Last night, there was nothing on TV. I had the last episode of Gilmore Girls Season 2 to watch, which I’d been hoarding and holding onto, because I knew there would be big Doings and Revelations and I wanted to be in just the right mindset. Which I wasn’t, so I was flipping channels when I saw it: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was on HBO. Mere seconds later, I was immersed. Even though it was about two-thirds of the way through, even though I’ve seen it a million times (and own it)…it didn’t matter. I had a lump in my throat, chills, the entire thing. Isn’t it amazing when just a glimpse of a movie you love is enough to kick up everything you felt seeing it the first time? I LOVE that.
This is part of the reason I buy DVDs, because I can watch a bit here, a little there, of a movie. Some people are purists: they watch a movie once, all the way through, and then they’re done. They have no interest or inclination to see it again. Me, though, I’m always happy to spend an evening watching bits and pieces of my favorite DVDs: it’s like a mix tape, but with movies. Now, see, THAT willl be great, when you can do that. Actually, you probably already can, if you have a DVD burner, or two DVD burners, although I’m sure the movie studios would not be happy about it. But a disc with all your top movie moments, one right after another? Oh, my God. I’d be in heaven. Maybe I should look into this. Hmmmm.
Oh, God, but the LAST thing I need is more technology. I’m barely able to keep my IPod running and check my email on my cell phone without having a daily stress-related breakdown. I think I’ll just stick to my patented system: open DVD player. Insert disc. Watch what you want. Eject disc. Insert another disc. You call it low-tech: I call it guaranteed. And it’ll do. For now, anyway. Of course, the towering and spilling pile of DVDs on the floor, all mistmatched in the wrong cases, is a bit of a problem. But nothing’s perfect, right?