It’s Been A Long Winter

Why this picture? Why not?

Even though we didn’t see a whole lot of snow in Milwaukee (again) – this winter has kind of sucked.  Sucked as in – man, I barely got out of the house.  When I did it was basically only for 2 reasons:  to go to work or to go to the grocery store.  Occasionally we would go to the bar or out to a restaurant, but for the most part I’ve worn a really great butt groove in my side of the couch this winter.

On the up side of all of that, we’ve saved a lot of money.  Eating in + not doing a whole lot socially = savings account happiness, which is a good thing because we gotta get a roof on the house in MI before our poor tenants are soaked in their sleep one night.

What we have been doing is drinking a lot of coffee and watching way too much TV.  This is the point where I start to go on and on about the shows I have been watching, so if you don’t want to her a big rant about the Walking Dead or learn spoilers about other shows, stop reading now.

SCREW THE WALKING DEAD! I am so disappointed with where this show is going.  Fred thinks it’s great – and good for him – but he obviously doesn’t know what good programming is.  When I think about the Walking Dead – a show about zombies – I THINK ABOUT ACTION! I don’t think about a show that does way too much story telling and character building in one season that I can only count 2 instances of “OMG THAT WAS AWESOME” action from a show that used to be continually about blood, guts, fear and absolute bat-shit-crazy shit.  Glenn getting his eyeball knocked out and when they destroyed the herd of zombies with the 2 cars and the big wire were the ONLY parts that I enjoyed about this season.  What’s with the CG tiger?  Why the hell do the trash people speak like they’ve never met another person before in their lives.  Why does Negan wear that lame ass scarf?  I DON’T KNOW, and the writers of this show really aren’t making a strong case for me to continue watching this show next season.

In the past, I couldn’t wait for Sunday night.  I would WAIT for WD to come on and would hush people if they were too loud or talking during my story.  Now, I sometimes don’t even find myself caring if its Wednesday or Thursday and I’ve already heard spoilers. I seem to reluctantly turn it on just out of morbid curiosity as to whether or not the current week episode may have redeemed the whole series for me.  So far, no.

No, I didn’t read the graphic novel or whatever – and I don’t care.  My gripes on this show are completely based off of what the original entertainment value was when I started watching the show several years ago as a person who was never introduced to the story line before.  AMC did it well, they hooked me in – enough, at least, to be this pissed off about how shitty this past season was.

On the flip-side, a show I’ve recently started watching all seasons of (and have completely caught up) and I LOVE is the Goldbergs. OMG, It’s gotta be my age, but this show just speaks to me.  It’s hilarious, over the top – very 80s pop culture, and extremely on point.  Adam Goldberg knows how to write to a 40-something crowd, that’s for sure. I look forward to this show every week and usually laugh till I have to get up and pee.  It’s mindless, happy, fun…..  Good TV.  If an episode is sometimes sub-par, it’s still good because there are no expectations of being carried through…  It’s something new every week.

Perhaps that’s the downfall of getting invested in a long running, serial-story-type drama like the Walking Dead…  If it makes a bad turn, you get mad and disappointed.  With summer-reading-paperback-type TV like the Goldbergs, there are no expectations and therefore, I don’t get pissed off when things don’t progress in at least a way that is mildly interesting.

Oh well, it’s just TV…  But if Shameless takes a downward turn next season, I’ll lose my damn mind.  That’s the only long-term drama that I’m still hooked on.

Here’s another thing that’s got me…  Girls.  I liked this show, then I started to hate it much like WD, but in a different way…  I realized I (Gen-X girl extraordinaire) was watching a show about a bunch of entitled Millennials with all kinds of self-serving problems, and eventually I couldn’t take it anymore…  But like the sicko I am, I kept watching.  Again – I didn’t care if I didn’t catch the show on it’s air-night, but eventually caught up…

Then this season started and the first couple of episodes were OK…  And BOOM – It started to get good again!  Pregnancy – Marnie getting a harsh dose of reality – Adam realizing that he’s a douche – and mostly – Ray and the chubby girl.  I’m hooked again…  And disgusted that I’m hooked again.  Ahhhh, what a cycle.

TV.  Seriously. That’s all I have to write about right now.  I’m terrible.

Don’t Burn Your Beans

burned coffeeRecently my favorite little coffee-shop changed ownership.  My friend, who had owned it for many years, decided to get out of the coffee biz and move on to bigger and better things.  Good for him – the place was a time-suck and he dedicated every moment of every day to that place.  I think that’s probably why I enjoyed it so much.  He really put a lot of effort into building it from what it was when he took it over nearly 10 years ago to the place that many, many people called their “comfort spot” for several years.

Bay City, MI is a relatively small town with a decently populated downtown area – and at one time I actually can remember saying that we didn’t need another coffee shop.  For a period, there were new shops popping up all over the downtown area and – as you can imagine, we were stuck on our own little place that we loved.  Now though, every shop we have has a downfall.  Either they close too early, are run by 19 year olds who play music I can’t handle or….  In the case of the new shop owners of my favorite place…  They burn their beans.

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