We did manage to get outside a bit (see below), but our biggest achievements this year may have been in the field of televiewing. We gave up our cable subscription, but with a faster internet connection we are able to watch a lot of regular programming, including getting the BBC World News hours before it is broadcast locally. And, living within sight of several antennas, we receive the major networks the old-fashioned way, over the air.
What we have done mostly though is watch videos. We do this on the cheap also, since Alex has learned how to get a steady stream of them from the public library, and soon after they are released. Being retired, and no longer expected to engage in water-cooler conversation about recent offerings, we have been happily viewing years-old movies and series that we missed completely while we were living in Mexico and even before. One of our first projects was to binge-watch the entire run of 30 Rock, for instance.
This strategy has allowed us to watch over 500 theatrical releases in a year. They weren’t all new — there was the occasional flim noir or neglected classic — but thanks to careful attention to the critics we only “walked out” on a couple of them. This year’s list isn’t available yet, but the names of movies I’ve seen for the prior thirty years or so are available here.