Thursday, November 8, 2007

Eight

There's a point in one of the episodes of Sports Night at which Sam Donovan the ratings expert says in exasperation, as people are pestering him about this and that, "Listen. I have two priorities. The first is getting from the beginning of the day to the end of the day without having a drink. The second is raising the ratings of this show."

I love this line, and not only because it reminds me that there are struggles much more persistent and vicious than most of mine, like staying sober. It also seems to acknowledge that you can't see the project ahead (like, say, the ratings) until you've got some sort of grip on getting from morning to evening. I've got it pretty easy over here, relatively speaking, for sure. I sometimes forget that that doesn't mean I don't have to figure out how to manage the beginning of day –> end of day thing (which for me means things like remembering to eat, drink water, and keep the dishes from swallowing the kitchen whole) before I can expect to take on... well, anything else.

8 comments:

lilykmorris said...

Your blog isn't complete with out a comment from Megin. Megin?.....
I'm sort of wishing I had a tv show to watch these days. Ben has survivor and the office on thursday nights, but I'm not drawn to either one. Instead I watch things like Keeping Mum during which an old grandma figure kills people and drops them in the pond...or in her old leather trunk.

megin said...

Hiya Lily! Is this silly to carry on another conversation in Mere's blog comments?

Sorry I didn't comment last night leaving GAPING INCOMPLETIONS. Ack!

Ironically, I was watching TV with the darling wife. So no comment until now.....

And yes, I do believe our lives, in general, are easy, comparably speaking.

Martha said...

TV? I'll have to chime in now. Although I'm trying to watch less these days, I'm also trying to be more selective.

Lily - Keeping Mum sounds good. Is it a comedy (one would hope). And I've been watching tv via netflix recently. Ever heard of Slings and Arrows? Canadian show about a theater company. Also if you like British humor I did enjoy the first couple of seasons of Vicar of Dibley (of all things). And I always laugh out loud during 30 Rock - although I think it is on during Survivor.

Hiya Megin!

Also, just to bring it back around to the blog - I hear you loud and clear Mere! Fitting it all in (sleep, water, vegetables, exercise, good company) is hard, but worth it, right?

Martha said...

I think what I meant was, fitting it all in is worth it and what makes everything else available... that might be it...

And yes, some folks have a higher hurdles and more to lose if they don't do what needs to be done.

Katie said...

Ok, I just had to get in on this. It reminds me of my students in morning meeting...when they have an opportunity to "ask questions or give a comment" about someone's share, and they take it off on their own tangent to share about themselves. You guys are hilarious (but of course, there I just did the same thing!).

megin said...

Care to chime in, Mere, given that this is your blog and all....

Owner said...

Yes. Please try to stick to the ORIGINALLY POSTED TOPIC when commenting. A little decorum would be NICE.

But seriously. How psyched am I that my TV-related post has generated the most buzz so far?

megin said...

A bunch of smarties and TV gets us going. Go figure.