Poem: Etherees – ” Diamonds, Suits, and Equality.” 


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I could keep on telling you of all the —

Possibilities, endless in row, 

Diamonds glittering, light within, 

Such falseness in clarity, 

Like you, extensively cheap —

You don’t comprehend, 

Lies kill love and —

Con-artists, 

Thrive; I 

See

—-

Through, 

Your lies, 

You’re glass with, 

Fractured cracks split, 

In all directions, 

Blaming me because you’re, 

A lost boy never grown up, 

Buying your way with jewels and, 

Expensive booze on your breath; putrid, 

The smell, of vanity, and self-deceit.

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Broken old man, in business suit glaring, 

Imagining you’ve an empire but you’ve,

Only got a shilling and its, 

Currency long past, not used, 

So pay for your glitter, 

Die for Diamond rings, 

You’ve only things, 

And no ounce,

Substance, 

Fake.

—-

Look

Down on, 

Condescend, 

From you high horse, 

Fall on marble, crack, 

You’re a paragon, 

Sayings of virtue spent, 

Lying with each word on your tongue, 

Never saying what you mean and —

Not receiving your just dessert, 

Razing a woman below your boot,

It’s not Madmen; she cares not for jewels.

—–

Rather, she wishes you’d respect her more, 

Pay her equal for the same type of job, 

Not peer down on her to use her, 

Not think she is stupid with —

Her four-year-degree not —

Good enough for you, 

She isn’t going, 

To be stuck, 

Keeping, 

Home.

—–

Jewels, 

Don’t phase, 

Her more than, 

A moment’s past–

She sells them all back, 

Letting you see she’ll toss, 

Your silly rock she’ll not be —

That girl; she fought for her place and, 

The dealings were rough; no respect for —

Her a diamond unformed a jewel still scorned.

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In modern world she’s disgusted with the —

Throw-back to Don Drapper; but even he told, 

His teen daughter “You’re beautiful –

The rest is up to you; TV —

Showing reality and, 

The issue at hand, 

Equality means, 

Woman, Man,  

Same. 

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A Madmen’s World – My Thought’s Seasons 3-5


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madmen_standard (Photo credit: Neeta Lind)

Truth be told, I had finished Madmen seasons 3 through 5. It has just taken me awhile to update my blog on it; hence, memory on the episodes is not as good as it was but hopefully my blog will catch you up. So please, take your self back to that smokey, drunken, and creative world of the 1960’s advertising company Sterling & Cooper.

Sterling & Cooper are offered a large sum of money by a British company. Don Draper, Roger Sterling, and Bert Cooper make million’s off the deal. Here enter, Mr. Price hired by the British company, to increase the revenue of the company and cut costs. Many changes ensue through out the company in season 3 until we learn that the British company who bought Sterling & Cooper originally wishes to sell it off to a larger advertising company. Don Draper, not wishing to be part of this new company sets into motion a coup to get Mr Price (for all intensive purposes the boss) to fire Don, Roger, and Bert, so that they will be able to leave taking with them the files, important employees, and  loyal advertising accounts to form their own company Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Price. This company is largely, dependent on the company Lucky Strike cigarette’s – Roger Sterling’s pet. Pete, who was planning on leaving anyways, becomes a partner in this new company as well.

Meanwhile, Roger divorces his wife and marries his young secretary. Don, on the other hand, tries to work on his failing marriage as Betty becomes pregnant and for awhile things seem to be working. This is until Betty, still deeply hurt by Don’s indiscretions starts to fall for a politician who wants to marry her and take care of her kids. Don again, falls into affair, this time with his children’s school teacher and things come to a pinnacle when Betty tells Don she does not love him anymore. Don and Betty divorce and Don lives in an apartment in the city. The kids visit on the weekend and while he tries to keep their new company afloat, Don flounders in his on personal life. Meeting many unimportant women for several small affairs until he falls for his new secretary, who becomes his new wife. He gets a new vivacious wife and new place for his children to visit on weekends.

Meanwhile, Peggy remains a copy writer working in the creative in Don’s new company. She finds it difficult, and her ideas often do not fly, but she puts in the work and Don becomes very dependant on her. They have a special kind of professional relationship, nothing romantic about it; but Peggy after often being ignored and not given proper credit for her work, leaves to work at another company at the end of Season 6. She has gone through a two boyfriends because of Don’s demands on her job and wants to go somewhere where she will have a bigger salary and will be more appreciated. Despite all this, she remains friends with Don.

Season 6 ends with the death of Mr. Price, who hangs himself on his office door after Don fires him, for writing himself a cheque, which he thought would be a Christmas bonus; instead, all the partners abstained from Christmas bonus’ so the employees would all get something small. All the partners, put money into the company especially when Roger loses the Lucky Strike account; Mr. Price does not have money and needs it to send his son to boarding school. Many more employee’s are let go at the company and no one wants the office formerly obtained by Mr. Price. With the state of the company, and the leaving of Peggy to a different company, season 6 is sure to be an interesting season.

Now you are all caught up on Madmen, and ready to watch the next season with me 🙂

A Madmen’s World – Impressions on Seasons 1 and 2 of Madmen


Don Draper of Mad Men works on Madison Avenue
Don Draper of Mad Men works on Madison Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine for a moment that it is the early 1960’s. You are a Madmen – an advertising account executive or copywriter. You chain smoke 2 packs of  cigarettes per day; this is a social thing and you offer a cigarette to your buddies or clients whenever you see them. You are aware that there is evidence telling people smoking is bad for them, but you and everybody else keep on smoking. You do not know that smoking gives you  black lungs and cancer – or that it will. Moreover, you drink as much as you smoke, hard liquor mostly but sometimes you add it to your milk or 7 up, just so they are palatable.  You are busy and sure of yourself. You get to create ads for such brands as Lucky Strike cigarettes, Playtex bras, Clearisel acne cleanser, Mohawk airlines, and President Nixon. Moreover, you like 20 something women, women who are not your usually your wife (you love/like her/hate her too but she has her place at home with the children) and because of all the women you work with, do business with, and meet in bars, you are not faithful to your wife. You do not have a conscience about this or little conscience; having a mistress or a fling with a secretary, well it’s just what madmen do, its part of the life style.These are my first impressions of the TV series Madmen that I have watched on Netflix these past couple weeks. I never found I had much interest in the show, besides the wonderful 1960’s fashion, but watching the episodes in sequence, getting into the story of the characters from the beginning,  I have become a  Madmen fan. Here are my thoughts and details on the two main characters of the show Don and Peggy:

Don Draper is an extremely interesting character. He is a successful shareholder and account executive at Sterling and Cooper, very successful, but his personal life, past and present, is a mess. Don has several mistresses and lovers, is a lady’s man, and never quiet seems happy unless he has an affair on the go. At the same time, he loves his wife Betty and their children, would never spank his children because his father spanked him hard. He would also never hit his wife. Don likes his conventional family in their beautiful suburb home but he is always looking for something else outside his family and job. Don has problems when he can no longer hide an affair from his wife, but he still keeps sleeping with other women despite this fact.

Don also believes in and gives Peggy, his secretary, a chance to write and eventually gives her, a job as a copywriter for women’s products on his creative team. He even visits her in the hospital when she is very sick. Don is a mess of conflicting character aspects. He is also very talented at his job and has a way of explaining advertising concepts to clients that really appeals to them. At the same time, he is also not really Don Draper at all. He hated, had a rough time, growing up with his family and when he is mistaken for a commanding officer ” Don Draper” after an explosion when he is in the Korean War, he leaves his old life behind and becomes a new man. When the real Don Draper’s wife comes searching for her husband, he even becomes friends with her. He cannot find a place for his little brother in his new life though, when he comes searching for Don in New York. The best he can tell his little brother to do is leave and gives him a few thousand dollars to start a new life. He is shocked when his little brother hangs himself, and feels remorse when all his old family is truly gone. Yes, Don, our hero, at Sterling and Cooper, is a very complicated person.

Another important character on the show is Don’s secretary Peggy. Peggy is hampered by the traditional role of a woman who is supposed to meet the perfect man in her twenties stop working as a “secretary” and be a stay at home wife. Peggy is smart though, and she wants more. She is also initially confused by the expectation of the men at the office for the secretaries to sleep with them, yet remain ‘pure’ for marriage. Peggy works hard at her job at the office to the point where she becomes a junior copywriter with her own office space, a better job then any other woman in the office has, and many men. Yet, Peggy is initially seduced, two times by Pete a copywriter in the office out to conquer the advertising world, and even becomes impregnated by him despite being on birth control. She becomes fat and does not realize she is having a baby until she gives birth and has a little break down. After giving the baby up to her sister and mother, she goes back to work confident that being a copywriter is what she wants to do. She could not be both a mother and have a career in the 1960’s, yet Peggy is bothered by the decision to give up her baby, cannot bear to look at him even. The religious implications of what she has done haunt her, yet she continues to thrive in the office and volunteer at church. She shocks Pete, who despite being married, tells her he loves her, when she tells him he got her pregnant and she gave the baby away. She allows nothing in the way of her career and she is only 22 years old.

There are many other interesting characters in Madmen, but I think these are the main two character storylines of the first and second season. The sacrifice both Don and Peggy make for their careers is amazing. The complexity of both Don and Peggy learning to deal in their separate worlds the best way they know how and sometimes the worst ways, are aided by the lifestyle encouraged in the advertising business. Drinking, smoking, sex, and fierce competition at Sterling and Cooper, forever alter, the way each character develops.

If you’ve never watched the show before I highly recommend it and  I will be back with updates and my thoughts of  seasons 3 and seasons 4, followed by seasons 5 and 6 of Madmen as I watch them this summer.