This is not a commercial for Comcast (see above). They have more money than Donald Trump, no matter what his past tax returns reveal. For my wife and I, our monthly bill from Comcast equals two-thirds of my Freshman year college tuition. (I went to a State University in the mid-1960s.)
Here is our story. About a month ago, Comcast’s box atop our television set made a strange sound and our TV screen went blank. Luckily, our computer did not and we don’t rely on Comcast for phone service. My wife’s call to Comcast describing our plight received a sympathetic ear. (That’s not a misprint) A long verbal exchange had the following results: the television set top box had indeed died; a service person would replace the box and install new wiring; the cost for this service would be zero; our present coverage from Comcast for cable TV and internet would be slightly decreased, PLUS we would receive Netflix at no additional cost. As I sat and stared straight ahead, mute, my wife repeated this to me, twice. I was certain the End of Days had begun.
Netflix had been given rave reviews by our friends and neighbors, so we were eager to see what it offered us. Quite a bit was our early judgment. Our first two weeks of viewing brought us the following pleasures: My wife watched episodes of The Crown; I watched a documentary about Robert Kennedy; We watched comedy specials from: Trevor Noah, Ricky Gervais, Craig Ferguson, and 4 by Jim Gaffigan (and his family) (see above); We watched the first year of Stranger Things; My wife is watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as fast as she can; I watched a 2-part, 3-hour documentary: History of the Eagles.
Although I am tempted to elaborate on all the treasures we found on Netflix, I won’t –except to say: 1) Stranger Things was a wonderful surprise; 2) my wife is watching as many episodes of UKS as quickly as possible –and enjoying them—for fear the series will end and she’ll miss something; and 3) the Eagles’ film might be the best rock documentary I’ve ever seen. (Yes, I’ve seen “The Last Waltz.”)
Last, I’ll make these points about the Eagles’ (see above) film: a) It covers their (changing) personnel and the basis for their finest hits, b) They created the biggest selling album of the 20thcentury, c) Joe Walsh had the best advice for dealing with firecracker-throwing concert goers: “If you got firecrackers, take them home, get into a closet with them, and light everything you got,” d) While ”Hotel California” has many interpretations of its meaning, Don Henley said: “It’s about a journey from innocence to experience.” Period.
Should you try watching Netflix? To quote Ferris Bueller, “I highly recommend it.”