Unplugged – One Year Anniversary

The difference between the watchers and the unplugged is the absence of conversation fillers, talking about the latest episodes of television viewing.  To be honest, the only television viewing I missed over the past year of being unplugged was viewing the Winter Olympics.

After a year of watching DVD rentals and library loans, one begins to notice the lack of substance in many new films. The fillers for the slackers are a lot of sex scenes that many times don’t really make a difference in the development of the story or character.   In fact the sex, pump and grind, has become the norm, and rather boring. Obviously I am not the only viewer that has felt the oh-hum of another sex scene.  Because a new trend in film has become apparent.  It is the full male frontal nudity.  Case in point,  last night we watched a movie with the same actor that starred in Hidalgo.  Yep, we saw all of him  A long fighting sequence in the nude. His junk was swinging with his fists.  I liked the movie Hidalgo, but not so much anymore.  The flashbacks of the former movie will overshadow the enjoyment I once had watching the latter.
Another prominent feature of current movies is the graphic blood spewing that goes way beyond what is comfortable watching.  I am not a squeamish person.  Over a lifetime I have seen blood and guts in real life. The experience in real life wasn’t pleasant, why would watching it over and over on the big screen in longer, and longer violent graphic scenes be any different.  
Not a prude, I can appreciate the significance of sex and violence when it is used for the development of the character or story. But after viewing movies for a year, most of the new releases have become so predicable, they are just noise in the background as I engage in other captivating activities.

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Down in my basement, lined neatly on a shelf are handwritten notebooks chronicling my life. After years of writing, the experience became more of a burden then an important part of my day so I quit writing. Five years later I took up writing again. This time it was in the form of a blog which gave me a place to hang out after I lost my job. From there my blog content morphed into writing about my general contractor experience building our house. As my life experiences grew so did my blog.

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