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By the time you read this, I’ll have been at the beach for three days, which means I’m already two-days’ worth of sunburnt and completely over the actual beach. But with the beach comes a beachfront condo equipped with air conditioning capable of reaching -27°F and a 1000″ TV so I’M FINE.

Since was some doubt about cable and streaming availability, I spent six weeks refining and downloading my to-be-watched list for almost two full weeks.

I cheated and already watched all of Season 2 of Hacks; it’s as good as the first season, though I think it’s a much more melancholy sum of its parts than the previous go-around.

Next up is Pachinko and the second season of Physical (Apple TV) then Under the Banner of Heaven (Hulu), and I’ve got the second season of Russian Doll (Netflix) on deck after that. Plus Jerry and Marge Go Large (Paramount) with Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening as professional lottery winners. That should get me through tomorrow.

After my eyes finish crossing from too much television, I’ve got a 2021 podcast I recently discovered for when it’s time to walk the dog (the condo came with a dog-sitting component, and it’s fun to have a different dog for a bit, one who hasn’t gotten wise to my methods of biscuit-bribery). “Love is a Crime” is a true crime/love triangle story about Hollywood mogul Walter Wanger and Joan Bennett and features Jon Hamm and Zooey Deschanel as those people. I’m almost chemically allergic to true crime podcasts—and there are soooo maaaannnny of them!—but this one does seem promising. We’ll see!

Anyway. There’s more stuff to knit to than ever, y’all. I’m either going to get every single WIP finished up over the next two weeks … or none of them at all.

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About The Author

DG Strong took up knitting in 2014. He lives in Nashville with his sister, her rat terrier and a hound dog named Opal. He has a blog of drawings and faintly ridiculous rambling called The Psychopedia—there are worse ways to spend your afternoon.


  • Damn! You really know how to pick them! Now I’m going to have to watch all this stuff too!

  • I listened to Love is a Crime – interesting but the reader’s regular mispronunciation of 40’s stars name annoyed me. (Petty, I know.)

  • I had no idea TVs could be that big!!!! I’m going to have a lot of dish clothes done by the time I get through this list!!! Wow!! Thanks!

  • Have fun!

  • DG, knowing your sense of humor, I GUARANTEE you will love “Offspring” found on Netflix. Just the best–at least the first 2 seasons I’ve watched. Pls try it y’all!

    • Offspring is THE BEST!!!! I was completely smitten!!!

  • Good picks. Lots to keep me occupied.
    Not true crime, but a lot of drama. Try “The Life and Loves of Elizabeth Taylor”. A 4 part series on the Podcast “Even the Rich”.

    • That Liz Taylor pick looks good! Just finished Julia and loved it. Thanks for the recommendations, DG!

  • Um, no, my knitting gets a break when I’m on vacation. I can look at 4-walls and TV anytime. Hello summer…finally sunshine here in the PNW.

    • Vacation knitting happens in the car (or transport) and when meandering through the stores and museums my spouse wants to go through. I knit a hat wandering through antique stores with my father in law for two days. It was a simple pattern and a single DK yarn, nothing complicated. But I had a hat to show for all that meandering!

    • The watch list could be useful come next winter…

  • Don’t get too sunburned! We need you!

    I loved the initial season of Russian Doll! Haven’t tried the subsequent season.

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