Thursday, February 24, 2011

This Post Brought To You By My New Laptop

Yes! I did indeed manage to set up the laptop, connect it to our wireless network, download a new Internet browser, and all kinds of fun things. Of course, it helps that computer setup these days is pretty much geared to the lowest common denominator (that would be me) and the computer walks you through steps so simplistic I'm pretty sure Cubby could have done it.


Today we're not going to talk about my admittedly limited technological prowess. No, today I would like to address a comment Alicia made yesterday about using my new laptop to read intellectual articles so my brain doesn't atrophy. I found that really funny, considering I've spent the past week watching the entire first season of "Glee."

Yeah. Not the choice of intellectual giants, I know. But dammit if it wasn't entertaining.

See, I saw the DVDs at the library when I was there last week and decided I'd better see what all the hype was about. I had only the vaguest idea of what the show was about, only knowing there was singing in it.

There is singing. Some very good singing, and some . . . not-so-good singing. Also dancing of the good and not-so-good variety. Also some incredibly cheesy storylines and an actor who plays a 16-year-old boy but is actually 28 years old.


Here's what redeemed the show for me and made me sit through all 22 episodes, or some such ridiculous number: A performance of "Ice Ice Baby." And a Salt-N-Pepa song. And Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It."

In short, the pop songs of my adolescence that I never hear anymore. It may not improve my mind significantly--in fact, I'm pretty sure it has the opposite effect--but it sure was entertaining. And these days, frankly, I'm more interested in entertainment than intellectual pursuits. So thank you, Glee, for hours of escapism and music that's so bad, it's good.


Phoo-D said...

Glee is one of my guilty pleasures too. Mr. B refuses to watch it with me so I save up the episodes for when I need a 'break'. It is mental escapism at its best!

Drew @ How To Cook Like Your Grandmother said...

That sounds like a good T-shirt:
I am the lowest common denominator.
Now that you're caught up on the first season, how do you plan to catch up on season 2?

Word verification: henid -- past tense of henod.

Sara said...

Now that you have a new laptop, you can download any song you want!

tu mere said...

Your dad and I agree with you. We tape it 'cause we like the music and dance;it's just fun to watch. You definitely have to suspend reality when watching the goings on at the school - so not real, but then it's not supposed to be.

Anonymous said...

I read your blog quite frequently but have not commented before. But I had to today because I also just spent the last week watching season 1 of Glee. Someone lent it to me because they couldn't believe I hadn't been watching it all along. I have to say I am a little bit hooked now. Loved the Lady Gaga stuff and the Journey tribute. And, of course, Ice, Ice Baby.

Jo in Iowa

Alicia said...

I think I would like Glee better if I understood music of the last 10 years. Or had listened to much of it. (This coming from a 24 year old.)

Here ya go: a teaspoon of philosophy to go along with coffee:

Drew @ How To Cook Like Your Grandmother said...

Alicia, I suspect the real problem is you don't know about music from more than 10 years ago. They do a ton of classic rock.

Word verification: gistsist -- How you tell your female sibling you understand.