I started watching it when I was in junior high, and watched on and off for years. But when I moved to Mexico it was out of my reach, and then when I was an at-home mom of little kids I tried not to watch adult tv in front of them, and then I was a single working mom who left the house at 7:30 am and got home at 7 pm in time to start dinner and the evening routine and then do my freelance work once the kids were in bed. It never crossed my mind.
But when I moved to Michigan and started working from home, suddenly I had time and space and energy in my life. A friend mentioned DOOL one day, and I thought it would be fun to check it out, so I tuned in on my lunch hour. When I heard the opening music, I teared up, and as soon as I saw John Black giving Marlena his best Blue Steel, I was hooked again.
I cannot express the joy watching this show again has given me. When I’m home, I watch on my lunch break. When I’m not home, the episodes record on my DVR and I get the delicious pleasure of watching a few days’ worth at a time when I return. I get to watch every moment of melodrama, intrigue, backstabbing, passion, discovery, espionage, and bone-headed stupidity.
Yes, I watch it for the stupidity. I can’t be the only one who sometimes thinks she hasn’t played the hand she was dealt as well as she could have. I mean, single mom, divorced, back in school, struggling to get back into shape after allowing a perfectly good body to lie fallow for years, etc. So it’s refreshing to realize that I may not have made all the best decisions in my life, but at least I’m doing better than the citizens of Salem, collectively and individually.
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So, when I look around my messy house and realize I’ve forgotten to send in the field trip permission slip and I’m swamped with client emails and I still have 200 pages of reading on corporate strategy to do before I go to sleep and I ate too many cookies, I know it could always be worse.
I could be married to Stefano DiMera.
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