And Another One Is In The Books #socs

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Well, Planet Earth is about to finish another trip around the sun. At least, that’s what we say, although it’s a whole lot more complicated than that, as this paper from NASA details. We say that a year is 365 days, and every four years we add an extra day to make up for the fact that the actual trip around the sun take 365 days and 6 hours, except that, since that’s an overestimate (it’s really 365 days, 5 hours and some-odd minutes), whenever the year is evenly divisible by 100, we don’t add a leap day unless the year is evenly divisible by 400.

(I don’t generally sleep through the night, and I’ll wake up at roughly 4 AM and might be awake for an hour or more, and this is the kind of thing I think about to try and get back to sleep. Sometimes it actually works.)

We are now in the midst of Mary’s and my favorite week of the year, the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s too late to start and finish something for the the old year (2019) and to start something for next year (2020). TV turns its focus from Christmas and toward what happened in the preceding 12 months and what will happen in the next 12. At least, that’s what I remember, because these days we sit around watching old reruns of The Andy Griffith Show and Hogan’s Heroes in the evenings. Normally, we turn off the sound between those two shows, because between them are old episodes of Gomer Pyle, USMC and Green Acres and we don’t like those two. Interesting that all of those are shows are ones that were unceremoniously cancelled by CBS in 1971 when that network decided they were no longer relevant, because Norman Lear said so.

If I don’t see you before then, Happy New Year!


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29 thoughts on “And Another One Is In The Books #socs

  1. There’s something comforting about old reruns and old music, especially when we want to relax. I liked Hogan’s Heroes as a kid, but now, I generally watch Star Trek reruns and old movies. I’m still waiting for Northern Exposure reruns.

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    1. The writing was just so good back then, and really right up until the mid-’90’s. You don’t see as much of it now, maybe because the cable networks and streaming services are grabbing all the good stuff.

      “Northern Exposure” was a great show and had an interesting cast. Again, it’s the writing.

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  2. I’m usually browsing through the selections on Netflix and Amazon Prime for movies and some TV shows. Some classic Westerns are good too. And I like Sci-Fi and Mysteries. There is new series ‘The Expanse’ on Amazon which I binged through.

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  3. Hmm so that’s the trick … ponder time and space to get back to sleep … sometimes working is better than not working. I just learned these days between Christmas and New Year are sometimes called twixmas, the witching week, or chrimbo limbo. I’m glad this time is yours and Mary’s favorite. Happy TV watching and Happy New Year too.

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  4. I know what you mean about too late to start and finish a project and too early to start a new one. I take this week to organize my planners (I have 4) to make sure all the important dates are marked and make them look all crafty – LOL.

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    1. That’s a perfect task for this week: getting organized for 2020. One planner was about all I could handle when I was working, and even then most of the time I was carrying several legal pads and notebooks….

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    1. Thanks! When our company was owned by Dun and Bradstreet, we would have this week off, because most of the time we were just sitting around visiting, taking long lunches, and leaving early…

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    1. Thanks! Evidently there is a veritable plethora of entertainment on the streaming services, both the pay and the free ones. I’m hoping our old TV bites the dust soon so I can justify a smart TV with Roku built in…

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  5. John, this is too funny. You have to read the first sentence of my post. Not as much detail, but still…

    And, I have been watching Hogan’s Heroes at night during vacation, while skipping Gomer and Green Acres. While I used to watch the latter with my ex (he thought it funny), it’s a little too corn pone for me. I loved Hogan’s Heroes, it was one of my favorite shows growing up.

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    1. MeTV has had “Hogan’s Heroes” on weeknights at 10 as long as I’ve been watching the channel. We must have seen the entire series at least a dozen times by now, and it never gets old. Same with “Andy Griffith.” “Gomer Pyle” is just a little too much Gomer for me, and I didn’t like “Green Acres” when the shows were new, and like them even less now. That show seems to drag on and on and on…

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