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14 hours ago, SmithW6079 said:

Another UO: while I enjoyed "Schitt's Creek" when it was on, I have no desire to watch any of it again. Once was enough.

Same. But then, I never rewatch anything.

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1 minute ago, peachmangosteen said:

Same. But then, I never rewatch anything.

I only rewatch lighthearted stuff (Daria or the first few seasons of Red Dwarf, for instance). Breaking Bad was a great show, but I hate the idea of rewatching it. 

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20 minutes ago, Wiendish Fitch said:

I only rewatch lighthearted stuff (Daria or the first few seasons of Red Dwarf, for instance). Breaking Bad was a great show, but I hate the idea of rewatching it. 

I see Breaking Bad always listed among the greatest of all time but mid way through season 4 after giving the first of Better Call Saul a chance it hasn't been all that to me. It might be more stylized than Gilligan's other criminal shows but I am just working through them as I wait for other new content to come along.

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For the most part, I only rewatch shows if they're on TV.  I have so many unopened TV DVDs of series that I thought I'd rewatch but never got around to.

That means I rewatch Law & Order (constantly--I'd probably even stream that damn show I love it so much), Frasier, Monk...etc.  A Breaking Bad rewatch is intimidating to me as well because, unlike some of the other shows I rewatch on TV, it's not a procedural. There's the pressure to keep watching whereas with other shows if I miss an episode, I miss an episode.  But if AMC is doing a marathon and I happen to stumble upon a third or fourth season episode, it's hard for me to walk away. 

But this makes it really hard for shows on streaming services because I will binge them in a day and a year and a half later, when a new season comes out, it's hard for me to remember what happened the previous season. That's one benefit of a network TV show that airs one episode a week.  Episodes can sink in more and the break isn't that huge.

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4 hours ago, peachmangosteen said:

Same. But then, I never rewatch anything.

Agreed.  There are tons of stuff I loved but will not re-watch the whole series again.

Regards Breaking Bad, I adored that show but do not have the intestinal fortitude to watch the whole thing.  But... own the whole series and will watch a couple of key episodes just because they are standouts and deliver visceral satisfaction.

I tend to do that with a lot of my favorite shows that have ended, especially dramas.

About the only shows that I have re-watched over and over are more on the light side and I consider them "comfort" shows, like Leverage, Eureka or Misfits (first three seasons)

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20 hours ago, peachmangosteen said:

I started Breaking Bad late and then I just gave up on it. It just wasn't that good to me lol.

I started watching Breaking Bad last year and mostly have been enjoying it.  It is certainly unlike anything else on tv, the writing and acting are superb, but it wasn't something I could watch every night so I occasionally took breaks from it.  A couple nights ago I turned on the back end of the last season and got hooked again.  The last few episodes are going to be like a freight train.  (My son tells me Better Call Saul is even better.)

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On 7/13/2021 at 5:19 AM, icemiser69 said:

There was that one time when one of John Ritter's testicles put in an appearance.   

Those were the short shorts days, and any dude back in those days knew how hard it was to keep his horsey (and all of it's body parts) in the corral.   Tighty whities weren't always so tighty.   For some I am sure they weren't so whitey, which is rather gross if you think about.  They started out that way but (butt) didn't end up that way.

TBH, I think television was a lot better back then more so than it is now.  They were much simpler times.  Yes, there were some pretty horrible things going on back then in the real world, but those were the pre-internet days, and I do think in many ways the pre-internet days were so much better than the current era where so many people don't have any down time to relax.  They have the constant need for stimulation that the internet provides.   In some cases an addiction.  People would talk to each other back then, now many prefer to text.   Human, face to face interaction was much more of a thing back then, less so now.  That change isn't a good thing.

I remember that episode! 

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I know there are some very good reasons not to like Jeff Bezos, but I can't make myself hate him. He's funding a Lord of the Rings TV show and just flew to space and back. If I had a zillion dollars, I would do the same thing! Maybe I short start a patreon. Fund my oligarchal lifestyle.

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16 minutes ago, Llywela said:

I wouldn't mind him doing those things, if only he paid his taxes first! It isn't much to ask. The rest of us stump up our taxes, and we can afford it far less.

That's true enough. While he does things that I would do, he also does things I don't think I would do. Of course, I'll never get the chance to find out. Ah well.

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5 hours ago, Anduin said:

I know there are some very good reasons not to like Jeff Bezos, but I can't make myself hate him.

 

20 minutes ago, Llywela said:

I wouldn't mind him doing those things, if only he paid his taxes first! It isn't much to ask.

Since he did acknowledge that all his overworked and underpaid workers are the ones who paid for this commercial boondoggle that, unlike the NASA spaceflights, will yield absolutely no scientific anything - maybe the "change" that he said happened to everyone in space will make him improve his labor practices.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/bvzp8w/jeff-bezos-thanks-workers-who-pee-in-bottles-for-paying-for-his-space-trip

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All those urine squirts into those bottles were worth it in the end after all.

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3 hours ago, Llywela said:

I'm sure all those underpaid workers were delighted to have lip service paid to the 'sacrifices' they were forced to make to line his pocket, so he could spend an obscene amount of money going on a very special billionaires club jolly. You know what’s cooler than going to space? Paying your employees a living wage. That and trying to save the planet, rather than trying to leave it.

Yeah, count me out of applauding these dicks who have to measure their dicks by sending their dick-shaped rockets into space and unnecessarily polluting the atmosphere even further.

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7 minutes ago, JustHereForFood said:

their dick-shaped rockets into space and unnecessarily polluting the atmosphere even further.

And barely into space at that!

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On 7/17/2021 at 7:26 PM, SmithW6079 said:

Another UO: while I enjoyed "Schitt's Creek" when it was on, I have no desire to watch any of it again. Once was enough.

I agree somewhat. I am doing a couple of rewatches right now (ER—almost done! and Glee, which is my second rewatch). I’m willing to do rewatches of things but within reason. I wanted to do ER so I could see the whole series once, as during the original airing I quit maybe a year or two after Mark’s death. But now that I only have seven episodes left, I would not watch the whole thing again. My next rewatch would be most of Mark’s run on the show and then I’d skip around after that. In larger chunks in S13-S15 than anything else really.

Glee I will probably finish this rewatch and then retire it. I will always enjoy the music but now that I'm older I don't feel as invested in the shipping wars that can get nuts in the fandom. But that's a lot of fandoms. Plus, three cast members are dead now and that makes it harder to watch, along with how I can see the problematic behavior from teachers and the Glee kids themselves more clearly. 

I do want to rewatch Fuller House and Atypical at some point but I don't see myself as the type who can watch a show over and over. There's lots of shows and fandoms to explore and I want to get back into TV and discussing it. 

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On 7/20/2021 at 11:27 PM, Anduin said:

I know there are some very good reasons not to like Jeff Bezos, but I can't make myself hate him. He's funding a Lord of the Rings TV show and just flew to space and back. If I had a zillion dollars, I would do the same thing! Maybe I short start a patreon. Fund my oligarchal lifestyle.

What bothers me is all the coverage of the space flight is mostly negative and not once did I read anywhere, especially from the jokey latenight naysayers that along with Bezos Wally Funk finally got her chance to go into space.

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14 hours ago, JustHereForFood said:

Yeah, count me out of applauding these dicks who have to measure their dicks by sending their dick-shaped rockets into space and unnecessarily polluting the atmosphere even further.

Yep it's always rich men who want to do this. I can only conclude they are trying to compensate for their shortcomings.  

2 hours ago, Cloud9Shopper said:

I agree somewhat. I am doing a couple of rewatches right now (ER—almost done!

I did a complete rewatch of ER nine years ago. If I were to do it again I would do the early seasons in their entirety but the later seasons I would skip a lot of episodes. The later years got too bogged down in a lot of personal stuff for the characters. Mostly Abby's travails.

3 hours ago, Cloud9Shopper said:

but I don't see myself as the type who can watch a show over and over.

There are a few shows I've done multiple rewatches of.  The Wire.  The original Gossip Girl.  Sex and the City.  Veronica Mars.

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41 minutes ago, ifionlyknew said:

I did a complete rewatch of ER nine years ago. If I were to do it again I would do the early seasons in their entirety but the later seasons I would skip a lot of episodes. The later years got too bogged down in a lot of personal stuff for the characters. Mostly Abby's travails.

There are a few shows I've done multiple rewatches of.  The Wire.  The original Gossip Girl.  Sex and the City.  Veronica Mars.

Abby is pretty much my least favorite character on TV in the history of ever. Some of her fans are super defensive (not here; in other fandom spaces. I find people that like her here are at least respectful in disagreeing.) at any criticism of her, which makes me not like her even more. (I actually didn’t mind her until her mother showed up. If she’d stayed as a more background character I would’ve enjoyed her more, I imagine.) 

I guess I have rewatched the Golden Girls many times if you count the fact that I watch them in syndication every Sunday. Never gets old. 

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4 minutes ago, Cloud9Shopper said:

I guess I have rewatched the Golden Girls many times if you count the fact that I watch them in syndication every Sunday. Never gets old. 

I started a rewatch of GG last spring when the pandemic was taking hold.  I needed to laugh every night before I went to sleep.

14 minutes ago, Cloud9Shopper said:

Abby is pretty much my least favorite character on TV in the history of ever.

She was definitely my least favorite character on ER.  The writers just seemed to be so enamored of the character and focused so much on her that it made me actively dislike  her even when she wasn't doing anything annoying.  

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15 hours ago, JustHereForFood said:

Yeah, count me out of applauding these dicks who have to measure their dicks by sending their dick-shaped rockets into space and unnecessarily polluting the atmosphere even further.

It's the best example of everything that's wrong with our world. So many in need - desperate, sick, poor, unable to afford basic amenities, war and famine and environmental calamity - and these men are so rich that all they can think of to do with their money is build spaceships.

Then they are so utterly oblivious to the world most of us live in that they expect to be celebrated for "inspiring people to be the best they can" or some bullshit.

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24 minutes ago, ifionlyknew said:

I started a rewatch of GG last spring when the pandemic was taking hold.  I needed to laugh every night before I went to sleep.

She was definitely my least favorite character on ER.  The writers just seemed to be so enamored of the character and focused so much on her that it made me actively dislike  her even when she wasn't doing anything annoying.  

I actually part joined here because I read the ER forum and went “Finally! I can hate Abby and have the popular opinion!” Everywhere else it’s like you’re not allowed to dislike her. 😂 Plus now that I’m posting on some of the other forums I think people are more chill than places like Reddit or Tumblr, which helps. 

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31 minutes ago, ifionlyknew said:

I started a rewatch of GG last spring when the pandemic was taking hold.  I needed to laugh every night before I went to sleep.

She was definitely my least favorite character on ER.  The writers just seemed to be so enamored of the character and focused so much on her that it made me actively dislike  her even when she wasn't doing anything annoying.  

At her initial introduction, I kinda liked Abby (there, I said it), but as the years went by the "oh, no one's ever had a life as hard as mine", "so what Luca, you lost your family in a war, it's nothing compared to my struggles".   Her level of self pity was overwhelming.   Toward the end of the characters run, I hoped a little that she'd run into the ambulance bay and get run over.  I know, don't judge.  LOL

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My unpopular opinion is I liked Abby, I liked Luka, and I liked them together.

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38 minutes ago, LegalParrot81 said:

At her initial introduction, I kinda liked Abby (there, I said it), but as the years went by the "oh, no one's ever had a life as hard as mine", "so what Luca, you lost your family in a war, it's nothing compared to my struggles".   Her level of self pity was overwhelming.   Toward the end of the characters run, I hoped a little that she'd run into the ambulance bay and get run over.  I know, don't judge.  LOL

Don’t feel bad. I consider it a blessing that she could only have one child, and even one was too many. Someone like her should have never had any. 

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27 minutes ago, Hiyo said:

My unpopular opinion is I liked Abby, I liked Luka, and I liked them together.

I think for me one reason I didn't warm up to her was she was introduced as Carol was leaving and I felt like I was just supposed to accept her as a replacement for Carol.  I wasn't a big Luka fan either because I felt like I was supposed to accept him as a replacement for Doug. 

My unpopular opinion is  I didn't care that Mark died. I liked the character at first but as the years wore on I liked him less. I wasn't hoping for his death but when he died I was like eh whatever. Lucy's death made me sad though.  

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I think my Abby opinion is the unpopular one, because all the people here who hate her and all the people who apparently love her on other forums are quite devoted to the notion of her being the worst or best ever, and I neither like her nor dislike her; I just think she's fine - definitely not on my list of favorites, but doesn't annoy me, either. 

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At the time megalomaniac Robert Romano was killed by the vengeful helicopter, I wasn't sad to see him go, but after a while, I missed his pompous self.  It became too quiet.

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7 hours ago, WinnieWinkle said:

What bothers me is all the coverage of the space flight is mostly negative and not once did I read anywhere, especially from the jokey latenight naysayers that along with Bezos Wally Funk finally got her chance to go into space.

Yes! That was a great move. Sad that it took that long, but better late than never. Good on him for that, if for nothing else.

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11 hours ago, WinnieWinkle said:

What bothers me is all the coverage of the space flight is mostly negative and not once did I read anywhere, especially from the jokey latenight naysayers that along with Bezos Wally Funk finally got her chance to go into space.

Actually happened to be watching NBC Nightly News the night of the flight and they made a big deal of Wally Funk, who is an awesome person and I'm so happy her dream came true and she came home safely! I was taken aback though that the coverage ended by focusing on the two rich guys (Bezos and Branson) in a way that suggested they were the only rich guys who had reached space. Well, Elon Musk hasn't actually flown personally into space, but I would argue he has accomplished far, far more than either of those two in terms of space flight technology and is also giving back to the planet in battery technology advancement. It was kinda odd he was sort of erased....is this unpopular?

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13 minutes ago, isalicat said:

Actually happened to be watching NBC Nightly News the night of the flight and they made a big deal of Wally Funk, who is an awesome person and I'm so happy her dream came true and she came home safely! I was taken aback though that the coverage ended by focusing on the two rich guys (Bezos and Branson) in a way that suggested they were the only rich guys who had reached space. Well, Elon Musk hasn't actually flown personally into space, but I would argue he has accomplished far, far more than either of those two in terms of space flight technology and is also giving back to the planet in battery technology advancement. It was kinda odd he was sort of erased....is this unpopular?

Not as unpopular as Elon Musk! 

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4 hours ago, LegalParrot81 said:

At the time megalomaniac Robert Romano was killed by the vengeful helicopter, I wasn't sad to see him go, but after a while, I missed his pompous self.  It became too quiet.

I loved Rocket Romano/Paul McCrane.  And when they killed him off via helicopter, after he already was damaged in a helicopter accident, I basically quit the show. I wasn't a regular viewer ever again. 

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15 hours ago, Cloud9Shopper said:

But now that I only have seven episodes left, I would not watch the whole thing again. My next rewatch would be most of Mark’s run on the show and then I’d skip around after that. In larger chunks in S13-S15 than anything else really.

I am probably not too far behind you. Around a year ago my wife found a couple of ER seasons for super cheap at a thrift store and went on a mission to find the whole series. I think we started watching it last September. Looking back I kind of wish I kept track of how many episodes we watched a night so I could see it on a graph, since for the first 6 or 7 seasons it was 2 episodes a night seven days a week. But these last 3-4 seasons have gone super slowly. We just started disc 2 of season 15. After we are done I can't see myself watching it again. The hilarious thing is that in a few weeks all 15 seasons will be on Amazon Prime video in Canada.

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8 hours ago, Kel Varnsen said:

Looking back I kind of wish I kept track of how many episodes we watched a night so I could see it on a graph, since for the first 6 or 7 seasons it was 2 episodes a night seven days a week. But these last 3-4 seasons have gone super slowly. We just started disc 2 of season 15.

So, ER is like sex?  When they say that if you put a penny in a jar for each time you have sex the first year and a penny out for each time you have sex after that the jar will never empty?

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On 7/7/2021 at 8:16 PM, Kel Varnsen said:

I don't doubt that it takes skill. I just find it odd it is an Olympic sport. Now I imagine it dates back to a 19th century thing when skills on a horse were a big deal

Actually, dressage has its roots in the Middle Ages when knights and their mounts had to act as one on the battlefield.  Many of the movements used are battle movements to dodge or attack opponents.  The Lipizzaner stallions are the pinnacle of this.

 

On 7/9/2021 at 1:53 PM, Danny Franks said:

I believe the partnership between rider and horse is crucial.

Indeed.

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1 hour ago, magicdog said:

Actually, dressage has its roots in the Middle Ages when knights and their mounts had to act as one on the battlefield.  Many of the movements used are battle movements to dodge or attack opponents.  The Lipizzaner stallions are the pinnacle of this.

Thank you for mentioning the Lipizzaners. I've never heard if them, but just now watched a 9 minute video about them. They're gorgeous and very impressive.  I never questioned why Equestrian events were part of the Olympics, but it wasn't until I took lessons that I realized how difficult and exhausting it is.  You have to be in great shape for that type of riding.

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I’m someone who will watch any sport on TV, except golf, bowling and billiards. 

Even equestrian vaulting, and if you’ve never seen this before, you’re in for a treat.

 

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2 hours ago, Shannon L. said:

Thank you for mentioning the Lipizzaners. I've never heard if them, but just now watched a 9 minute video about them. They're gorgeous and very impressive. 

I saw them when they did a tour here in Vegas several years back.  Awesome experience.  You should check out the Disney film, "Miracle of the White Stallions" (1963) which depicts how Gen. Patton helped save them during WW2.  

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I don't know if it's unpopular, but there are some REALLY BAD Twilight zone episodes.  The one hour ones especially.  

It still has classics and can't miss episodes but there are real clunkers mixed in.  

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1 hour ago, DrSpaceman73 said:

I don't know if it's unpopular, but there are some REALLY BAD Twilight zone episodes.  The one hour ones especially.  

It still has classics and can't miss episodes but there are real clunkers mixed in.  

Oh, good gracious yes! Way back when the show was first run, I started losing interest in it as it went on because I'd often watch an episode and think "That was pretty lame."  As time went on it happened more and more and by the time it was canceled I'd pretty much stopped watching it, all because of the substandard episodes. I've been unenthusiastic about revisiting the show because even though I don't remember specific episodes I remember the feeling of disappointment.

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18 minutes ago, CoderLady said:

Oh, good gracious yes! Way back when the show was first run, I started losing interest in it as it went on because I'd often watch an episode and think "That was pretty lame."  As time went on it happened more and more and by the time it was canceled I'd pretty much stopped watching it, all because of the substandard episodes. I've been unenthusiastic about revisiting the show because even though I don't remember specific episodes I remember the feeling of disappointment.

Jess belle comes to mind as probably the worst in my opinion.  

Though not all later season ones are bad.  Two classics, living doll And nightmare at 20000 feet, were in the last season.  As was an occurrence at owl creek bridge, not original but still a pretty good interpretation of a classic. 

They were doing like 35 episodes a season at the time too, which is just crazy to think nowadays.  There are some whole series not much longer. 

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I love the one where everyone disappears and the last harried guy finds a library and is so excited he can read to his heart's content and then breaks his glasses. Don't remember all the details but that is the gist of it.

eta Thanks google "Time Enough to Last" Season 1 Ep8. Henry Bemis.

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3 minutes ago, Gramto6 said:

I love the one where everyone disappears and the last harried guy finds a library and is so excited he can read to his heart's content and then breaks his glasses. Don't remember all the details but that is the gist of it.

"Time Enough at Last" :). Definitely among the show's classics. 

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7 hours ago, DrSpaceman73 said:

an occurrence at owl creek bridge, not original but still a pretty good interpretation of a classic. 

Jesus Christ!! I'll say!  One of the greatest short films ever - won the best Short Subject at Cannes and the best Live Action Short Film at the Oscars.

Also, the 5th (last) season is better than the 4th because they returned to the half-hour format.

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I wrote a short story in HS about a mob hit based on the Owl Creek framing device. It's in a box in my basement! 

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I have zero interest in the Summer Olympics.   I don't give a rat's butt-ox about them.

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On 7/22/2021 at 8:29 AM, Danny Franks said:

It's the best example of everything that's wrong with our world. So many in need - desperate, sick, poor, unable to afford basic amenities, war and famine and environmental calamity - and these men are so rich that all they can think of to do with their money is build spaceships.

Not only that, but they have the audacity to say things like "What else am I going to do with my money?"

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I don’t know if this is an UO, or if it just seems that way because so many people here seem so invested in this, but I do not care one bit about Brittany Spears and whatever court problems she has.

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16 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

I have zero interest in the Summer Olympics.   I don't give a rat's butt-ox about them.

I'm on the other end of the spectrum.  I love watching the Olympics, especially the sports that no one in North America (myself included) cares about but every four years.  You've got these athletes at the top of their game toiling in relative obscurity and making no money for what is usually a once in a lifetime opportunity.  It's hard for me not to get romantic about that.

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