Wednesday, December 04, 2013

This could get a little complicated

says the guy who wrote a short 2-page basic guide on how to use our last TV set-up.

The real secret to how I can read/sew/knit/cook so much?  I honestly don't know how to watch TV any more at home.  It's a big time saver.

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  1. He doesn't know you at all :)

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    1. Exactly! If I want complicated, I'll knit lace. I don't need to learn his electronic set-up. He switches things around without telling anyone else, too.

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    2. That's not being helpful to you.

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  2. I don't even know the channels! I spend my time sewing, baking, and doing handiwork. Plus reading. It does free up lots of time. Sometimes Jim and the kids make me watch a movie with them. Then I do embroidery or crochet. I just can't sit and do nothing, it makes me feel like I'm wasting time.

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  3. When you lose cognitive function due to an illness or injury, TV's pretty good. For most of the last year I couldn't read well (couldn't follow a story, couldn't read some sentences, etc.) or do anything with my hands due to vertigo. But I could sit and watch TV, and was grateful for the entertainment. There was a surgical fix, and I'm recovering and eventually hope to get back to where I was cognitively and physically before the illness, but I"m still not able to knit or sew (clothes) and cooking (making up a meal or recipe out of what's in the house) is still iffy.

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    1. That's a good point. I do stream TV shows on my laptop via Netflix. Do you have any shows you recommend? I can't believe they cancelled Firefly.

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    2. I like Elementary, which is a modern-set Sherlock Holmes where Holmes is a recovering drug addict and Watson (played by Lucy Liu) is his sober companion (hired health aid to encourage sober behaviors and do urine tests etc., apparently wealthy people can do this). Set in NYC, the developing platonic friendship between Watson and Sherlock (who is so done with his baloney and tricks--and Lucy Liu plays that so well) is the best part of the show.

      Orphan Black was a short-season show (has been renewed for a second season) about a woman who is on the run (we're not sure from what at the beginning) and sees a women who looks like her twin jump in front of a train, then assumes her identity. It's complex and well-written and very well acted by the lead.

      Two that might not be on Netflix because they just started this season: Sleepy Hollow is a fantasy set in the town of that name, wherein Ichabod Crane (who served with General Washington and has been in a witch crafted stasis field ever since being killed by the Headless Horseman) tries to stop the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse with the help of a local sheriff (played by woman of color); and The Black List, where James Spader chews the scenery as a bad guy who "has a little list…they surely won't be missed" and turns to the FBI for a deal-if they give him immunity for *his* crimes he'll turn over names and help them track down his list of bad guys.

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    3. Thanks for the recommendations. I'll check them out. I know that Iris is a fan of both Elementary and Sleepy Hollow, but I haven't been watching with her.

      I hope you have recovered from your health difficulties. It doesn't sound like fun.

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  4. Elementary has its moments. I would recommend the British "Sherlock," although there are at present only six episodes.

    Also enjoyed "House of Cards," "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men" and "Orange is the New Black." "The Mindy Project" (maybe not on Netflix, but try Hulu) is my favorite of the current network offerings.

    I am more knowledgeable about TV these days, as I have been spending many hours nursing a baby on the sofa.

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    1. Ooh, how about I come up to SM to visit w/ you and your baby? I can bring lunch.

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  5. I am back at work (and no longer living in Santa Monica, as of last week)! After the holidays we can meet in the South Bay for lunch. We can even pick up the baby from Beach Babies.

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