NORMAN — You can always tell the signs of a bad party when the topic of conversation is about the weather.
It’s usually considered verbal suicide when thoughts turn to rain or cold fronts. A second party mood killer are discussions about television commercials.
I’m usually able to hold my own in a conversation about cumulus clouds. In long car rides, I like to look out the window and imagine big, white, fluffy clouds looking like rabbits or elephants. I’m almost certain that a cloud from years ago was a dead ringer for Richard Nixon. If only the cell phone camera existed then, I’d have proof today.
Up until a few weeks ago, I also was a conversation connoisseur of commercials. Chances are if you asked me if I saw that Doritos commercial, I’d have said yes. Then the conversation would lead to me asking if you’d seen that one where the baby walks around drinking a Pepsi, but that is all behind me now.
About a month ago, my husband and I decided to ditch cable television and rough it like we were in our 20s again — before we had jobs that allowed us to afford such fine television experiences as seeing dancing babies and Doritos. This movement is catching on, I hear. Apparently, its so popular that it gets its own catch phrase — “cutting the cord.” I’ve never been in a cool, hip group, so this is news I’m excited about.
In the beginning of this renaissance, my husband and I enjoyed long conversations at the dinner table. The TV in our living room became a big dark hole and I considered putting curtains over it to make it more decorative.
But then, another movement hit. It’s called Netflix. This is technology that allows you to watch most any television show you can imagine for hours and hours. This trend is called Binge Watching.