247/365 – people to thank who have had an impact on me. I love to talk. I love to express myself. I love to share my opinions. I love to be heard! LOL. If you know me, you know that all that is true about me. I also love to watch tv and get involved in any discussions regarding the shows that I watch. I also love music and espouse the virtues of my favourite artists at any turn. As well, I’m a fan of books and movies and can find myself in enlightening dialogue regarding characters or plot development. I think this is what makes entertainment that much better – being able to engage into it further than the initial viewing, listening or reading. About a decade or so ago, I was a moderator of a music forum with a few others. New singles and artists were introduced (yes, the days of Napster!!) and threads were opened to discuss the merits or faults about the song and I could spend hours embattled in what I felt was a great song or what should have been a huge hit – I enjoyed making ‘friends’ and being able to have lively debates about whomever was artist du jour. With books, I’ve entered into forums on a work chat site over the years convincing others of the merits of an author and listening to thoughts about others based on what I read. Not always are the recommendations great, but they do always allow me to expand my horizons. When it comes to movies, I go to critic sites and see what others are saying. I also take to heart word of mouth recommendations from friends who I consider would know my tastes – not always have they been right – Birdman?? Hated it!! But the follow-up dialogue was better than the movie. Finally television allows me to engage with people I would not have had things in common with – there are tonnes of co-workers, hockey parents, gym buddies, and Facebook friends who I can text, email, talk to about the episode and come up with theories around the next episode. To all of my entertainment friends, I love having you around (whether we agree or agree to disagree) about what we have in common – our love for escapism!