As much as I want to deny it, I can’t: we are clearly in the dog days of summer. Which is to say, the time when it is hot, and dry, and everyone is on vacation and/or already thinking about the fall. I went into the grocery store this weekend, watermelon on my mind, and walked in the door to see…three ring binders and notebook paper. Don’t get me wrong, I love school supplies. But I don’t WANT it to be fall yet! I feel like the summer just started. But UNC goes back in about a week, and most public schools around here the week after that. Flip-flops and sunscreen are going on clearance, and Halloween candy displays are already being erected. I know it has to happen. You can’t stop time. But I don’t have to like it.
In other news, a confession: I gave up on Mad Men. I know, I know. A lot of you REALLY like this show and I wanted to get hooked on it. I was definitely interested, but it’s just such a heavy, dark kind of show. Slow-moving, contemplative. Blame my summer mindset, but I just couldn’t get into it as much as I wanted to. So the DVDs are going back to Netflix, and I’m figuring I will try again in the winter, when it is also heavy and dark and I am feeling more contemplative. I have a feeling I will be more into it then.
Which is not to say I am not into dark stuff, occasionally. I’ve written here about my newfound fascination with documentaries, and the other night I started DVRing this one on Sundance called The Staircase, which is all about a murder case that happened in Durham, which is just down the road from here, a few years back. I watched a lot of coverage on the local news, and followed it in the paper, but it’s interesting to revisit it now, through the eyes of these filmmakers, who had a ton of access to the accused—the victim’s husband—as well as the defense team. Weirdest of all, though, is seeing all these familiar places. Like the other night, they showed the attorney driving, and we were like, “That’s highway 54!” and then “That’s the hospital exit!” and then…”Wait. That’s Durham, like fifteen miles away.” It made me wonder what, in other docs I’ve watched, is also made erroneous for the sake of editing.
Finally, speaking of NC, we’ve been a bit in the news this weekend, with the whole John Edwards thing. I don’t want to comment here, other than to say I am disappointed, the way I always am when someone says they stand for one thing and then does another. But it does happen, especially in politics. On Saturday, though, I was driving into town and saw a blimp overhead, and because he lives out this way, I seriously thought, for a second, “Oh, my God, they’re here for John Edwards!” Then I realized that even HE isn’t worth the blimp. At least, I hope not. That would be truly erroneous.
Okay, enough blogging, gotta go enjoy this summer while it lasts…