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April 14, 2014

DICK WOLFSIE: Such a thing as too much

My wife and I went on a binge last week. If you think I’m talking about an eating binge, you’ve never seen how thin we both are. If you think I mean a shopping binge, you don’t know how cheap we are. And if you think it was a cleaning binge, you’ve never been in our basement.

The binge we did go on is a little embarrassing. I will admit after this binge it would have been very inappropriate to drive. Oh, we weren’t drinking. But we were much too tired to get behind the wheel. We had just watched 12 episodes of the Netflix series, “House of Cards,” the political drama starring Kevin Spacey as the conniving congressman and then vice president of the United States.

Binge watching, as most of you know, is the act of viewing all of — or a good portion of — a particular TV series in one sitting. Generally, the term is restricted to contemporary critically acclaimed television shows, so if you once sat through 39 “The Honeymooners” or 112 episodes of Andy of Mayberry, well that just doesn’t qualify (although, you have impressed the heck out of me).

So on a Monday afternoon we started with Season 1, Episode 1. We watched for about six straight hours, until we realized that by being glued to the TV for this show, we were avoiding any contact with each other, so we switched to ABC and turned on “Dancing with the Stars” where we could disagree on which dancers were romantically involved with their partners. The next day we went back to “House of Cards.” Yes, I figured out how to make that switch … At least I thought so …

We were soon totally shocked to see (SPOILER ALERT) the vice president push (SPOILER ALERT) the newspaper reporter in front of a (SPOILER ALERT) moving train. “Well, I didn’t see that coming,” said my wife (neither did the reporter, by the way). “But I think this is a very exciting chapter 14.”

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