Thursday, March 29, 2007

(ongoing series) things i really don't need right now but nonetheless seem to have

346. A Veronica Mars addiction.
347. An Arrested Development addiction.

So, back in 1998, my then-girlfriend bought me a TV tuner card as a present. I bought cable TV to go with it. This was whatever month the Women's World Cup was where the US won and Brandi Chastain took off her shirt at midfield. Anyway, I got sucked in and watched like every televised match of that World Cup, developing actual feelings about who would win the Ghana-Uzbekistan match. Then, after the championship, I discontinued cable. I think I need to bring television into my life every 5-10 years to remind myself why I don't have television in my life.

Remember how after the fall of Communism, multilevel marketing schemes got introduced into places that had never had them before, and it was like unleashing a virus onto a population that had no antibodies to it. Well, the SAT analogy problem would be TELEVISION:JEREMY::AMWAY:ALBANIA.* Argh.

Don't even think I am going to start on any of the other shows you recommended to me when I started Netflix. Suffice it to say that the plan where I was only going to watch shows while I worked out has run aground on the shoals of low self-discipline. I think I'm going to watch these series and then cancel Netflix. It's warm enough I can run outside anyway.

* Do the SAT and GRE still have analogies, or am I dating myself? They got rid of the antonyms but kept the analogies, right?


Brayden said...

Ha, gotcha! I started watching Veronica Mars with some skepticism because it just didn't seem like my kind of show. Three weeks later (after losing considerable sleep just so we could fit it in our schedule) Karrie and I finished watching seasons 1 and 2 and were begging for more. I can't even figure out why it's so damn addictive, but it is.

rps said...

No surprises here, my dear...just more proof that you are highly locally autocorrelated. There must be ways to put this to work to your advantage?

Anonymous said...

LoloL. So long as you remember what you've watched it's all good. Though that could be a wonderful thing -- forgetting and having the joy of discovering good things.

Say, have you seen Memento?

Ken Houghton said...

Don't worry; season 3 will cure your VM addiction. A study of the decline of VM as reflected by the narrowing of choices as the WB became 1/2 of Conventional Wisdom.

Ken Houghton said...

Left the verb out: "plan" or "consider" should have started that last sentence.

Brayden said...

I definitely agree with Ken - you may be better off to just think of the end of season 2 as the series finale. Season 3 has been a painful ride for VM fans.

Gwen said...

My roommate is currently studying for the GRE from a 2006 study book and is working on both antonyms and analogies. The antonyms are way harder than the analogies since you're only given one word and you either know it or you don't.

Season 3 of VM is a real let-down. I almost hope they cancel it, because I can't stop watching but it's painful to watch the downward slide of a much-beloved show. They just need to put it--and me--out of our misery.

AK said...

I also lack antibodies for TV, having grown up in a home with very limited TV reception (for instance, we would listen to the Simpsons while gazing upon a snowy, yellow blur). I have never had cable. But now, with Netflix, I can watch eight hours straight of Battlestar Galactica, Deadwood, The Office, and yes, Veronica Mars, whenever I want. And I do.