The other day, I took a little trip to do my laundry for free visit Mama Fierce. Aside from functioning as a de facto laundromat, her place boasts such charming amenities as FOOD and TELEVISION, both of which are practically non-existent in my flat. Ok, the food part is sort of voluntary, since I’m a terrible cook. But as far as TV goes, at this point the lack thereof has become something of a lifestyle choice. There was a time when I truly couldn’t afford it, but now I rather enjoy living a cable-less existence, if only to provide me with one less distraction.
Because let’s face it, I’m distracted at the best of times.
Which is why, if you call me, email me, leave me a comment, it often takes days before I respond. For that, I’d like to issue a blanket apology. I swear it’s not because I have better things to do than interact with you. It’s because I forget to check in! Every week I make the same vow: I will start responding to people in a timely manner.
And every week. . .OOOH IS THAT SOMETHING SHINY OVER THERE ON THE HORIZON!?
I think this must have something to do with old age, because when I was younger, I was such a prompt little person! Maybe the synapses in my brain are becoming less elastic. Or maybe I’ve allowed the bad habits of other people to exert undue influence over my behavior.
Or maybe I am once again straying from the topic.
Topic being: TCM is exclusively offering “The Jean Arthur Comedy Collection DVD” in their online shop. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there is a God. This collection will include four of her lesser known works, Adventure in Manhattan, More Than a Secretary, The Impatient Years, and The Public Menace (which I’ve never seen!!), and is available to pre-order at the low price of $34.99. It ships October 17th, and yes, I’ve made a paper chain in my bedroom to help count down the days.
To think, I would not have known any of this if it weren’t for a pressing need to wash all of my autumn sweaters! There I was, sorting the darks from the lights, when I saw a familiar face come onto the screen, accompanied by those heady words all Old Movie fans always long to hear: “Digitally Restored.” Naturally, I near had a heart-attack. But then I recovered and reached for my MasterCard.
Checking in with TCM on laundry day is something of a time honored tradition for me. I used to have a subscription to their magazine, Now Playing, so that I could better plan my weekly outing around a color-coded list of prioritized films that I *had* to see. However, when it became clear that unless I started doing laundry every day, I would never be able to view everything I wanted, I cancelled my subscription. It was simply too depressing to think of all the wonderful pictures I was missing.
But the near catastrophe of not having this DVD collection delivered to my front door on the very day of its release has caused me to reconsider my TV situation. Life is just too short to not be on top of all things Jean Arthur all the time. Therefore, I have made the monumental decision to consider purchasing a television. Yes, my recent days have been spent perusing Amazon, and researching cable packages. And while I know this may destroy the illusion so many hold of me warming soup on a hotplate, as my phonograph unevenly spins a Benny Goodman record in the background, thanks to TCM I’m willing to take the plunge.
I foresee a future filled with many Andy Hardy marathons and endless Law & Order reruns. Shiny, shiny, shiny!