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The good ol’ tried and true

Posted: September 4, 2014 11:37 a.m.
Updated: September 5, 2014 6:00 a.m.

I really like entertainment, in most of its forms. I enjoy a variety of music. The style depends on the setting and circumstances and what else is going on at the time. I like television shows and I like movies. Most movies I watch any more are on TV, either on a network or satellite channel or on a DVD. The hassles and aggravations of going out to a movie theater are just usually not worth it for me.

But for many years now I find myself watching the same TV shows and movies over and over, no matter how many times I have seen them before. It’s been said “familiarity breeds contempt.” Not for me, at least not between me and my favorite entertainment.

I have written here before what a big fan I am of “The Andy Griffith Show.” I have seen them all, time and again and again. I still set my DVR to record every episode that comes on and, trust me, they are plentiful. I can quote the dialogue right along with the characters, but I don’t care. I love that show and to see an episode I saw just a couple of weeks ago is OK with me. On somewhat of a side note, my 33-year-old son in Sanford, N.C., has invited to take me to “Mayberry Days” the last weekend of this month in Mt. Airy, N.C., Andy Griffith’s hometown and what most people say was the inspiration for TV’s Mayberry, although Griffith himself always denied it. I’m excited about going.

Another TV offering I’ve long enjoyed is the primetime animated series “The Simpsons.” Well, I have had plenty of opportunity to take in Springfield’s most noted yellow family over the past two weeks. A new satellite channel called FXX showed a 12-day marathon of every episode of the show, in order from the first to the most recent, shown nonstop around the clock. As I watched, I realized I had already seen almost every episode multiple times. I realized that as I sat there laughing. I know that show is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure is mine and has been since the first episode.

Cable and satellite channels have a way of running the same movies over and over. I don’t know much about that business, but I suspect that once a channel buys the rights to a film they can show it as many times as they want to without paying any, or at least very little, additional fees. We just had a long holiday weekend. From Friday afternoon through Monday night I watched, interspersed with “The Simpsons” of course (which I was also recording), the movies “Trading Places,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “Heartbreak Ridge,” “True Grit,” “Tombstone,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and several others I’ve seen and enjoyed before.

I also watched the A&E Channel’s biography of Richard Pryor, which I had already seen several times, reruns of “Gotham Comedy Live” on the AXS Channel, recorded episodes of “ALF,” “Rules of Engagement” and several others. Man, I really know how to waste a weekend, I guess. I even watched the Clemson/Georgia game Saturday night. Now that was a huge waste of time.

Am I stuck in a rut? Reading back over this, I’m beginning to think maybe I am. Probably am. Definitely am. But, it’s a very comfortable rut and it’s my own personal rut and it fits me well and I like it. That’s all that matters.


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