I have this way of going off on tangents, some of which last for days, weeks, or months. It could be reading all the books I can find by a particular author or watching all the movies I can find with a particular actor or actress. One summer I read everything I could get my hands on by Tennessee Williams, another it was Steinbeck. It’s as if I’m running my own graduate school for one!
Lately it’s been Frasier reruns. Yes, I’m watching all 260 some episodes of the 11 year run. I’m on year 10. Sigh. And I love it! I can’t say exactly what I get out of these deep inquiries–info about somebody else’s creative process, knowledge about what works and what doesn’t, or just random knowledge about a particular place, Seattle in this case, and the early years of the coffee culture..
I liked Frasier when it was on but didn’t watch it religiously. Now it IS my religion, as least for a few more weeks. I enjoy the quirkiness of the characters. Niles is my favorite, and when he had the hots for Daphne without her knowing it, it was really fun. The tango scene is one of my favorites. I also like the character Marty Crane, sort of grumpy and opinionated like my own dad. And the sparring, snooty stuffiness of the two brothers is entertaining and somewhat true to life, I think. Social climbing. Trying to get elected to the Corkmaster of the Wine Club and being conversant on all the ins and outs of pop psychology.
These people have been in my living room for many weeks now and nobody’s paying me rent. Oh well. Keeps me out of trouble.