Justin: Woo hoo! Yeah!!
Zoe: Woo hoo! … Wait why are we woo hooing?
Justin: It’s college football season!
Zoe: Ugg… I am retracting my Woo hoo.
Justin: Come on, you aren’t a little bit excited? Miami University is doing decently so far this year and Virginia Tech might start looking like the team they were last year. They both won this weekend.
Zoe: Good for them, but I still couldn’t care less.
Justin: Well fine then. How was your mini-vacation weekend with the husband?
Zoe: It was excellent! The driving, the food, the views! Yourself? What trouble did you get up to?
Justin: Not a whole lot. I worked a little on Saturday but then got to see my friend Denise who came down to visit her brother at Miami. Then Sunday afternoon I recorded a podcast with my friend Matt who is in Texas.
Zoe: Wait, you did a podcast?
Justin: Yep, it was fun. I actually don’t sound as bad as I thought I would. I probably made a complete fool of myself, but that is to be expected. Need to get a new microphone if I ever do another though. There was a little lag with the one I was using and at times it sounded like a demon was talking under my voice. Overall though it went well and you can find this wonderful piece of media on my friend’s website.
Zoe: Before I go there, why don’t you tell me what it’s about? And, did you at least plug this blog, since you are plugging his website?
Justin: Why, yes, I did, thank you very much. The podcast wasn’t about anything specific, we talked about “Google health”, Halo: Reach and a few other topics. It’s primarily a “technology” podcast that Matt does on the side for fun. I hope to do more episodes with him. Anyway, on to the topic of today’s post. I really don’t have anything specific this week to talk about so I figured we would do a potluck of topics.
Zoe: Sounds like a plan. In fact I would like to start out on the topic of books. Because of the romantic weekend getaway, I read what men would call “a bodice-ripper” about a huge, honorable Scottish warrior falling madly in love with a beautiful Scottish lass.
Justin: No, we call those trashy romance novels that give us complexes because we will never live up to the men in those books.
Zoe: Please. Most good men I know are way better at romance than they want to admit, they just feel really stupid doing it.
Justin: Hmmmph. I’m reading something with a strong female lead right now too. I am currently reading the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series by Stieg Larsson. I finished the first book, which is excellent and am now trying to make my way through the second, The Girl Who Played with Fire. I really am enjoying the series, however, my one complaint is that the author loves to describe “down time.” It is like a little bit of action followed by describing how the characters are redecorating their apartment and what they bought at Ikea. Then the action picks back up. The books have been a little slow getting into but once the mystery starts up they have been ones that I have trouble putting down. I am also reading a book called No Applause – Just Throw Money by Trav S.D. It was recommended to me by my boss after he read our post on Physical Comedy. It is on the history of Vaudeville and so far is an interesting read.
Zoe: Wow, I’m not reading anything like either of those.
Justin: What can I say, I love all kinds of books, as anyone who has read some of my previous post can see. My problem however, is I tend to start to many books at once or I start reading one and then find another topic/book I am interested in and start reading that. It is like book ADD.
Zoe: I have a recommendation for you, a book that will definitely hold your attention. Last week I finished Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It’s a big picture sort of book, about abstract ideas, of a type I’ve read before, about gods (or… God…) running kind of like what we/characters think of as experiments (or… tests of faith…) on us people. Seems to me that anyone who knows the definition of all-knowing, or omnipotent if you like SAT words, should already know the upshot of these stories. And yet, these two guys’ wry, silly humor and pure (British) cheekiness make it a great read in any case. Oh, and I finished A Feast for Crows, now that you mention that you bounce from book to book. I read lots of books in an overlapping kind of way. I don’t see anything at all wrong with it.
Justin: Well, it’s kind of hard to stay focused on each story, for me anyway, when I’m reading a dozen.
Zoe: I guess I’m writing a couple dozen stories in my head at any given time, so I’ve had practice keeping things straight like that.
Justin: If you say so…
Zoe: Okay, back to Feast. I’ve found the series by George R.R. Martin so far very interesting and satisfying, but I completely understand the borderline-bitterness of people who read the books as they were released, in good faith that he’d keep releasing them in reasonable intervals. I, however, already knew what I was getting into when I started A Game of Thrones. I think it’s made my experience better than the borderline-bitter readers’ experience; I read it leisurely, knowing I have time to go back and reread the whole thing at least once more before the final book is out.
Justin: That’s very magnanimous of you. It sounds really obnoxious to me, that book number four came out four-ish years ago and book number five is now way overdue–and there’s a book number six, too, right?
Justin: Don’t worry, you’ll only have to wait three years after book five is released to read book six, hopefully.
Zoe: To be fair, I would be hard-pressed to stop myself from feeling betrayed by J.K. Rowling if she’d released The Deathly Hollows: Part 1, saying Part 2 would follow in, say, a year, and then five years later I’m still waiting waiting waiting to find out the ending. I would have harsh things to say to her… But hey, there is a “Game of Thrones” TV series starting this spring on HBO to placate me for a little while. Now that, I can’t wait for! Actually I think this is a good time to move on to our to topic two of today’s post.
Justin: “To the Louvre!”
Zoe: No, topic two.
Justin: Mi scusi, I was having a Euro Trip moment.
Zoe: Very nice.
Justin: Speaking of Game of Thrones being turned into a television series, I was thinking that we could talk about the upcoming fall television line up and what we are excited about.
Zoe: I concur and now that I have cable and DVR, I won’t have to rely on Hulu to watch my favorite shows. I’ll kind of miss their little “Is this add useful?” Yes or No buttons during commercials. Kind of.
Justin: Ha. To be honest, I haven’t really seen much about the fall lineup this year. I know “Glee” is coming back and there is something about an “event” going on but other than that not sure. The only shows that I am excited for right now are “Castle” and “Bones.” One, because they are amazing shows; and two, because the ends of the last seasons left relationship questions wide open for both cast of each series. I am also curious about “House.” It completely fell off my radar after the first few episodes of the last season. However, I was flipping through channels this weekend and saw an advertisement for it which caught my attention. (Spoiler alert for anyone who doesn’t have a TV set.) It looks like House and Cuddy finally got together. So since I have been waiting for this moment I might catch up on the series and watch it this fall.
Zoe: The writers can’t tease us with the possibility of House/Cuddy for six seasons and then just let it slip away without exploring it. They would be teases. Worse, they would have lead us on! I mean, yes, I love “House” for its crazy one-in-a-billion-chance cases and the “Aha!” lightbulb moments House’s colleagues and random strangers cause. But like with “Rescue Me,” another show with a lead struggling, I I still want all the characters to evolve… and I want House to be able to get better, be happier, after all that’s happened.
Justin: … Maybe I will start watching it again…
Zoe: Yeah. I agree, this season I’m mostly interested in my old shows starting up again. I also love “How I Met Your Mother,” “Chuck,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Glee” which you already mentioned. There are a few new shows that look interesting, but I think that’s what I’ll use Hulu for: If someone is like, “Dude, ‘No Ordinary Family’ is the best new show EVER!” then I’ll use Hulu to catch up and, if I like it, start watching it when it airs first-run.
Justin: I might try that one too.
Zoe: I am bummed out that “Mercy” was canceled, though, and I’m kind of annoyed at shows like “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Burn Notice,” and “Weeds” that all seem to start on random days and end on random days, so they’re easy to just miss completely. It’s hard for me to even figure out if I’ve missed one season, or half a season, or what, and how long I have before the next new episode / season airs… It’s all confusing. I need an Idiot’s Guide to TV programs. The TV Guide and the Comcast tv guide channel are annoying, too; why can’t I make it only show the channels I watch??
Justin: Yeah I feel that way about some shows as well. Shows like “Eureka” or several other cable shows that premier for half a season and then disappear for several months and then come back to finish the season. It’s kind of a weird schedule. I’ve started seeing some of those shows come out with DVDs that say season 3.0 and then season 3.5 meaning its the other half of the season. Just give me the whole season darn it.
Justin: And on that note we end this half of season one of Idle Banter & Escapades….
Zoe: No we don’t–this isn’t a TV series.
Justin: Fine, fine. We’ll stick to our regularly scheduled times for posting.
Zoe: Thats more like it and as they say on cliffhanger episodes: To Be Continued…
Justin: Dun Dun Duuuuun!