Oh, every summer it seems like we're meant to go through the same suffering. While others bask in the warmth of the new season, the rest of us-- those who *really* get what's going on-- carry an emptiness in our hearts. For every summer, we lose 24 all over again.
Already, it has been a couple of weeks. So, how are you doing so far? For me, it's been pretty rough. In one sense, I've realized all the things I've ignored for the past several months. I totally forgot to pay my taxes! Apparently I got married AND divorced all within a 5-month period during Season 6 as well. And boy, do I need to clean out my fridge!
It's funny how 24 becomes such an important part of our lives. I guess other people feel the same way about different television shows (Lost, Dancing With The Stars, Clifford The Big Red Dog) but none of those shows approach the heights of greatness achieved by the "real-time" format of 24. We are spending an entire day with Bauer and Co. as they save the nation from certain doom. That's like having a second job in my book. And for some of us, that's like having a first job too.
And the hardest part about this is knowing that it will take several months to get our show back. I'm trying to distract myself as best as I can-- I have researched every flat-panel television on the market for a possible purchase. Conversely, I am selling off a large chunk of my personal belongings in an effort to cleanse my consumerist soul. I have taken up bird-watching. I'm learning to whistle. And I am drinking booze like a fish.
If you feel lost without 24 like I do, know that you're not alone. I do my "Dammit!" yelling exercises every morning on my drive to work. I grumble "I don't have time for this" and I whisper "Copy that" to unwitting co-workers as well. I'm also keeping this blog active, with CTU Denver and other original content. So, let's do this together. Let's beat the malaise of these next few months.
My name is The Jack Sack, I'm a 24 blogger, I give you my word I will get us through this. (Sigh) Where's my scotch?