Saturday: Snowing. Stayed home. Caught up on more soap operas. I'd gotten caught up on the One Life to Live Kyle and Oliver story from June to the present from the link Kris of Kris 'n' Good Books had given me. I searched for links to subtitled clips of the German and Dutch versions of Good Times, Bad Times, and for links to Verbotene Liebe. I found a few clips. My knowledge of German does seem to transfer across for the other German soap operas, as I recognize certain words.
Sunday: Out to the Dollar Store, the produce place, and to the Acme. I got blood oranges at the produce place, and noted for Thursday's Garden Club meeting that it would be a good place to get cheap flowers. Pudding was buy one, get one free at Acme. I shopped at the iTunes store when I got home. I got a couple of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers songs, a couple by Duran Duran (influence of watching so much MTV in the 1980s), Pat Benatar's Greatest Hits, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik album. I had those albums on cassette tape back in the day. I'll collect more eighties songs as I think of them. My music collection has some pop, and some arena rock, but it's still rather slanted towards punk, heavy metal, and Industrial -- with some emo in there from the influence of emo-boy J5. I have covers of Joan Jett singing Pretty Vacant and Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap). I think those versions are classics in their way, or at least have a good deal of camp value.
Sunday night: Watching Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden (Dutch version of Good Times, Bad Times). The show has a young gay man, Lucas, who's supposed to be eighteen or nineteen. He's bratty, but he's funny and pretty self-assured. He lived in New York for several years, then came back to this little fictional Dutch town to live with his mother and sister. I'm not sure where in the little town he's finding so many men to pick up, but he said he'd already had half of New York. His mother found out he was gay when she met one of his tricks the morning after. She was a little shocked, but more so that he hadn't told her. It's kind of neat to see a teenaged gay character who's very comfortable with himself and his sexual preferences. Lucas is well past any coming-out angst he might have had. It's a process that different people go through at different times, depending on when they're ready. But on TV, teenaged characters are usually shown starting that process, or in the middle of it.
It's also a change to show a younger character who has one-night stands. As I said recently (on The Naughty Bits?), I think it's realistic that men have multiple partners, especially soon after they come out. Even on Alles Was Zahlt, Roman was occasionally shown bringing home tricks, and had a couple of one-night stands with Deniz after they were broken up. The show didn't portray him as a bad person for doing any of that. GTST doesn't show Lucas as being a bad person for having his one-night stands and casual relationships. His mother yelled at him for the night he got so drunk he blacked out, and ended up in his friend Arnoud's bed, completely puzzled about how he'd gotten there. She was upset that he drank so much he couldn't remember what happened. Noud said, completely deadpan, that he and Lucas had had sex, and the story spread all through the little town. When Noud found out that everyone thought he and Lucas were boyfriends, he didn't turn a hair. It goes to show that when people don't have a problem with sexuality, they don't feel a need to have issues with others.