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SUNDAYS ARE MADE FOR DVR AND PBS – ESPECIALLY RICK STEVES, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE AND MYSTERY

March 4th, 2012 · No Comments · arts

I’m just loving my Sunday.

Catching up on all the episodes of American Experience and Mystery that I never get a chance to watch. After my comedy show on Friday night at The Broadway Comedy Club for the JESPY Foundation event, we woke up on Saturday and drove to Scarsdale to visit with some family friends.

I like Scarsdale and AT&T Interactive has a White Plains office. Hmmmmm……

However, today, on Sunday, after a week of cleaning, organizing, arranging and shopping, I get what I perhaps treasure more than anything else…. a day of loafing and watching television.

I am out of space on my DVR so the first thing I’m doing is getting through a couple of episodes of Rick Steve’s Travels in Europe. It’s actually his travel skills special and a three part series the first of which takes the viewer through Holland and Germany. My ex-wife and I actually did THIS trip including The Romantische StraBe, The Rhein, Rothenburg, St. Goar, Castle Burg Rheinfels and a trip down the Rhein. Ahhh great memories.

Then, I took a nap with my daughter and woke up to go through a few episodes of American Experience. The first was about Annie Oakley whom I knew something about but, as with American Experience, you learn so much more about the person. Annie Oakley lived a real life love story about her life with husband and fellow shootist Frank Butler. Of course everyone knows about Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West shows but to hear about the back story and see film footage with her and Sitting Bull is truly like gaining access to a window back in time, and history.

After Annie Oakley, I watched the American Experience episode about folk singer Phil Ochs and the Greenwich Village scene in the sixties, as well as all the important work he did as a political activist. And while Bob Dylan would take the easier more main stream watered down path (I never really liked Bob Dylan and always found him to be somewhat pretentious), Phil Ochs was always on the front lines. It would eventually kill him.

Then I watched General George Armstrong Custer. Everyone knows about the Little Big horn but few know about his service in the Civil War.

Do they make people like this anymore?

I think not.

So I’m now seeking refuge in some good old fashioned fiction in the likes of Sergeant Lewis (Inspector Morse’s one time sidekick and now the star of his own series) as he sets about unraveling yet another murder at Oxford. A bit formulaic but oh so much fun.

And the best part, I’m not moving other than to get up to go to the refrigerator and back to the couch.

Ahhhh…. Sundays, DVR and my Daughter.

Now that’s living.

Here is a treat for you. Click the image of a true American Icon Annie Oakley and watch online at PBS.

Annie Oakley American Experience PBSClick To Watch Annie Oakley

Click to watch Annie Oakley American Experience PBS

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