I’m down to the last two episodes of Breaking Bad. This show has been quite a ride. Is Walter White a tragic hero? I don’t remember all of the elements required to place a story in the same category as Oedipus Rex, and Hamlet (I learned that stuff in high school after all), but Walt certainly causes his own downfall. His pride and greed lead him down a dark and destructive path. The show was sometimes hard for me to watch. Things happened that made me feel just awful. I know it’s just a tv show, but boy did it seem real! That’s what good writing does. It transports you to different realities. I suppose we wouldn’t be able to be entertained if we couldn’t suspend our disbelief. Is that our capacity for empathy at work?
When I needed a little respite from my Breaking Bad binge, I would watch Derek. Derek is Ricky Gervais’ mockumentary-type series about a guy who works in a nursing home in England. The title character, played by Gervais is probably supposed to be somewhere on the Autism spectrum. He is kind, sensitive, and an outcast. The other employees at the nursing home are misfits as well, but they’ve found a place where they can be accepted for who they are. It’s a sweet show really. I’m convinced that Karl Pilkington is a genius. If you’ve never listened to the Ricky Gervais Show podcast, I suggest you go do that now. Get to know Karl on the podcast, and then watch Derek. You’ll see what I’m talking about.
That’s what I’m watching. What I’ve been listening to is The Historian. This is a novel by Elizabeth Kostova that I picked up in the discount section of Borders or Barnes & Noble several years ago. I started reading, but it was so long in getting to the story that I gave up. I’m not sure why I decided to buy the audio version, but I’m almost finished with the listen. It’s a vampire story, told from the perspective of a couple of history scholars, and the daughter of one, who are trying to track down the real Vlad Dracula. It’s a fairly complicated story, but interesting. I’m not usually into vampire books, but this one appeals to the librarian in me because it involves archives and old books. I recommend it if you’re into research driven mysteries mixed with old-world vampire lore.
So, I’ve become a seller of stuff on eBay. I sold a camera last month, and now I’m trying a second item, Heeere’s Johnny – The Definitive DVD Collection from The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. The listing is here if you’re inclined to take a look.
I was never a Tonight Show fan, but my husband was so he bought this box set.
I guess I never realized what an institution this show was until I watched this collection. So many great comedians got there start with Johnny. You’ll see Jerry Seinfeld, Rosanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, and others. There were also plenty of oddball guests like the woman with the collection of potato chips that look like things, and the champion hog caller lady. The animal segments with Joan Embry and Jim Fowler were always fun (and often messy).
Here’s a clip featuring George Gobel, Dean Martin, and Bob Hope. These were the ‘good old days’ of entertainment that I am just too young to have experienced.
The collection also features a documentary of Johnny going back to his home town in Nebraska. You’ll appreciate Johnny even more after seeing where he grew up and learning a little about his childhood.
Check out the listing here if you’re interested!
You shouldn’t really stick a fork in me, as I’m really not done. IU’s six week first summer session is over. The two classes I was dumb enough to take during the short session are over. I however, am not done. I have many more hours to complete before the masters degree in Library Science is bestowed unto me.
The six weeks was stressful. I had a Mon./Wed. class and a Tue./Thurs. class. There were readings, and assignments, and papers. I didn’t really have time to give it my all, but I actually did pretty well. I think that getting through that grueling session boosted my confidence. I’m starting to feel like I can accomplish anything. I can go ahead and get started doing the things I want to do-making and selling jewelry for instance. I can start blogging again.
In other old news, I had some of my jewelry for sale at the Different Drummer Belly Dancers table at the Spencer Pride Festival. Nothing sold, but that’s okay. I think I need more merchandise to attract people. I’m planning to sell at Gencon in August too. The next step is to organize all of my jewelry-making stuff so I can start producing pieces!
Here are some pieces.
Statue of Hoagy Carmichael near the IU Cinema.
Bridge on S. Jordan Ave. (IU Bloomington campus). The students paint it regularly.