The Toy I Enjoy

We’re talking about our favorite ‘toys’ as adults.(It had been listed as ‘favorite adult toys’, but we have moved beyond that. Yes, we have.)
I’m sitting at what is mine, but the computer and Internet are not simply toys any more than air is. I could go on about how it has given me a life after being placed in exile. I have developed skills, knowledge, friendships and honed my writing through it. In fact, I sincerely believe that I would probably not only have lost my mind but ‘gone postal’ long ago without it, so ‘toy’? No.
But one way I have used the Internet for total fun is …HULU and NETFLIX! Even with my husband working evenings, we can still watch favorite shows together, current and old, at our convenience. I don’t have to worry about taping Grimm or Once Upon a Time; we can watch it by the next day.
Shows that I only saw parts of when I was working outside the home or when the kids were young, (or when I was young), can now be seen in their entirety. And movies! Ones I never thought I’d get to see, ones I only caught parts of on TV, the ones I want to show my husband, or show my grandkids, are there for the watching.

Were some old shows/movies as good as I remembered? Many, yes; some, sadly, no.
But no matter; I never would have believed that I could magically summon everything from every Frasier episode to early performances by favorite actors in independent films; watch the Starship Voyager try to get back the Alpha Quadrant,(I know they made it; I just want to see what they went through before they got close),to the old Saturday morning-type cartoons that I watched as a kid…(the Christmas ones ran yesterday!)
We have watched and compared just about every Sherlock Holmes portrayal out there; (Jeremy Brett has our vote for best).
Yes, I’m rather of upset that Netflix no longer has many of the movies it once had, and many shows and movies are not free on regular HULU ,but by the time I get through what I want to see that they do have available, HULU-plus, Amazon or someone will have the rest of what I want to see and I’ll sign up with them. It will take me a while to cross that bridge, as I can’t spend as much time as I’d like watching. Although I run some and mostly only hear them at times when I am busy doing other things, I haven’t allowed myself to use it as an excuse not to work, (but to be honest, I have been losing some sleep time).
Still, this is our favorite toy, and we are having fun with it to no end…we’re easy to please.


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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10 Responses to The Toy I Enjoy

  1. jeff7salter says:

    Good one, Tonette.
    And though I don’t avail myself of the Hulu very much, I have looked up a few things and located them. Very satisfying.
    I also like the fact that we now have entire channels — such as TV Land — devoted just to “vintage” shows. Of course, with network TV you have to endure commercials … yuck.


  2. Micki Gibson says:

    I haven’t checked out Hulu, but I wonder how we ever lived without Netflix. In fact, I’m not sure how much regular TV we watch anymore. Honestly, I don’t watch any show on a regular basis anymore. It’s either DVDs or Netflix in this house. Either that, or I get my summaries of shows via Facebook posts of my friends. Excellent “toy” choice, Tonette!


  3. Thanks, Jeff.In a drastically necessary belt-tightening session some years back, we knocked our cable down to the very basic; it was an adjustment. After we got a digital TV, we found many more stations within the last couple of years and they all seem to be family-friendly.There are semi-educational, (at least ‘enlightened’), children’s stations and a couple of ones that have old movies and what TV Land used to be. They ARE fun,I agree. But the calling them up, when Joe and I have time, is fantastic.


  4. Micki, we bought a good-sized TV just because we never go to the movies,(we used to see The Pirates of the Caribbean and the Harry Potters, but, alas!)…it’s been DVD’s (and/ or VHS) for us for years. Now, HULU and NETFLIX; I hardly bother renting or borrowing DVD’s any more.
    My sister gave Joe a 3 month DVD subscription for Christmas last year trying to hook him,but it took us a few months after before we signed up for the ‘streaming’. With tapes, DVD and , even better, NETFLIX/HULU, I love the fact that not only we can call up so much, but we can be interrupted, (or fall asleep, in my case), and pick it all up whenever we can.
    Thanks for coming in today!


  5. We got rid of cable which was just repeats and repeats and have basic cable for the news, etc and Netflix. I really like Ntflx cos it streams and it’s so easy! and when i’m trying to avoid watching tv on a day like this, it’s good to have those old movies and tv shows, ya know?


  6. I love netflix and hulu as well. I’ve always been a big fan of foreign films and they have a great choice on N-flix


    • One of the patrons at our local library has a subscription to a foreign film club and they letthe3 library have them.I check them out regularly.I have seen wonderful films…and some horrid ones.Seems they run either extremely up-lifting or completely depressing, with nothing in the middle , though!


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