|Back in 1989 I decided to take up a new
that was back to basics. I forbid myself from listening or
any type of recorded medium. The mass media just complicates
so I decided to get rid of the TV, discard anything that plays music,
to boycott the movies. I even got rid of the phone. Sounds
like fun, doesn't it? Too bad that it's not true! Here's
I really do for entertainment:
I really enjoy listening to music, although no one seems to like what I listen to. I guess that I'm a bit too mainstream. My all-time favorites include Billy Joel, Bob Seger, John Cougar Mellencamp, and the like. Millions of people buy their albums, but for some reason it's a sin to admit that you actually like the music. Lately I have had a strong interest in Nat King Cole and the pre-disco BeeGees. I know it sounds like I'm stuck in the distant past, but I'm not.
I love to go to rock concerts. (Although my favorites tend to be on the washed-up tour lately.) Could this be because I can scream at the top of my lungs and no one can hear me? Not really. I've never been a head-banger. My favorite concerts of all time? You'll get a kick out of both of these: Ozzy Osbourne (I was dragged there by my friends) at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium way back in 1982 and Rick Springfield at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Middletown, New York in 1986 (I bet you never thought that you would see those two names in the same sentence). The worst? Without a doubt: a tie between Diana Ross and The Who. (I never imagined that The Who could be that bad.) I was bored one afternoon back in the year 2000 and made a list of all of the major concerts that I have ever seen. If you are just as bored as I was that day, you can take a look through my concert list, although I stopped keeping track shortly after that.
My favorite television show of all time is The Twilight Zone. I can't say that I have seen all of the episodes, but I have seen quite a few. (I stayed up way too late in high school.) There were many excellent episodes, but I love Time Enough at Last. That is the episode where the late Burgess Meredith loves to read and read and read, but his wife constantly taunts him about it. While on his lunch break at the bank he works for, he goes into the bank vault for some quiet reading. When he comes out, he finds that the whole world has been blown to smithereens and that he is the last man alive. He now has all the time in the world to read, but in the typical Twilight Zone twist, his glasses shatter and he can no longer see the printed word.
I love to go to the movies. Among my favorites are The Shawshank Redemption, Rear Window, Psycho (I'm a big Hitchcock fan), and The Wizard of Oz. I can't think of the worst. I guess I just put the bad ones out of my mind and forget about them. Three recent movies that I really liked are The Artist, The King's Speech, and Yesterday.