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Voracious escape

So I tell people I don’t watch “a lot” of TV. I say this because sometimes, I don’t. If you consider how many hours I spend with motion picture entertainment vs textual entertainment or work, it comes out at the bottom. There are seasons or years where I didn’t really watch anything.

I do watch more television than my father though. He doesn’t own a TV. He doesn’t have a netflix account. He spends part of his year without reliable electricity or internet. So no matter what, when I compare myself to him, I do watch “a lot” of television.

So, since I’m such a voracious consumer of brainless mental escape, here’s the shows that Kevin and I have been watching this fall (all links are wikipedia):

Once Upon a Time
Big Bang Theory (If you want the actual cosmological theory, you gotta google “big bang” apparently)
Top Chef
Booth at the End (Hulu)
Spy (Hulu)

Are you also a consumer of brainless mental escape? Do you also call all visual entertainment/education “shows”? (This drives Bear insane. My documentaries are also “my shows”.) Have you seen any of the shows I’m mentioned?

What is up with my use of quotation marks in this post?

Whats the saddest breakfast?

Brain and I are setting up her trip to visit me and before she flies back home we are going to have breakfast. She edited that breakfast to read sad breakfast. I edited it to add “What’s the saddest breakfast?” This is what followed: Linda is red. I’m blue.

lol is this a riddle?
No. I’m asking a question. That’s what the ? is for.
But they have funny content like idon’tknow. funny content.
lol. well this is why i asked is it a riddle? i coudlnt tell
but u cant tell with riddles all the time either!
…how do you go from what’s the saddest breakfast to RIDDLE?
that’s why i asked? I Dunno
operative word
i was just checkinnnnggg
jebs mesf jesfbet jeebs mefs
:( :)
:( :)
it was a real question
mine too
so to answer
im not sure what a sad breakfast would be
and if i wanna really
eat it
we are going to find out.

so u can say
your orginal question
where we dont know the answer to
is a rhetoricla question
how tricky
well if you had asked me if that was a rhetorical question, then I would have said yes!
i see now.

Following the convo, Linda edited the breakfast to add “(Don’t answer, this is a rhetorical question)” I wrote the question expecting her to say: “THIS ONE.” I should have learned by now to never ever try and predict Linda.


Apparently I can’t resist. I’m totally the monkey see to Linda’s monkey do. She was talking to me about #reverb10 and the first prompt. The first prompt is to pick a word that exemplifies 2010. I’m not going to do #reverb10, but I do want to write up a summary of 2010 for New Years like I did in 2008. That prompt made me think about what was the theme of 2010.


We moved homes, we’ve moved furniture many many times. We’ve moved our things, trying to find places for them in the new house. We move further every day, traveling back and forth to work than we have in a long time. We’ve walked more, around the house, the yard, the street. We’ve moved a lot in our heads. A lot of our associations and connections to things and people and places. You can call it change, but to me change is an internal thing. This is very much a physical and mental exercise. It’s had emotional ripples to be sure, and there have been changes and adaptations that result from our movement, but the core of this year, to me, has been moving.

Killer taste.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

-Ira Glass

I blogged about this and then Linda gave me this quote. I love it. I cannot express how much I love that Ira Glass expressed this so perfectly. Maybe it’s not even that your taste is “killer” but it is exacting and the stuff you make when you first start out will most probably not meet your exacting standards.

Of course, this is me, so I didn’t stop there. I went looking for Ira Glass and found this:

I love Ira Glass now.