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How Not to Live Your Life

Recently, I’ve come across a gem of British TV. Most of the time, I tend to find British humour very amusing, and I was not disappointed this time.

How Not To Live Your Life is an absolutely brilliant romp in the life of Don Danbury, a real, honest-to-god dickhead. The show starts out with Don inheriting a “massive free house” from his deceased grandmother, only to find that she also left him with a massive amount of debt.

In order to keep the free house, he must either take in a roommate, or get a good job. He puts an ad out, and takes interviews for a new roommate. To his surprise, it’s an (absolutely stunning) old high school acquaintance that he was completely in love with.

Adventures really do abound as Don tries to get on Abby’s good side, despite her having a real douche of a boyfriend.

The shining moments of the show come during the strange interludes. During a particularly nervous encounter, the show breaks into a list of bad ideas that Don could perform in that situation.

For instance, Don gets fired from a job in which he is sleeping with this direct superior. The interlude shows “5 Things Don Shouldn’t Do After Being Fired.” In one instance, he climbs onto her desk, drops trou, and proceeds to urinate all over her. Another shows him arguing with her “No, you’re fired!”, “No, Don, you’re fired”, “No, you’re fired.”

In each of these little interludes, the real magic of the show shines through. Though the acting isn’t above par on all accounts, the show is truly entertaining.

And then there’s Eddie. Eddie is a creepy (in a pseudo-homosexual way) nurse who looked after Don’s Nan while she was alive, and is sticking around taking care of Don even though he isn’t welcome or being paid. You really must see the situations to believe them.

This is a definite must-watch for anyone who enjoyed The Office, The IT Crowd, and I would even venture to say Monty Python’s Flying Circus. If you get a chance, check it out, I highly recommend it.

Work, Time, Money

Since getting my dev server up and running again, I’ve been working my butt off to finish the applications that I’ve been working on for my new employer. I’ve finished the backbone of the whole application sweet today, and I plan on jumping right into a re-write of the first of three applications that I am trying to complete. I am going to set myself a deadline, but I don’t know which days I will have to myself to do this work, so I will have to wait until I can find out my hard schedule.

In my free time, I’ve mostly been watching a few shows with Myriah. We’ve recently watched Medium, Law and Order SVU, Aliens in America, and The Office. Each of these pretty much were on separate nights, and we are swiftly falling behind in the number of shows that we have to watch. It’s just so hard to find time lately to do anything for leisure. With Myriah working 9+ hours a day, she is very tired, and we generally don’t have the energy to stay up late anymore, so we fall behind. But work obviously comes first, so we can’t begrudge the time too much.

Lately, I haven’t been able to get to sleep too early, and Myriah has been really tired. So, I’ve been trying to read through my large shelf of books that are lined up for me to read. I recently finished A Confederacy of Dunces (Link at bottom of post). It was quite possibly one of the funniest books that I have ever read. Maybe if I get around to it, I’ll write a proper review.

I just started quite possibly one of the best books that I’ve read in a very long while: Snow Crash. It’s equal parts CyberPunk, alternative sci-fi historical and a great action adventure. I’m really loving it, and I’m glad that I had Myriah pick it up for me.