History Headscratchers / ParksAndRecreation

31st Jul '17 4:34:56 AM DoctorNemesis
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** People who believe in the zodiac tend to ascribe particular character traits to the different signs (for example, being born under Pisces is supposed to make someone generous, compassionate, faithful, caring and artistically inclined). Other Ron is likely just working backwards by noting Ron's personality traits and comparing them to the most applicable sign of the zodiac.

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** People who believe in the zodiac tend to ascribe particular character traits to the different signs (for example, being born under Pisces is supposed to make someone generous, compassionate, faithful, caring and artistically inclined). Other Ron is likely just working backwards by noting Ron's personality traits and comparing them to what he believes to be the most applicable sign of the zodiac.zodiac. For all we know, he got Ron's zodiac sign completely wrong.
31st Jul '17 1:47:41 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** I imagine that Ron's initial idea with hiring Leslie was that he was looking for someone who would ''look'' efficient without actually ''being'' efficient. In Ron's mind, he's all about undermining the government from within, but you've got to walk before you can run; if he shows up and immediately begins overtly running the department into the ground and visibly not doing anything, he's probably gonna get replaced pretty soon because his official job isn't actually "run the Parks department into the ground and don't do anything worthwhile as part of a sort-of secret plan to undermine the government from within". So his idea is that he hires someone with a lot of energy and enthusiasm who looks busy and capable, but turns out to be ineffective, thus making it ''seem'' like the department is running the way it should while it's actually being run down and not accomplishing anything. He probably wasn't expecting Leslie to be as capable as she ended up being, by the time he realised it it was too late, she hasn't given him any cause to fire her (since "you're too good at your job and it's foiling my sort-of secret plan to undermine the government from within" isn't actually a fireable offence) and he ended up liking her despite himself.

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*** I imagine that Ron's initial idea with hiring Leslie was that he was looking for someone who would ''look'' efficient without actually ''being'' efficient. In Ron's mind, he's all about undermining the government from within, but you've got to walk before you can run; if he shows up and immediately begins overtly running the department into the ground and visibly not doing anything, he's probably gonna get fired and replaced pretty soon quickly because his official job isn't actually "run the Parks department into the ground and don't do anything worthwhile as part of a sort-of secret plan to undermine the government from within". So his idea is that he hires someone with a lot of energy and enthusiasm who looks busy and capable, but turns out to be ineffective, thus making it ''seem'' like the department is running the way it should while it's actually being run down and not accomplishing anything. He probably wasn't expecting Leslie to be as capable as she ended up being, by the time he realised it it was too late, she hasn't given him any cause to fire her (since "you're too good at your job and it's foiling my sort-of secret plan to undermine the government from within" isn't actually a fireable offence) and he ended up liking her despite himself.
19th Jul '17 8:09:08 PM DoctorNemesis
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*** I imagine that Ron's initial idea with hiring Leslie was that he was looking for someone who would ''look'' efficient without actually ''being'' efficient. In Ron's mind, he's all about undermining the government from within, but you've got to walk before you can run; if he shows up and immediately begins overtly running the department into the ground, he's probably gonna get replaced pretty soon because his official job isn't actually "run the Parks department into the ground as part of a plan to undermine the government from within". So his idea is that he hires someone with a lot of energy and enthusiasm who looks busy and capable, but turns out to be ineffective, thus making it ''seem'' like the department is running the way it should while he's actually running it down on the quiet. He probably wasn't expecting Leslie to be as capable as she ended up being, by the time he realised it it was too late, she hasn't given him any cause to fire her (since "you're too good at your job and it's foiling my sort-of secret plan to undermine the government" isn't actually a fireable offence) and he ended up liking her despite himself.

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*** I imagine that Ron's initial idea with hiring Leslie was that he was looking for someone who would ''look'' efficient without actually ''being'' efficient. In Ron's mind, he's all about undermining the government from within, but you've got to walk before you can run; if he shows up and immediately begins overtly running the department into the ground, ground and visibly not doing anything, he's probably gonna get replaced pretty soon because his official job isn't actually "run the Parks department into the ground and don't do anything worthwhile as part of a sort-of secret plan to undermine the government from within". So his idea is that he hires someone with a lot of energy and enthusiasm who looks busy and capable, but turns out to be ineffective, thus making it ''seem'' like the department is running the way it should while he's it's actually running it being run down on the quiet. and not accomplishing anything. He probably wasn't expecting Leslie to be as capable as she ended up being, by the time he realised it it was too late, she hasn't given him any cause to fire her (since "you're too good at your job and it's foiling my sort-of secret plan to undermine the government" government from within" isn't actually a fireable offence) and he ended up liking her despite himself.
19th Jul '17 7:58:37 PM DoctorNemesis
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*** I imagine that Ron's initial idea with hiring Leslie was that he was looking for someone who would ''look'' efficient without actually ''being'' efficient. In Ron's mind, he's all about undermining the government from within, but you've got to walk before you can run; if he shows up and immediately begins overtly running the department into the ground, he's probably gonna get replaced pretty soon because his official job isn't actually "run the Parks department into the ground as part of a plan to undermine the government from within". So his idea is that he hires someone with a lot of energy and enthusiasm who looks busy and capable, but turns out to be ineffective, thus making it ''seem'' like the department is running the way it should while he subverts it from the inside. He probably wasn't expecting Leslie to be as capable as she ended up being, by the time he realised it it was too late, she hasn't given him any cause to fire her (since "you're too good at your job and it's foiling my secret plans to undermine the government" isn't actually a fireable offence) and he ended up liking her despite himself.

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*** I imagine that Ron's initial idea with hiring Leslie was that he was looking for someone who would ''look'' efficient without actually ''being'' efficient. In Ron's mind, he's all about undermining the government from within, but you've got to walk before you can run; if he shows up and immediately begins overtly running the department into the ground, he's probably gonna get replaced pretty soon because his official job isn't actually "run the Parks department into the ground as part of a plan to undermine the government from within". So his idea is that he hires someone with a lot of energy and enthusiasm who looks busy and capable, but turns out to be ineffective, thus making it ''seem'' like the department is running the way it should while he subverts he's actually running it from down on the inside. quiet. He probably wasn't expecting Leslie to be as capable as she ended up being, by the time he realised it it was too late, she hasn't given him any cause to fire her (since "you're too good at your job and it's foiling my sort-of secret plans plan to undermine the government" isn't actually a fireable offence) and he ended up liking her despite himself.
19th Jul '17 7:57:41 PM DoctorNemesis
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*** I imagine that Ron's initial idea with hiring Leslie was that he was looking for someone who would ''look'' efficient without actually ''being'' efficient. In Ron's mind, he's all about undermining the government from within, but you've got to walk before you can run; if he shows up and immediately begins overtly running the department into the ground, he's probably gonna get replaced pretty soon because his official job isn't actually "run the Parks department into the ground as part of a plan to undermine the government from within". So his idea is that he hires someone with a lot of energy and enthusiasm who looks busy and capable, but turns out to be ineffective, thus making it ''seem'' like the department is running the way it should while he subverts it from the inside. He probably wasn't expecting Leslie to be as capable as she ended up being, by the time he realised it it was too late, she hasn't given him any cause to fire her (since "you're too good at your job and it's foiling my secret plans to undermine the government" isn't actually a fireable offence) and he ended up liking her despite himself.
31st May '17 2:18:18 AM DoctorNemesis
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** The Watsonian explanation is that the show was supposed to be a more clear-cut SpiritualSuccessor to ''The Office'', but gradually became it's own thing, and the character reactions to the camera just kind of hung around as a residual appendix of what the show used to be. It's probably not supposed to be a proper {{Mockumentary}} any more, the characters just break the fourth wall every so often because that's kind of the show's thing.



** The answer to this is simply that Ron -- like the rest of us -- can be a wee bit of a hypocrite from time to time. He believes everyone should live their lives how they choose, but -- again like the rest of us -- ''also'' believes that everyone's life would run best if they made the same choices ''he'' makes.

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** The answer to this is simply that Ron -- like the rest of us -- can be a wee bit of a hypocrite from time to time. He believes everyone should live their lives how they choose, but -- again like the rest of us -- ''also'' believes that everyone's life would run best if they made the same choices ''he'' makes. Also, as noted above, one can support the legalisation of marijuana in general terms while simultaneously wishing that the people who ''really'' support the legalisation of marijuana to a much more intense degree than you would maybe shut up and back off about it a little bit. As someone who knows, it can be a SingleIssueWonk to a truly irritating degree with some people. For Ron, it might just not be a huge priority with him.
31st May '17 2:09:42 AM DoctorNemesis
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** The TimeSkip was three years (between 2014-2017). They could've likely reconnected during that time in between and then just simply didn't work out.

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** The TimeSkip was three years (between 2014-2017). They could've likely reconnected during that time in between and then just simply didn't work out.out.
** Or they could have just simply moved on with their lives. How many times do you hear of old friends, partners etc. promising to keep in touch but just kind of drifting apart? Two years is a long time.
31st May '17 2:08:13 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** Also, this essentially means that she's a bit pushy, overbearing and thoughtless at times. While irritating character traits, this hardly makes her the reincarnation of Himmler or anything. Leslie has friends the same reason that anyone has friends; she has sufficient positive qualities that people find appealing enough to be willing to overlook her more negative traits.


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** People who believe in the zodiac tend to ascribe particular character traits to the different signs (for example, being born under Pisces is supposed to make someone generous, compassionate, faithful, caring and artistically inclined). Other Ron is likely just working backwards by noting Ron's personality traits and comparing them to the most applicable sign of the zodiac.
31st May '17 1:51:51 AM DoctorNemesis
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*** They could be conservative Democrats; not every member / voter of the Democratic party is a dyed-in-the-wool progressive, and Leslie might just simply be further to the left than most of the rest of Pawnee.
31st May '17 1:46:24 AM DoctorNemesis
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** The answer to this is simply that Ron -- like the rest of us -- can be a wee bit of a hypocrite from time to time. He believes everyone should live their lives how they choose, but -- again like the rest of us -- ''also'' believes that everyone's life would run best if they made the same choices ''he'' makes.
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