Friday, August 9, 2013
My younger son turned me on to the Game of Thrones books a few months back and have been totally enthralled with them. People kept asking if I was watching the series but wanted to catch up with the series before watching. We have basic cable but got a package deal because one of Tim's good friends worked for the cable provider we have. I think we're supposed to be his brother and sister in law or something but at least we got free HBO. All three of my kids and Tim have watched the series and loved it. Some of my FB friends offered to loan me the first two seasons on DVD and jumped at the chance once I started reading book five.
Massey and I met them and brought the discs home only to discover we didn't have a blue ray player. All my TV's are at least ten years old with a big huge tube in the back but work just fine, have served their purpose and although I would love to have a flat screen, that's so far down the list it's laughable.
My awesome friends bought me the first season in regular DVD format from Amazon and had it shipped to my house for my birthday! I was bowled over by their kindness and generosity and simply giddy!
I watched the first episode on the first disc and was hooked! I finished the first disc in one sitting. The next day I went into work at the restaurant and was talking with one of the cooks about how great the show was. The owner was standing there too and I told him he would LOVE the show. Len is a big burly guy with a mad Italian temper and could BE one of those characters, lopping off heads and riding off to battle fearlessly.
I told him I would bring him the first disc to see if he liked it. I took it in the next day. I worked again the next day and didn't want to seem all pushy and say right off the bat "Did you watch it?" About an hour into the shift he said "I brought your disc back, it's in the office." I asked him if he watched it and he said "Hell yeah!" I took him the next disc next time I worked and he promptly brought it back again the next day.
Len doesn't have much spare time or ever do anything for himself so I was glad he was enjoying the series. I started watching disc three and decided to take him the rest of season one. He asked if I was through with it and I said no but was so glad he was enjoying something, I thought I'd let him watch first. He asked why and I said "Well, it was a gift to me and I'll own it forever. I'm just glad you are enjoying them and don't worry, I'm still reading the fifth book."
Two days later he brought the entire season one back. I told him I actually had season two also but it was on Blue Ray and asked if he had a Blue Ray player? He said "I think I do" to which I said "No you don't, now you sound like me. If you had Blue Ray you'd know it."
Tonight I went into work and took season two (Blue Ray) with me. I asked Len's son who is the sous chef if he had a PS3 he could loan his Dad to watch the discs on and he said yes. Like I said , it was slow at work and around six Len took a break. He'll usually go home for about one hour and then come back. I was in the kitchen talking with another cook who I loaned my first disc to when Len brought it back (this guy is hooked now too) and said "I'll bet you five bucks Len is out buying a Blue Ray player."
Of course Barb was livid when Len wasn't back in one hour. Everything and anything Len does makes her furious. I call them Ralph and Alice Cramden. It was slow and I told her, "He'll be back soon."
Not ten minutes later I walked into the kitchen to drop off some dirty dishes and saw Len was back. He snapped me with a rolled up dish towel as I walked by, looking all frisky. I looked at him and said "You just went and bought a Blue Ray player didn't you?" He grinned and shook his head yes. I went and told the other cook he owed me five bucks.
Last night Barb was complaining at work about Len watching the DVD's upstairs at their house. She said "All I hear is all this bellowing , clanging of metal and horse hooves coming from upstairs." It was killing her...He was HAPPY!
Barb is tough ole softie. She can be mean as crap but has a heart of gold and will help you out if you are a hard worker and willing to help yourself. She has bailed my family out time after time She isn't very techno savvy and we all laugh about the way she calls the desk top in the office "the master." I've often thought about asking her "The master what?" but know that is how she differentiates between the desk top and the lap top. I asked her one day in the office to pull up Len's email so I could do something for him about a catering job. She was in there twenty minutes when I said "Do you have it up yet?" to which she responded "I'm getting closer."
When I was checking out tonight fixing to leave for the night, Barb was mad at him about something else and walked into the office where Len and I were discussing Game of Thrones. She said adamantly, "If I hear all that pounding noise coming from upstairs again tonight I'm going into the garage and cutting off the breaker switch to the bonus room." Len and I both cracked up and she stomped off in a huff. I told him, "You know this is killing her don't you, you enjoying these discs so much?" I'll have to say it IS a loud storyline. It's hard to sword fight, ride horses hundreds of miles and fight dragons quietly.
He said "I'm like Cinderella, all I'm supposed to do is work. I guess you could call me CinderFella."
I went back out front to clock out and Barb caught up with me. She said "Do NOT bring him any more of those CD's." I said "Well Barb, number one they are DVD's and number two I don't have any more." She said "Well GOOD THEN!"
Here's the thing about Barb. I can almost guarantee you she will buy him the season three DVD's for Christmas.
I told Len I didn't know which I was enjoying more, watching the Game of Thrones or watching Barb being mad at us for ENJOYING the Game of Thrones!
I've gotten three other people hooked on the series at work. I'll loan out a disc but won't loan another one out til you bring back the first one. Shout out to Shirley and Wick, who gave me the first season for my birthday...I'm paying it forward! Thanks to you, four more people are loving this series!
Unloading the dishwasher, folding a load of clothes and calling it a night/early morning.
"Winter is Coming" (only "Throner's" will get that one)
Til next time...COTTON