Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lights, Camera, Netflix!

PM here, still bruised up and recuperating and starting to drown in the paperwork involved with a major auto accident. I already have a folder filled with letters and copies of forms, a day-by-day listing of the calls I've made and received. And oh yeah, my car's license tag. Once I get confirmation (and $$$$$) from the other driver's insurance company, I'll be buying a new vehicle. I've already been doing my research online about cars and different models and the various features of each. I know what I want; it'll boil down to who makes me the best offer.

But I can't do that all day, and I'm on doctor-ordered bed rest for my poor foot. I have been reading but after a while my eyes cross. So last week I borrowed some DVDs and fired up my DVD player to discover, oh no! It was broken!

More online research and some discussion with Smarty Pants led me to buy a blu ray player. And I decided to go ahead and spring for one with a wireless connection. I got a 30 day free trial of Netflix and joined the streaming video generation. I'm sometimes slow, but I catch up with technology eventually.

And so far I'm loving this! I look through the available programming, click to put it in my Instant Queue and then watch while I'm propped on the sofa with an ice pack on my foot.

And what have I been watching?

First, I watched the movie "Secretariat." This is a wonderful movie about the great race horse of the early 70's who won the Triple Crown. And even though I knew the horse won all three races, I still found myself on the edge of my seat, cheering him on and feeling excited (and vindicated) for his owner. She was the daughter of a horse farm owner who was thrust into a bad position upon her father's death. A coin toss put Secretariat (or Big Red as she called him) in her barn. Everyone told her it couldn't be done, but she refused to give up and her belief paid off. Watch this if you haven't already.

Then I watched a great documentary on the Amish people in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Having visited the Amish settlement in Ethridge, Tennessee last summer, I was able to appreciate this documentary more, though the Lancaster folks look absolutely modern next to the Tennessee group because they are member of different sects. Still, a good show with good insight into these plain folks.

Next up was "Spirit of the Marathon," which follows six runners on their marathon journey. My sister ran her first marathon last February, and I remember the impact it had on her. She basically said what the film poster states: When you cross the finish line it will change your life forever.

After that, my queue had "The Eyes of Tammy Faye." It's a combination documentary and parody about Tammy Faye Bakker whose husband Jim Bakker ran the PTL Ministry in North Carolina. I grew up very close to where they were and followed the rise and fall of Jim and Tammy in the newspapers. I learned a lot about the duo, like the fact they started the 700 Club only to have Pat Robertson overthrow them and take over. Then they started the Trinity Broadcasting Network and had that pulled out from underneath them too. PTL followed those and eventually Jerry Falwell voted them off that island too. I'll go on record to state that I own a t-shirt that was shown on the video.

Still in my queue is "Ancient Aliens" from the History Channel. This show attempts to answer this question: "Is it possible that extraterrestrials with superior knowledge of science and engineering landed on Earth thousands of years ago, sharing their expertise with early civilizations?"

And what is entertaining me now?

Don't recognize him? Try this photo.

If a stranger looked at my instant queue, I'd be rushed to the nearest mental facility for therapy because my genres are all over the place. And right now I am watching a show called "RuPaul's Drag Race." It's a combination of America's Top Model, Celebrity Apprentice, Survivor and American Idol with 12 drag queens competing in different challenges each week to be named America's Next Drag Superstar. I am positively amazed at the effort to which these men go to look like women. And talk about cat fights and dissing! Oooooooh girl!!!! They can fling the insults and barbs. And then they help each other with eye shadow and hair and cry when one of the group gets voted off each week. It's wild and crazy and has fabulous guest judges like Debbie Reynolds, Cloris Leachman, Jackie Collins and Kathy Najimy. Netflix streaming only has seasons 2 and 3 and I'm going through a couple episodes a day.

It's been fun, but once I'm through with it, I'll move onto the possiblity of spacemen building the Pyramids or maybe watch an old episode of Saturday Night Live when Gilda Radner was still on the show. I sure did love her.

So now I'll sashay away to my recliner and heating pad. Got Netflix? What's in your queue?


Smarty Pants said...

I watch Ancient Aliens and RuPaul's Drag Race all the time. Actually, if you have the LOGO channel, season four is starting up soon.

You better werk!

Cheryl C. said...

I loved, loved, loved Secretariat! Imagine that, me loving a horse movie! I think Diane Lane (isn't that her name? loved her in The Tuscan Sun) is wonderful. I will watch anything she's in. As for Secretariat, I was a young girl when he raced and I followed him every step of the way to the Triple Crown. One thing I read about him (sorry to be gross) but when he died and they did an autopsy (he had tetanus), they found his heart weighed 30 pounds (average is 15). Such a big heart for such a wonderful animal!

And I love RuPaul! His Drag Race gives me a lot of tips on make-up. Wish I could get some of the "queens" to make me up sometime.

Vicki Batman said...

You are having too much fun on this down time thingy! lol

Loved Secretariat. But RuPaul?

Good laughs makes one feel better

Maven Linda said...

Try "Unstoppable" too, if you haven't already seen it. Secretariat and Unstoppable are the two movies I have recorded on my DVR, so I can see them (again) any time I want.

In the same vein as Cheryl's post, Secretariat's heart was so much larger than normal that he was officially a genetic freak -- which is probably why no other horse has come close to duplicating what he did.

Katherine Bone said...

If you can, try to see War Horse, PM. It's fabulous!

Hope you're mended and ready for action soon. Take care of yourself. You've been and continue to be in my prayers. ;)

Instigator said...

I love Drag Race! And Ancient Aliens. Good choices. :-)


Mark said...

Yhat ancient aliens thing is just too goofy - these guys take random occurences or things with perfectly rational explanations and then postulate it was aliens. Then suddenly it becomes a "given" that it was aliens and all of these other things could be interpreted as aliens, etc. haha, good fun, just don't let go of your logic.

and you don't have to go to netflix for it, it seems like the history channel is aliens 24x7 these days.