Like I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been trying to be “up” over the past couple of weeks even though it’s been pretty tough. Like I said on Tuesday, it just seems that every time mom seems to be getting better something else happens to get in the way.
So I decided that I didn’t want to write another sad post. Yesterday I talked about what music helped me when I was down and really needed to escape, even if for a few hours. Today I’m going to focus on what visual stimuli is helping me cope with the stress lately.
While I don’t know if I’ve really been able to immerse myself into any television shows like I have with music, I can’t lie so I have to say that the new season of American Idol has given me enough chuckles to help me smile for an hour or two each week. While the overall show may not be much better with the new judges, I’m thoroughly enjoying Steven Tyler to the point that I’ll keep watching until the show bores me with a horrific “theme night” that isn’t designed for anybody but the geriatric viewer. Give Tyler his own show of some kind because he’s entertaining as all get out.
I’m also trying to catch as much “manly” stuff as I can in my downtime. Example? Well…Man v Food can be a lot of fun. While I don’t think I’d ever win an eating challenge, I’m thoroughly entertained by this show. I also gotta say that even though I got turned down in my Wipeout Canada audition, I don’t think you can go wrong with ANY episode of Wipeout. That show never fails to bring a smile to my face, even if only for a minute. Oh…and don’t even get me started on how much I absolutely LOVE Shit My Dad Says. That show is the best comedy on television right now.
I also find myself turning to the NFL Network a lot lately…and not just because of the upcoming SuperBowl, but because I just love the sport. I realize, as a Canadian, I should be a massive fan of hockey…but I’m an NFL junkie. I even look forward to off-season free agency signings, coaching changes, and the NFL draft (I even watch the rookie combines!). I don’t know why but I’m not that much of a fan of other sports at all. Although I’ll freely admit that it could all change if the Toronto Maple Leafs actually ended up having a winning season…but that’s just not gonna happen anytime soon.
The biggest diversion I’ve found, though, has been through the comedy of one of my idols: Howard Stern. Now I realize the public opinion on Stern are quite diverse…you either love him or you hate him…but I’ve been a fan for about 15 years now and his radio show and TV show have helped me to laugh a lot in times of darkness. I always wanted to be a DJ because of WKRP in Cincinnatti, and listening to Howard Stern has only reinforced my love for the medium. Sure, he can be over-the-top and not everybody’s cup of tea, but there’s just something about him that brings a smile to my face. I love how he has done everything his way…the honesty, the tenacity, the wanting to do or say something whether it’s right or wrong…and that are qualities that I look up to.
So there ya go. Two days of entertainment that keeps me happy in some unhappy times. I’m hoping for more days of happiness going forward because, quite frankly, these unhappy times really suck ass.
OH…I almost forgot! The title of both yesterday’s and today’s blog posts are from this song by Great Big Sea:
Now that’s DEFINITELY music to smile to!