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Game of Thrones is Taking Over My Life

Second Update, April 6 2014

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Season 4 is starting tonight and Chico and I don’t get HBO here in Canada. So we’re patiently waiting to be able to watch it by some other (TOTALLY LEGAL) means.

Please, please, pretty pleeeeeeeease, say nothing!

First Update, May 9 2013

I feel it necessary to inform you that the madness has only intensified.

A colleague offered to put all of seasons 1 and 2 on my external hard drive.  Chico went away on a long business trip, but when he got back we delved back into the world of Game of Thrones and polished off season 2 in short order.

Now we’re catching up on season 3, though we’re experiencing less of a sense of urgency this time.  We’re just as hooked as ever, but I suppose we have managed to discipline ourselves enough not to rush our viewings.  Pretty soon we’ll have caught up and we’ll have to wait a whole week for a new episode, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

In other news, this morning I dreamed about Game of Thrones again.  This time it also involved the blonde chick and dragons, but I was the blonde chick and I was threatening everyone with my dragons.  Sounds like something I would do.

Game of Thrones is Taking Over My Life

I can’t do anything.  I cannot blog, I cannot read, I cannot SLEEP.

I must watch “Game of Thrones”.

I have been sucked into the vortex of addiction to this TV series.  Chico and I had never seen it.  Then, in anticipation of the new season, ShowCase started showing it from the beginning of season one.

We didn’t get ShowCase, and in a move that sealed my fate, I went online and switched it for some useless channel we never watched.  It was showing at 10:00pm on Fridays (way past my bedtime) so I set it to record.

What.  A.  Mistake.

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Yes, I already know. DON’T YOU SAY A WORD!!!

I invited Chico to watch with me, and pretty soon we were hooked.  For a few weeks, we watched the episodes as they aired, enjoying it but not feeling sucked in.

But then, one fateful night, we finished an episode (I cannot even remember which one now) and Chico said, “Shall we see if we can watch another episode online?”

That question was what led to our downfall, and I blame my Chico entirely.  He started fiddling around on the iPad and located the next episode.  It was already late, and I said, “We can start watching it but I need to go to sleep” (I really do need my beauty rest).

Bah!  Fat chance!  We watched the whole episode, of course!  By the time we finished it was past midnight and I don’t know about you folks but I REQUIRE a good solid 8 hours of sleep.

 

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That there is some serious eye makeup.

Since then, we have watched one episode per evening (it’s been three days), but that’s only because the links take forever to load on the iPad.

The other night, I HAD A DREAM ABOUT GAME OF THRONES.  It featured men in eyeliner riding horses and blondes and swords and dragons and perhaps more but I can’t be sure.  It was like the story continued in my sleep and I woke up muddled between what had actually happened in the series and what had happened in my dream.

The madness will only stop when I have seen all of seasons one and two, and somehow caught up on season three (we don’t get HBO… Yet…).

In the meantime: IF YOU SPOIL ANYTHING, I WILL CURSE YOU TO AN ETERNITY OF DIAL-UP INTERNET CONNECTION.

 

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Twitter #Hashtag of the Week: #PopeFrancis

As I’m sure pretty much the entire world knows, habemus papam!  We have a pope!  Or, well, as a non-Catholic I suppose I should say, “Habent papam.”  They have a pope.  This was hands-down the most tweeted papal conclave ever, so this week’s #Hashtag of the week is #PopeFrancis!

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Photo credit: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images

If the news reports from yesterday and today are anything to go by, this pope has already become something of a media darling.  Though he didn’t out-tweet Barack Obama upon the occasion of his re-election, the pope did get 132,000 tweets per minute at the height of the frenzy, according to Mashable.com.

Francis I won hearts from the very moment he chose his papal name.  A Jesuit, he took the name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of Italy.  St. Francis is also known for his life of poverty, a lifestyle the new pope emulates.

As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Bergoglio reportedly refused to live in the bishop’s residence.  He took public transportation to work, cooked his own meals and maintained a simple lifestyle.  Apparently there’s no need to put these facts in the past tense, because according to the New York Times, he seems to have no intention of changing those habits as pope.

So why does all this matter?  Why was #PopeFrancis a trending topic on Twitter?  And why should anyone care?

Well, frankly, because 1.2 billion people in the world are Catholics, and because this man is now their religious and spiritual leader.

Another reason people should care is because the Catholic Church, whether we like it or not, is a powerful institution.  Its doctrines and teachings guide the beliefs and practices of many of those 1.2 billion.

Is #PopeFrancis, therefore, likely to be a great reformer?  No, probably not.  As everyone now knows, he opposed the legalization of gay marriage in Argentina in 2010.  He seems to take a traditional stance on women’s roles in the church and the celibacy of priests.

But maybe, just maybe, this man’s humility, honesty and down-to-earth mentality will help move the church a step forward.  One hopes he will address issues of corruption in the Vatican and the sexual abuse scandals.

One also hopes that his new perspective on these issues will add a little oil to the rusty old machinery of the Church and help crank it slowly into the 21st century.  Preferably before the 21st century is over.

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