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Watch Two DVDs and Call Me in the Morning

3 May, 2005 By: Holly J. Wagner

Hi, y'all! After a brief medical leave, I'm back. I've been keeping an eye on you from a distance while I was out. It's not like you can avoid DVD, especially in the LA/OC/poor stepchild 909 area. On this topic you kinda stay informed even if you're in a coma.

A month ago, our editor, Stephanie Prange, pondered whether DVD is a product or an experience, and reached the conclusion that it's both. I was never in a coma or anything, but I'm here to tell you that after surgery it's a godsend. For a week, the remote was about the biggest challenge I could handle, which made it a good time to run through some TV series I'd missed and movies, but when you're laid up, the more programming per disc, the better.

I discovered Showtime's “Dead Like Me,” which was cancelled. I don't know why, though, because I love this show. I don't get Showtime at home, so I would never have seen it without the discs. (Note to self: Start a “Family Guy”-style groundswell with the “Dead Like Me” DVDs to get this back on the air.)

I also discovered that I want some of Sydney Bristow's (“Alias,” Jennifer Garner, Buena Vista) clothes and makeovers. Not all of them, mind you — she spies in a lot of tarty outfits that look good on women in their 20s but after that they just look tarty. But the rest of her stuff is cool. Hmmm … maybe I just want her wardrobe/gadget budget.

Of course, I watched news, too. I followed along with the Hollywood acquisition-Blockbuster-Movie Gallery shenanigans. Sorry, guys, but it was mostly predictable posturing to generate interest. In any case, it's over now. And for Movie Gallery, it's a new beginning. The match always made sense, and now that I'm back I can't wait to see what happens next.

None of this stuff is any surprise to anyone, but I'm back now, with plenty to follow up on. And I'll have a few surprises, too.

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