An Entertainment Crisis?

"I'll tell him how the cow ate the cabbage!"
“I’ll tell him how the cow ate the cabbage!”

I keep hearing about various organizations and companies make stuff like photographs of the cosmos or music files free while we are all hunkered down in our obedience caves. Wow. Did we really need a jump start on being spoon-fed entertainment through the internet? My wife and I already have thousands of songs, movies, apps, games, books, ebooks, old junk to sort, laundry to do, gardens to dig…

Yes, we have ton and a half things we can do while cloistered. But the one we’ve been enjoying the most … er, well, um, second most … is talking to each other.

“I’m bored.” Wow. Maybe you need to read Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder and find out what boredom might be like. You work 14 hours a day winnowing grain and maybe Pa will play his fiddle for you. If he doesn’t have smallpox.

Among the jilliondy seven things to do around the house in your time of sequestration is that long, long list of chores you've been ignoring. Last weekend, I washed the propane grill and the truck. It felt pretty good to work in the sunshine.
Among the jilliondy seven things to do around the house in your time of sequestration is that long, long list of chores you’ve been ignoring. Last weekend, I washed the propane grill and the truck. It felt pretty good to work in the sunshine.

3 Comments

  1. “Working from home” is its own kind of purgatory, though of course, it’s better than having no job at all. I find myself watching far too much TV while a massive stack of books I’ve been accumulating over the last 2+ years goes sadly unread. To quote Travis Bickle, I gotta get prioritizized.

  2. Being bored is something I have never experienced, even as a kid. While we weren’t told “if you’re bored, I’ll find something for you to do,” I’ve always made sure I wasn’t bored. That has been a life-long habit.

  3. What Jen said. I can’t remember ever being bored, especially when I’m alone. My mind won’t shut up. My list of things I want to do has always exceeded the available time. The things I’ve compiled to read are exhaustive. I don’t even have time to binge-watch The Walking Dead (or whatever people are watching these days).

    That said, one huge boon of corporations offering free access is education. MANY educational apps – some of the best ones – were behind paywalls until now. My kids are learning more than they would have at school.

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