The Dating Game

This year’s “Mindset List for 2016” was meaningful at age 44, reminiscent of all that has changed in my own lifetime.  I get charged just watching reruns of “Law and Order” and its incarnations, which began in 1990 and spans the second half of my existance.  Noting the cell phones, computers and slang-of-the-day, have fun dating the year an episode first aired.  The actors and their hairstyles are also a giveaway.

The other part of the game consists of identifying guest actors; nearly all are familiar, but pinpointing where I’ve seen them before isn’t easy.  I watch with the Internet Movie Data Base ready in a browser.  An interactive component to what was once passive entertainment.  It is astounding how many b-actors have made an impressive career playing everyman.  Often the reason I can’t identify a precise role is they’ve been in so many.

This obsession extends to any old series.  My mind is such a cesspool of useless information was proud of myself  identifying  “Junior” from “Smokey in the Bandit”  by one sentence uttered in an episode of “M*A*S*H”.    I’m far too easily entertained.
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