WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES plays catch up on a few favs

 

Saving up for a rainy day
This may win the ‘Understatement of the Year’ award, but getting sick sucks. I had the distinct misfortune to pick up a stomach bug from a visiting friend who was kind enough to gift it to me on his last day of illness. Turns out, the thing is resilient and quick enough to hop into my gut and give me a miserable couple days.
The only saving grace to this particular illness is, apparently, the short duration. It’s also not completely incapacitating (except for the various assorted trips to the bathroom), so it’s not really a bed-ridden kind of affair. As such, that means plenty of time reacquainting myself with the tablet (and falling back out of love with Candy Crush all over again). It also meant I finally had a chance to catch up on one of my favorite new(ish) T.V. series: Hell on Wheels.
For the unaware, the show follows Cullen Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) as a former soldier in the Confederate army heading west to work on the railroad. The post-Civil War setting and the nature of the railroad business of the day makes way for an amazing ensemble cast of characters, including free slave Elam Ferguson (Grammy-winning rapper Common), shady railroad man Thomas Durant (Colm Meaney) and everyone from Irish immigrants, a motley tent full of prostitutes, and other assorted actors who cover themselves in awesomely period-accurate grit and grime.
I loved the first season when it debuted on AMC, but last summer I crammed way too much into my overall schedule and was forced to bail after the first couple of episodes. This summer, we’re just shy of halfway through the third season, and by the magic of Netflix and On Demand, I’ll be able to finish it out. Through some kind of minor miracle, I managed to completely avoid spoilers and was able to experience some of the shocks the show had in store with no preconceived notions.
I may be feeling like crap, but there’s a little silver lining in being able to take complete ‘me time’ — other obligations, too much for a weak stomach and exhausted body, take a backseat for awesome things like Hell on Wheels and messing around online. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s been nice to feel like rundown garbage, but at least I can do my best to make the most of it.
The moral of the story? Always make sure you have a nice backlog of stuff to watch in case of a rainy day (or two days of a stomach bug). If you can’t keep food down and can only stay out of the restroom for about an hour at a time, power-watching and catching up on a T.V. show is a great way to keep your mind off things. Of course, you might want a bucket nearby just in case. And see if you can get someone to fetch some Ginger Ale and pretzels — that was my mom’s go-to remedy 20 years ago when I was a kid, and it seems to do the trick even now. Here’s to feeling better soon!

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