October 27, 2014


Frank was recently in Denver, he and a friend went out to explore and attend Thursday night football. While there, they also saw a hockey game. They had a great time! Frank insists we go very soon. We're looking to plan a trip during baseball season to catch a Rockies game. It sounds like a great city, he particularly enjoyed Boulder and also had some fun in Blackhawk. It would be nice for him to show me around.

Saturday, we were able to spend some quality time together before he went into work. Which was long overdue. We've felt like ships passing in the night; life has been so hectic. It was nice to think about nothing else for an afternoon. It's been ages since we caught a movie, and even longer since we saw a good one. So, imagine our surprise when we both thoroughly enjoyed St. Vincent. It's really good, you'll laugh and cry. The kid actor is really good. A shock, I know.

Last night, after he worked a long day, we settled in front of the TV to finish Boardwalk Empire. The show was great, well, the first few seasons, but I have not been a fan the final two. It made me reminisce, though, back to when we were living in Chicago - Lansing, specifically. I recall curling up on the couch (in our first apartment) between loads of folding laundry, watching Sunday night TV on HBO. TV was so good back then, Sopranos, Sex and the City, OZ, Six Feet Under, The Wire, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. What a powerhouse! They don't make TV like that anymore. I know people love True Blood and Game of Thrones, but I just can't invest time into dragons and vampires. It just doesn't hold my interest.

We've seen so many fantastic series end; favorites include Seinfield, The Shield, X-Files and Frasier. Others weren't as sharp, but they were entertaining nonetheless; Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Big Love, Entourage, Dexter and Californication. Even great sitcoms seem to be a thing of the past; Modern Family is the only great success (go ahead and argue Big Bang Theory, but it's lost on me), but it seems to fall a little flat compared to Married with Children, Roseanne, or even Everybody Loves Raymond. It's funny how friends are connecting with their families watching old reruns of Full House. I've heard again and again, it is one show everyone can agree on. We have too few of those today.

Breaking Bad remains my favorite show of all time. Easy choice, considering no other has sparked a vacation just to see filming locations. With more shows wrapping up, like Sons of Anarchy, and Mad Men; it makes me wonder what's next? House of Cards and Louie are my favorite shows in production. The rest are more or less filler: Walking Dead, Homeland, Downton Abbey, It's Always Sunny, Episodes.

There must be creative talent out there. Hopefully, their projects will be green lit. In the meantime, thank you, Netflix. They are at least putting out some interesting stuff, and the library of old & current shows is vast. I started Gilmore Girls while Frank was away. I never saw it during its original run, it's funny to see the trends and pop culture references some fourteen years later. Not to mention seeing cameos and debut roles from some of today's bigger actors/actresses. I guess, if there's nothing new - there will always be reruns.

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