I love to turn on Netflix while I'm snacking (also known as the midnight munchies.) I've got nearly 500 movies and television shows in my Netflix queue, as if I have all the time in the world. Most times I finish my snack before deciding on anything to watch. I'm more likely to put the remote controls aside and pick up a book. If I had cable I’d be watching too many Mariners’games. There was a time when folks watched so little television that they would hide it with a decorative cover between shows. Watching TV shows was a family event in the beginning. Now, with smart phones, watching entertainment is often a solitary activity. A one-handed solitary activity.
I've always been more of a movie watcher than a faithful follower of series television. The last show I watched every season of was Battlestar Galactica. I got through three seasons of Breaking Bad, but I haven't taken the time to finish it. I've heard how great Mad Men is, and people swear by Parks and Recreation; just not the first two seasons. There's Justified, Rectify, and a little project called Game of Thrones. I loved BBC’s The Detectorists, but there were only six 30 minute episodes, so I cannot really claim that as much of an accomplishment.
|The All in the Family installation at the Smithsonian Institution|
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I guess I would label the above essay a fluff piece. I have lots of serious and heavy stuff on my mind, but it's going to take some time to sift through the detritus and attempt to make something creative out of it. Until then, I'll be selling books, reading books and spending lots of time on my deck stargazing or cloud-watching, depending on the sky.