Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Bored to Death

This is more of a plea than a post. As some of the readers know, I have been deployed in Iraq for the last nine months, with three more to go. I am going out of my mind with boredom. If you can suggest any interesting books, tv shows that are available on DVD, websites, or just time killing activities, please post them as comments. My sanity thanks you in advance.



Angel said...

Lost is pretty good. It just came out on DVD. If I think of any others, I'll let you know.

Gib said...

TV shows on DVD I'd recommend are Firefly (good sci-fi show that Fox axed after about a week), and Titus, which I just bought, and I forgot how funny that show was.

If you never saw Sports Night while it was on, the DVD set for that has like 52 episodes.

Cubicle said...

as to books.

The Belgariad is a 5 part fantasy set.


The Malloreon is the next 5 part fantasy set that continuse the story

That should keep you busy. I have read the frist five, but not the last five.

Gaijin Biker said...

I recommend "Rounders"; it's pretty much my favorite movie. Also "Arrested Development" and "Futurama" for TV comedies.

Do you have an Amazon wish list or some way we could actually send you stuff? Let me know and I'll add the link to this post.

Sandcastle said...

We have Rounders, I ordered Lost, I will look into Firefly. If it was axed after a week, how many shows did they actually shoot? I am not that into fantasy books. I appreciate the offer to send things Biker, but I can order things through Amazon from here pretty quickly.

Sharon said...

Wow - where do I begin?

As for DVD's, I'm liking Season 1 & Season 2 of "Chapelle's Show".If I'm feeling down for whatever reason, I put in one of these and pick a random episode. Not much else has made me hold my sides in a 'laughing-so-hard-it-hurts' kind of way. I agree with the others' recommendations, esp. "Lost".

As for books, I know you said that Fantasy is not your thing. To go completely to the other side of the spectrum, how about gothic English mysteries? When people ask me for a 'can't-put-it-down' read, I recommend Wilkie Collins. "The Dead Secret", "The Moonstone" and "The Woman in White" are so good, you almost forget you are reading something more than 100 years old. My brother has recommended to me "The Rule of Four" as a more intelligent version of "DaVinci Code", which I hated -- too predictable & silly. I also was glad to have read "The Kite Runner" by Khaleed Hosseini (sp.?) for a book club. I wouldn't have chosen it but for that, but I was really moved by it, and it's story was not anti-American as I had feared a book about Afghanistan might be.

Let us know when you set up your Amazon "Wish List" and we can send you one of your chosen books.

Gib said...

Firefly ran four or five episodes on Fox. The DVD set has, I think, nine or eleven episodes - they shot most, if not all, of the first season before getting the hook.

Angel said...

Oh, Scrubs is freakin hilarious. There are the first two seasons out on DVD. Maybe that is just a me thing, but Billy really likes it too. (but you know about my love of stupid movies) I dito the Chapelle Show.

If I had to post about a book. Beacuse I am such a nerd. I'd have to add Harry Potter. (It is kinda hard to break away from the children's literature when that is what the majority of your day is spent around)

I'll think about it some more.

Sandcastle said...

Thanks for all of the great recommendations. I haven't been in the States much in the last three years and appreciate the quality input. As a note, I just got the Chappele box set from the local store here for $25. It's the funniest thing I have seen in years.