The Norman Transcript


November 8, 2012

What’s with guys like Orpheus and Dante?

NORMAN — Couldn’t they find a nice live girl to love? Did they have to travel to Hell to meet up with their old dead girlfriends? Talk about digging up bones! Eurydice married Orpheus but was bitten by a poisonous snake and died soon after they were wed. So what does Orpheus do? He — being the proverbial fool rushed in where folks with common sense would fear to tread — went straight to Hell. And, he did it without being told to do so.

And then there was Beatrice and Dante. Dante loved Beatrice from afar, which was a good thing since the old girl was married. You could say his was a courtly love and she, in essence, was his poetic muse. So naturally, he takes a tour through the nine circles of Hell, also known as various levels of intense and twisted ways to make damned souls suffer.

But in case you were kept in the dark, be aware that Dante notwithstanding, the state of being in Hell comes in many forms. And there are more than just nine circles of Hell.

Some people simply cannot sit and do nothing. When they watch television they engage in multitasking. They read, exercise, and rush around doing chores while commercials are on. The truth behind such frenetic activity is that if they sit idle, they fall asleep, which leads to another problem. If you sleep in the recliner, you will be staring bug-eyed into the darkness once you do go to bed. No REM. No dreams and no rest.

All of the foregoing is to set the scene. Unless there is a baseball or hockey game on, or a movie, the main reason I sit down to watch television is to be near Hubby. For him, watching television is relaxing. But he is not a relaxed viewer. He “settles” on one program and then channel-surfs while the chosen program appears in a corner of the screen.

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