I moved out of my mother's house four months ago and i have to say it has been great, not only the fact that I have my own place but the incredible freedom that comes along with it. On top of that, I'm living the life of a cybernetic monk. I say that because I don't have a TV, radio or bed. I have one table and a couple of chairs along with some kitchen and bathroom essentianls (never too poor for quality toilet paper), yet I do have Internet which I'm "borrowing" from a neighbor hehe. I haven't missed TV at all, yet I'm such a hockey fan that I can't pass up the playoffs, so I've spent the weekend back at my moms watching hockey bliss. In between comercials though I did some channel surfing and landed on ol' faithful Comedy Central and found myself watching the latest South Park episode. The episode revolved around the fact that Cartman has gotten out of control and his mother calls Nanny 911 and when they fail she calls Super Nanny and so on. Finally They call Cesar Milan "The Dog Whisperer". LOL. This guy uses the same techniques to subdue dogs to "tame" Cartman's acting out. He explains to Mrs. Cartman that Eric is her son, not her friend, that he must understand that her life does not revolve around him but her. As the show progresses we see Cartman change into a "normal" child and Mrs. Cartman actually enjoying herself and having a life, while she forms a bond with Cesar. At the end of the show Cartman has changed and Cesar comes by to see the progress, Mrs. Cartman thanks him and invites him to see Madam Butterfly that Saturday. Cesar turns her down explaining that he must go back to L.A. "But I thought you were my friend," she says "No, you are just a client." He says as he congratulates her once more and takes off. Mrs. Cartman is severely dissapointed and obviously hurt. She turns to Cartman and asks him if he wishes to go, but he too turns her down saying he promised Kyle they would do their science project. "I'll take you to KFC afterwards," she says getting his attention, she continues by saying she'll buy him a power ranger and he says if he can have two. "Sure poopsikins, you can have whatever you want," she says as she hugs him and Cartman ony smiles as they play the theme from The Omen telling us things are back to the way they used to. I liked the episode for many reasons, one seeing Cartman being treated like a dog was hilarious, but more importantly we finally get some depth and insight on the life of his mother. This is a woman who for the past 10 or who knows how many seasons has been a one dimensional slut and here we finally feel sorry for her. All her life she has had meaningless encounters with many, MANY men, but never really formed a true emotional bond of any sort. Along comes Cesar who helps her with her problem and for the first time she is having a relationship with an adult and connecting with someone that isn't her son. When Cesar leaves she immediately goes back to Cartman for that friendship, which is emotionally damaging to both of them. This saddened me quite a bit, because it reminded me how judgemental we get sometimes and we reject people for many reasons, whether they are loud, rude, stupid or whatever, when all they really want and need is someone to talk to. After all we are social creatures and lending a sympathetic ear won't kill us. My aunt told me a couple of weeks ago that I shouldn't hang out with the goth kids in the cafeteria and that I should learn to choose better friends. That angered me, but all I told her was not to worry, I only talk to them during lunch time before I go to work and they are interesting to talk to, we are not blood brothers and they won't be coming over for dinner any time soon. But it is amazing the difference that it makes actually talking to the so-called social outcasts. In Fight Club we see the critique of the "Single Serving Friend", the guy you see only once on the plane (but could be anywhere really) and then no more. The movie (or book if you read it) take a negative spin on it as to how individualized and detached our society has become, but ask yourself this. Wouldn't you rather have a pleasant, interesting, or completely pointless converstion with the guy sitting next to you, maybe learn something new and have a nice time, or just stay in your own little bubble? I honestly don't know where I'm headed with this or if I even have a point, I guess I just needed to rant, which I haven't done in a while, about there being no real reason why people should suffer loneliness except because of our own selfishness and prejudices.