Where normal meets life

Once returned from Las Vegas, the everyday activity between waking and sleeping seems quite ordinary. This is the way it happens every time. There is relief at being home, followed by latent endorphin withdrawal, followed by sense of contentment at the normal things in life.

And it is quite normal. Friday night was a ridiculous evening of bar hopping with my fellow thirty-something married male friends. Saturday night was date night with the wife (Portafino’s chicken marsala was good, “I Am Legend” was about what you’d expect). Sunday was making ziti, taking the kid to “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” and then watching “Good Night, and Good Luck.”

You know, normal.

In fact, apart watching my wife jump out of her seat during “I Am Legend,” the most significant event of the weekend was the arrival of my first-ever Netflix DVDs. Sure, I know I’m late to the game. In the past, I had a hard time justifying the cost of the service. Even I couldn’t understand my resistance to the service. I mean, I spent $20 in a jukebox battle on Friday night, but ‘m not going to spend $15 a month to get unlimited movies? I didn’t make sense.

A few nights ago, however, I figured it all out.

I have had HBO for as long as I have been an adult. With DirecTV, HBO cost me $13 a month. The wife and I also spend about $12-15 a month renting DVDs. Once “The Sopranos” went off for good, I realized that HBO had nothing more to offer me but Inside the NFL and Real Sports. I decided I could live without those shows, canceled HBO, and signed up with Netflix.

The decision turned out to be pretty easy. I signed up for the plan that gives me unlimited DVDs (two at a time) and unlimited streaming movies on my laptop. Within a week, the subscription has already paid for itself. I’ve been a little giddy over the service and spent more than a little time setting up my queue of films. Any recommendations? If I’m recommended anything supposed to be good and I can’t find it streamed on Netflix, I might ponder looking into various proxies that can allow me to find a source for watching any films or series that I could enjoy.

Normal life is a pretty comfortable thing. It rarely lasts as long as I’d like, but when it happens, I tend to enjoy it. If my calculations are right, this normalcy should last about two weeks before life gets odd again.

I’ll take it while I can get it.

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Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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5 Responses

  1. Anonymous Anonymous says:

    BBC – Coupling

  2. I recommend finding a movie you want, adding it to your queue and then adding one of the recommendations it has for people who like that movie and continue down the rabbit hole for as long as you can sit still.

    In my experience, it doesn’t take more than 10 or 15 levels until all you are getting recommended is Disney movies.

    It’s a great way to fill the queue with stuff you’ve probably never heard of, which is the beauty of online movie rentals. You don’t feel bad if you watch something for 30 minutes, decide it’s crap and send it back.

  3. Anonymous Jim The Knife says:

    This is Jim, Falstaff’s home game pal.
    I’ve had Netflix for 3 years and love it. I get them in, decode, burn a copy and return the next day. Illegal as hell but I don’t sell them. I just have a bank of movies to watch. I also keep HBO cuz of their series’.

    I just read BadBlood’s blog and discovered that you are a “foodie”.
    I am a giant foodie and had a few nice dinners alone in Vegas as my pals went to Subway or a similar place. Sooooooo, next trip, please let’s get together for a dinner or two..

  4. Anonymous Su says:

    Love Netflix, hate Blockbuster!

  5. I add anything at Landmarktheatres.com that sounds interesting and anything that comes out in the regular theatres that sound interesting. I never get to the movies so this way I don’t miss anything I think I may want to see. Netflix saves them until them come out on DVD and then adds them to the bottom of your list.