COVID-Journal Day 1: Zoom, Maisel & Drunk Lucy

It’s been a ton of time since my last post and if I don’t jot down some of the crazy things that have changed the world in the past two months as the COVID-19 virus has crushed the economy and stripped the streets of Manhattan, Rome, Paris and caused the Venice canals to run clean I’d be one pretty lame blogger.  While the government plays ping-pong with the stock market today with suspicious eyes on each side of a slush-fund for the right or a socialist welfare state for the left, there are too many people dying, too many people sick, too many losing paychecks and, frighteningly, far too many people who think it’s not a big deal. But here’s my narrow experience so far–the first day of Michigan’s “stay at home” from Governor Whitmer. I haven’t had my calendar this empty since 10th grade, 40 short years ago.  In just… Read More…

Attack of the Teenage Snow-Day Zombies: Resuscitating the Watching Dead

We heard its slow steps trudging up from the cellar—one foot was obviously dragging.  I swear we could hear the drool splashing on the floorboards.  It snarled.  It hated the daylight—even cloud-covered sunshine deflected off the snow.  We stood in its way and we were going to pay for it… “I was in the middle of an episode!” it roared. You may have seen the snow-day zombies in your own home.  They’re easy to spot.  They still look a bit like those pictures on the wall —but they’re meaner and generally have distinct characteristics. Bloodshot eyes Dirty, standing-in-weird-places hair Hunger so severe they don’t know they’re hungry anymore Aggressive, attack-first tendencies Extremely protective of their turf—namely, their remotes It’s not quite the parking lot of the Center for Disease Control, but we are nearly as hopeful as those running pollyannas in Season 1 of the The Walking Dead.  Maybe there… Read More…

The Netflix Workout

It’s like a dream-come-true.  For $7.99 per month I can catch up on the 47 TV series I’ve missed and “not-ready-for-HBO” movies–the films that didn’t make a ton of money but they’re what I might have seen at the theater at a matinee or if someone else offered to pay. I was a typical Netflix customer when it arrived on the scene.  I was too lazy to get in the car to drive to Blockbuster so I’d order a DVD, wait three days for it to arrive and then promptly set the little white sleeve on my TV for two or three weeks, hoping to get around to it.  When Netflix introduced streaming-video to my computer I avoided it since the last thing I wanted to look at for recreation was the same computer screen that stared at me at work all day. Then the magic day arrived a few… Read More…