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.