Thank you, tygermoonfoxx!
EDIT: As she has her post friends-list visible only, here's the part that I'm referring to:
For a great example of what SHOULD be done, I'd suggest looking at the_gneech's Suburban Jungle characters and storyline. He has a talent for taking the commonplace and making it into something special by virtue of character and story development. Instead of relying on cliches to make the story, he uses them to inject bits of humor and to highlight the faults of his characters.