After spending five days without electricity, I have many newly-informed insights that relate to my favorite subject – television.
Gotta Edit That List
There’s no DVR stocked up – so catching up on a week worth’s of TV is going to be tough. That means it’s a prime time to let go of shows I’ve been hanging onto for a bit – like 666 Park Avenue (NBC), Arrow (The CW.)
On the other hand, I realize how attached I am to certain new shows like Nashville (ABC.) I really hated missing Nashville this week!
In A New Light
Surviving a severe storm has made me re-evaluate certain TV shows I’ve been watching. I’d already been on-the-fence about Revolution (NBC) but in living in a world without power I have no sympathy for these bratty characters who don’t even have zombies to deal with. Life without power is tough, but Revolution can’t scare me anymore. Plus, who wants to watch what you’ve already kind of lived?
This brings me to The Walking Dead. There, they don’t just have a world without power in my cases – but full of freakin’ zombies! After being so cold, I only have more respect for what my beloved characters must have endured during the winter. I’m a bit skeptical that they all would have survived the winter… eh. But I love the show more than ever, and am delighted to announce that I’ll be interviewing Lauren Cohan (Maggie) next week.
(And yes, I also watch TWD for tips on how to kill a zombie in case that becomes a reality…)
Campaign Ads and Phone Calls Won’t Get an Audience From Me Anymore
I’m not sure how many people will be able to get to vote on election day if they’re without gas, or flooded. I am lucky that I will be able to. But there’s no chance of me or anyone else having their swing vote changed when they can’t see any of the campaign ads. (Truth be told, I have known how I am voting for a long time, but there is someone in my family I was hoping might be swayed.) And when I left my residence, I also left the phone that kept ringing to ask me to answer survey questions about how I was voting. In fact, I usually took the two minutes to help them out an be courteous on the phone. But now, cold and tired, I usually just hang up after a curt reply. That’s not like me, I have a well of patience stored up for those instances! I prize politeness next to Godliness, really. (And that reminds me, don’t get me started on how angry and scary drivers are right now.)
(Admittedly, this issue does not affect a daily future of TV watching, but it does potentially affect the future in a long term way.)
Hey Jealousy (Which is the title of a great Gin Blossoms song.) Aka: I Hate the Kardashians Even More, Now
Now that I have surrendered to the cold and checked into one of the only hotel rooms available in the area (and I am not sure if I can even get another one should I need it past tonight) I have been enjoying the heat, the free wi fi (hello 94 new e-mails in my inbox) and the TV. I even get Showtime here (although I have spent most of my time watching the Food Network show me how fun it is to put stuff in mason jars – as if I didn’t already know!). But this also means that I was made aware of what was going on in NJ and NY. One thing I don’t have to deal with is floods, and my residence is still in tact. Not everyone can say that.
So, as I have re-immersed myself into the world of technology again – hitting up Twitter and everything… I see how many people are not only just going on with their lives, but how many really don’t care to be at all informed about what is happening in the North East.
Much as I am grateful for so many that hasn’t gone wrong for me and my loved ones, I have been brought near tears about others. And then the angry red monster of jealousy surfaced, and it brought along its friend – anger. I’m so jealous of people who lost power, but just for one night. Or not at all. Or lost it for even two or three days but at least have it now. I’m jealous of people who haven’t had any interruptions in their life because of this hurricane. And hey, I know it’s not their fault. It’s just the luck of the draw. But I’m still jealous. I can’t even find socks. Let alone clean socks. And do you know what sucks more than not having TV or internet? Being cold. Being cold is the worst. Of course, not having hot water, seeing your pets cold and confused, and not being able to see anything to even spend time cleaning or organizing… none of these are good things. But I’m lucky when I see what others are dealing with. Again, I know this.
It didn’t help that the first thing I learned about when I got online was that Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian were trending on Twitter because of their Halloween costumes. Meanwhile, not only was Halloween canceled up here, but I didn’t even register it was Halloween.
(I still mostly like Khloe Kardashian, though.)
Normalcy and Role Models
Something I have to mention is that after I’ve watched some news, I put on these Food Network or USA Network shows… just to relax into feeling like things are normal and seeing some familiar faces. Ian Somerhalder certainly helped ease the pain last night on The Vampire Diaries. (Which I lucky was able to muster up the energy to review!)
Seeing certain TV characters have even served as inspiration for me to weather all this. In the first two nights when I was cold but could tolerate writing letters and reading by flashlight/candlelight I pretended I was a heroine in Downton Abbey like Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery). In fact, I affected a British accent as I wrote to my Grandmother. (It didn’t take a storm to prompt me to do this – I love to write to her. I love stationary. I love her!)
When I think about what would happen if it was a zombie apocalypse I draw up strength and a sense of endurance fro Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar on Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah Walker on Chuck) and Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner on Alias.) They’re resilient and people can rely on them.
Seeing and/or relating to these characters helps in times of uncertainty.
In fact, because I had about one hour of battery time on my laptop, I had to decide what I’d want to use it for. What did I decide? I decided I wanted to be cheered up by the New Girl (Fox) gang! I approached many WW_D scenarios… What Would Zooey Deschanel, Jess Day, Jake Johnson, Nick Miller, Hannah Simone, Cece, Max Greenfield, Schmidt, Winston, Lamorne Morris…do? I love the characters and the actors on that show. And they really are a rag tag group that would help bring you spirits up, you know?
I decided that in the spirit of Zooey Deschanel or Jess Day, I’d make up songs to sing to my cats whilst pretending my life was a musical, to look at Cute Overload to calm down, and drift off to sleep dreaming about how cute Zachary Levi is. (Also, Scott Michael Foster from Greek.)
Please send this link to your friends if you found it all interesting because I haven’t been around to write new pieces and get the steady daily traffic levels I need to feed my cats. Cool? Don’t make me buy them off-brand dry food.
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