Feel Good 5 Friday … On a Saturday

26 Sep

So after a week of heaviness and hopelessness of a good person’s death the sun still came out, and there were blessings out there for some people. But not everybody.

And it reminded me of that Jimmy Stewart Christmas movie, and it’s funny because I don’t like watching it. In fact it’s on every Christmas but I don’t watch it. I think I only watched it once and that was enough for me. In any case, this whole scenario reminded me of that Potter guy and what an ass he was and how many Potter guys we have out there.

Stewart came out all right in the end, realizing his worth and everyone in his circle showing him so much love he felt rich in that way.

But that’s not enough in this situation. Karma’s slow and I need her to hurry up a bit. Until I can be more patient and funnel all that energy in a more positive direction, distraction is a good thing. Something uplifting and hopeful makes the present bearable.

So I watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix. Not the most positive step forward. But it was enlightening and I was super grateful that I am probably one of the few parents on Earth that doesn’t let her kid have a phone. My answer is usually, you’re not a doctor or a plumber, you’re not on call. I’m your personal Lyft/Uber driver so you got no use for a phone and if there’s an emergency use the house phone. When school was still in session I informed him he could use the school phone and that shouldn’t be a problem. Phones were intended to call people, but instead they’re a distraction. Pictures and posting.

He was not too thrilled with my response but understood.

The notions that are revealed in this docudrama are something I’ve been aware of, so it didn’t really surprise me. I’m not on social media that much either, so not participating in things of that nature isn’t really difficult for me. But I found it interesting that the kids were so addicted to these devices. But maybe it makes sense, since they were born into it. I mean even adults, there’s not a lot of social interaction, there wasn’t even before coronavirus. Many people were on the Facebook or Instagram, communicating that way, which is why I enjoy team sports or The Outdoors. Connection, live connection, is important and a lot of people are realizing that now.

And even though it was a good film it wasn’t the pep-me-up I was looking for to help turn the corner. But I was able to do a couple things to shake off a little funk.

After weeks of being on the injured list, I finally ventured out on a run this week and I can say that although I wasn’t at 100 percent, it still helped boost the good mood levels. The fact that the air quality was good enough to go outside was a bonus. Wild fires ravaging my neck of the woods provided an apocalyptical environment. But they’re getting through bit by bit. So that was something positive.

I was also able to catch a couple episodes of shows that made me laugh, learn, and feel good this week. I mean other than baseball rocking this unpredictable season, these TV shows provided a silver lining and lightness during a heavy week. Sometimes you need to hear other people’s stories to help you with your own. Food’s got a lot of good stories, from it’s origin all the way to the table. I find the food journey fascinating and delicious. Plus I discovered two comedies I never watched when they originally aired. Finding hidden gems late at night when you can’t really call anybody helps provide smiles that you need for a good night’s sleep. Hope you can find some this week!

Buen Camino, my friends!

Down to Earth with Zac Efron

Club de Cuervos (The Ballad of Hugo Sanchez)

Taco Chronicles


The Chef Show




10 Responses to “Feel Good 5 Friday … On a Saturday”

  1. beth September 27, 2020 at 1:07 AM #

    good suggestions

  2. Sorryless September 27, 2020 at 5:53 AM #

    Lots of interesting selections here, Cali. And yeah, I was curious about that Social Dilemma doc myself. But I think it speaks to what I’ve always believed about the medium- we should practice a sensible diet of the stuff, rather than the heaping helpings many people abide by.

    Good to hear you’re out there doing some road work. Take good care of yourself hermana.

    • The Guat September 27, 2020 at 9:39 AM #

      Yeah I was feeling a little better so that was a plus but still not at Ninja Warrior status 🙂 yeah I needed some pick-me-ups after that one. And I came across these and they al contributed to a better mood. BUT I forgot to tell you a while back that I watch The Two Popes! Remember you suggest it? Duuuuuuuude Hopkins was onnnnnn it! I didn’t know the backstory either. Very cool ending too. Thanks for passing the good word along. Any others? Oh! Did you finish The Wire?

      • Sorryless September 27, 2020 at 4:21 PM #

        So good, right? Yeah I really enjoyed that one. As for shows, have you seen Dead To Me with Christina Applegate? It’s so good.

        And the Wire? Nope! I still need to get back on that train!

        • The Guat September 27, 2020 at 8:31 PM #

          You need to visit McNulty again 🙂 but yes I’ve seen that show it is good! But I haven’t started season 2 yet.

          • Sorryless September 29, 2020 at 12:27 PM #

            I know!

            And as far as Dead to Me? Did you like it? I absolutely loved it. I followed that up with The Politician, another good one. Before Dead to Me, it was Goliath with Billy Bob. I’m currently watching Umbrella Academy.

          • The Guat September 30, 2020 at 5:08 PM #

            I haven’t seen The Politician but seen Goliath. The first season was super good. I did like Dead to Me. I was tripping out on the season 1 finale big time and as I mentioned now I’m on 2. Umbrella Academy is on my list! With very much needed distraction I will be checking it out 🙂 thanks for the recommendations

          • Sorryless October 1, 2020 at 4:38 PM #

            Goliath got weird after that, but it kind of corrected itself somewhat in season three. I agree the first season was excellent.

            Dead to Me is a favorite. Christina Applegate is so damn funny!

            Always good to hear from you hermana.

    • The Guat September 27, 2020 at 9:56 AM #

      Plus, you’re on cue with that social doc, moderating your tech diet is necessary but they also highlight the dangers of the tracking and how they influence those people without them even realizing it. But a lot of my newspaper friends and I were talking about that saying how we knew that sort of thing happened so we tried to tell others outside the group to always minimize that and check your sources 🙂

      • Sorryless September 27, 2020 at 4:26 PM #

        Good thing my reading is all over the place. 🙂

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