Two things happen during a quarantine. First, you will gain fifteen pounds, which is called the “quarantine fifteen.” Second, some millennial will convince you the only way to appreciate television is by binge-watching some show. It changes the television experience, they say. That means you will spend hours studying overly-complicated plots or fictional characters you don’t care about. Actually, you begin to understand more than you ever wanted to know, and that can be a pleasant surprise. Binge-watching was certainly a different experience, but I doubt I’ll do that again.
Knowing very little about the current TV shows, I asked the millennial which show I should binge-watch, and she suggested an ABC show called “Stumptown,” which is about a 34-year-old woman who was a Warrant Officer in Afghanistan twelve years earlier. She remains tormented by the things she saw and wracked with guilt for losing a buddy. As combat veterans are prone to do, she dissolves her anguish in large quantities of booze. (No, I don’t believe that God created war simply to justify booze!)