I’ve mentioned before that I don’t watch TV. At least, not on purpose. My one weakness is Mythbusters. Here is how the drama plays out:
I’m sitting in my office writing a post or a comic, when I realize I’m out of water. I head for the kitchen through the living room, where my son is watching Mythbusters. Adam will be strapped to the nosecone of a scale replica of a Saturn V rocket. Jamie will be at the base, testing to see if you can light the solid fuel with various household devices. A terrified fire crew will be cowering behind their trucks. Adam will have on a bike helmet and some knee pads for protection, and he’ll be yelling down to everyone, “Hey! This is awesome, isn’t it?”
I’ll stop, water bottle in hand. Oh, I gotta see how this one turns out.
Then they cut away to Grant, Tory and Kari.
Dang. I wanted to see if Adam perished on the landing pad or if he died in the upper atmosphere.
Grant is building a robot to fling bricks at Tory at barely-subsonic speeds. Carrie is describing what happens to human bones when struck with high velocity bricks for the benefit of the slow people in the audience.
Geeze. What the hell myth are they testing? Who cares? It’s robots and danger. Let’s see what happens.
Eventually the end-of-show explosion shakes me out of my stupor.
Ow. My legs are tired. I’m thirsty. Oh. I’ve been standing in the middle of the living room holding this empty water bottle for half an hour.
I leave the room, fill up on water, and pass back through the living room on my way to the office. Son has let Netflix roll right on to the next episode. “In this episode… Adam is set on fire and strapped to the nose of one of Japan’s famous high-speed ‘Shinkansen’ bullet trains. Will the extreme speed be enough to blow out the flames?”
Hm. I’ll just watch the first couple of minutes.
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