What the Frak?!?

Y’all already know that I am slow. Beyond slow, more like the gimpy snail who can barely keep moving. Seriously. I am years – YEARS – behind everyone else when it comes to movies and television shows. I don’t like to get hooked on TV shows because I never want to commit to watching something at a certain time on a certain day. We are both too broke and, let’s face it, too cheap to spend money on a DVR.

Adam and Laura

I get my television and most of my movie content from Netflix. They don’t usually have things quickly, so I of ten see things LONG after other people have forgotten they exist. Enter mine and my husband’s latest obsession: Battlestar Galactica.  For those who never watched the much-beloved show, it ran on US TV from 2004 – 2009. I had many – MANY – friends who were huge fans of the series. They talked about it, bought t-shirts, had show-watching parties with fellow BSGers. The word “frak” quickly became party of everyday conversations at work and while socializing. I never watched it. Not even one episode. It’s been on Netflix for quite a while now. So long, in fact, that my husband has watched the entire series already. Even though he was watching it, I didn’t get interested.

 

Portlandia BSG

But then, as so often happens to me, I became intrigued. You see, I was watching an episode of Portlandia (an amazingly hilarious show, btw) on Netflix and they did a skit where a couple became so obsessed with watching Battlestar Galactica that they lost their jobs, their utilities were turned off and they almost lost their house. Then they found the writer of the show (or someone with the same name, anyway) and forced him to write a new episode. They gathered up cast members who lived in Portland (including Admiral Adama!) to act out the new script. Not only did that make me laugh out loud, but it made me dead curious. What sort of spell did this show cast on people? So I queued up the pilot and began to watch. And watch. And watch some more.

 

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It’s been a little over a week and tonight I was tweaking a little because I really wanted to watch BSG when we got home from a Chrysalis event, but I needed to write a blog post. Except…our server for Romance Bandits was down (you may have noticed!). So I couldn’t write my blog post. So I sat down, innocently enough, and queued up Season 3, Episode 19, Crossroads Part 1. It was riveting stuff, complete with a huge, controversial political trial and exciting developments in the fleet’s efforts to find the Ionian nebula, from which they hoped to navigate to Earth. Then I queued up Crossroads Part 2. It grew tenser and wilder and more nail-biting with each scene and THEN…the last five minutes came. People, it BLEW MY FRAKKING MIND!

 

I will not post spoilers, but I will say that the writers of that show should be given every award known to mankind for exceptional writing, plotting and risk-taking. In a matter of minutes, they ripped aside a number of curtains and showed us a Big Reveal that exceeded even my seriously-elevated expectations. If only I could write like that. It was one of those defining moments that made me feel like I know nothing about writing and also made me want to light a candle at the altar of the BSG writing gods. They picked up my world, turned it upside down and shook the living stew out of it! And there’s more to come!! I am in sheer awe.

Snail-WA_edit02Naturally, all my friends who have been trying to get me to watch BSG for YEARS are laughing themselves silly! Which sort of made me wonder…why AM I so frakking slow? When 100 people (a very conservative estimate) tell me how Amazingly, Stupendously Awesome something is, why am I so hesitant to watch it or read it or listen to it? Because it isn’t just Battlestar Galactica. I have put off reading wonderful books. Seeing delightful movies. Listening to music that is a feast for my senses and a joy. Why can’t I just hop on board and enjoy the ride with everyone else? Maybe I’m just contrary. Obstinate. My mother would  probably agree with that. My husband, too, come to think of it. Fact remains, until it is my idea, I’ll have none of it. None.

I like to think that I am not simply bull-headed. That maybe there is a perfectly logical reason that does not involve me needing years of therapy or a frontal lobotomy. But after tonight’s mind-blowing, story-twisting, epic turnabout on BSG , I just don’t know anymore. Heck, I didn’t even have a phone I could text on until last summer. Late adopter, Bandita Buddies. Late, late and once again late.

What about you? Do you tend to leap on things your friends recommend or do you keep your careful distance, waiting until the time is right? If you’re an early adopter of suggestions, what is it that compels you to do so? Having common ground or shared interests? Wanting to be “in the know”? If you’re a snail like me, what holds you back? Help me unwind my psyche, please! Otherwise, I’ll be spending years in therapy trying to change my snail-like ways. What the frak?!? :-D

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52 thoughts on “What the Frak?!?

  1. 1
    Jane says:

    Hi Caren,
    Are you going to watch BSG: Blood and Chrome? Sometimes I’ll read a feature or review in a magazine or website about a movie or show and it’ll make so excited that I make sure to watch it. I don’t always jump when I get recommendations unless it’s my cousin telling me about a new song or band. We share similar tastes in music and so I know there’s a good chance I’ll like it, too.

    • 1.1

      Hey, Jane, you got the rooster!

    • 1.2
      Caren Crane says:

      Jane, congrats on bringing the GR home to roost with you! You know, I’m sure I will watch BSG: Blood and Chrome. After I watch Caprica, probably. As long as it’s still on YouTube! As for anything that appears on Syfy, I’ll have to wait until it shows up on Netflix, which might be a while.

      This is the slow woman, who has only watched 1-1/2 seasons of Torchwood and NONE of the newest Dr. Who. I have a lot of catching up to do, obviously!

      Like you, I have a music got-to person. Or two or three. My next younger sister and my two good friends often recommend music I like. Actually, we share a Dropbox, so we are often loading music for the others to try. I love Dropbox!

    • 1.3

      Hi, Jane–

      Congrats on the bird! I haven’t seen BSG: Blood and Chrome, and it doesn’t sound familiar. Must check into it.

    • 1.4
      Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Jane! Congrats on the bird!

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    Helen Sibbritt says:

    Caren

    LOL I don’t watch any TV at all really and no matter how good someone tells me a show is I still don’t get the need to watch it I do however listen to their thoughts on books and will get to them asap. Our daughter Bec gave us a pass to go to the movies just before Christmas and it is still sitting there although I think we have finally decided to go and see the movie Lincolin which comes out here in Australia this week so maybe Friday or Saturday we will be off to the movies not positive though LOL

    I am not sure why I jump on receomendations to books but not TV or movies I am sorry I can’t help you there

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • 2.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Helen, you are probably only latching onto book recommendations because they are a priority and your free time is limited! I know you spend lots of time working and with the grands, so your precious free time – like mine – is mostly spent reading!

      For me, I think music is easier to try out, because I can listen while I’m working or cooking or whatever. Music is made for multi-tasking! I’m slow about movies, but will see them eventually (usually streamed on Netflix).

      I highly recommend Lincoln. A friend gave me passes to a sneak preview, so my husband and I have actually seen it! I can almost never say I have seen a new release in a first-run theater. I’m excited to recommend it to you!

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    Caren, laughing at you and your what the frak? Are you frak-turing the English language, my friend?

    I haven’t watched BSG, not this time round anyway. I watched the old one which had some serious 80s man candy in it! I’m a really slow adopter which means I come across these shows WAAAAAAAYYYY after everybody else has discovered them. I’m currently watching Scrubs for the first time – see what I mean? I”m a slow adopter when it comes to technology too. Took me till 2010 to get a digital camera – and then didn’t I kick myself? That’s one gadget that really is worth its weight in megapixels!

    • 3.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Anna, my sister in snail-dom! You should have seen the disdain I got from the entire world for my old flip phone until last year! The one I have now looks like a Blackberry, so people don’t sneer quite as much. Still, everyone wants to know when I’m getting a truly smart phone. Um…2020, maybe? ;)

      The ONLY reason I got a digital camera in 2005 was because we were going to Switzerland and I knew it was amazingly beautiful in the Alps. I have almost 1000 pictures from that trip alone! It was a real miracle to me how I could just delete bad pics and upload new ones to my PC or Facebook or the blog. It still is!

      As for Scubs, I have only seen it because my middle child got hooked on it a couple of years ago (thanks, Netflix!) so it streamed in my house ALL SUMMER LONG. There are about 100 seasons of that show! I loved it, though, and it was fun to see people who are now stars on the show. I think it was better because it took me so long to get to it.

      I’m sure some decade I’ll get around to shows like Parenthood and Modern Family. Someday. Who has that much time, though?

      • 3.1.1

        One of my best friends is a Modern Family maven. I’ve tried it but there are so many characters, it required a concentration I didn’t have at the time. One day! I bought my camera because I went to New Zealand. Clearly we need to do more overseas travel so we adopt new technology! ;-)

  4. 4
    Kaelee says:

    I am totally a snail. For example I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was almost 36 years old. However when I decided to get it, I took driving lessons and got it within two weeks. I don’t watch a lot of TV anymore and see very few movies. I don’t text or tweet, and I’m not on Facebook. I made my first blog comment in 2008 after lurking for almost a year. I guess it is a case of following things at my own pace and only those I’m interested in. I also hate waiting for the next episode.

    • 4.1
      Kaelee says:

      I think Twin Peaks which got cancelled before there was a real resolution to the story put me off dramatic TV.

    • 4.2
      Caren Crane says:

      Kaelee, first let me say that I adored reading about you in the newsletter this month. Thank you for being our featured Bandita Buddy!

      Second, I would give everything you say a big old, “Amen!” and a hankie wave. :) My mother has always said that of her 5 children, I was by far the most stubborn. I didn’t cause trouble but I never did anything until I was ready. I think it exasperated her, honestly.

      I also don’t think I’ve changed much. I really despise change and have to be really excited (or left with no choice whatsoever) to try something new. Now it exasperates my husband. Poor guy! :D

  5. 5

    Welcome to the BSG fandom, Caren. I think the sheer volume of TV programming necessitates some of it being seen years later. I think the main thing that I’ve seen years after it aired and I’d heard tons of people rave about it was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But once I started watching, I watched all 7 seasons in a few weeks.

    There are so many programs on my Netflix queue that I’ve heard raves about that I haven’t gotten to yet — Sons of Anarchy, Homeland, NCIS, Leverage, Pushing Daisies, etc.

    Too many things to watch (and too many books to read), too little time. So say we all! :)

    • 5.1
      Caren Crane says:

      So say we all! :D (Which, btw, I irreverently said last night during a communion service. Cracked the dh up!) You are spot on about the “too much” thing, Trish. The sheer volume of content to which we have access makes my head spin at times. Not just for TV, either. It’s the same for movies, music and books. I have so many books loaded on my Kindle that I forget what’s on there waiting to be read! It makes me feel a bit overwhelmed at times.

      I love my Netflix queue because I can let things sit there for months and months until I finally get around to watching it…or I delete it. I know myself well enough to realize that there are some things that are going to be shelved indefinitely. I wish I were wired differently sometimes, but I yam who I yam!

      And now that I’m in the BSG-verse, I will be a diehard fangirl FOREVAH. You know that! So now when you and Nancy and Jeanne and my friend Susan are all telling me I need to go to DragonCon…I may listen. One of these years.

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    Anna Sugden says:

    I’m not an early adopter, but I’m not a snail either. I often get the second generation of techy things because I like to think the kinks are worked out by then.

    I’ll try things based on recommendations, if the people doing the recommending have similar or trust-worthy tastes. The problem is over here we often get TV programs much later, if at all. Thankfully, when I’m in the US, I can use my US iTunes to try and catch up.

    My two ‘late to the party’ TV shows were Firefly and Burn Notice.

    • 6.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Anna, I think it is wise and prudent of you to be slowish in adopting new things. For electronics, especially, it is great to get something that’s been out a while. Either they’ve ironed out the issues or some techy type has come up with a work around. I love that!

      I was way late to the party for Firefly, as well. When a friend loaned us the DVDs, the DH (and youngest daughter) and I watched them all in a marathon. It was the same year the movie Serenity came out, so we didn’t have to wait too long for the movie to be available on Netflix. I loved that show so much that I still miss it. Jaynestown, now there was some good TV! :)

      As for Burn Notice, the dh was watching it last fall, I think, but I couldn’t get into it. The actors worked my last nerve, for some reason. I couldn’t quite figure it out, but it didn’t take! He loved it, though, and so did my older daughter.

      • 6.1.1
        Jeanne Adams says:

        I’m kinda with you there, Caren. I love the writing on Burn Notice, and the set-ups and blow-ups are spectacular. However….

        There’s just something about Michael, the main character, that gets on my last good nerve. I can only take a little bit of it at a setting.

        Of course, my DH feels that way about Royal Pains, which I love. :>

        Gotta say, USA Network has stepped up the writing with White Collar, Royal Pains, Burn Notice and In Plain Sight. So much snappy dialogue. :> Gotta love THAT, for sure!

        • 6.1.1.1

          Jeanne, I originally really liked Burn Notice – and he looks fabulous in those suits! But I got really sick of him stringing the girl along (actually I didn’t particularly like the heroine). He loves her but he’s not good enough for her but he doesn’t want her to want anyone else either. I’m sure it’s realistic but it doesn’t make him particularly admirable.

      • 6.1.2

        I watched for several seasons and just got, um, burned out on it. When I realized that it wasn’t unusual for 10 episodes to be sitting on my TiVo, I canceled my season pass. It was harder to hit the button to cancel the pass to Bones, but I did so. I would still enjoy episodes when I watched them, but there was no longer a great urge to watch them.

  7. 7
    Deb Marlowe says:

    LoL, Caren! Love to see someone else slide into an obsession! What does that say about my psyche? LOL.

    Yes, do try Blood and Chrome! And don’t you love Starbuck? And Jamie Bamber. sigh.

    • 7.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Deb, I KNOW how you love for others to be as obsessed as you are! I think it makes us all feel better when others have the same obsessions as we do. That’s why the dh and I love to find a series we can both obsess about. Marathon episode watching, woo hoo! :)

      I do love Starbuck. She is an incredibly complicated character. I really loved Sam, because he so got her weirdness. As for Jamie Bamber, I had NO IDEA he was British. None! I might like him better with an accent. As it is, I have accused him of being a man-boy with a whiny voice to the dh. He’s just not manly enough for me. He’s tiny!

  8. 8

    Caren -

    I’m a slow adapter because I think I must fear change at some level. I’ve seen some of the BSG episodes – years ago – but it never “clicked.” I probably need to watch them back to back and I doubt that will happen – no time. I do go to recent movies without waiting for reviews, though.

    • 8.1

      THought I’d add that I do have an iphone, ipad, and ipod – but I’m incredibly slow when texting and I haven’t adapted text shorthand. Guess I have one leg in both worlds. :-)

    • 8.2
      Caren Crane says:

      Donna, I think fear of change, or at least a deep reluctance to embrace it, plagues me as well. If it’s something I know must be done, like changes at work, I try hard to just adapt. But in my personal life? I fight change tooth and nail at times. It drives me bonkers, too. I wish I were different!

      I’ve been really impressed with you glomming onto the iPhone and iPad. As to the iPod, I did buy a first generation iPod Nano in 2006. I was actually an early adopter on that one! It was because I love music so much, though, and seriously wanted to have my tunes with me all the time. I got tired of lugging around stacks of CDs!

      But after that, I hung onto my first generation Nano forever. While everyone else got newer models or theirs crapped out on them, I kept mine safe and it worked like a dream for over 6 years. Then I found out Apple had issued a recall because the batteries can get so hot they melt the device and that they were replacing first generation iPods with new ones. They sent me a 6th generation iPod (they’re on the 7th generation now), which was sort of experimental, shape-wise. It’s tiny and does not fit in any standard sort of case. I got a case that lets you wear it like a watch (and it has a watch face app), but I miss my old leather case with the wrist strap. I do like the apps, though, and the touchscreen interface. *sigh*

  9. 9
    Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I wasn’t a tv watcher for several years and when I did start watching again it was The Food Network, once I glutted myself on that for a while I caught an episode of NCIS, oh yeah, that is an obsession for sure because I was watching re-runs I had a heck of a time trying to catch them all, and they were out of order plus I was left hanging several times till they got around to showing the second parts at a time I could actually watch. Weekend marathons were great for me. My daughter solved it and got me seasons 1-8 on DVD. That is one TV show that I did commit to watching every Tuesday at 8.

    Though I have had Netflix for a couple of years I still didn’t watch it, I would have been tied to my computer and since I sit in front of one 10 hours a day it isn’t something I want to do in the evening after work so BF got me all the equipment necessary to hook it up to my laptop in my room so I could watch it there, nope still to aggravating with the whole wireless lag time etc. I used to be a very patient person but no so much anymore. BF would crank it up on the weekends sometimes to watch movies but I didn’t get into any of the TV series until…………

    This Christmas BF got me a Kindle Fire, and had the Netflix app and Amazon Prime Videos on it before I got it. I have watched Downton Abbey (only two seasons but I will not miss an espisode of Season 3), Upstairs, Downstairs new version and the 70”s series (they killed people off bigtime by the way). I haven’t gotten into BSG but I can see by my queue that my son and or his buddy have.

    The Fire goes with me everywhere, the connection though wireless if pretty quick, I don’t spend much time watching the little searching symbol go around. It is easy to hook up to the tv, one little plug and it is a done deal, and if I have to do laundry I have no problem watching it on the little screen and the sound is wonderful.

    I am fairly quick with new technology a lot depends on the cost, I have a phone that does everything but the laundry, I now have the Kindle Fire and I have had my faithful Kindle for a couple of years now, I am not a great texter, I still prefer to hear a voice when I communicate, I am not snail slow but I am not the first one on the band wagon either. My friends don’t recommend tv shows possibly because they know I am a late bloomer or they know I have different tastes (Other than NCIS of course).

    Maybe you are a touch stubborn or maybe like me you just “march to the beat of a different drummer ” :-D I just love that phrase.

    • 9.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Dianna, I will choose to embrace the phrase that I “march to the beat of a different drummer”. I love that image! :)

      I bought myself a Kindle as a birthday/Mother’s Day present in May 2011. Trish’s Living In Color was the first book I downloaded! I have adored my Kindle and it goes everywhere with me. I have not really been tempted by the Kindle Fire, mostly because it seems to merely replicate things I can already do on other devices. We stream our Netflix to our TV using the ROKU, which allows us to watch lots of other channels and content, as well. Like Acorn TV, a best-of BBC channel my husband gifted me with for Christmas!

      I’m sure I’ll end up getting the Kindle Fire or an iPad or some such thing eventually. But not this year! :)

  10. 10
    Connie Fischer says:

    I don’t jump into something just because someone has said it’s the latest and greatest thing since sliced bread. Neither am I afraid of change. I just believe in doing my own thing. If someone recommends something strongly and it’s at all appealing to me, I may look into it, but I want to make sure it’s something for me. What’s good for someone else may be blech for me. BUT! I’m always interested in hearing what people think about new things. A closed mind is a dead mind.

    • 10.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Connie, you are a very wise soul. I’ll admit to being quite a skeptic about new things and even about passionate recommendations, so maybe that’s part of my slowness. Part, though certainly not all. :)

      Too true that things someone we love loves – see my earlier comments about Burn Notice, for instance – are not always right for us. Sometimes, too, I’m just not in the right head space for something at the moment. I know my husband watched Torchwood a long while ago, but I wasn’t interested then. I got interested last December, though (and need to get back to that one!). Also, he watched ALL of BSG long ago, but I wasn’t interested then. I could not be more interested now!

      I’ve done that with books, too. Tried to read something and just not gotten into it. Gone back and got sucked in and thought it was amazing! I suppose our moods and what’s going on in our lives really affects how well we like something. Some day I may watch Burn Notice and not think the acting is the worst I’ve ever seen! Maybe. :D

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    catslady says:

    We have a portable DVD player but not one connected to our cable like most of my friends. Years back I had so many shows taped there wasn’t enough time to watch them all and if it’s a series you have to watch in order which means you have to keep taping until you catch up. One TV show that I did that with (there were many) was the Sopranos. I finally sat down to start watching and I had messed up a few tapes. I’m an all or nothing type so I just threw up my hands and said forget it and I no longer tape anything. It’s kept me from being so compulsive about TV. Castle is the only show that I don’t want to miss and I know I can catch it on my computer if I do so I no longer stay home because I have to watch something lol. I found Firefly many years later and after catching it as repeats I finally bought the DVD’s (only 3). Because of less TV, the good news is I do more reading lol.

  12. 12
    Caren Crane says:

    Catslady, we are profoundly glad you do so much reading, believe me! I had the same experience as you with Firefly, which I still love with quite a passion!

    I also loved Nathan Fillion in Waitress. He is absolutely adorable! For some reason, though (probably because it’s on TV!), I have never watched Castle. My dear friend Deb Marlowe is a Castle addict and I see her post on FB about it often, so I know I will love it! Eventually. :)

    I have never watched Sopranos, though I saw a few episodes while staying with my mom over the years. I think I would really enjoy it, but I would have to be in the right mood to start it. Same way with Breaking Bad. My husband loved it, but I haven’t been able to get into it so far. As for Weeds, I obsessively watched the first 4 seasons, then lost interest. Nancy Botwin got Too Stupid To Live! :D

  13. 13
    EC Spurlock says:

    Fellow snail here! I am usually way behind on things because (a) I don’t have the money (b) I don’t have the time and (c) in the case of technology, I don’t see the need for it. I didn’t get a digital camera until 2 years ago, and then only because it was the easiest way to post to my Etsy store (plus I found a really good one on sale for $30 off.) I didn’t have a cellphone until 3 years ago when I got my first office job in 10 years and my kids needed to reach me if they had a problem (and my kids, hubby and immediate boss are the only ones who have the number.) DH always has to jump on the Next Big Thing but I don’t like to spend the money until I know it’s not going to be the Next Big Bust. Plus if you wait long enough the prices come down to a sane level.

    I never get to see anything on cable because we don’t have cable and can’t afford Netflix. I also tend to be way behind on shows because I have so little time (I work a full time job then come home and put in another 4 hours on freelance work just to pay the bills) and something has to be REALLY good to catch my attention. Most often I’ll plan to watch a highly-touted pilot, get involved in work and miss the pilot, then figure there’s no point in watching the rest of the show because I won’t know what’s going on. So I guess for me it ‘s a matter of priorities: family obligations first, then if I have an hour or so to waste on myself, I’ll do something I want to do.

    • 13.1
      Caren Crane says:

      EC, my sister snail! I, too, have been prey to all those time-sucking factors…until this year. Now that the younger two kids are in college, I have lots more time but even less money than usual. We’ve gotten pretty good at being broke, but we haven’t had cable (and we only had basic) for years now!

      We only have streaming Netlfix ($8.95 a month) so that we have some access to entertainment. I would LOVE to have Hulu Plus, but since I am not in the habit of watching TV, I figure I can live without it! The dh and I are both sort of entertainment junkies, I have to admit. We both read a ton of books (mostly free downloads and library books) and we love to watch movies and some TV shows on Netflix.

      I also download lots of free music from NoiseTrade, though I like to at least slide a couple of dollars to bands I enjoy. I feel terrible downloading their music and loving it and not paying anything at all! Also, some good friends and I have a Dropbox we all use and they will upload their music to it, so I can load that into my iTunes app. It’s pretty sweet! Music is great for us busy working types!

      Tell me about your Etsy shop. I love Etsy and use it for most of my gift-giving these days. I would love to check out your stuff!

      • 13.1.1
        EC Spurlock says:

        Thanks for checking it out, Caren! My shop is at http://www.etsy.com/shop/SavingGraces and I make hand-stitched and hand-crocheted jewelry. I do lace chokers with beads and ribbon and also pendants made from marbles, semi-precious stones and gaming dice, crocheted with specialty fibers or 32-gauge wire. More recently I’ve added earrings made from repurposed florist marbles, and hand-stitched corset brooches in two styles, Victorian and Burlesque. I’m also gradually selling off the warehouse full of stitching supplies and product my company left me with when they downsized. I do ship worldwide and send a LOT of stuff to Australia (waves to everyone Down Under).

        • 13.1.1.1
          Caren Crane says:

          EC, what gorgeous brooches! I’m sending Donna the link to make sure she doesn’t miss them. That woman does love a corset! Seriously, though, you have beautiful earrings and chokers and pendants. That dragonfly green marble pendant is incredibly gorgeous. Everyone should check them out!

          • 13.1.1.1.1
            EC Spurlock says:

            Thanks for the endorsement, Caren! :-) I’ve donated corset pins to a couple of RWA and RT benefits and they have been well received. And the dragonfly pendant is one of my favorites. Hard to believe that that marble was discarded as a reject! I use a lot of recycled/repurposed items in my work.

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    Caren, I tend to shy away from things that are trendy. I came to BSG late because, much as I enjoyed the original version, I had no desire to see a retread. Then I started hearing how fabulous it was from geek friends. So I checked it out and was totally hooked.

    It had great stories in its own complex world but, as with the best science fiction, also slipped in some commentary on contemporary society.

    It was a fabulous series. I own much of it on DVD. We’re lucky in having a terrific local video rental place, so we tend to rent there so they stay in business. That means I can easily find anything I don’t have.

    The pilot did a great job of setting up the ways the Cylons had changed in the opening sequence. It also seeded much of the interpersonal conflict ahead.

    And yeah, we told you so! *g*

    • 14.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Nancy, I knew the “told you so” would be coming! :D I’m a little surprised you were late coming to BSG, though. I would have figured you for an early adopter on this one! I totally understand about not looking for a retread of the original. It can be tough to swallow going over the same ground. You won’t be shocked that I never watched the original series. I’ve heard both good and bad about it (some from the dh) so I’m not sure I would want to watch it now.

      And may I say I am really shocked you still have a local video rental store. Most of ours closed long, long ago!

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    Pissenlit says:

    I am so not someone who leaps on suggestions. I pretty much only check out things when and if I feel like it. I’ve never really cared about what’s “in”…unless I happened to really like it at that time too. I have to admit though, I never finished BSG. I watched…I THINK…most of it…and then I felt like watching other stuff and just never came back to it. Heh, actually, two of my friends are in a musical geek comedy duo and they have a song on their cd inspired by a conversation they had when one of them realised that the other never finished BSG. :) You can listen to the entire geeky album here…
    http://debsanderrol.bandcamp.com/album/songs-in-the-key-of-geek
    …but turn down your speakers if you decide to stream it. There’s no way to adjust the volume on the page. I like the part in the chorus where it goes “Frakk, frakk frakking frakking frakk!” :D

    • 15.1
      Caren Crane says:

      OMG, Pissenlit, that is hilarious! You have seriously funny (and talented) friends. :) My favorite is Verse 3 of BSG where she uses all those episode titles. Cause really, who would know except BSGers? Ha!

      I totally get not finishing a series, though. As noted above, I gave up on Weeds. It may have gotten better after that season, but I may never know.

      In Season 3 of BSG, at one point I thought they were just spinning their proverbial wheels. But then, things got incredibly intense and awesome. If you never made it to the end of Season 3, you may want to give it another go. I’m only partway through Season 4 and, once again, I want to throttle at least 3 of the main characters because they’re so frakking stubborn.

      But, being frakking stubborn myself, I keep hanging in there and they (almost) always redeem themselves. The only one who never redeemed herself AT ALL was Admiral Kane. Even knowing more of her story, thanks to the special “Razor”, Parts 1 and 2, she was still despicable. I never agreed with her decisions and still don’t. Irredeemable, that one!

      I’m also with you on not really caring what’s “in” at the moment. As Jeanne says about the term “mainstream”…”Wait, there’s a STREAM?” Ha! :D

  16. 16

    CONGRATS on the GR, Jane. Don’t let him near the DVR. Lord knows WHAT he will record.

    BIG TIME snail here! There are snails that pull around me and make rude signs with their antennae I am so slow.

    I’ve only had a kindle for two years and I only got one because a friend dragged me into the 21st century kicking and screaming. I still buy copious numbers of paper books and use my kindle for those books I can only get in e-form.

    When everything went digital I lost television and as the only way to receive television where I live is by satellite I haven’t come out of my Luddite shell enough to go that route yet. I had the same digital camera for years and years and years until it died this past November. The one I have now is great, but the manual is the size of War and Peace! My nephew is teaching me to use it.

    I don’t have a flat-screen television, but I do have a DVD player. I read all of Charlaine Harris’s books when they first came out, but it took me three years to finally watch the First Season of True Blood in spite of the fact my brother bought me said season on DVD as soon as it came out.

    And I STILL don’t have an I phone. I have a simple flip phone. I didn’t get a cell phone until five years ago, six years AFTER my Mom got one.

    I have an extensive library of DVD’s – movies, mini series, television series (CSI, Criminal Minds, True Blood) and most of those were recommended to me by friends who are trying their best to at least keep me in this decade.

    • 16.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Oh, Louisa, I had any number of friends asking when I was going to join this millenium, so I empathize. Really, I do.

      We have only regular TV, which of course you can only pick up with a digital antenna. We have one of those, but it only picks up certain stations. I was beyond bitter during the summer Olympics last year because our danged antenna does not pick up NBC for some reason. So I couldn’t even watch Bob Costas giving us the highlights! Bitter!! I did watch a few events online AFTER the Olympics ended. It just wasn’t the same. I want at least some fake drama, people, even if the results were posted hours before!

      Sympathies on the War and Peace owners manual. If something needs a book that big, it has way too much brainpower, IMO. My husband actually has a smart phone, but he has disabled so many of the handy-dandy features, that it’s a pretty stoopid phone now. And he refuses to read the enormous user manual, so he is a dummy with a dumb phone. I keep asking him why I’m paying for a data package every month when he uses no data! :(

  17. 17
    Jeanne Adams says:

    Hi Caren! Fin post today!

    I’m never one to jump on early/new tech, even though I’d like to sometimes. I have a friend who just HAS to have the latest thing. By the time she’s learned how to use it, the next gen is out and it’s always more “user-friendly” than the first gen. Ha!

    I’m like that too about the things everyone says are “must reads!” That tends to bring out the rebel in me and make me balk at reading it. Ha! This then makes me behind the curve on what’s “new and different” in the industry.

    Still, I keep up with most stuff, including TV. I’ll give most series a shot – Revolution, Justified, Walking Dead – but if you don’t hook me in…Nope. Not going there. Ha!

    • 17.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Jeanne, I have friends just like yours. They make me laugh! One of my co-workers had to have the newest iPhone when it came out. She is still trying to figure out how to use it! I’ll just use my not-as-smart phone, thanks. :)

      And you are far ahead of me, TV-wise. Since we basically have no TV now, I just don’t bother. Everyone will be appalled, but I haven’t even been watching the new season of Downton Abbey…and I LOVE that show! But I would have to, you know, remember when it’s on and fire up the digital antenna and whatever. It’s just too much commitment!

      I think I am a commitment-phobe at heart. :D

  18. 18
    Susan Sey says:

    Oh, Caren, my sister from another mother. I am the definition of slow. I like to think of it as being original. It’s not that I have anything against trends or the rising tide or whatever. Sometimes I feel quite sad that I don’t understand current event jokes, like maybe the zeitgeist of my own time has passed me by.

    What it comes down to is that I”m stubborn. (This is what my mother tells me, anyway.) I simply am not swayed by the fact that “other people” have testing this thing out & discovered it awesome. If I don’t personally feel the attraction, I’m not wasting my time.

    I cannot tell you how many bad boyfriends I have probably avoided this way.

    Well, probably not all that many. They’ve never exactly knocked my door down. But you get what I’m saying.

    But when *I* decide it’s time, when *I* feel the attraction, well. It’s go time.

    I tried BSG & managed maybe half of the first season. Then life got busy & I dropped it. I’ll have to dig in again. You have me intrigued….

    • 18.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Oh, Susan, my slow-cooker sister! I felt your pain with your post yesterday. I am the slowest. writer. ever. Ever! Even when I finish a first draft, I agonize about all my characters’ choices and actions. Oy vey!

      I think your mom and my mom would have lots of notes to compare. When I was little (like two or three), my mom told me not to stick my tongue out at her. So I would stick it in my cheek where it was clearly visible and she knew my intent. Stubborn child! :)

      I know why you only managed half of the first season of BSG. It’s because all the personalities are so big and ornery and prickly and the conflicts are so huge and seemingly insurmountable that it is incredibly stressful watching if you have, you know, a life. Fortunately, now that the baby is in college, I have little that qualifies for “life” by most people’s definitions. So…it’s all BSG, all the time, baby. Woo hoo!

      We are in the middle of season 4 and one of the Number 8s did something incredibly stoopid (as they are wont to do). Makes me want to slap her. Hard!

      Maybe when your baby gets her drivers license, you’ll have time and head space to get sucked into a show requiring so much emotional energy. Who can know? ;)

  19. 19
    Fedora says:

    Oh, Caren–you and I would get along famously! Late adopter, sometimes embarrassingly so! Sometimes with no good reason… *hanging head*

    • 19.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Fedora, never be ashamed of your flip phone or Instamatic camera or walkman! :) Know that we are here, ready to troubleshoot any electronics for which they no longer make parts. Friends made fun of me because I could find a replacement phone (if I dropped or lost mine, yet again) for less than $10 on eBay. Made me feel terribly smart, though! :D

  20. 20
    Pat Cochran says:

    (My first note must have been eaten by my
    computer! Here we go for a second
    attempt!)

    I won’t be of much assistance, Caren! I
    still haven’t seen all of the first “Star Trek”
    film. I know I haven’t seen “Battlestar
    Galactica.” I’m given a lot of “you gotta
    sees” but I almost never follow them up!
    I’m trying to remember the last film I saw,
    but I”m not having any luck! I’d rather
    read books!

    Pat C.

    • 20.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Pat, I totally get that. If I’m on a movie kick, I might check out a recommended movie (if it’s on at the $2 theater or on Netflix). But if I’m on books at the moment or on a no-input phase, I won’t. I won’t even remember someone recommended it usually. It’s terrible!