Jeopardy

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:06 am
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I only watch Jeopardy when I'm visiting out here. Do they often make jokes or allusions with the category titles? I'm thinking of last night's "Shaka" and "When The Walls Fell."

Easter

Apr. 16th, 2017 09:06 am
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I am trying to figure out what to do with myself until FamilyFest starts. I'm sure that I will be seeing my parents before I really want to, and it's likely that I'll be commanded to go pick up Gram two or three hours before dinner and then have to entertain her until dinnertime.

Have I mentioned how much I hate FamilyFest?

In any case, here I am noodling about on LJ DW until I make up my mind. There are numerous things I should be doing: eBay auctions, various administrivia tasks off my do list, writing, switching summer and winter clothes, cleaning out dresser drawers, and so forth. I didn't clean the library yesterday, so I could be doing that, but...I'm too tired right now.

Maybe I should take a nap.

I didn't get to bed until nearly midnight last night since I watched both Doctor Who (started at 9:00) and Class (started at 10:10), and then decided I might as well stay up for Graham Norton as well (started at 11:20). I normally go to bed around 9:30, even on Saturdays. This morning, I was awake well before I wanted to be (I was up by 6:00), so I'm tired.

In any case, I did enjoy Doctor Who, and would like to hear the explanation behind the professorship and the vault (though I suspect the latter explains the former). I do hope, though, that we're not headed for another Pandorica, as this would seem to be the "bad wolf" of this season. The cupful of old sonic screwdrivers was an interesting touch; I thought all the old sonics were destroyed, which was why there was always a new one. I loved the Doctor's study. I want one. Read more... )

Class was okay. I had some trouble with the dialogue, but then I realized that I had the volume pretty low on the TV. And then the special effects sort of drowned out the dialogue. Can't win. It's been bugging me since they first started advertising the show who Miss Quill reminded me of, and I suddenly realized that it was Liz Shaw (Jon Pertwee's first Companion). She looks and sounds very like her. I will probably continue to watch it.

As for The Graham Norton Show, I was very disappointed. I stayed up to watch it because Peter Capaldi was on, but they had already cut twenty minutes from the show to begin with (to allow for the longer air-times for Doctor Who and Class), and then they cut more to make room for commercials, so there was probably only half an hour of an hour show in the end. It seemed very disjointed, and I gave up about twenty minutes in and went to bed.

In other news, I have deleted one of my secondary LJs and the other is queued for import and will then be deleted. I have decided not to delete MaliRose (at least not for now), but may eventually do so.

Also? There's nothing like going to bed at nearly midnight to find that the cat left a hairball on the blanket....
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I am saving daylight. I will keep it in a jar in my closet, along with my spare change.

I was watching Doctor Strange for the third time this week yesterday, and remembered that I had once upon a time taped a television Dr. Strange movie. I was pretty sure that I had kept that tape when I cleaned out my collection a couple of years back (did you know that tapes have to be thrown out rather than recycled?), and lo, I found it today.

Wow. It was...well, MyAuntie described the current movie as "trippy." This movie was filmed in 1978. It was not only trippy, but I think it recycled some special effects from Logan's Run (the television show, not the film) which was definitely trippy and which recycled effects from various other sci fi shows and movies including Star Trek. Also...the non-trippy SFX were Really Bad. It was another version of Strange's origin story because it was meant as a pilot. Unsurprisingly, it didn't sell -- probably because Stan Lee didn't make a cameo appearance. Peter Hooten played Stephen Strange, and I spent the entire thing thinking he was Lee Horsley. In any case, I think it's going to be another several years before I watch it again.

The commercials were interesting. For one thing, there were never more than two in a row, and they were all of the infomercial type, so this must've been on later at night or on a weekend. They were also from considerably later than the movie -- I caught at least one "copyright 1990." Well, and one had an early PC as a background prop. I fast-forwarded through them for the most part, though I did watch a couple. I remembered most of them, which may or may not be sad.

I suspect I'll have to watch the current movie as a palate cleanser....

There is cheeseburger soup in the crockpot, but I don't know that I'm going to wait until it's done to have dinner as it's got another hour to go. I was thinking about making scrambled eggs or something of that nature. On the other hand, I've already washed the dishes from making the soup, so maybe I will wait. I was shaking my head at the recipe, because it assured me that the prep time was only fifteen minutes. I don't know in what universe, because it takes ten minutes to pre-cook the vegetables, and that doesn't count chopping them first. Plus there's another ten minutes (or so) to brown the hamburger, so.... It usually takes me about forty-five minutes of prep time for every crockpot of soup I make. It's one of the big reasons I hate cooking, and clean-up is the other.

At least I'll have ten days' worth of dinners....
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Turns out last night wasn't a great one for sleep, either. Woke up in the middle of the night with acid in my throat, but was at the same time too asleep to go downstairs and get an antacid tablet. So I ended up not quite sleeping for the rest of the night slightly propped up on pillows. Eventually, it all went away again and I was able to get back to sleep...in time for the alarm to go off, yay.

And then it turned out to be Valentine's Day.

I hate Valentine's Day. Not a big surprise, right? My last Valentine's Day as a married person was passed in silence. HTWIWM had just returned from his nine-month sabatical with the Twinkie the weekend before, and I thought it wouldn't be fair to try to celebrate what I saw as my triumph when he probably still had feelings for her. So basically, I was being an adult about things. And see how far that got me -- by the time our anniversary rolled around that year, I was divorced.

Anyway. Used to be that BFT and I -- as single women who hated Valentine's Day -- would take the opportunity to Get The Hell Outta Dodge, but the last time we did that, we came home in a blizzard and followed a Very Nervous Woman down Route 219 -- which is, in part, quite twisty and hilly. She didn't go above 35 mph for a large chunk of it, and she rode her brakes almost the entire time. Granted, the weather was bad, but it wasn't quite that bad. And she was, as I recall, from Ontario, too. (Quite a few Ontario people come down to that part of the county for the skiing.)

After that night, though, we haven't gone in years. This year, we're going, but not until this coming weekend. And according to the weather seers, it should be 50°, so the chances of following a nervous Ontarian through a blizzard are...less than they might be.

Remember how I said I wasn't going to obsess about Emergency! any more? Yeah. Turned out that I just wasn't going to talk about it. (It actually makes a good thing to watch when I'm on my treadmill because generally by the time I finish, they're at the end of a rescue and it's a good stopping place.) I found out that there was a cross-over episode with another show from the same producers called Sierra about park rangers. For some odd reason, the LA County Fire Department decided to do cross-training with the park rangers and sent Johnny and Roy out to Learn Some Stuff. (Maybe that's where they picked up the rock climbing that they used in a later episode.) Anyway. I found the episode on YouTube last night. It was...like watching an impressionist painting come to life. Not good quality. Just good enough that you could tell from the general shapes what was going on, but mostly couldn't make out faces. The sound wasn't too bad, though. It was obviously someone's tape of a tape of a tape, complete with bad tracking marks.

I've been to that party before. I used to get tapes of tapes of tapes of The Tomorrow People (the original) long before DVDs arrived on the scene. I mean DVDs in general, not just DVDs of the series.

Bleah. Not looking forward to going to work today. I have a whole bunch of stuff I actually can't work on because I'm waiting for AVS to bake. I suppose I will go back to pulling out my 800 MA-SSI cases case by case by case to make sure that they're correct -- right case type for the recipient's SSI pay status, right address (so far as we know), make sure that any status changes have actually been noted in the case -- because the community workers, when they were doing these cases for two years, often thought that it was all automatic and that there wasn't anything they actually needed to do with them. Really? Really, guys? I gave you a pretty complete run-down on what needed to be done for each kind of change, and you still thought you didn't have to do anything? Really?

Makes me cranky.

Maybe I'll get a muffin on the way to work; I think Dunkin' still has the triple chocolate ones. And if that's the case, I need to get moving.

Blustery

Feb. 8th, 2017 06:57 am
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I woke up this morning around 3:30 to the wind roaring around the house and rattling the bedroom windows in what Jack has left of their frames. It was quite noisy. I fell back asleep and dreamed...things I can't remember, but which probably had to do with '70s TV shows, since that's been my obsession for the last couple of months. Woke back up about an hour later to more gusts, which must have also woken up Teddy next door because shortly thereafter, he was barking under my bedroom window. At least Jack didn't start agitating to go out and join him in a pre-dawn chorus.

In any case, I woke up with the feeling that I really shouldn't go to work today. Friday, I ignored the feeling and had a crappy day. Today, I'm listening. I will putter around the house a bit and I finally came up with an idea for this week's LJ Idol topic, so I'll be working on that. And I'll be listening to the wind.

I was saddened last night to learn that Richard Hatch died yesterday, apparently of cancer. Speaking of '70s television shows.... I don't recall seeing him in anything other than the two versions of Battlestar Galactica, but I have to say that he was definitely one of my kiddie crushes. I remember seeing one of those teeny-bopper magazines lying around my sixth-grade classroom with a photo of Dirk Benedict on the cover. Everyone loved Dirk Benedict, and I did, too, but I loved Richard Hatch -- and Apollo -- more. Except for that one lock of hair over his right ear that stuck up in the air. I wanted to cut that off so badly even when I was eleven years old. I had planned to rewatch BSG when I finished The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, but maybe I'll skip it forward in the rewatch queue. TV freezes people in time, and it's hard to remember sometimes, that the actors are my parents' age. And a little scary when I do.

(I mean, yeah, okay, they were always my parents' age, but when I was a kid, it didn't seem to matter.)

In other news, the snow has mostly melted again. Well, it has been awfully warm for February the last few days. It should be face-achingly, nose-freezingly, car-cushions-don't-give-when-you-sit-on-them cold and it's been in the high 30s and low 40s instead. Yesterday, it was supposed to reach 50°, though I'm pretty sure it didn't. But it's been raining instead of snowing. I do think the temperatures are supposed to start falling again, but not to reach their usual lows for this time of year. I'm torn about that. I mean, I hate the cold, but on the other hand...global warming. So....

The snowdrops are starting to come up, which is at least, normal for this time of year. First the snowdrops, then about a month later, the snow glories and crocuses. Then the grass starts to grow and we go from snowblower weather to lawnmower weather....
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I seem to have survived another week of LJ Idol. Good ol' Sal Alarra. I'm beginning to wonder if I should write her whole story; I actually have pretty much the whole thing in my head. I've never written sci fi before, partly because of the "science" part. Not sure what sort of research I'd have to do to make Lightcastle Station work properly -- would watching Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5 constitute research?

They actually started handing out W2s at work yesterday -- two whole days ahead of when they absolutely have to. I had already printed mine from the online site where I now have to retrieve my pay stubs, which means I can do my taxes this weekend. I may or may not; depends on whether I want to mess with them. The software I use makes them simple, but it still takes up to two hours.

According to an email that went out late yesterday afternoon, we're not only supposed to sign a form stating that we received our W2s from the payroll clerk (if we do), but we're also supposed to sign something giving them permission to not give us hard copies next year. They intend that from now on, we'll only retrieve them online.

I am not thrilled about this. Paper always boots. Well, unless it's a really, really, really hot day, but if the temperature is higher than 451°, then we've got other things to worry about.

Speaking of which, I have ordered my copy of 1984. I had to get it from B&N since Amazon was sold out and PaperbackSwap didn't have any copies left, either. I have actually read it; it was one of the required books when I was in high school. I don't remember much about it other than I loathed it...but I loathed almost everything that was required reading. The few books I have since reread, I actually enjoyed. I have also ordered a copy of Brave New World which I haven't read before.

Having finished one '70s television series, I have gone back to another that was a childhood favorite: The Six Million Dollar Man. It's a bit silly. There was an episode, for instance, where to escape the Bad Guys (a bunch of pro football players) with his friend (another pro football player), Steve and the friend (played by Larry Csonka, who was also in an episode of Emergency!) had to play football against them. It was ridiculous. Also, I've noticed that Steve's bionics are as powerful or not powerful as the story requires. And now that I'm so much older, I have questions like "How does his organic torso stand the stresses put on it by the use of the bionics?" and "Why didn't they armor the back of his skull while they were at it since he gets hit over the head at least once an episode?" This hasn't stopped me watching, mind you, and while I wait for the two final seasons to arrive, I'll either go back to the beginning (it's been a year or so since I watched the first two seasons), or I'll start The Bionic Woman (yet another childhood favorite -- I even had a Jaime Somers doll when I was little), since I've had the first season sitting around for a couple of years.

Also, now I want to see Steve Austin go through the Stargate. Can you just imagine Col. Austin and Col. O'Neill? The snark alone would keep the Goa'uld at bay.

The lake effect storm warning for the weekend seems to have been downgraded to a watch. They were talking about feet of snow for the weekend total, though that would have been in ski country, not around here -- though we could still have had enough snow to make me very unhappy. Well, we still could, I suppose, but I'm hoping not. (Ha! Originally typed "noping," which is clearly "hoping not.")

The only thing planned for the weekend other than a lot of goofing off is dinner out with BFT this evening. We've both had awful enough weeks that the only cure is ice cream in vast quantities....
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One of the things I really hate about winter walkies is that the snow holds the traces of the bunnies and deer that frequent the neighborhood, and Jack insists on investigating. He'd follow bunny tracks right to wherever the bunnies were holed up if I let him. Which I don't. But that doesn't mean that I don't get jerked around a lot and end up having to have a firmer hold on the leash than I prefer. This morning was a prime example. I had to tell him several times to pee on it or walk away. That's the rule. We don't stand around snuffling at something all morning. Pee on it or walk away.

Looks like we're headed into the January thaw. According to this morning's long range forecast, it's supposed to be 52° in a couple of days -- and rain, of course. But it's supposed to stay in the upper 30s or lower 40s for the few days after that, which is nice -- better a slow slide back into the February Freeze than to have it happen all in a single day.

I keep telling myself that it's really only several weeks until spring, instead of several months; if you count winter as beginning in October around here (and I do), then we're well past the midway point.

I had a counseling appointment last evening which ended up being mainly a discussion about geneology and family history. There's a slight possibility that I am distantly related to my counselor. She didn't tell me what my blood pressure was, so I presume it was okay. My weight was up, but I was also wearing my boots, and I was firmly laced into them and didn't feel like unlacing them. It'll make a nice change at my next appointment when I'll be down three pounds.

After that...well, as might not be unexpected, I spent the evening binge-watching Emergency! I've got three more episodes to finish out the fourth season, then I might see about watching the current episode of Sherlock. (Though, honestly, I don't really like Sherlock that much. I'm kind of watching it so as not to feel left out of the conversation. Funny that I don't feel that way about other popular shows.) It's funny, watching these old episodes back to back to back to back. You might not notice exactly how much stock and old footage they use if you're watching it week to week, but there is only so much traveling footage for both the squad and the engine and they reused it extensively. They even reused footage of the firemen getting ready to go out on a run to the point that I noticed last night that John's hair was a couple of inches shorter while he was running for the squad than it was when he got into it. Kinda funny, really.

Yeah, I know. Don't worry about it. I'll find something new to obsess over in a few weeks, when I've finished the series. Maybe I'll go back to Highlander (left off in the third season), or Gilmore Girls, or Charmed, or the original Battlestar Galactica, or The Six Million Dollar Man (most likely, really), or The Bionic Woman (also likely), or Space: 1999. Or maybe I'll go a little newer and get caught up on Elementary or NCIS -- though it's now been several seasons since I last watched that; when last I tuned in it was the Thanksgiving after Ducky's heart attack, and I stopped watching in the middle of an episode because Abby was really starting to get on my nerves and it occurred to me that if I worked with her I'd probably go out of my way to avoid her.

Today is going to be more of the same as yesterday: recerts. I have several more I need to get through today. Then more undercare and back to the pending. My senior wants to have a meeting about the case I was working on last week; she has a question about one aspect of it. I am afraid that they're going to make me chase down another sum of money before they let the case go through, and I'm not going to be happy about that.

I had an interpreter relay call yesterday with a deaf applicant. It's been a good decade (or more) since I had the last one (which was also my first one). That first interpreter was nasty. If I spoke directly to him, he snapped at me. So I was careful to speak directly to the applicant yesterday, but the interpreter was really nice, and let me know if she was not sure she understood something so as to convey it most accurately. I was curious to know if she was actually seeing the applicant, because she said things like "it looks like s/he's dropped his/her pen" and "hang on, I can't quite make this out." It was interesting, anyway.

Ah, well. Onward and upward, right?
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As of this morning, Jack is back to normal. I was beginning to be seriously concerned, because one hears horror stories of dogs that don't poo only to find out that their intestines are twisted or that they have horrific blockages, and all of those stories end with the death of the dog. But Jack is okay. Whew. He's a complete pain in the ass, but I do adore his furry little self.

It is still quite cold; the weather seers said it was 9° this morning before dawn when we went walkies. I didn't catch the wind chill, but there was wind, and it was chilled. Enough so that I cut walkies short this morning. Not as absolutely short as I sometimes do; I just did the small loop that we do in the afternoon (cutting through a parking lot) instead of the larger loop we normally do in the mornings (all the way down to the main road and across parallel to the parking lot, then back home -- it's not a huge difference, but it does cut five or six minutes off the walk).

Today, I should probably do a few more things than I did yesterday. I didn't do any laundry for one thing. On the other hand...I could get by without doing the laundry, so maybe I won't bother until next weekend. I spent nearly the whole day yesterday binge-watching Emergency! some more. Yeah, I know. I'm kinda obsessed with it, and I'm not really sure why; nattering on )

Weird what sticks with you.

In other news, it is currently snowing, but it was snowing when Jack and I went walkies an hour and a half or so ago. In fact, we were out before the plow this morning. Jack was so pleased that I finally allowed him to check out the yard where the new beagle gets his/her outings, but it was only because I saw the plow turning the corner and I really didn't feel like getting run over by it. So we stopped under the light pole which is oddly situated halfway up the yard and waited for the plow to pass. But that meant that Jack got to take in All The Smells. So he was happy.

My brother got back to me on the diet Coke issue: he never touches my fridge, so he'll ask the Gecko about it. I've never set her father on her before, so I'm a little curious to see how this plays out. I'm certain she'll deny it, but unless Jack has developed the ability to a) open the fridge, b) pick out just the diet Coke, c) open cans, and d) destroy or hide the evidence, then it has to be her, as she is the only other person in the house. I'm especially interested in light of him admitting to me the other day that she'd be useless to keep an eye on Jack while he was sick (for which reason I took the day off so I could watch him myself).
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  • This morning I am feeling as though I may as well max out my credit cards and eat nothing but chocolate for every meal because we're all going to be dead by this time next year anyway.

  • Jack seems to have settled down from whatever the hell was bugging him on Sunday. I wonder if he chucked his meds on Sunday morning and I just didn't see them while I was cleaning up the mess. Normally when he chucks in the morning, I can clearly see the completely-undigested-capsules and I give him more. I did think at the time that it was odd he'd yarked and managed to hang onto his pills. Either he digested them Really Fast or I just didn't see them.

  • I have discovered the reason why it smelled like cat urine halfway up the stairs: Kethri has been going behind my treadmill and peeing in the corner at the base of the stairwell wall. Last night, I saw her do it. I cleaned the spot with bleach water (heavy on the bleach) and rearranged things so that I don't think she can get back in there. Later this week, when I'm off, I'll go out and get some enzymatic cleaner and douse the spot. I'll need to get the $20 jug of it, since I still need to mop the basement floor with it.

  • Emergency! has been marked by Netflix as going away effective 1/1. I am displeased because I am only halfway through the second season and even if I did nothing else on vacation, I don't think I'd finish the series by then.

  • I am very tired this morning. Yesterday, I was going through some bank statements in the afternoon and I seriously thought I was going to end up facedown and snoring in them. I was so sleepy. Well, Jack didn't settle down until after midnight then so that might be part of it, but this morning, I have no excuse.

  • There is a friending frenzy going on. I would like to participate, but I'm not really good with new friends. I start out well enough, but....

  • It is face-achingly cold this morning: only about 5°. It's supposed to get up near freezing today, but it's also supposed to be windy. Yay.

  • I don't want to see my family this weekend. None of them. Not even Grama. I wonder what MyAuntie and Nuncle would say if I just showed up at their doorstep on Christmas Eve.

  • I know what my mother would say....
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  • I am a terrible, terrible person. I bought a $10 box of totally non-denominational "season's greetings" / "joy of winter" cards just so I could send one to my aunt in Texas. They're very pretty cards, all silvery and pale blue and glittery -- and they will make her fundie head explode. Apparently, this year, I am a foot soldier in the war on Christmas.

  • The long, long story of my grandmother's emergency room bill has not yet ended. She got a pre-collection notice from them at some point in the last week; when I walked in to visit her the other night, she greeted me with, "Well, we're getting sued." I was under the impression that the entire process -- once the insurance nightmare was straightened out -- was automatic and that I would not have to contact the billing company again. Apparently, I was mistaken. So I spent an hour the other morning composing and then faxing a letter to them to formally request that they rebill Medicare. Morons.

  • No, that's not fair. They're just doing what they should. Medicare denied the claim. Still, it's aggravating, since they were the ones who told me it would all be automatic.

  • I found my iTunes library on my old laptop. I will hopefully have no difficulty transferring it to the new laptop. Apparently it has been some years since I last added music to it. Well...I don't buy music often. Once it was charged, the laptop started with no difficulties. Really, the only problem with it is that it runs Win95. I elected to buy a new one since it was already getting on in years when MS announced that they weren't going to support Win95 any longer.

  • MyAuntie told me on her visit in October that she likes jade -- I was wearing the jade pendant I bought during the cruise in August -- so I ordered her a jade piece for Christmas. It arrived with a 25% off coupon, so I ordered myself a pair of earrings to go with the pendant. Both orders arrived with a small polished jade nugget. I really, really like the one that came with the earrings. It is perhaps three-quarters of an inch long and maybe three-quarters of that high, with smooth, rounded edges and corners. It is satisfyingly weighty, and I found myself cluthing it and running it through my fingers for the whole time I was on the computer last evening. It feels good in the hand. Very nice. And the earrings are pretty, too.

  • MyAuntie has sent everyone a Jacquie Lawson advent calendar again this year. One of the activities in this year's calendar is a game sort of along the same lines as Bubble Poke, except with Christmas ornaments. The idea is to smash as many ornaments as you can as you move through ten levels. There have to be three contiguous ornaments of the same color for smashing, and if there aren't, then you lose. It is amazingly therapeutic. I find myself returning to it over and over and over again. Yesterday morning, I beat the game. But it's not really a game of skill; it's all random. Still. I am quite fond of it, but I suppose it won't be accessible after the end of the Christmas season.

  • For the second week in a row, my garbage can hasn't been completely emptied. There's a bag of kitty litter at the very bottom of the can. I think they're just reaching into the can and lifting out the kitchen bag and leaving the large black bag in the bottom, possibly because they can't see it's there in the dark. This week, there was a second bag of kitty litter, and that's gone, so I'm not sure what's going on. I suppose it could be stuck in there, but I'd think if they were putting the can on the lift, it would empty properly. The can is large enough -- you could hide a body in there -- that the only way for me to get at the bag to check is to tip it on its side and crawl in there...and that is not happening.

  • I need to remember to get the gas can out of the shed and put it in the garage; the forecast is calling for Lots O' Snow and I'm pretty sure that the snowblower was run out of gas. And the shed doors get stuck, so....

  • Ugh. Snow.

  • I hate the automated line at Prudential. I generally have to call it at least once a month, and it's voice-activated. The problem is that it can only pick up my voice about half the time...and this week is apparently not in that half. I had to call yesterday and ended up faxing a request. This morning, I threw down the receiver while announcing to everyone in the vicinity, "Oh, for fuck's sake!" Which no one apparently heard, despite the volume, because apparently only dogs can hear my voice. And then only sometimes.

  • I have been watching Emergency! lately on Netflix. I used to watch it when I was a little girl. My brother and I used to play Paramedics with an old plastic tool box that we acquired from somewhere. That was way back before my brother turned into an asshole. Ah, the good old days. It's...interesting. The characters all look older to me than their stated ages: "Rampart, we have a male, approximately 40 years of age...." Yeah, he looks 60 to me. Of course, the show aired in the '70s, and I think maybe people weren't quite as obsessed with looking younger, then. Hard to say, since I was about 8 at the time.
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I have a terrible habit of buying DVDs, and I have been frustrated/depressed/angry enough lately to over-indulge.

Sisters: This actually looked like something I might enjoy I waited until I saw the price fall into the acceptable range before I picked up a copy. The broad storyline involves two sisters having a last wild party in their parents' house after the parents sell it. There's a subplot about high school rivalries and a romantic subplot and possibly a mother-daughter subplot, but I lost interest about halfway through. I suspect that the Good Sister got the guy, and the Bad Sister somehow made her daughter happy, and maybe the sale of the parents' house even fell through and the sisters and Bad Sister's daughter moved in and lived happily ever after, but I Did Not Care.

MacGyver: The original series premiered when I was a freshman in college. I loved it and watched it religiously for a few seasons, but after a while it got very preachy and while I still considered myself a huge fan of the show -- and the character in particular -- I took to missing episodes, and I think there are still episodes I haven't seen, though I have, of course, seen The Wild West episodes and the King Arthur episodes and all of the Murdoc episodes (I think). Although I was totally against the idea of a reboot unless the new guy was MacGyver's son (or even grandson, at this point, since Richard Dean Anderson is in his mid-60s), I decided to give it a shot.

It was...okay. It had aspects of the original series like the wry voice-over, the refusal to use a gun in the intended way, and, of course, the Swiss Army knife. There is something about the new actor (Lucas Till) that bugs me. Maybe it's that his eyes are blue, instead of hazel. Maybe it's that they're deeper set than RDA's, but he looks sullen and bratty to me. The pilot was okay. It threw out references from the original series left, right, and center, like it was trying to get through them: DSX, Phoenix Foundation, MacGyver's grandfather, his first name (which was never mentioned until nearly the end of the original series, but I suppose since it wasn't a secret anymore, they might as well get it out of the way), and so forth. I'll give it another couple of episodes to see if it gets better -- or loses my interest completely.

Stargate SG-1: I have watched a few early episodes here and there rather than putting in the first disk and watching the series straight through (a serious time investment since there are ten seasons and two movies). As I said to MyAuntie, who was coincidentally watching the series herself, sometimes you just need a little Jack O'Neill sass.

Labyrinth: I missed the 30th anniversary screenings in Buffalo because a) I didn't know they were that day and b) on the Wednesday of the second set of screenings, I ended up taking the cats to the vet. This past week, the 30th anniversary edition was released on DVD and Blu-Ray. I don't know about the DVD, but the Blu-Ray came in a nice little booklet, the cover of which was the original one-sheet for the movie. (I do wish I could find mine. I bet I threw it out.) The movie is the same movie I have loved from the first time I saw it when I was in my late teens. Oddly, what struck me about it this time was the wallpaper in Sarah's house. It's hideous and it's everywhere. Even Sarah's own room has this awful floral wallpaper in it. But I also noticed a Flower Fairies print on the wall of The Parents' bedroom and another fairy tale-ish print elsewhere in the house, which I would not have expected The Stepmother's decor to include. I haven't watched all of the special features, but some of them are new and include interviews with Jennifer Connelly and Brian Henson, among others.

Last night, I was in a reasonably awful mood and wanted something Really Light, so I watched my favorite episode of Star Trek: "I, Mudd" in which an android named Norman hijacks the Enterprise and takes it to a planet populated by over 200,000 androids and one Harcourt Fenton Mudd, con man/thief and Lord of the Planet. Hijinks ensue. Most of the androids are women, and dressed in the sort of flowy, drapey, sometimes skimpy costumes that were usual for the series. The male androids wore a very tight light grey unitard(ish, as I think it was actually shirt and leotards) outfit that, in some instances, rivaled David Bowie's Pants in Labyrinth for, um, presence. Not that I noticed, or anything.

It has been some years since I watched Star Trek (because I can quote most of the episodes, especially this one), so what really struck me this time was the lighting and colors of the set and costumes. Male androids aside, everything was bright. Some of the set lighting was a vivid purple, the crew's uniforms seemed far brighter than I remembered (even the apple green of Kirk's shirt which was that wrap-around one with the v-neck and insignia sideways at the waist). But I got to wondering as they "took the Alices on a trip through Wonderland" if when the android's badges blinked, indicating that the computer mind was at work, if they also made that awful beeping noise, or if that was just a sound effect added later. Because more than 200,000 blinking is one thing. But more than 200,000 beep-beep-beeping all at once would be deafening.

I think about these things. They're important.

Snow?!?

Apr. 3rd, 2016 12:44 pm
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I am sitting in the back room -- where, I might add, it is colder than the rest of the house -- with my laptop. Jack is outside, and although he has proven trustworthy when out on his own, I prefer to be where I can check on him every couple of minutes. He loves being outside, and now that the weather is getting better, I have been indulging him.

Well. The weather was getting better, anyway. It snowed yesterday, and according to the weather wiseacres, we can expect more snow today. At the moment, however, it's almost sunny (almost) and the only snow in the air is just...in the air. It's not actively snowing.

Walkies, I have to say, though, was a stone-cold bitch this morning. At one point, we turned a corner, facing west and I could see the wave of snow rolling at us. Most unpleasant. Jack didn't like it much, either; he stopped a few times to chew ice out of his paws -- and we only went around the block. And not the Big Block, either, but the one that takes ten minutes, max.

I just got up to check on Jack. He has moved from just under the window to over by the oak tree, facing into K's yard. He is hoping for some doggy action, though the last time there was doggy action, it was mostly Morty and Teddy yelling at him to get the heck away from the fence. Buck was visiting yesterday, and Jack would dearly love to play with Buck, who is his size (roughly) unlike Morty and Teddy. But Morty and Teddy don't want him to play with Buck, and Buck spends most of his time playing with Morty, and K spends a lot of time trying to get them to stop. I don't think she really understands dogs...the only time Morty is in danger from Buck (who she thinks is too big and too rough) is when she tries to interfere. I've watched them, and Buck is only mouthing. There are no teeth involved.

Speaking of neighborhood animals, I'm concerned for the Cat Colony. I haven't seen much of them the last several days. I think maybe the Crazy Cat Lady is gone. The bowls disappeared from her side porch yesterday between morning walkies and afternoon walkies, and the wooden box that was on her front porch, and which I am certain was a Cat Shelter, and which always had a black cat lounging on it, is gone. I wouldn't have expected them to disperse so quickly if they were no longer being fed, but they aren't lounging about her yard anymore, either. I'm really hoping that no one has poisoned them or something.

And because I'm a wretched excuse for a human being, I am more concerned about the cats than I am about the woman.
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I am still watching Leverage and really enjoying it. The most recent episode I watched had Wil Wheaton as one of the guest stars, and a Star Trek pun was made. I can really appreciate a show that makes sci fi puns.

I am also watching The Tomorrow People, which was my first fandom love, even before Star Trek. I was writing TP stories in junior high (thirty-some odd years ago) before I knew that there even was such a thing as fan fiction. My aim was to become a script writer for the show...which had been cancelled a year or so before I first saw it. It was The Tomorrow People which led me to Doctor Who, because if I loved the TP so much, then surely I'd love this other British thing, right?

However, I'm not thirteen anymore, so while I can put up with the terrible special effects, I am seeing all the padding in the episodes for what it is: an attempt to draw each half hour episode of each four-part story out for the full half hour...and it's a bit annoying. But, well, first love and all that. Besides, if it gets too annoying, I can always fast forward, but it's mostly not worth the effort.

As for reading...well, I did say some weeks back that I thought this was going to be a year of rereading some favorites, and right now I am reading The Keltiad, and have the newest Rennie Stride book on order. Since Guy Gavriel Kay is also coming out with a new book this spring, I think his last two will probably be next. There's usually a new Aunt Dimity book about this time of year, too, and the latest Patricia McKillip book is also out -- but those are new. I also plan to read at least one of the Shannara books, and the Cassie Palmer and Kate Daniels books as well. Full slate....

Hmf. It's starting to snow in earnest. Time to go get Jack and bring him back inside....
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My brain decided that I needed to see 3:30 a.m. Or maybe my bladder decided it and my brain just tagged along for the ride. Either way, it meant that by 4:00 a.m., I was deciding which cases I was going to work on today. I did manage to fall back asleep enough to dream about stray cats, though.

The moon was setting when Jack and I went out for walkies. Big and yellow and nearly full. Full tonight, I should think...and yes, my calendar says full tonight.

It was a quiet weekend chez moi. I ran errands on Saturday, of course, but was done with those by midmorning. I did go to Jo-Ann's and spend rather more money than I should have on items in their new Paris-themed collection, but justified it by saying that I didn't bring any touristy souvenirs home and the tote bag and free wristlet qualify. As for the keychains, well, I am starting to collect interesting ones, and they make nice accents in my cubicle.

I didn't accomplish much of anything this weekend, though. Just my regular chores, really, and not even all of those -- I didn't vacuum, for instance. I did flip the mattress when I changed the bedding, and spent a couple of hours yesterday cooking, so....

Speaking of bedding, a while back, I ordered a comforter set from Zulily. King-size comforter, two throw pillows, two shams, and a bedskirt, for under $50. I was quite pleased with myself. It took about three weeks for them to get here, and when they did, I was really pleased. Loved the color(s) (reversible). And then I opened the package. The white side of the comforter (the side meant to be in) was soft and pretty. The purple side (meant to be out) was pretty, but not at all soft, and it rustled. It felt a bit like plastic, and I have to wonder if it was flame-retardant at all. It was like a sleeping bag, in fact, with a soft interior and nylon shell, and all of the purple fabric on the shams, throw pillows and bed skirt was the same. I was really disappointed. I won't be using it. Maybe I'll save it for my sister's wedding, since she's supposed to be marrying Number 5 this summer.

I started watching Space: 1999 yesterday; it's available on Hulu. The first episode is a bit slow, but the pace picks up some after that. When the show originally aired, I was...eight or so. Since I remember it in color, I must have seen it at my grandparents' house (we only had a black and white TV until I was about 13). I don't remember much about it other than it terrified me -- but then, so did Star Trek at that age. (Trivia: Martin Landau, who starred in Space: 1999 was almost cast as Spock in Star Trek...or so I recall reading somewhere.)

It's interesting watching TV shows from my childhood as an adult, especially seeing actors that I know from much later things. Ian McShane, for instance, was in one of the episodes I watched last night. I've never seen Lovejoy, but I've seen a lot of advertising for it, and I've seen him in a couple of other things. So I'm staring at this guy, trying to figure out why he looks so familiar, and it finally hits me right before his name comes up in the opening titles. "Surely that's not Ian Mc.... Okay. I guess it is, then."

I am currently reading Alan Dean Foster's novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It's like watching the movie in slow motion with the dialogue being not quite right. I need to find my copy of Splinter of the Mind's Eye and re-read it. Talk about your alternate universes.... (In which Luke and Leia go off somewhere or other, crash land on a planet they've never been to, ride giant lily pads, and Luke meets Darth Vader in person. Oh, and Luke gets the girl. Yeah -- they weren't siblings, yet....)
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Deadpool was quite funny. There was quite a lot of laughter. I think it's no secret that there is a lot of fourth-wall breaking, which I kind of love. I do have to wonder, though, how many people under the age of 45 or so will get the reference in the stinger. Is it doubly-meta if the stinger references the stinger of another movie that breaks the fourth wall?

I rather suspect BFT and I will find ourselves at the cinema again next weekend.

In other staring-at-screens news, I finished the third season of Elementary yesterday before the movie. I was hoping to be able to catch up the rest of the season On Demand, but they only have the last half-dozen episodes or so. It seems that I will not be able to see the first half of the season unless I want to pay for CBS All Access, which I do not. There is a week's free trial, which would actually be plenty of time to get through the first several episodes, but I would probably forget to cancel it. Mind you, I really, really, really, really want to see those episodes, and I have today and tomorrow off, so I might do it anyway.... On the other hand, I could just watch the current episodes and catch up when the season ends, but my completist soul rebels at the thought.

I gave my parents a framed photograph for Christmas of a shot of two of the trilithons at Stonehenge. The other day, my mother asked me if it was a photograph that I had taken. Well, of course it was. Why would I give her a framed photograph that someone else had taken when I was there this past summer? I believe we are going to try to get back there next summer, as well. And Glastonbury. Fair warning, [personal profile] silme....

Today, I really have to do the laundry. I've been putting off, and for no good reason, really; I just didn't feel like messing about with it. But it's time.
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This evening is the beginning of a mini-vacation; we have Monday off for Presidents Day, so I added Friday and Tuesday to make a five-day weekend. I am facing -- with great pleasure -- the prospect of not having The Gecko in my house until next Wednesday, of not having to worry about things disappearing out of my fridge, of being able to leave my blankie and pillows on the couch, and of not having to liberally spray my chair and ottoman with Febreeze every day. I have no real plans for the weekend, other than to avoid going out on Saturday if at all possible as it is supposed to be frigid, and to go see Deadpool on Sunday with BFT. I would also like to see Hail, Caesar, but we'll see about that one; I wouldn't be terribly upset if I missed it and had to wait for the DVD. Actually, I'm not all that looking forward to Deadpool, but we do go see Marvel movies on opening weekend....

It has been a really long, drawn-out week. I was beginning to wonder if 4:00 p.m. on Thursday would ever arrive.

My reading seems to have slowed down a bit. I read a dozen books in January, but have only finished one in February. I am beginning the last of the Dresden books, and am not sure where to go from here. I have really enjoyed these; they're part of the reason I was able to get to 75 books for 2015; before I started reading them, it had been a long time since I spent an entire evening reading. Perhaps I'll go to the Kushiel series; I have read the first two books, but never read the third in the first trilogy, and now there are...what, two? more trilogies? Three? They reminded me a lot of Guy Gavriel Kay...who is due to have a new book out in a few months, so maybe I should read a couple of his, as well.

I have also finished the second season and begun the third season of Elementary. When I sit down to watch it, I watch two or three episodes at a time. That's probably what I'm going to do with this evening, in fact. MyAuntie and I were talking about it the last time I called her; she was complaining about the character of Kitty, saying that she and MyNuncle stopped watching the show for a while, but I rather like her. It's early days, yet, though; I'm not yet to the halfway mark in the season....

So...

Oct. 4th, 2015 11:21 am
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Is anyone surprised that my parents did not, in fact, show up yesterday? I stayed home yesterday pretty much just so that I would be here because Mom didn't know when they'd manage to make it to this end of town. I had originally planned to either go to a movie or take Jack to see Grama. This is why I do not ask them for help. My mother emailed me around dinnertime that they had had too much to do and that she wasn't feeling well -- which is her answer to everything she doesn't really want to do. "I don't feel well."

They will, of course, show up at some point today when it is least convenient. Or not at all, especially if I make a point of sticking around for them, like I did yesterday.

*sigh*

I did get a reasonable amount of work done around here yesterday, though. I slew the ferocious grocery beast, ran the vacuum through the whole house, gave up on keeping Jack off the folding bed in the Spare Oom and just put a blanket over it, cleaned the kitchen (twice), and spent the afternoon working on editing my trip photos. I have about 200 still to go.

It rained all day, until about an hour after I walked Jack in the afternoon. The weather is supposed to be warmer and dryer today, but I don't suppose it matters much. My plans for the day include doing the laundry (I had sort of planned to hang it out, but the oak tree under which the laundry line runs is too wet, so it'll have to go in the basement (the laundry, not the oak tree)) and watching Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus. There will also be crockpot soup today; I'm planning on cheeseburger soup, which only takes a few hours, so I don't have to start it until this afternoon. My usual crockpot soups take all day, and I normally have to have them going by 10:30.

I finished watching Logan's Run the other night. I never got to watch the show when it was on the air, but I've watched it through a couple of times since I acquired the DVDs...except that this time, I didn't remember ever seeing the last two episodes before. I think the show was cancelled before they were aired. 'Tis a puzzlement. I did wonder, though, about a couple of things. In reality (even in fiction), neither Logan nor Jessica would've kept wearing the same clothes -- especially Jessica. Her City clothing was completely inappropriate for Outside, especially those thin slippers (though at least they weren't spike heels). You'd've thought that the first time she stepped on a pebble, she'd've been eager to find new footwear. Any of the people they encountered on their journey could have helped them with that. Still, I enjoyed the show. It mostly stands up if you can ignore the obvious stock footage (there's this one tiny sequence of Logan starting the hovercraft -- just his hand flipping switches, but they reused that footage in several episodes), and the "advanced" technology that is...really not.

This next weekend is Columbus Day weekend already. I wonder if I should take an extra day off....
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  • I am filling out an adoption form. It has many of the same questions on it (exactly the same wording) as the one I filled out for Kendra...when I ended up with Jack. I am hoping to make a better choice this time, because face it: when I chose Jack, I chose...poorly. I love him and he's mostly a good dog, but it was really a poor choice. "Don't choose the clingy one," my rational brain said. "Lookit the fluffy!" some other portion of my brain said. I am looking at two different dogs, one of which was one of my choices last year. The other is a black lab/chow mix with a black-splotched tongue. He reminds me of Garion, who had a splotch when he was a puppy that looked like Mickey Mouse.

  • I am reasonably certain, given how Jack tries to interact with the neighborhood dogs, that he would love having a younger dog to play with. Both of these are younger; one is about 3 and the other is around 9 months.

  • This has not been a good week for my curtains. Jack was fine on Tuesday. All seemed fine on Wednesday, but when I went up to bed, I discovered that he had been at the curtains on the north window in the bedroom -- probably Teddy was out. Yesterday, I got home at lunchtime to find that I would need to put that curtain rod back up and completely replace the one in my office (but at least the curtains themselves were not ripped. This time). Today...there seems to be no damage again, though the neighbor said she heard him barking a couple of times in the bedroom window.

  • I switched from NPR's "talk radio" format to CDs this morning. Music hath charms?

  • There are wasnets nesting in the breezeway wall right by the back door. If I were so foolish as to attempt it, I could reach around the corner while standing in the doorway and put my finger into the opening of the nest.

  • I am not so foolish.

  • I am going to try dousing them with spray again tonight. Yes. Again. The first time didn't work, but the spray was old. I bought a new can when I was out buying curtain rods last night. I am trying not to think of "what doesn't kill you...." I wish I dared get right up to the hole and spray the spray directly into the wall, but even at 11:00 p.m., I cannot see that ending well.

  • Jurassic World is back at the local multiplex. It was an enjoyable movie, but it was that good.

  • It has been quite hot this week. Probably summer's last hurrah.

  • Thank goodness this is a three-day weekend.

  • I am actually beginning to get caught up at work. I may be able to take time off for adoption after all.

  • I am almost finished with the first season of Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. A few days ago, I mentioned the exterior shots of the Coroner's Building in Toronto and a possible Forever Knight crossover...and then I saw the episode that had Catherine Disher (FK: Natalie Lambert) and Nigel Bennet (FK: Lucien Lacroix) as guest stars. I think the actor who played Natalie's brother also had a bit part in the episode. Perhaps the oddest part of seeing actors well-known from something else was seeing Nigel Bennet with normal makeup. He was so pale (as a vampire) in FK that his normal skin tone looks fake.

Of Things

Aug. 30th, 2015 11:00 am
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I was delighted some months ago to discover that Kung Fu: The Legend Continues was finally out on DVD...even though apparently they didn't believe that it would do well because it was print on demand. It did take me the intervening months to acquire a copy, and in the meantime, it apparently did well enough that they have released the second season as a proper collection. (Or so I believe, anyway.) So I have been watching it the last few evenings, and I was startled to see the Coroners Building from Forever Knight. I knew, of course, that the show was filmed in Toronto, but I've never been quite able to figure out what the setting is supposed to be; I'd assumed that it was Pacific Northwest because one doesn't think of Shaolin monasteries in NYS, for instance. Anyway, Forever Knight, of course, is actually set in Toronto and the characters get together in the Coroners Building -- with almost that exact same exterior shot -- regularly. So now I'm wanting a FK/KF/Highlander (just for good measure) crossover. With perhaps a dash of Stargate, since I read a fic yesterday in which Daniel Jackson and Peter Caine were friends at the orphanage.

I do love crossovers; I have ever since Steve Austin and Jaime Somers regularly appeared on each others' shows. Of course those shows were linked anyway, since one was a spinoff of the other, but still.

I visited the Dark Crystal website this morning to see if there were any real rules about the losing Author Quest submissions, and people seem to be posting them willy nilly with no problems. The only reason I was checking, really, was because I thought I might actually finish mine -- for my niece and nephew. They really liked it (I had them read it as representatives of the target audience), and the book was only a third completed when I submitted it. Of course, I wrote it when I was home on medical leave, so if I were aiming at a Christmas present, it would probably have to be Christmas of next year at the earliest....

Yesterday was spent almost entirely in editing trip photos. I have finished all the London photos now, so I'm up to the Mt. St. Michel ones. I don't know that I'm going to spend all of today on them, though. For one thing, it's already nearly 11:00 a.m., and my back is sort of sore from the way I have to sit in my chair at my desk. I may just spend today watching movies. Though it seems to have gotten sunny out; it was raining when I took Jack for his walk this morning....

Weirdness

Feb. 5th, 2015 05:52 pm
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You want to know what's weird? I'll tell you what's weird.

I am finally catching up on Highlander. When the series actually aired, I couldn't afford cable. I saw the first two seasons, and then had to have the cable shut off. Although friends taped episodes for me, they didn't get them all and didn't get them in any kind of order. So my viewing after that was spotty, and I finally gave up altogether. So, let's just say I knew about Tessa and I knew about Richie (but I thought that episode was far later in the second season than it actually is) and leave it at that. (Though if you say "Methos," I do have a general idea of who the character is.)

I can't remember now, how I came to see all of Forever Knight, but I did, and before it came out on DVD. Maybe the same friends who were taping Highlander were more diligent about taping FK.

So. Here we are, what, twenty years later, and I am finally catching up on Highlander, and there's an episode early in the second season with Geraint Wynn Davies as the guest star. He's playing an Immortal friend of Duncan's, who...has issues. (Mind you, I called it from the beginning, which either indicates that I have watched too much TV or that I know more about putting a story together than I thought or that I recognize GWD's voice no matter how disguised¹.)

Anyway, my point is that at this point in time, I am more familiar with FK than HL, so I kept expecting GWD to have fangs rather than a sword, but was continually amused that he was playing another immortal character²....

Oh, and then there was an episode where I recognized a minor character as a Stargate actor, and I thought, "Was Ben Browder on HL?" until I got a better look at him and realized it was Michael Shanks....
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¹ For those who care about such things, I actually saw GSW first in the last season of Airwolf when they changed the entire cast. Except for the helicopter.

² Though this probably amuses no one except me....
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Because I have probably had too much caffeine today and am not really sleepy, I give you a questionnaire that I stole from someone earlier today....

Name a TV show series in which you have seen every episode at least twice:
Battlestar Galactica (the original), Star Trek (the original), Stargate SG1, The Tomorrow People (the original; given that I used to watch it twice a day, I'd say it wins hands down).

Name a (current) show you can't miss:
Doctor Who

Name an actor that would make you more inclined to watch a show:
Um...

Name an actor who would make you less likely to watch a show:
Er... If primarily movie actors count, then Nicholas Cage.

Name a show you can, and do, quote from:
Star Trek, Monthy Python (of course), Doctor Who, Babylon 5 (generally Delenn's line about crotchety not being a real word), Buffy.

Name a show you like that no one else enjoys:
No one? It's beginning to look like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. falls into that category.

Name a TV show which you’ve been known to sing the theme song:
The Greatest American Hero. Have the sheet music, too.

Name a show you would recommend everyone to watch:
Um... I can't think of one that I actually like that would appeal to everyone.

Name a TV series you own:
Buffy, Angel, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Wonder Woman, Campion, Cadfael, Robin of Sherwood, Stargate SG1, Forever Knight, Battlestar Galactica (both versions), The Tomorrow People (the first two versions), Torchwood....

What is your favourite episode of your favourite series?
"I, Mudd" from Star Trek. "Window of Opportunity" from Stargate SG1, though "200" is pretty funny, too.

A show you mean to watch, but you just haven’t gotten around to yet:
The rest of the remake of Battlestar Galactica. I saw up to about a quarter of the way through the third season, then we had the cable disconnected. The rest of The Sarah Jane Adventures (I've seen the first season).

Ever quit watching a show because it was so bad?
Yes. Other people thought it was great, but it bored me to tears, or I lost interest.

Name a show you aren't interested in watching, not in the least:
Any sitcom. I pretty much loathe the form. (Though I have to confess that I loved The Vicar of Dibley, so maybe it's American sitcoms?)

Name a show that’s made you cry multiple times:
Can't think of one offhand.

Oldest TV show you like?
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. -- though I can't stand Napoleon Solo. I like spotting people that I recognize from later shows. I used to occasionally watch Mission: Impossible, too; is that later? I know Star Trek is.

Newest TV show you like?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Do you suppose the damned periods are an homage to U.N.C.L.E.?)

What do you eat when you watch TV?
Anything that isn't nailed down. Merlin hates it when I gnaw on him.

How often do you watch TV?
That depends on how you define TV. If you mean "as it airs," not very often. If it's "anything playing on the tube," then generally every evening, as I watch a lot of DVDs.

Do you have a favorite talk show?
I generally loathe talk shows (though not nearly as much as sitcoms), but I do like Graham Norton.

What’s the last TV show you watched?
Er...the Marvel special that was on last week?

What’s your favourite/preferred genres of TV?
Sci-fi.

What's your least favourite genre of TV?
I may have mentioned sitcoms?

What was the first TV show you were obsessed with?
The Tomorrow People. (The original.) Then Star Trek. Then Doctor Who. There were shows I loved before that, of course (The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, but those were the first ones that I was truly obsessed with...although I did have a Jaime Somers doll, and occasionally played WW when I was forced to put my book down and go outside. (Usually the neighborhood kids were playing Justice League.))

What TV show do you wish you never watched?
Oh, I dunno...Pawn Stars? My aunt and uncle's taste in television is sometimes disappointing, so when I'm visiting out there, I end up watching stuff I'd never watch on my own. Like American Pickers, or America's Got Talent. Ugh.

What’s the weirdest show you enjoyed?
Weirdest? I have no idea.

What TV show scared you the most?
I remember being terrified of Star Trek as a little kid. And Space: 1999.

What is the funniest TV show you have ever watched?
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Favorite host: Clive Anderson)

Which do you think is the best TV series ever made?
I have no idea.

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