Wise guys in the Norwegian forest

August 18, 2013

Paulina left for Vasa, again, but in her absence, she left me Herman, he brought with him a case (24 pack) of Lonkero, which is always a pleasant surprise. Me being, probably the worst host ever, and Herman being one of the best. I can’t cook to save my own life, nor am I a good entertainer. But I did try to make the best of the visit. I served some delicious shop-made (opposed to homemade) Subway sandwiches and I entertained by powering on the Xbox and letting Herman choose something to watch.

He chose Lilyhammer, a Netflix produced TV-serie. At first I was a bit reluctant to watching it. I seldom like to watch unknown-quality things, this is probably because the few times that I watch something, I’ve already decided what i want to watch, I’m really not that good at just watching something. Anyway, through the first half of the first episode, I really just sat on my computer randomly browsing about (something that I am good at). But then something happened, and the TV got my attention. At around 2:00 AM we saw the last episode of the first season, yupp, we ended up looking through the complete season. And I really enjoyed it. There’s only so and so many shows that contain New York gangsters in a Nordic forest (From the top of my head, I know none).

If you get the chance to watch it, you should, they’ve really succeeded in picking up things that I as a Scandinavian feel is normal, and put it in the perspective of an American, who find lots of things really absurd, and the other way around. In one of the last episodes, we get to see how the lead character, Giovanni Henriksen (played by Steven Van Zandt) tries to apply American patriotism in a Norway. There’s nothing wrong with liking your own country, many people in the Nordic region love their countries, but when you take the normal American-patriotism and use it in Scandinavia it comes out a bit, eh, xenophobic (in lack of a better word)?

One a completely different note, I found an interesting website this week. I’m not going to spoil it, but you should really read through it (I did, and I regret nothing). It’s a bit sad, but at the same time a real eye-opener, though be prepared to spend a few hours with it.

The point of this is that with only a brother and sister, no children, no nieces or nephews, I will have been forgotten pretty fast unless I did something that was way outside the box.
– Martin Manley

http://www.martinmanleylifeanddeath.com/ (Mirror site)