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There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears, and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call ... Snippet Wednesday.

Binging
The big craze of late is so-called "binge watching" TV shows using streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon, among others. For the lay-person, it amounts to sitting down and watching a vast majority, if not an entire run, of a show in very few sittings. I know many people who tuned into House of Cards and Orange is the New Black on the first day of their full-season releases on Netflix and would watch through the night to have the season done in a single 12-hour period.

Have you ever binge watched anything? The closest I've come to this phenomenon was with past goals to catch up with or finish a show, but that was over the course of a year. And many of those shows I cannot bring myself to watch now because I got so burned out. Doctor Who? I have no desire to watch. Sons of Anarchy? I never finished season five and don't want to continue. Luckily Battlestar Galactica had already run its course by the time I "binged" on it and Game of Thrones was only two 10-episode seasons deep. Not enough there for me to get burned out on. Does binge watching screw you up at all with shows like it has with me?

CCing
One thing we hear over and over again with Nathan is how polite he is. He says "pretty please" (sounds like "pih-peez") and "help" ("hep") and "thank you" (sounds like "see-see") regularly and his grandparents and daycare provider love it. We're not sure how the latter became "thank you" but he says it whenever someone does something nice for him or helps him so it's become accepted as an expression of gratitude.

The other night, however, Katie made a crack that every time he says his "thank you," she just wants to ask who he'd like to copy on the message. Get it? I laughed.

Grilling
Our grill is falling apart. The casters are buckling in, the ignitor has died, and the grill as a whole is just looking bad. We plan to make it work through this summer and into the early fall, but we know we need to buy a new one. And this is where you come in... we need your help.

I want a small grill. Our current one is a four burner with one of the side tray boilers. I don't need that boiler coil. I've never used it. And I'd like, if I decide to stick with gas, a three burner model. Do you have any recommendations? Brand? Model? Should I stick with propane or try out charcoal? I've never used charcoal before, but it could be fun. Let me know what you think.

Slurpeeing
Don't forget! This Friday is July 11, which means it's also 7-Eleven Day! Free tiny Slurpees!!! Get your fix on Friday!

Check that! It turns out this year is a freebie celebration WEEK for 7-Eleven. Get. There. Now!

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Samuel

I've been binge watching Star Trek Deep Space Nine, but that's only because I'm on the last season and I need to hurry up and finish it. Also, I'm binge watching Boss, and I just finished season one and the results do not look good. It was a drag to get through only because very rarely does anything happen. I was binge watching The Sopranos, but I stopped only because I don't care anymore. After watching them all first run and once upon a time owning all of the dvds, I just don't care anymore.

kapgar


But you'd at least seen The Sopranos before to know how it all goes down. 

Marie

Heh, see-see. :)

I've definitely binge watched. A looooottta shows. I actually love it mainly because no commercials (or very few if watching on Hulu) and I don't have to wait until the following week and sometimes several months for the next episode or season. I've binge watched Dr. Who (I love that show! what?), Fringe, Orange is the New Black (first season, have yet to watch the second), Psych, Mad Men (waiting for last season to come out), and more. I'm currently binge watching on True Blood. It's not helping in the sleep department mainly because I keep staying up so late to watch it.

kapgar


Yeah I think lack of sleep is also a concern. Oy. 


As for Doctor Who, I loved the first four seasons with Doctors 9 & 10 but never got into Matt Smith and the needlessly complicated plots of the most recent three seasons. I didn't enjoy them much at all. That and I hated Amy Pond. Gah! Hate. I also didn't like how they never revisited past guest stars anymore (save for River) in the Matt Smith era. Where's Captain Jack or Rose or Mickey? It's like they got lost in a black hole or something. 

Scott

Dude, I binge watched 24 like it was crack cocaine. It was 8-9 years ago probably and it was recommended to me by my buddy Jason. The nice part was that he had the seasons to that point on DVD and gave them to me so I could catch up before the "new" season was starting. I think I watched seasons 1-5 in about three weeks. I remember staying up until 3 or 4 in the morning and being so upset I had to go to sleep for two hours so I wasn't a complete zombie at work. Since then I've binge watched a few more shows and it honestly makes it harder for me to enjoy those same shows on a week to week basis. I still have to save 24 on my DVR for three or four weeks then watch them all at once. Shows like NCIS that don't have continuing story lines from week to week I can watch one at a time without a problem.

kapgar


Funny. We have five episodes of the new 24 on our DVR right now. 

Marty Mankins

My wife binge watches shows often. Doctor Who, Bones and some British comedy I can't think of the name right now. I get about 3 episodes and then I get distracted by something else. I admit to being envious of those who can binge watch TV shows. It's easy with Netflix having all of them in one place.

Grill... this is pretty close to the grill we bought a couple of years ago and it's really worked out well.
http://www.charbroil.com/grills/gas-grills/gourmet-tru-infrared-series/char-broil-gourmet-t-22d-463251413.html

At $270, it's not cheap, but most places like Lowe's and Home Depot have end of season deals. We spent $199 for ours. I'm not a fan of the side burners, which this one does not have. Just a shelf on each side.

kapgar


Ohhhh and the side shelves fold under! That's a key selling point for me. I want something that takes up less profile on our patio. How is a two burner setup for cooking at slightly different temps?

Kevin Spencer

Oh yes, if I'm ever late to the party on a show and find I like it I binge watch like crazy. Most recently The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones.

kapgar


I don't know if I'm going to do it again because of the burnout I've been getting. Not a good thing. 

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