The Everybody Loves Raymond Effect

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When I lived in Milwaukee, my roommates and I paid for Most Basic Cable (ten channels and reception) but ended up getting Basic Cable (lots of channels–forty? eighty? lots!).  The man who installed it had been transferred from Texas, and was distracted by the chilly weather and the fact that so many Milwaukee homes have basements.

Anyway.  We were delighted with this fortuitous turn of events.  Katie and Kristin got to watch the Tour de France, and I got to watch West Wing reruns to my heart’s content (in fact, this was how I became hooked on The West Wing).  It was great!

Thanks to the wonders of, I believe, TBS, we also discovered a little show called Everybody Loves Raymond.  (You may have heard of it.)  Katie and I went around saying, “Have you seen Everybody Loves Raymond?  It’s hilarious!”  Since this was 2003, and ELR (pro tip: this may or may not be a way true fans refer to the show) had been on the air since 1996, most people had, in fact, seen the show.

Here are some other cultural phenomena that I discovered embarrassingly late.  If you haven’t yet partaken, consider giving them a try:

Mad Men: In fact, I did try watching this show when it first came on in 2007.  After a few episodes at my parents’ house, with my mom saying, “The Sixties were really like that ” and Don Draper being a big jerk, I gave up.  Thanks to Netflix Instant, I gave the show another go this fall and am now hooked.  Because, guess what?  Mad Men is a really well-written, well-acted show with amazing period costumes and sets.  The rumors, it turns out, were true.

Pandora: I had obviously heard of this internet radio thing, but until last week I had never tried it.  I don’t usually listen to music while I work, but I had a sudden need to listen to Dar Williams.  So, I went to Pandora and requested “Dar Williams” radio.  It’s like magic!  Not just Dar, but other artists Pandora thinks I might like.  And, how about that?  Pandora is mostly right!

Community: People were always saying to us, “You should watch Commuity!  You would like it.”  And just three years later, we did watch it, and we do like it. And, apparently, it is on the verge of cancellation.  There’s a lesson there somewhere.

Greek yogurt: All of a sudden, everybody was raving about this stuff.  (At least, everybody who is interested in yogurt was.)  I was skeptical, but then, I had a coupon.   The raves were right!  Our whole family loves this yogurt, plus it has “2x the protein of regular yogurt”.  Why eat “regular” when you can have “Greek”?

Blogging: I didn’t think this would be nearly as fun as it is.  Could the same really be true for Twitter, that other cultural phenomenon I’ve heard so much about?

How about you?  What is a TV show / book / food / activity you resisted trying but are glad you finally did?  Or, what is something you still resist trying?

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Update: Hey, I got Freshly Pressed today!  This gives me more joy than is probably reasonable.  So, if it’s your first visit to the blog, welcome!  Take a look around, put your feet up, and stay awhile.

And, if it is not your first visit to the blog, welcome to you, too!

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206 responses to “The Everybody Loves Raymond Effect

  1. Ben

    There was a time, though, when you were not discovering cultural cornerstones, but were, in fact, in tune with them. Ally McBeal was the pinnacle of late 90’s culture and those who knew of its power watched proudly and faithfully.

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    • We did indeed! That’s another one I’ve enjoyed revisiting via Netflix Instant, although it’s not nearly as good as it was in the Third Burton lounge, lo these many years ago . . .

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      • And I’m diggin’ Twin Peaks. A show I
        was not old enough to appriciate when
        It was on. Also, for a person who refuses
        to arrange their life around a TV shedule,
        Netflix is a godsend. (Note, I love it when
        ray’s mother reaches through the slot
        and grabs his hair.)

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  2. Liz L.

    I’m finally watching The Wire; up to the last season, and am sad already about it having been over for years.
    Also, I was way late to the Parks and Rec game, another Netflix streaming option. I highly recommend large doses of it when home sick as laughter really is the best medicine.

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    • We watched Parks and Rec from the beginning (Amy Poehler!) and love it. The Wire is definitely one we have been meaning to watch for . . . my goodness, for years. Time flies when you’re not spending it all watching televsion!

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      • Liz L.

        Oh, I forgot, we are also just now watching Battlestar Galactica (the reboot) and should get the last disc of season 4.5 today. I’ve heard the movie/finale was very controversial. I can’t wait til we watch that so I can read blog/reviews from years ago!

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  3. We resisted The Office and now it is a favorite, despite Michael Scott leaving. We are stubborn supporters 🙂 Great post!

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    • Thanks for stopping! Actually, I resisted The Office for a long time, too, mostly because I hated the original British series. Now I am a big fan, and am impressed that the show is funny without Michael!

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      • Why did you hate the British series? Ricky Gervais is very ‘out there’ I’ll give you that but he has that something that seems to transcend the UK/US humour gap. I was not too impressed with the US version (having seen the original) but I didn’t actually hate it. Do you think maybe it’s a cultural thing?

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      • Well, maybe “hate” is a strong word. I just found it depressing–the atmosphere in the office felt so dark. I do love Ricky Gervais–I liked him a lot on The Office and on Extras, which was a slightly more optimistic show. I like other British comedy, but I do think there are cultural differences (I mean, of course there are). But I am also someone who was very stressed out by Three’s Company as a child. I was too sensitive for those wacky misunderstandings . . .

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  4. Oh, too many things to list. We live out in a village in the middle of nowhere, so most things come late and we don’t run a TV so anything I see is on play again on the internet or bought as a DVD. I minded this at first but it’s become a way of life. It only becomes dicey if you’re visiting the big city and you’ve no idea what some food is or what the heck someone is talking about. A totally other planet experience. 😉

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    • We also live in a small town, and also just use the internet / DVDs as our media sources! But since I have hived in a few “big cities”, I can impress the confirmation kids with my cultural experiences. Example: “You’ve been to Jimmy John’s?” one girl asked with awe in her voice. Oh, yes. I am very urban that way.

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      • Living in a city I do not even think of how someone who does not have access to “big city stuff” might feel. The world is so small now with acces to info so readily and quick.
        I had never watched Seinfeld until the last two years of the show’s run. I love the re-runs. One of those shows you can always watch, you do not have to be in the mood or think! A great written post…blogging is TOTALLY rewarding, enjoyable and addicting! Congrats on FP, you have every right to be thrilled. I will be on cloud nine the day I get on the Freshly Pressed page. Gonna go read some of you other posts now. Enjoy the lime light!

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      • The internet has definitely made small town living easier. My husband has an abiding love of strip malls that I did not understand until we visited one of the towns where he grew up–I could see how a strip mall would really liven things up. Now we enjoy online shopping (and trips to the Target twenty miles away).
        Thanks for stopping!

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  5. Bones (the show), any book not available in the library or as a paperback, MANY MANY

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    • oops…many many movies. the list goes on. AND recently, I am totally lost when I listen to a top 40’s station. I’ve been NPR-ing and listening to an 80’s-90’s station. I feel like an old fart. lol

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      • It’s hard to keep up with movies and music! But hey, ask me anything about the music of The Wiggles or Yo Gabba Gabba, two of my toddler’s favorite shows. There, I am very up to date!

        Thanks for stopping!

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  6. So I just had the very same “Community” conversation this weekend…my brother said, “You should watch it…you would love it!”

    And now that I’ve read this, I think it’s a sign. But I don’t believe in signs, so I’m perplexed…

    If you haven’t tried a Nook or Kindle, please do. I resisted this trend, but given that I’m considering e-publishing a book (based on my blog), my boyfriend bought me a Kindle Fire last week.

    And I haven’t put it down. 🙂

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    • Mikalee, you SHOULD watch “Community.” Don’t let your lack of superstition stand in your way!

      I have resisted the Kindle trend, of course. (I still subscribe to an actual, physical newspaper, for heaven’s sake.) But my husband has enjoyed his Kindle for several years, and my sister-in-law just got the Kindle Fire. It does look nice! It’s not too late to put it on my Amazon wish list, I suppose . . .

      Thanks for stopping!

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  7. What?! Community may be cancelled?! It’s one of my favorite shows!!!

    And have you seen the documentary Exporting Raymond? If not, I highly suggest checking it out!: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1356763/

    Great post and congrats on being Freshly Pressed! 🙂

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    • That is the rumor! I couldn’t find a good article to link to, but I’m sure someone with a little more patience could do so.

      I haven’t seen that documentary–thanks for the tip!

      And thanks for reading!

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  8. I tried really hard not to Harry Potter (thought it was kid’s stuff). But then I did Potter, and I liked it. Now I Potter all the time, and encourage others to do so.

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    • Sorry for being so terse (I was on my way to work and couldn’t resist commenting). I really was resistant to the whole Potter phenomenon, despite being British and loving all kinds of fantasy literature. My wife made me read the first one with the assurance that the narrative “grows up” along with the characters, and it sure does! Call me a convert.

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      • No problem! I LOVE comments. And I totally get resisting Harry Potter. They are surprisingly good, aren’t they? And they led me to “Five Children and It.” Thanks for stopping!

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  9. I agree, blogging rocks, as does Kindle. Other than that, I’m way behind the times–so far behind it’s sad. But congrats on FP! Hang on for the ride————–
    Kathy

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  10. Red

    I have resisted liking Justin Bieber. I have so far succeeded. 😀 (though never ask me if I have any of his ridiculous songs memorized. I may have to fib, and fibbing is not attractive.)

    This is how it usually went in my house while growing up:
    Let’s use the phenomenal science fiction show, “Fringe” as an example.

    *commercial for Fringe comes on*
    Me: “Mum, that looks like a great show! We need to watch it!”
    Mum: “We’ll give it a try.”
    Dad: “Looks stupid.”

    *first few episodes of Fringe*
    Mum: “It’s gonna bomb.”
    Me: “I think it’ll last.”
    Dad: “It’s stupid.”

    *after a couple seasons, I pick the show back up and watch everything I missed*

    Me: “If we had watched one more episode, we would’ve been hooked to Fringe.”
    Mum: “Is it good?”
    Me: “It’s awesome, just like I thought it would be. Why don’t you listen to my awesomeness?”
    Dad: “It’s probably still stupid.”
    Mum: “We’ll give it another shot.”

    *a few months of mum and dad watching it*

    Mum: *is hooked to Fringe*
    Dad: “Everybody shut up Fringe is on!”

    Side note: My dad is NOT an unintelligent human being at all, but when he doesn’t have to explain himself, he yells out a couple of words and leaves it at that.

    Another side note: I’m not kidding about the one episode thing. After I’d watched Fringe again, it was literally one episode after we’d dropped it that hooked all three of us. Has that ever happened to anyone else?

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    • Ha! Now you have me singing, “Baby, baby, baby” under my breath. Thanks for that.

      I love your “Fringe” story. I have seen an episode or two of that, mostly because I love Pacey (I mean, Joshua Jackson). I will have to put it on the list to try again, although the fact that we just went from two discs to one disc at a time does not bode well for a new, non-streaming show. We shall see!

      Thanks for stopping!

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  11. I generally try things when they’re recommended to me and so the opposite will happen. For example, everyone kept talking about how great Big Bang Theory was.

    “You must watch Big Bang Theory,” they’d tell me, “it’s hilarious.”

    So I thought to myself, why not? It can’t hurt to give it a shot. So I tried watching it and I just couldn’t get into it. In fact, I tried twice. Maybe there’s something wrong with me, but I just don’t find it as funny as everyone else.

    Anyways, this had a point, but I got distracted telling my Big Bang Theory story.

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    • I have to admit, I have seen a few episodes of Big Bang Theory and I don’t see what all the fuss is about. I don’t know. A person can only watch so many shows, right?

      Thanks for stopping!

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  12. Ah, yes…”Community” is one of my all-time favourite shows!! It is hilarious from beginning to end!

    “Troy and Abed in the mooorning!” 😉

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  13. I’m glad you got freshly pressed – I’m following now. Does that mean you’re one of these phenomena that some of us are finding late?

    Let’s see, I’ve yet to try Greek yogurt or Twitter. And just started my own blog last week, LOL. You’re right. It is fun.

    I didn’t get hooked on Lost until the next to last season. As a result, I sat in my apartment and watched the first many seasons one episode after another until I was caught up over the course of a few weeks.

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    • Thank you! I have just been blogging for three months or so, I think you can safely say you’re one of the first on the scene.

      Sometimes it’s better to get hooked on a show late–that way you can binge on it rather than waiting a week for your next fix. Not that I’m addicted to television or anything . . .

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  14. I never heard of any of the shows other than Everybody Loves Raymond. But then again, it all depends upon where a person lives. As for the Greek yogurt, I like it but it’s way too fattening, sadly

    Congrats on being Pressed!
    http://valentinedefrancis.wordpress.com

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  15. I too have discovered Greek yogurt only recently. Ironically on a trip in Europe. Where I insisted for days it can’t be different than regular yogurt until they had no more “regular” yogurt. I was convinced it can’t be available in Canada. But then it was. Now, my entire family is hooked (all two of us Glad I’m not the only one with late discoveries of fantastic things!

    Congrats on being freshly pressed!

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  16. Eden Creamer

    This was a great entry! Most of the things you’ve recently noticed are great. Except Greek yogurt. That stuff is gross. 😛

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  17. I use to be very resistant towards ELR (had to steal your abbreviation) but when I let a few episodes get under my skin I found myself enjoying it more and more. And it took me a while to get into the Pandora thing. But let me tell you, if you like Pandora you’ll love this new thing called Spotify. I downloaded it through Facebook and it’s like the Napster of the here, but the itunes of the there. All the music is free (from your computer) and it lets you listen to the entire songs, but if you want to take it with you (through a device) you can then buy the song(s). Don’t discover this one embarrassingly late either.

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    • I haven’t watched ELR for years–probably since my nearly free cable in MKE–but all this talk about the show is making me want to see it again!

      Spotify, huh? I’ll have to look into it, once the novelty of Pandora wears off a little.

      Thanks for stopping!

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  18. congrats on being freshly pressed.
    nice blog 🙂

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  19. Since you’re eating greek yogurt now, make sure you try Chobani! Particularly the mango, lemon, and pomegranate flavors!

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    • Sounds delicious–thanks for the tip! I have seen Chobani at my local grocery store, but I’m not sure what the flavor selections are. I will check it out later this week . . .

      Thanks for stopping!

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  20. WE ARE HUGE EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND FANS – EVEN BOUGHT THE ENTIRE SERIES ON DVD! LAW & ORDER IS ANOTHER ONE OF OUR FAVES! CONGRATS ON FRESSED PRESSED!

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  21. Rae

    I agree with everything except for Greek Yogurt. I really don’t get it.

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  22. jcampbell27

    I love Everybody Loves Raymond! When I watched the show with my family, we used to tease my dad for being Ray’s twin brother.
    Since coming to college I began eating yogurt, never liking it for some reason, and now I’m completely hooked on it! Greek yogurt is so good, my favorite being the strawberry.
    I finally broke down and read The Hunger Games since the movie is coming out and all of my friends have been talking about. I never like reading books just because they are popular; I am more of the classics fan, but I read the book in three days. Though it was good, and I am glad I am in on the conversations now, I dont feel like i should or have to read the next two, so reading it was a momentary weakness for me. Now on to Dracula…

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    • I loved The Hunger Games! I am impressed that you don’t “have to” read the rest of the series, although the first book is definitely the best (I read them all as fast as I could).

      I am a big classics fan, too. Dracula is great! Enjoy and thanks for stopping!

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  23. rae

    I LOVE Community! If it gets cancelled, I’m boycotting NBC. Well…probably not, but I’ll still be angry.
    I also love Happy Endings, a new-ish TV show. It’s just so darn hilarious.

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    • Does watching on Hulu mean I’m sort of ALREADY boycotting NBC? Way to Britta a great show, network.
      I haven’t yet seen Happy Endings. Maybe now that I’m really, seriously breaking up with Project Runway, I will have more time for a show that’s actually entertaining.

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  24. Awesome post! Because of greek yogurt I have become a yogurt snob and won’t even look at other yogurts in the grocery. As far as tv goes, I try to resist all things HGTV. It makes me feel like I’m turning into my mother. High Five on being Freshly Pressed!

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    • Oh my goodness, HGTV. I get sucked in when visiting my mom–she and my sister are huge fans. I mostly sit there wondering how these people have such huge budgets with so little apparent income. Not the point, I know . . .

      Thanks for reading!

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  25. I doubt you’re missing much by avoiding Twitter.

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  26. kitkatlikereflexes

    I think I’m always slower to watch/eat/do something than most. It’s a nice surprise when things are really as great as people said they were.

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  27. Pandora is pretty great, but Spotify is even better. Definitely check that out when you can.

    Also, if you want to try your hand at DJing and sharing music with others, Turntable.fm is a lot of fun.

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  28. I’ve been tweeting for awhile, but I’m still not “into” it, if you know what I mean. Maybe I’m just used to being wordy that I feel too much pressure to try to be funny/entertaining/deep in limits of 140 characters? Not sure.

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  29. Hmmm. I would have to think. Back a LONG time ago, I think I resisted reading Harry Potter books because they were so popular. In my mind, anything that was a craze was not worth paying so much attention to. Now, I’ve read all the books and own all the movies (thanks to a recent early birthday gift).

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    • I have a vague sense that I resisted Harry, but I fell in love pretty quickly. I have read them all and managed to catch up on the movies in time to see the last one in the (second run) theater. I have also really enjoyed listening to the audio book versions. Try it!

      Thanks for stopping!

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  30. I was one of the very few who held out from getting a Facebook, then I did. I also held out from getting a Twitter, then I did. And guess what, I became obsessed with both! Now checking my Facebook and Twitter are a part of my daily routine and I feel out of the loop if I am unable to check either, which is sad to admit. I was last to jump on both bandwagons but I’m glad I eventually hopped on 🙂

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    • I resisted Facebook for a long time, too, until my college roommate friended me. Now, I am hooked. It is bad, but I do appreciate the medium as a way to stay in touch with friends near and far.

      Thanks for stopping!

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  31. I am always the last to jump on the bandwagon! I haven’t had television for well nigh twenty years now. I’m weird, I know. Technology – for the most part – intimidates me, though I am a blogger, too. It shocks even me!

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  32. Your title on FP caught my eye — my husband and I have only this year begun watching Everybody Loves Raymond and love it. We’re way behind on that one! And I finally sat down recently and watched the movie Twilight — it seemed so campy to me that I still can’t figure out why it’s so popular.

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    • Fun! I think I’m going to have watch ELR again–all this love for it is making me nostalgic for basic cable.
      As for Twilight, that is one I will resist for . . . well, if not forever, at least for years to come. I’m sure I’ll watch whatever the next Twilight is when my daughter turns twelve or thirteen.
      Thanks for stopping!

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  33. People kept telling me to watch the British Sci-fi show, Doctor Who forever and while it was always on my list, I put it off forever. Now I’ve watched all the episodes (other than the classics) and it’s completely my favorite. I’m definitely in love. Thanks for the post! And congrats on being freshly pressed!

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    • Oh my goodness, I LOVE Doctor Who. The new stuff and the classics–give them a try! They are wonderfully cheesy. While I love Matt Smith, I still think Patrick Troughton is my favorite Doctor. It might be the bowl cut . . .

      Thanks for stopping!

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  34. Congrats on getting freshly pressed. Nice post I just started blogging myself after years of thinking and hearing about it. I’ve always had a knack for writing good comedy and satire and even got a B+ in my creative writing class in college. (Should have been an A). So I’ve been doing it over a month now and hope to eventually quit my $100k job and blog full time while living in a tent somewhere.

    Rob, The Mainland.

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  35. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! ELR reruns are definitely good for some laughs, but I haven’t heard of “Mad Men” or “Community”. I’ll have to look them up on Netflix, which has made it easy to watch old favorite shows, or ones that we missed when they were on. And no commercials is a huge plus!

    I’ve been eating yogurt daily for years, and also resisted the Greek yogurt until just recently. Now there’s no turning back to the ‘regular’ stuff, I especially love Chobani! I stock up on the 0% fat when Chobani is on sale, they have some yummy flavors too: Black Cherry, Stawberry, Raspberry, Lemon, Blueberry, Peach…

    I also resisted blogging and Twitter for a long time, but now tweeting and blogging are two of my favorite things to do online. And reading great posts by other bloggers, like yours:)

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    • Thank you, and thanks for stopping! Blogging is fun, isn’t it?

      Mad Men is available on Netflix Instant, but you’ll have to get discs for Community. It’s worth it–they are fast and funny! Mike and I worked VERY hard to get through season two on disc in order to start season three on hulu. We are such high achievers . . .

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  36. This is my first visit, congrats on the “freshly pressed”!

    I had to laugh at your late-to-the-game items, but I think I have one to top them: I haven’t seen Star Wars yet. At this point, I think I’m just being a contrarian…

    -Dani

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    • Thank you, Dani! I LOVE the name of your blog collaborative. Oh, I loved blaming it on the rain back in the day.

      But really: you should sit down and watch all three original Star Wars movies yesterday. Get on that!

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  37. My husband and I love watching old re-runs of “Everyone Loves Raymond”. Thanks for sharing. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

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  38. tania

    do what is good and always tegusta fact Meor iscover new things ..

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  39. tania

    say that the fact of discovering new things is true even though they exist as such for you there …..

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  40. Twitter is pretty exciting, especially if you get to follow all the weird political people you believe in, or constantly divorcing movie stars, or news channels….ouuu so much fun. You should do it!

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    • Do you think a fancy phone is necessary? You know, one that does more than make and receive phone calls, wake you up in the morning, and take crappy pictures? Because one more thing to look at on the computer every day doesn’t seem as enticing.

      Thanks for stopping, Cassie!

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  41. Alyson Chadwick

    I am usually the last one to find something. One excuse I use is that I only watch shows in syndication because they have been vetted twice. I blogged once about the show Jackass and got tons of hate mail along the limes of “where have you been, idiot.” One of my friends pestered me for a year to watch Glee and I am addicted now.

    PS. I went to Tanzania a few years ago and heard a familiar sounding theme song and it was Everyone Loves Raymond so I sat down and watched it. I am from Long Island and it seemed cool to watch a show a about Long Island when I was in Africa.

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    • American media tastes better in a foreign country, I think. In Mexico, I loved Zoolander and Shanghai Noon SO MUCH (I still like them in the United States, but it’s not the same). Unfortunately, this trick did not work for Freddie Prinze Jr. movies.

      Thanks for stopping!

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  42. love greek yogurt….hehe

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  43. Firefly/Serenity. First heard about it when the movie came out and by then of course, the show had been cancelled. Dagnabit!

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  44. Great post and I look forward to reading more! I held out on getting a “smart” phone (and texting) until I realized my kids never actually used their phones for talking. I think texting actually has a valid niche in the communication world. Anyway, congratulations!!!

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    • Hey, thanks for reading! I am coming around on texting, too–it is pretty handy, and a surprisingly charming way to get a birth announcement RIGHT away (for example). Thanks again!

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  45. Usually for me it’s movies. I didn’t see a lot of the “must sees” of the time when I was growing up. Getting better at it now though!

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  46. I love this! I love discovering new things, and TV shows is for sure, one of them. I remember when I got into Survivor a few years back and I never got sick of it, season after season. It looks so competitive… Reality television sure is getting popular these days

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  47. I am in the same boat with Community. Just discovered it at the end of season 2. Quickly devoured season 1, then season 2 when it came out on DVD and am sooooo sad that it may disappear! Definitely a lesson there somewhere 😦

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  48. My sister pestered me to watch Big Bang Theory for ages and I never really got around to it. She ended up buying me the season 1 DVD for my birthday. I watched it under sufferance and ended up loving it, curse her, she was right! She did the same thing with Flight of the Conchords too. Hmmmm… what should I resist next time in the hopes of expanding my DVD collection? Congrats on FP 🙂

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  49. Cave Story

    I will stick to cable tv 🙂

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  50. Congrats on being FP’ed, and awesome post! Everybody Loves Raymond, by far the best show ever I think.

    🙂

    uponatlas.

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  51. We must be simpatico! I had the same experience with Madmen! Yuck. And then, this year…Wow! I love it. My husband and I watched it like it was our addiction until we finished the seasons. I want more. And the same with Pandora. We also discovered MOG, which is like Pandora except that you can go back and listen again to a song you liked, pull up entire albums of artists you like and set how much of a single artist you want the station to play. More control over your listening to Pandora for a small monthly fee ($5 I think). We love Modern Family too. Have you seen that one?

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    • I KNOW! I cannot wait for season five of Mad Men. My husband still doesn’t like it, so it was my own private addiction, two episodes at a time. But we both really like Modern Family! Thanks for stopping, Risa! Your blog is lovely.

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  52. You should not only watch Community, but get everyone you know to watch it as well. I discovered it in the middle of its 2nd season.

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  53. I discovered M.A.S.H. and The Practice like that.

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  54. Have you watched The Middle with Raymond’s TV wife? I love it too!

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  55. I completely understand not being familiar with 90’s TV. The only shows my family used to watch that weren’t PBS were Cosby, Dr. Quinn, and Early Edition. Still don’t watch much TV, but Community is great from what I’ve seen of it. It was high time we had some pop culture show about community colleges too!

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  56. mandatruchinski

    Holy Moly. I remember when I could take the time to read through all the comments on your blog. Congrats on the growth, Maggie!

    Oh, and queue up the UK original version of Skins on Netflix and be ready for when they have Misfits. Two British shows that are weird and very well written.

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    • What, you’re not reading every one, Manda? I’m a little hurt.

      I didn’t know there was an American OR a British show called Skins. See how out of the loop I am? I have added it to my giant Netflix instant queue. Thanks for the tip!

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  57. That’s funny that you mentioned the tv show “Community” because when it first came out I wasn’t all that interested. I moved to a different residence about a year ago and started streaming shows online and happened to watch it on a slow night. It was really quite funny and so I started watching other episodes. I didn’t know that it was going to be canceled. Figures…

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  58. With me, I fell in love with a little show called, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”. It’s now off the air. Every show I like seems to get cancelled but I didn’t discover this show until it was already gone. I’m not responsible for it’s demise but I feel guilty for not helping keep it on. Sorry Julia.

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  59. I always feel so late to the game when I discover something that everyone else seems to already know about! Crazy how shows I grew up with are now on re-runs and Nick-at-Night! I almost fell out of my Lazy Boy when I flipped through the channels and found Friends on Nick-at-Night! Although, come to think of it, anytime you watch a show on Nick it means you’re a late-show. I mean, I watched Mary Tyler Moore. Late.

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    • Doesn’t that make you feel OLD? I mean, Nick at Nite is for, like, Donna Reed and Doby Gillis and that one with the cousins, identical cousins . . . the Patty Duke Show! See, I am so old I can’t even remember the name of the show.

      Thanks for stopping, Megan!

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  60. I am grateful to Netflix, because I am always years behind in TV and it gives me a way to see what I have missed.

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    • How’d you feel when Netflix raised their price? I’m really glad everyone took a stand and bailed out.

      I don’t watch it much, but still have it. Looking into Hulu Plus.

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      • I was not happy with the price hike (hence our switch from two to one dvd at a time), but they have so much great kids programming available on Instant that I can’t break up with Netflix yet. At least they gave up that terrible qwikster idea!

        Thanks for stopping!

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  61. The sopranos. I watched one in mid-season and didn’t like it. I returned to it later after someone recommended it and finished every single episode. And it remains the best series I’ve ever seen.
    Oh, and Avatar the last airbender cartoon series. The movie sucked, but the I watched the show and loved it.

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    • Wow, look at all the great shows I haven’t watched! I think I’ve seen maybe part of a Sopranos episode, but not having cable really used to be a barrier, didn’t it? Thanks for the tips!
      And thanks for stopping, too!

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  62. Was going to read all your posts, but too many.

    I love Frasier, King of Queens, Storage Wars, Pawn Stars, and a new name about Hunting Hogs, but can’t quite remember the name.

    Also using the Internet to make phone calls. We have Magic Jack and a few other resources.

    We met Robert from ELR as you call it, back in the early 90’s. He had long hair then and really nasty jokes. Every year he performed at our Lupus Foundation Golf Tournament until they asked him to clean up his show or move on. He moved on and landed on ELR.

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  63. Oh, I totally won’t eat anything except Greek Yogurt now. I am so a part of the fad and have tried to go back to ‘normal’ yogurt but it’s no use. I am sooo hooked on the greek yogurt!

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  64. awesome post, and congrats on being freshly pressed.. 😀

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  65. I was way late on the the train of The West Wing. Got into it only a year or so ago and absolutely love it. One of the best shows of all time! Same goes with Frasier. Just got into it earlier this year, and it’s my favorite sitcom now!

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    • Awesome, another Frasier Fan. Maybe we could watch it in different places together, lol.

      I watch it on YouTube from time to time, as well as local cable late at night. I’m having withdrawals cause the local cable has all the Christmas shows on right now. Can’t wait til the next marathon of Frasier.

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    • Finally, someone sharing the West Wing love! I would vote for Martin Sheen as Jed Bartlet in a heartbeat, I tell you. Frasier is great, too–and you have so many seasons to enjoy!

      Thanks for stopping!

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  66. Veronica Mars! I started watching that show YEARS after my sister told me how good it was (and once the writing had already gone downhill).

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    • That’s another one I always meant to watch, but didn’t. I didn’t even remember that it was Kristen Bell! Netflix, why don’t you stream that one? Please?

      Thanks for stopping!

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  67. I recently got into Parks and Recreation and I love Ron F***ing Swanson. One thing I haven’t gotten into is Wow, and I will keep resisting it’s allure!

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  68. nice post… 🙂

    nice to meet you….

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  69. First, I don’t even know what “freshly pressed” means, but I’m still very excited about it! Also, you should check out Parks & Rec – LOVE. And, I’m totally on the Greek yogurt train with you. Yum! Love, your partner in TV-watching, Katie 🙂

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    • Thanks, Katie! It just means your post gets featured on the wordpress homepage, and lots of great new people come read it. You inspired this post, so you should be proud.
      We have been Parks and Rec fans from the beginning–one instance where our tendency to watch a show to the end, no matter how lame it is, really paid off. (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, on the other hand . . . NO. What were you thinking, Aaron Sorkin?)

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  70. For me it was House. I started watching it on its 3rd season and couldn’t believe I thought it was E.R wanna be show.

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  72. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! Two shows I did not get but I do now. One is The Walking Dead; the first season was too short and the make-up was not great. But season two the story lines and the make-up has improved greatly. The other is Phineas and Ferb. I know it is a kids show but there are many jokes and plots that all the adults get. I was not a fan at first but I am one now.

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    • We are huge Phineas and Ferb fans in this house! We haven’t watched it in a while, but there was a period this summer where we spent a lot of time asking, “Where’s Perry?”

      Thanks for stopping!

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  73. Hey! Great blog and great post. The cultural phenom i’ve come to love– Twitter. Cheers and congrats on Freshly Pressed.

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  74. Justin Bieber. Sadly, I purchased his Christmas album for my fiancé’s youth group, and after listening to it today…I kinda like it. Shame on me. Shame shame on me.

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    • You just keep telling yourself that you purchased it for the youth group. Whatever helps you sleep at night, Nate. Although, now I am intrigued and have half a mind to listen to Justin Bieber sing the songs of Christmas, too . . .

      Thanks for stopping!

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      • I just got back and saw your reply…this is actually exactly what my fiancé said, and most of my friends haha. You seem to be in accord with the people surrounding me, I’m beginning to fear that you may all be right 🙂

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  75. thank you for the update. i feel duly welcomed!
    at the risk of being shunned, misunderstood or both – golf on TV. while i understand the general premise of how golf works, i don’t comprehend the apparent thrill of watching somebody in the cowardly act of whacking an innocent little white sphere which is only a fraction of their size, using a club (euphemism for a weapon) and shooting it far away, only to follow it over and over again. such a torment. it hardly seems civilized, and certainly not fun. and yet quite a number of people do this – and there are spectators, too. and you can watch this on live television. reality TV which boggles the mind.
     
    but maybe i will one day be enlightened and ‘get it’. if so, i will be sure to blog about it 🙂
     
    all kidding aside, thanks for this great post & congrats on FP! am glad you were encouraged to start this blog. looks wonderful. i have bookmarked your site. have a wonderful day. happy blogging.

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  76. Ela

    I resisted Youtube, And torrents sites. I thought the amount of videos and information that’s on them will overwhelm me. Not kidding about the Youtube. I systematically did not open youtube links until I was ready :))

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    • I remember being so confused by YouTube at first! Now I appreciate it as a way to entertain my daughter while I need to use the computer. What a great source of Incredibly Annoying Toddler Entertainment!
      Thanks for stopping, Ela!

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  77. Elloise Bennett

    That’s great! I don’t own a tv and so end up watching something online when I am in desperate need for mental slowdown… I’m now in the world of Frasier Crane et al on Frasier! Lol…. behind the times for sure. Mad Men sounds like the next option to try!

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  78. I came to The West Wing late, through the DVD box sets. I think I got through the first three seasons in something like a few weeks, a few episodes a day. Fantastic show! Can you give the UK Jed Bartlet so he can become our Prime Minister please?

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  80. I loved Friends. It is a show we built Thursday evenings around. Funny, which is what real entertainment is.

    I have never understood people’s fascination with crime and murder. In Morristown a doctor was hit over the head with a large wooden slad and killed. The murderer was never caught. Is there something entertaining about that story?

    Ronnie

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  81. You should absolutely join Twitter. More laughs than you can shake a stick at! You get to *meet* people from all over the place, even ones from Norn Iron like me:))
    @LesleyAlmost

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  82. Adi

    Congrats on getting freshly pressed! Huge honour, and no I’m not being sarcastic. I’m usually a late-adapter too, but thats just becasue I’m not very trusting & have a bad memory…. Like when I have free time I’m bored out of my mind – but whtn I’m busy all I can think about are the shows I “should” or could be watching (i.e Dexter, Californiacation, Hung, bassically anything that’s ever been on HBO…)

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    • Thanks! I am surprised by how happy it makes me!
      A bad memory definitely makes me miss stuff–I remember seeing a commercial for a PG-13 movie when I was ten or eleven and vowing to remember it so I could see it when I turned thirteen (what an innocent time). Of course, I never could remember what it was.
      Thanks for stopping!

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  84. I too discovered ELR late… when I was in college. Love that show! Congrats on being freshly pressed!

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  85. Ear piercing. I didn’t get it done until I was 21!

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  86. Blogging rules, right? As for that Raymond guy…
    Congrats on Being Freshly Pressed!

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  87. I was a naysayer of Harry Potter books until I read the fourth one. From then on out, I was there at midnight (in costume) when the new ones were released. TV shows I came to late and now adore include the new version of Battlestar Galactica (which was one of the best shows on television), Breaking Bad, and The Big Bang Theory.

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  88. Everyone should watch Community while eating Greek yogurt and then blog about it.

    When I heard Community was about to be cancelled I realized how I place too much importance on TV. I call it the Community Effect. It sucks.

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  89. Oooh man. I was such a fan of Brothers & Sisters so I thought I’d like Ally McBeal (because of what’s her face).. but oh god. Two episodes in I couldn’t handle the random ballooning heads anymore.

    bummer.

    Im just now discovering Heroes! Sheesh. It took me forever. Sounds like I see great stuff as late as you do 😛

    And yeah, I’m a recent convert to twitter. I’m surprised with how awesome it really is. 🙂

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    • Well, in Ally’s defense, it gets less silly (and also more silly, but in slightly different ways) as it goes along. And the supporting characters get more and more fabulous as you go, too. But it is a very different sort of show than Brothers and Sisters, for sure.

      Thanks for stopping! And thanks for adding your voice in support of Twitter. One of these days, I just mgiht try it.

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  90. “fortuitous turn of events”
    Or thievery.

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  91. Yes. This is exactly what I do! I haven’t had cable since college dorm rooms- and I just got Netflix. I understand completely! I’m on the Wonder Years. Which came on when I was like five.

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  92. Congrats on getting ” Pressed” !! … Isn’t Pandora wonderful ?? 🙂 Great blog…so glad I came across it.

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  93. Ruth Schapira

    Twitter. I admit, I used to make fun of it. I mean, really, would anyone actually admit to doing something called ‘tweeting’. Did I care where someone went to dinner?
    But now I get it, after learning how to use it as a PLN (Professional Learning Network). See, that doesn’t sound anything like tweeting, does it? Wait until you see what hashtags can do. No kidding. I find information relevant for me in seconds. See you there! @ruthschapira

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  94. blogging keeps my sanity intact that some people might have lost.lol. its always nice to have freedom of speech though we always have to be responsible about it. whats nicer is whenever you get to read about what other people think and realizing that hey,i agree.

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  95. Nida F. Siddiqui

    I was late to Napoleon Dynamite! But it doesn’t matter how ridiculously slow people may think of you when you catch on to a popular phenomenon, because it’s so good that they do not affect the enjoyment of it.

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  96. Nida F. Siddiqui

    And Community is officially cancelled, they are showing the final episodes filmed in the Spring time 😦

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  97. hahaha, love this post!

    we resisted Lost for years.

    and oh man, am i happy we watched it!

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  98. I came in late on Californication. While it is a quasi orgy of profanities, breasts and sex, it’s also very cleverly written, with strong characters that develop in a realistic – albeit very Hollywood – way.

    Congratulations on becoming Freshly Pressed!

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  99. Hi – It’s always fun to see a fellow Minnn-aaa-soooten blogging. Yah sure, you betcha and all that stuff. I got a kick out of your blog. I thought it was funny and cute, and go figure, I’m a Lutheran too. 🙂 I don’t have cable, so I can’t comment on all of the shows you blogged about. I love Pandora too. I’m not sure about Greek Yogurt though, and ELR is quite funny, but is all re-runs now. I find that watching re-runs of Seinfeld, ELR, and Cheers is never as fun the second time around.

    Happy Holidays from St. Paul, Minnesota!

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    • Hey, thanks! We don’t have cable either, but netflix and hulu get the job done most of the time. Some shows I am always happy to watch a rerun (Sex and the City), but you’re right, others are just not as fun (I can’t actually think of that many examples since we don’t do much channel surfing these days, so when I watch something again it is on purpose).
      Thanks for stopping!

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  100. congrats on getting freshly pressed!
    I luve Everybody Loves Raymond very much too!!

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  101. we recently discovered greek yogurt too during our trip to Greece. it’s so good with honey!

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  102. Have you discovered Curb Your Enthusiasm or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia yet? They make Everybody Loves Raymond seem about as funny as The Brady Bunch.

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  104. Jonathan

    “Everybody Loves Raymond” has been a guilty pleasure in our house for years… it’s now shown in the UK at about 7 in the morning for some reason, which ends up accompanying the making of breakfasts and packed lunches for the kids… nothing quite like seeing Deborah lose it with her mother in law while I’m making breakfast 🙂

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    • Everybody Loves Raymond at 7 AM–that is a fun and funny time to watch it! At that time we’re usually cuing up Yo Gabba Gabba or another toddler show on Netflix Instant. We get to watch those any time we want–a mixed blessing, I think.

      Thanks for stopping!

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  105. Tee hee. This is great! I actually discovered Harry Potter late – she was well into book three before I finally picked up book 1 – a mixed blessing. NCIS was the same way 😄

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