Friday, September 29, 2017

30 Day Parks and Recreation Challenge, Day 29: Favorite Tom Moment

Via Odyssey
Tom Haverford is probably the character that changes the most over the course of seven seasons of Parks and Recreation. I mean, he's still obsessed with being a ... baller? Can I say that without sounding tremendously white? I don't think I can. Anyway, as I'll get into on my Tom supplemental post (that's coming next month, in case you were wondering), he starts off as this incredibly bored government worker, which ... yeah, I get that*, but he turns into this motivated guy that, although he does fail several times, he just keeps going, like a metrosexual human version of the Dory song from Finding Nemo. Honestly, despite people fawning over him during the first couple of seasons, I was more annoyed by him, in an Ann-like fashion**, but once he got the opportunity to use his gifts, I was sold. And it doesn't hurt that I adore Aziz Ansari.

That being said, my absolute favorite moment of Tom's was when he was going over all the abbreviations he gives everyday words.
Via It's Your Destinee Tumblr
Okay, that is super tiny, so I'll just type it out here:
"Serts" are what I call desserts. "Tray trays" are entrees. I call sandwiches "sammies," "sandoozles," or "Adam Sandlers." Air conditioners are "cool blasterz" with a "z." I don't know where that came from. I call cakes "big old cookies." I call noodles "long ass rice." Fried chicken is "fry fry chicky chick." Chicken parm is "chicky-chicky parm-parm." Chicken cacciatore is "chicky catch." I call eggs "pre-birds" or "future birds." Root beer is "super water." Tortillas are "bean blankies." And I call forks "food rakes."
I will admit that I've adopted a few of these because who in the hell wouldn't? I know there are plenty of other scenes and moments that I could have picked, but this is the first one that popped into my head, if only for the fact that this is the moment that I realized I loved how Aziz Ansari played Tom. He was fully dedicated to this poser that, in reality, was just trying to be Not Garry. Like I said, I'll get deeper into Tom's character during his post, but it just added so many layers to Tom that I hadn't noticed before.

Alrighty, I think I'm done here. How on earth is it almost October?? Pretty soon, it'll be NaNo, and ugh, I'm excited about it but also terrified because ... NaNo.


* Working for the government tends to come with a sense of disillusionment as a sort of perk, I guess. I have known a few that have a Leslie-level passion for civil service, but most people are like, "Ugh, just let me get out of work on time so I can get to my real life" attitude toward their jobs. I am included in this group. 
** Oh my god, I am Ann. Well, gotta go admit that my friend was right again. 
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