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Some habits never change

So anyway ... spending so much time at home since spring, I’ve come to the realization I need distraction. Just like my high school days when doing homework at night, I need some type of background noise while I work.

Back then, it was either “Gunsmoke,” “Dr. Who” or “Johnny Carson” playing on the portable television residing on the small TV stand in the corner of our kitchen, where I always sat at the dinner table doing geometry or history. I use the term portable loosely, as that thing probably weighed 50 pounds, not to mention those cumbersome rabbit ears.

Nowadays, all my “viewing” is done on my cellphone. Who’d have ever thought?

Because I can use the app for my home satellite service, I don’t even need a TV while playing my background noise. I just tap on the icon on my phone’s screen and I’m set.

Between my own streaming services and those subscribed to by my kids — since we all are sharing our accounts with one another — we can basically watch about anything we want, about any time we want. Other than those times I try to log on to my Netflix account only to be told there are already two other people watching programming on the account.

I personally am not a big one for watching movies. I don’t know why but the thought of committing two hours to something all at one time is almost unbearable to me anymore.

But ... get this. I can binge-watch a series of 30- to 60-minute episodes of a show at one time with no problem. It may have more to do with the fact that when I’m working and using a program as background noise, I can’t get completely immersed in the story and with a movie, that’s kind of necessary. With a series, I can intermittently listen and pretty well keep up with the storyline.

I’ve nearly run myself dry of new programming on my Acorn TV service. Amazon Prime is still a good option since it has “Downton Abbey” and I never tire of that program. I don’t know if you’ve seen “Ozark” or not, but that’s one a person really needs to sit and watch, so that’s out. I’ve gone through the entire run of “The Office” several times. I have also gone through all the episodes of “Last Tango in Halifax” and “Nurse Jackie” repeatedly.

My kids made a few suggestions on Hulu. Don’t judge me, but as funny as I find “Trailer Park Boys,” I absolutely can’t bring myself to watch a complete episode of “Letterkenny.” Sorry, kids, I tried. It’s just not my thing. Your jokes will simply have to continue going right over my head.

What I have discovered on Hulu is “Lark Rise to Candleford” and “Superstore.”

I’ve never watched the entirety of the “Lark Rise” series, but if it’s from the BBC, chances are good I’m going to enjoy it ... and I am doing just that.

The other program, “Superstore?” I’m loving it. I would swear I know someone exactly like every character on that show! And the more I repeat it, the funnier it gets. I catch little jokes I may have missed the first, second and third time I played it, since I’m just listening to each episode. I even introduced my kids to it last weekend and from their laughs, I would say it’s been a hit with all three of them as well.

My tastes are eclectic, so I never know what will strike me on any given day. But I’ll listen to anything, or at least part of an episode, once.

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