Every year, Chris asks me what I want for my birthday. I usually say, “Nothing, I’ll just be glad to get up that morning.” My latter years and the fact that I’ve been here to enjoy them have taught me that less is more when it comes to recognizing your blessings. I remember when I was much younger, something material, with its craftily built-in obsolescence was what I had to have on my birthday. Thank God for allowing me to develop a little bit of wisdom along my journey.
Wait a minute, I don’t want to leave you with the idea that I‘m a died-in-the-wool minimalist. I’m just more judicious about things as I’ve gotten older.
If you’ve been following me, you know that I’m a Trekie at heart. I’ve been following this entertainment franchise since the first TV series came out in 1966. I’ve seen every TV show and movie multiple times. I have an impressive collection of the TV shows and movies on DVD. I wait with bated breath each time I hear of another movie or TV show coming out that extends the travels of each new version of the Star Ship Enterprise to some unchartered corner of the galaxy. With my affinity for Star Trek made clear, guess what happened this year?
There have been three seasons of a TV show called Star Trek Discovery, which chronicles the adventures of a crew of space travelers before the time of Captain Kirk, Commander Spock, and the rest of the crew on the first Enterprise (NCC1701). Discovery is a unique vessel in several ways, which I won’t get into here since I’ve already shown enough of my nerdiness. For the last couple of years, I’ve waited until the fall of the year to purchase the full season of the show on DVD. I refuse to pay for the privilege of watching it on the Paramount Network (pay TV). I’ve got enough pay TV already. Furthermore, this is a CBS network, and the only thing I would want to watch on it is Star Trek Discovery. I can usually catch the rest of what comes on Paramount on the so-called free broadcast. Since we have cable, no TV is free.
I haven’t forgotten the question I posed a couple of paragraphs back. This year the Star Trek Discovery last season episodes came out on my birthday, July 21. Can you think of anything more fortuitous than that? Or maybe it was more by design? No. It was fortuitous. I’m sure.
Shifting into binge mode…
I’m old and blessed…hope you will be too.