We all are born with certain talents or gifts.
Binge watching is one of mine.
Now, you might argue that all of us can binge watch a television show or mini-series as long as we have access on Netflix or OnDemand.
I beg to differ.
As Liam Neeson would say, “It takes a particular set of skills.”
- Sitting still for long periods of time. I list this first because I feel it is most important. If you are a person who needs to ‘piddle,’ — always getting up and doing something, whether it’s eating or drinking or using the bathroom or organizing your pencils — binge watching will be difficult for you. It will take you weeks to watch the new season of Orange is the New Black. A true binge watcher can do it in two days. Max.
- Focus (or multi-tasking while still watching TV). I give you a choice here, because I find that I use both methods during my long binge-watching sessions. Some episodes demand my complete attention. Others offer small windows of opportunity to check email or IM with a friend (which still ‘watching’ the program.) Can you handle the singularity?
- Organizing your life. You cannot take two days to binge watch House of Cards or Bloodlines unless you can clear your calendar. And that involves getting things done in the days and weeks preceding the binge watch, which is made possible–in my house, anyway–by exhaustive list making. If it isn’t written down, it usually doesn’t get done. And I have to get a lot of stuff done to justify a big ol’ two-day binge.
- Bladder control. Contrary to popular belief, bladders do not come in a variety of sizes. They are all the same — male and female, adult and child. What does vary is our muscle control and ability to ‘hold our bladder.’ Not having to get up every 30 minutes makes #1 and #2 more plausible (and will help you be more efficient at checking off line items on #3).
Best of luck with your next binge watch!
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Although I might not have agreed with who got what award at this week’s Emmys, it was, as always, amazing to see so many truly funny people gathered in one room.
Even the nominees in the Drama categories are pretty darn hilarious when they let go.
So when I saw the news today that Canada has issued stamps with the name and likeness of five of their great comedians, I had two immediate reactions:
- Good for them. Well-deserved all.
- Why haven’t we done something similar here in in the USA, the home of comedy?
Turns out the US Postal Service did do something similar back in 1991 — a booklet of stamps honoring the comedy greats of days gone by.
When I saw these stamps, I had two immediate reactions:
- Good for them. Well-deserved all.
- Why haven’t we done something similar for the current generation of comedians and comediennes?
Do you see a pattern? More importantly, do you agree?
What current ‘funny folk’ do you think deserve to grace the correspondence that we don’t send via email? Vote in the comments!
Posted in Business, Celebrities, Comedy, Entertainment, Humor, Life
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I’m out-of-town, dog in tow, and something’s missing. Turns out it isn’t the first time I’ve had this feeling. Case in point: an excerpt from one of my very first posts from August 25, 2009.
I’ve been away on business with my dog Rory for almost a week. I thought I would pine for our daily walks in Central Park; my idle conversations with neighbors on their stoops; or the energy that is Manhattan.
Instead, I miss my mail.
What excites me most about my return home — besides sleeping on my own pillow — is seeing what treasures await in the stash of mail that is being held for me at the post office.
I don’t know if my feelings are unique to freelancers. I hope to see checks in the mail, of course. But I will be equally psyched to see letters, magazines, catalogs, theater and event postcards, and heck, even my bills.
I also miss the afternoon saunter to the mailbox; it’s a break I anticipate and enjoy. Here, in my friend’s apartment, there’s only email, and its constant stream — while immediate, necessary, and appreciated — doesn’t have the romance or charm of my daily snail mail delivery.
So, to my mailman back in Manhattan — I miss you. I appreciate you. And I hope you got my hold order. ‘Cause if I come home to an overflowing box of mangled mail…
I’ll have to kill you.
Posted in Blog, Business, Commentary, Humor, Life, Travel, Writing
Tagged bills, blog, Boston, Business, catalogs, Central Park, commentary, communications, email, freelancer, hold mail order, Humor, letters, life, magazine, mail, mailbox, mailman, Manhattan, New York City, out of town, post office, postcards, postman, snail mail, Travel, writing
I know dogs and people look at many things with different eyes —
Trees. Trash. Other dogs’ bottoms.
But I am particularly amused by my dog’s fascination with scaffolding.
Being a ‘city dog,’ he passes it almost every day on our way to the park. And he will pull the leash, wanting to cross the street to get to it.
Nothing is more fun, apparently, then sniffin’ and peein’ on scaffolding.
People who live in the city don’t pay much attention to it; we see it come and go with construction projects large and small. I dare say some tourists may cross the street to avoid it.
But not my dog.
Scaffolding is the best place in town to check his pee-mail.
Posted in Animals, Dogs, Humor, Internet, Life, Walking
Tagged animals, city dog, construction, dog leash, dog walking, Dogs, email, Humor, Internet, life, New York City, pee-mail, pets, scaffolding, tourists, walking
Today’s post is a love story —
An ode to socks.
Chenille socks, to be specific…from Old Navy.
On a cold, snowy day like today, they are very much top of mind…and on the bottom of my feet.
I first discovered these gems during one of Old Navy’s ubiquitous sales. I got an email, clicked through to the website and decided to give them a try.
You can never have too many black socks, right?
But these were my first chenille socks, and I was an immediate convert. They are quite simply the softest, warmest, most durable socks I have ever owned. And at only $3 a pair…well, let’s just say I’ve bought a truckload.
To be clear — Old Navy has not reimbursed me for this most earnest of endoresements. I am just a huge fan.
(But if they wanted to send me more, I’d wear ’em.)
Posted in Commentary, Fashion, Humor, Life, Shopping, Weather
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I received an email today with a fabulous offer —
The chance to order the hottest chili pepper plant in the world.
It measures something like 1,000,000 on the pepper hotness scale, and I’m pretty sure is not safe for human consumption.
Unless you’re my brother.
And yet the email contained information on not only how to order it (at a fantastic price), but how to buy-one-get-one-free.
This seems like unsafe business practices. And wrong. In fact, I’m pretty sure my iPad laptop began to overheat while I was merely reading the details.
And all for peppers. That could kill me. I’m not sure a spam filter is protection enough in these circumstances.
Kryptonite — now, that might do the trick.
Posted in Commentary, Humor, Life
Tagged buy one get one free, chili peppers, cooking, danger, email, food, heat, hot, Humor, kryptonite, life, Peppers, spam filter
Guess who got an email thank you note from America Online yesterday?
I’m guessing Steve Carell did, too. And Tina Fey. Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow and Paul Rudd were no doubt on the list, too.
You see, we all still use AOL as our primary email client. Brand ourselves as pioneers of the Internet each time we hit ‘send’ by associating ourselves with AOL in this Gmail world.
I’m not crazy brand loyal; I’m just lazy. As AOL pointed out in their “celebrating you” thank you note, they’ve been my email service provider since 1996.
Before I was even born.
Do you know how many accounts, organizations and friends know me by this email address? The mere thought of changing it — and the domino effect of changes that would be required as a result — gives me the hives.
Of course, I have other email addresses for professional purposes — even a Gmail account that I rarely use — but AOL is still core.
And knowing that so many way cool people have an uncool email address like me…makes it the cool thing to do.
That’s what I keep telling myself.
Posted in Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, History, Humor, Internet, Life, Philosophy, Technology
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