), but also because the dog in the deserted saloon walks off with its head hanging and its tail between its legs. I have to question the sound mixing on this one. When Shane shoots at a target picked out by the kid, it sounds like he’s firing a bazooka. Did you know that Shane is an early debate over gun control? When Shane tells Mrs. Starrett that a “gun is as good or as bad as the man using it,” she responds that “we’d all be better off if there wasn’t a single gun left in this valley.” I thought the whole thing was pretty good. Other than the annoying child. Seriously, every line he delivered was like nails on a chalkboard. And the movie leaves us with one of the great Hollywood mysteries, is Shane alive or dead in that final scene as he rides off into the distance? The answer probably depends on how you saw the end of Inception. Does the top fall or keep spinning?

Question of the Week #93

While in the government, you discover the President is committing extortion and other serious crimes. By exposing the situation you might bring about the President’s downfall, but your career would be destroyed because you would be framed, fired, and publicly humiliated on other matters. Knowing you would be vindicated five years later, would you blow the whistle? What if you knew you would never be vindicated?

I would absolutely blow the whistle. Someone who is supposed to hold the trust of an entire nation should not be allowed to continue committing crimes of any kind. Whether I’d be vindicated for false accusations against myself or not really shouldn’t matter. The right thing to do would be to make sure the most powerful man in the world isn’t able to abuse his office.

Would you tattle on the president?

*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.

A Letter To Aaron

Paul, of The Captain’s Speech, was kind enough to write me a letter. Go check it out. That’s not a request!

The Captain's Speech

Dear Aaron,

I was watching paint dry the other day when I was faced with a conundrum about nothing important. I wondered, is a water bottle still considered a water bottle if there is no water in it? Or is it just an empty bottle? And if it is just an empty bottle, why do people still call it a water bottle?

But I digest. Yes, digest.

Anyway, hippity hoppity hoo, how are you? How do you feel today?

Those two questions have always made me think. How do I feel today? With my hands. And you know what, I’ll probably feel with my hands tomorrow as well.

Why don’t people ask: Are you good, great, or sad your favourite restaurant isn’t open late? That’s really the only answers we need to give to people for them to know how we are.

I say we start a movement, Aaron. We…

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The Two for One Special

Believe it or not, there was once a time when I liked chocolate. Now, I’ve never really had an overactive sweet tooth. More often than not, Halloween candy would sit in my closet to be thrown away a few weeks later the next year (like I ever cleaned out my closet). But I did enjoy the occasional slice of chocolate cream pie from the KDub (that’s K&W for those not in the know). I also liked to have a Kit Kat or Twix every now and then.

And that’s where we begin our story. With a Twix bar.

In those chocolate eating younger years, the Twix was probably my favorite candy bar. Chocolate and caramel with a cookie crunch. Not too shabby. And you got two of them. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

I’m not too sure how old I was when this story takes place. It was around that age when the baby molars are ready to fall out to make room for the permanent molars. See where this is going yet?

I was sitting in my room, eating a delicious caramel Twix bar. Suddenly I felt a strange sensation near the back of my mouth. One of those molars had gotten stuck in the caramel and popped out of the bottom gum. I spit the tooth out of my mouth, cleaned it off and got it ready for a visit from the tooth fairy that night.

I remember thinking it was odd that the tooth had come out. In the days leading to the Twix incident, the tooth had not felt loose. There was no wiggling. So I thought nothing more of the strange occurrence and continued eating my candy bar.

Then it happened. The molar on the opposite side of my mouth got stuck in the caramel and popped out, just like its twin had done only a few minutes earlier. Again, I cleaned off the chocolate and caramel, facing the reality of becoming two dollars richer, rather than just one.

I wasn’t traumatized by losing two teeth on the same candy bar, and this isn’t the story of how I came to hate chocolate. But I did make the decision to throw the rest of that Twix away that afternoon. Why take unnecessary chances?

New Tales from Old Navy: Again with the Bad Parenting

Just when I think for sure that I’ve met the most obnoxious child in existence, someone would bring their kid into my store and prove me wrong.

I’m (sort of) exaggerating. Honestly, it’s not so much the kids that I had an issue with. It was their parents.

Unless you’re new to this blog, you’ve seen my complaint about parents who would bring their children to the store late at night. That problem never went away in all my time working at Old Navy. And I still believe it’s a valid complaint.

Another problem is with the parents that treat their kids so poorly in public that it makes me genuinely concerned for how they must be treated at home. One night, I encountered two families that bothered me. Not only as a counselor who worked with small children, but as a human being.

For the first case study, I present a family of five. I’ll be honest, I judged the two youngest children in this family very harshly before I met them. As is often the case, they were running around the store unsupervised and were extremely vocal. When I first heard them across the store, I rolled my eyes. Then I observed the “adults” raising them.

The father brought his young son into the fitting room for him to try on some jeans. Once they got into their changing room, the father began to loudly berate the boy. Some of the things he said made me wonder if he thought the fitting room was soundproof. Soon after, the mother walked by with the younger daughter, yelling at her as well. At least those kids get their loud voices honestly.

What bothered me more is that the two young kids both seemed to have something holding them back. What I mean is, there may have been some kind of mental disability happening there, which made me feel guilty about the earlier rolling of the eyes. Now, I was not and am not in any position to diagnose those children, but a quick judgment based on what I saw and heard told me that things were not okay here. So to believe that the kids are handicapped in some way, and to know that their parents are yelling at them the way they were really made me worry about their well being.

By the way, there was a teenage daughter to round out this party of five, but she was pretty uninvolved. Who could blame her?

problem-child-bad-parentThe second family involved what appeared to be a single mother with a boy and a girl around 8-10 years old. As far as I could see, her kids were very well behaved. Yet the mother was loudly yelling at each of the kids, calling them names and threatening them with mild physical violence.

Once she finally left the store, I approached my manager. “Do you ever get the feeling you should call Child Protective Services on some of these parents?” I asked.

She looked at me, sighed heavily and said, “All the time!”

If I’d had my counselor hat on, I don’t think I’d have hesitated to make that call. As a random sales clerk at a retail store, it’s a lot easier to decide that it’s not my place to get involved.

I’ve heard it said that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. So I ask, what would you do in that situation? What have you done in that situation? I have no doubt we’ve all been there at one time or another. All you have to do is take a trip to your nearest Wal-Mart to see some pretty questionable parenting decisions. Where do we draw the line as observers? Do we keep to ourselves, complaining in private about such public displays? Or do we cross that line and get involved?

Let me know what you think in the comments…

A Dater’s Guide to Disney Princesses: Giselle

Enchanted - Giselle.gifNext on our list of Disney Princesses is another princess who does not make the official list of Disney Princesses. Giselle, from 2007’s Enchanted, gets ignored for one simple reason: Disney doesn’t want to pay Amy Adams every time her likeness could possibly be used for the Disney Princess line of merchandise. Could you imagine how much it would hurt the Walt Disney Company if they had to give Amy Adams a quarter every time someone bought a t-shirt with her caricatured face on it?

Anyway, here we have Giselle, a girl who’s set to marry a prince in the animated kingdom of Andalasia. So… I guess, like Mulan, Giselle isn’t really a princess at all. So maybe, by that logic, I shouldn’t actually include her in my list. But, here we are. I’ll just go with it.

Where was I? Oh, yeah… Giselle is all set to marry Prince Edward, but before she can say “I do,” she’s pushed into a magic well/wormhole by the evil Queen Narissa and is sent to modern day New York. Chaos ensues and Giselle maintains her ability to communicate with vermin while singing a happy tune.

Should You Date Her?

I mean… it’s Amy Adams. I’d go out with Amy Adams if she asked real nice.

Giselle is the kind of character who I’d give an absolute no to at the start of the movie. She’s the kind of Disney Princess that I would describe as annoyingly perfect. But the changes we see in her character as the movie progresses makes her into someone that I would say is, yes, worth dating.

She grows to understand how things work in the real world without completely losing her sense of optimism, which is kind of refreshing. And it’s nice to see an attempt at “happily ever after” in the real world. And while she does, at one point, need to be saved by her “prince” with true love’s kiss, she also manages to slay a dragon. So, who’s saving who?enchanted-giselle-2What did I say about the previous princesses?