Comedic Bliss

As a pretty orthodox Christian, I don’t often make it a point to include meditation as part of my daily supplication. However, this morning I experienced something that can only be described as a profound meditative experience.

The Hindus have a concept called moksha, describing spiritual union with the divine essence. Similarly, the Buddhist idea of nirvana is described as a state of blissful nothingness. This morning, from 6:30-8am while working at a group home for disabled adults, I believe I achieved some mystical plateau by watching three consecutive episodes of Saved By The Bell: The College Years.


In the first episode, Zach and Kelly worked as orderlies in some sort of campus hospital and flirted with each other. In the second episode, Zach organized a preposterous “rave” in a lecture hall and flirted with Kelly while outsmarting the dean. In the final episode, Screech considered getting a tattoo in order to impress some frat boys. Also, Zach kissed Kelly.

By letting the unimaginative, creatively bankrupt exploits of Slater, Zach and Screech float unobstructed through the window of my mind, I released the negative karma of my day-to-day consciousness and floated to a heretofore unknown zenith of spiritual felicity and awareness. Watching the 27-year old Mark-Paul Gosselaar directly address the the camera while pretending to be a mischievous (but chaste) 19 year old elevated and enlightened my spirit, lifting my chi beyond and above me.

I also liked it when Slater made fun of Screech that one time.

The residents of the group home seemed less affected by the program. Mostly, they laughed and discussed the intricacies of the game of floor hockey (I’m not kidding). I suppose not all are ready for spiritual oneness with the universe.

Seriously though, you guys should watch that show sometime. I heard there was an episode where Screech opened fire in the student union.

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6 Responses to Comedic Bliss

  1. Uosdwis R. Jawoh says:

    You’ll be happy to know that my wife visited Spain while in high school, and at one point met some Spaniards that, upon learning that my wife was American, excitedly began chanting, “Zack Morris, number 1,” while holding up their index fingers.

    So, not only can Saved By the Bell help you achieve spiritual oneness with the universe, it also defines Europe’s view of quintessential America.

  2. kevin s. says:

    Don’t you teach for a living? I don’t understand.

  3. peter says:

    Every teacher I know under 35 works at least two jobs. That’s just how it goes. :(

  4. Sarah says:

    That could be true. My sister’s a teacher and a waitress and still lives at home.

    I wonder how group home movies go over in group homes?

  5. scott says:

    you should see if your new friend Keith can go down there one morning and give them a behind the scenes talk about what makes weather tick.

    and also, zack morris is the only human i know of who can literally stop time. somehow he lost it when he went on NYPD Blue though, because obviously that could have helped stop some of the crimes he faced.

  6. Thom says:

    Teachers can’t get by on a teachers salary until much later in their career. That’s why a lot of teacher toss in the towel and get jobs writing for Saved by the Bell spin-offs or working for a Church. Both pay much better than a starting teachers salary.

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