My dear blogging buddy Delaney got me hooked on the Charlaine Harris series of vampire books which HBO has now turned into a series called True Blood. Oh Delaney, what you have done! I wolfed down (wait a minute, can the word “wolf” be used in context w/vampires – oh never mind). Anyway as I was saying…I wolfed down the first book in the series and ran to Amazon.com (my favorite store) and ordered the rest of the series. I just finished her latest installment (book 9) and it’s every bit as good as the first book. A 10th book will be published in October of this year (yippee skippy).
Well, that just wasn’t good enough for me. I discovered that HBO had done a series based on these books. I spent hours debating, should I order a premium channel for my cable (we don’t currently subscribe to any of the “movie” type channels) or should I just assume this series couldn’t possibly be as good as the books?
Then I saw the DVD set at Amazon.com and I knew I would have to go dig out my Discover card because I had to get that series and see for myself what all the buzz was about. It arrived and I facetiously asked Devoted Spouse if he would like to watch one of the videos with me. Thinking he would decline (although he DID read the series of books and enjoyed the wit and sarcasm in them), he surprised me by agreeing. So I popped some popcorn, and popped in the video and guess what happened? We both became mesmerized by this series – and so the first hour video led into the second hour video and a few days later we had to watch the next episode and so on and so on to the point that we are only 3 episodes away from the end of the season.
So what did I do today? I went to my friendly Time Warner Cable company, changed our plain cable package to a digital cable package (you get many more channels that way and you need digital cable for High Definition which I hope to buy one of those fancy sets one of these days, but I digress. ) As I upgraded to digital cable this nice young man threw in a free 3-month subscription to HBO and a free year of Cinemax. My mouth fell to the ground and I said how did you know I wanted to order HBO? He said, “Honey, don’t you wanna watch True Blood?” I about died with laughter – here’s this young African American guy and he’s a fan of True Blood. We had such a laugh together talking about the show – I was rather surprised. And it was the first time I have ever had a good experience with Time Warner Cable. Please let it not be the last.
The Cable Guy (oh please not Jim Carrey) comes Friday to install the digital box. True Blood starts on June 14th at 9pm and I am ready baby. I am soooo ready. Sometimes I have such fangtastic ideas.