Total Immersion

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Total Immersion

When it came to one diversion,
I fear I went total immersion.
I seemed to be in watching mode
as episode after episode,
the story line just seemed to flow,
and I watched two seasons in a row!

But now I find myself confessing
Netflix can be curse or blessing;
for I’ve found at end of day,
they’ve taken “Men in Trees” away.
Now I mourn its loss. The reason?
They cancelled after second season!!!



I’ve been without TV by choice for most of the time since 1987. The reason initially was because my husband’s daughter, who was having problems in school, came to live with us. I wanted to encourage her to read, so we had the TV cable cancelled.  By the time that she moved back with her mother a few years later, I found that I liked my life without the diversion of television.  my mother taped and sent her favorite shows, without commercials, as did my sister, so I had my own personal TiVo even before it was invented. With time on TV limited, I turned to other pleasures—mainly gardening and working in the studio.  

A few years after I moved to Mexico, I did connect to Satellite TV, but when my service provider skipped town with the year’s subscription money in his pocket, I decided not to renew with another provider. Very shortly thereafter, Netflix became available in Mexico; and so I find myself watching very old series that most have already seen: Friends, Heartland, and most recently, Men in Trees!  I allowed myself the luxury of watching the entire two seasons in a week or so.  Characters came to seem like old friends, then vanished forever.  I mourn their loss.


The prompt today was immerse.

7 thoughts on “Total Immersion

  1. dennyho

    The void we feel when that show is over is like turning the last page in a gripping book. I like to be taken away by a story (netflix or hardback) that truly gets under my skin and keeps me walking alongside its characters.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I do, too, and seeing all the segments together as quickly as possible adds a new dimension. We don’t forget details as easily and it makes the characters seem part of our daily life. And, no commercials? Bliss.

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  2. Debbie Lynn

    Love the line,” Neflix can be curse or blessing” because Netflix is our main source of TV entertainment living in the country and not subscribing to any cable/satellite plans. It is a blessing to have things to watch but an absolute curse when I binge watch. I am enjoying more and more of my days without the TV on. 🙂 Peace!

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong

    We watch shows all at once and when we are done, move to another. lately, it’s been ACORN TV which is all British stuff. Doing some serious catching up on everything Agatha Christie. Also, they make their shows much longer, so plots are a less sketchy, more layered. Nonetheless, we mourn their passing, one by one.

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  4. rogershipp

    “as episode after episode,
    the story line just seemed to flow,
    and I watched two seasons in a row!”

    I understand the plight! There are many times I wish I could do something more useful with my life, but alas… it is only a mere wish. It was impossible to pry the control from my hands until the session was complete?

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