A Dinosaur in the Age of 4G HRD

Back in, oh about 2000, I bought a spiffy TV. At 39 inches, this JVC model was one of the biggest screens available. It was like an elephant being delivered to my house in New Orleans, and it took me and two male coworkers to get the darned thing out of the box and into the TV armoire because it weighs about 125 pounds.

Fast-forward 15 years and I’m buying a new TV as I’m singing “Goodbye, Norma Jean” to the old nag. Her colors are bleeding together and her sound is distorted. She might have another year left in her, but I want to donate her to Goodwill or the local mission so they will have to haul her heavy self to their truck and maybe someone can coax even two years from her.

So, meet the new TV. I haven’t named it yet, although I’m considering Tyrion. I’m concerned that I won’t even know how to plug it in, much less get the DVR connected..and wifi…wish me luck. My Game of Thrones binge re-watch should take on new meaning!

Are any of your electronics or appliances left over from the last century?


The Binge Personality, 2017 Edition

Do you have a binge personality? Sadly, I do. Well, maybe not so sadly…

Most people used to equate bingeing (which looks weird, but is spelled correctly…I checked) with food, and I have had my share of culinary binges, except food binges usually have nothing to do with fine dining. Junk, people. Junk.

Now, in the days of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other video-streaming options, one can binge-watch TV shows or movie series. I binge-watched Game of Thrones–twice, back to back (and will probably do so again since I pick up something new each time. I binge-watched Downton Abbey. Most of my binges haven’t been as high-brow. Witness 13 consecutive seasons of 16 episodes each of “The Deadliest Catch,” for example. (Let’s not even talk about my morbid fascination with “Naked and Afraid.”)

How about binge-reading? So far this year, I’ve binge-read Kendra Elliot’s Bone Secrets series and her first two Mercy Kilpatrick series books (and have preordered book 3, which comes out in January), Anne Bishop’s The Others series, George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series (which differs a bit from the HBO series), Harry Turtledove’s Supervolcano trilogy, and am currently on book six (of ten) of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series–the first four books of which I read years ago and finally I’m catching up.

How about you? What’s the last thing you binge-watched or binge-read? I won’t ask about binge-eating, despite my current obsession with Halo Top ice cream 🙂