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Catching up (01-27-2016)

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Over the weekend I saw 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' which allowed me to pick up my nearly-revoked nerd card and continue on my merry way as a happy geek don't worry, just in case there is still someone out there who hasn't seen it, there will be no spoilers here. But it was awesome. I cried entirely too much at points where you aren't necessarily supposed to cry like the opening credits. But whatever.

This is also the soonest I've seen a new release since the kids were born. It hadn't even hit the second run yet. Well, it probably would have if it had been any other movie. But it wasn't. It was still playing everywhere. That's another point in my favor.

I'm looking forward to the day when I feel like we can actually all go to a movie and enjoy the whole thing as a family. Right now, based on explorative runs at my home, I would guess that we'd get maybe two out of three to sit through most of the movie. Which, even at $5 per ticket, plus money for snacks, is a hefty investment for the very real possibility of bailing out really early.

This is why I end up watching most of my movies on Netflix or buying them off of Amazon Prime. I can still see them within the scope of being late, but not so late that I may as well not have a pulse.

It's still hit or miss. Watching the previews, I saw an ad for Captain America 'Civil War,' which just hammered home the notion that I've not seen 'Winter Soldier' or even the mega-blockbuster 'Avengers: Age of Ultron.' No, you can't have my geek card! I've made quota!

I've been getting some decent pop-culture assists by advancing technology. The aforementioned Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu have managed to suddenly put me really close to the cutting edge of new shows. I've seen 'Daredevil' and 'Jessica Jones.' No, I haven't seen 'Making a Murderer,' mostly because I'm binge-watching 'Clone Wars' to keep surfing this 'Star Wars' high. But I can actually be pertinent and timely with something that isn't centered right on my kids.

But ultimately, I'll be catching up forever. Because no matter how many new things I see, I simply can't keep up with all the things that come up, compounded with all the things I've already missed. But it's OK; it's added insight into why it seems like parents are frozen in time (or carbonite). Because we are pop-culture doesn't take a break or slow down. There's always something new and awesome. So you can worry about what you're missing, or you can take your time and hope no one ruins the show for you.

And with 'Star Wars,' no one ruined it for me. So, I won't ruin it for you. Enjoy what you can, and let the rest just wash over you. You'll catch up later. Or you won't. Either one is fine.

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