We live in Rockaway, so we know what “binging” means, right? It's that fabulous feeling of starting out on a Friday night and ending sometime Sunday and wondering how we will top the last 72 hours next weekend! Packing in as much beach, reunion, pool and family fun as we can possibly handle into one short span of time. (Editor's: Or starting out on a WEDNESDAY…)
But that’s not what I am talking about this time. No, I am talking about watching TV. Yes, that’s right, that type of “binging.” With so many hot sunny days, beautiful waves, sunsets and things going on in Rockaway, I drew the curtains, locked the doors and stayed hidden in my cave for a while; and, watched TV.
This rejuvenating exercise brought me back to some unbelievably good shows that I hated myself for watching but couldn’t resist watching just one more episode. And no I am not talking about either Presidential National Convention.
One of the wonders of modern life is the ability to watch a show’s entire series from show one ‘til the end in one long sitting. The On-Demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime world has made this a reality. Back in the day there were only a few TV stations (2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11 and sometimes 13). And you had to wait a whole week for the next episode. Of course that made for great water cooler conversation about what might happen next week. But today, you don’t have to wait a wait a week. Just one click to the next episode, and presto.
My first introduction to this mode of watching TV was Netflix’s House of Cards; I was immediately drawn to President Frank Underwood (F.U. to close friends). But I expanded my binging to Homeland On Demand and then discovered a plethora of British shows on Netflix I had never seen before. Foyle’s War, Broadchurch, River all touched a chord. Having devoured those series I moved on to Bloodline, Happy Valley, Luther. On Amazon Prime I am mowing down Bosch. Binging, I discovered from my much younger brother is the way that America watches TV. And I do want to make America great again, so I admit it, I binge. Albeit not like the “old days”, but I guess you can call this senior binging.
So if you have done the Open Mic, gone to Whit’s for the steak or got tired of the concessions non-stop fun, I highly recommend changing your voice mail message, drawing the curtains, stocking up on ice cream, soda and chips and binging!
The good news about this binging is that you will not wake up with an excruciating headache and aching bones. Your eyes may be a little sore, but you will now be enriched with exciting new stories to tell friends at parties. And when you find fellow bingers you will be able to exchange shows you never heard of and stay in the loop. Nothing to be ashamed of! Staying on the couch all day I believe is good for the soul from time to time. We all do it, so when you see a fellow binger, simply give them the conspiratorial wink to let them know you know what they know about that last show you both watched!