But I surely need my caffeine fix like many others. So I have been drinking iced tea for a long time. Iced tea is easy to make, comes in various flavors, and, if unsweetened, usually has Zero calories. So I drink iced tea the way some people drink too much Diet Coke.
But which Iced Tea?
For years living in Livingston, NJ, I passed a Dunkin Donuts on the way to work and would drink their large black unsweetened iced tea with a lemon in it. When it was on sale for 99 cents, it was a great time…and a bit jittery.
Starbucks lagged behind, but they introduced their shaken iced tea. The problem? Their “venti” wasn’t that large. Until they introduced the “treinta.” Now we have potential competition. But Dunkin Donuts was more convenient.
Then I moved to California. There are currently no Dunkin Donuts in California. Starbucks therefore moved up in the convenience department especially with one across the street from my house. Adding the iPhone app made it easy – and I got FREE refills and free drinks from the app. (Potential jittery)
Now I am in New York City. The Starbucks and the Dunkin Donuts are across the street from each other. They each have their merits in other areas, but which Iced Tea was best.
We live in a fascinating time full on new ways to wrong ourselves, others, and the planet. These are Modern Sins.
Below is a collection of a few modern sins I’ve come up with in the format of the Yom Kippur prayer “Al Chet Shechatanu…” “For the sins we’ve committed.”
What are the modern sins you are guilty of? Post one in the comments below.
Al chet shechetanu… For the sins we have committed…
For turning off The Daily Show before the interview if I don’t know the guest.
For still having not watched The Wire.
For checking Facebook instead of living my day.
For buying Iced Tea every morning when I can make it for pennies and just as quickly as the time it takes to go to Starbucks of Dunkin Donuts.
For using “Rabbi” Google instead the wall full of books to do Jewish research.
For having 1000 TV channels, Netflix on Demand, an iPad, the entire Internet, satellite radio, dozens of books and magazines I haven’t read in paper form and digitally and ever saying, “There’s nothing to do.”
For pretending that text messaging or a Facebook chat is equal to a phone call. For pretending a phone call is equal to seeing someone in person.
For being more interested in the new iPhone than in the situation in Syria.
For deleting voice mails half way through.
For caring more about the plight of Walter White than the plight of…anyone else, anywhere.
For texting – or adjusting my GPS or setting the radio or using the Internet or trying to figure out what that mystery button does or getting too deep into conversation or watching the scenery – while I should been driving (or biking or walking)
For Skyping while not wearing pants.
For buying something “As seen on TV” and getting upset when it doesn’t work
For pretending you have a phone call in order to get out of a face-to-face conversation
For acting like watching the movie is as good as reading the book
For ever using phrases like “No homo,” “I’m not a racist,” or “jk” to cover up something that really is bigoted
For the fact that Duck Dynasty and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo are hits
For using your phone – for ANY reason – while sitting in a dark movie theater
For posting all those FarmVille and Candy Crush updates and invites.
For saying, “The email must have gotten lost,” when you know you never sent it
For not donating blood, being an organ donor, having your bone marrow tested if you are physically able.
For typing LOL when you really didn’t
For all these sins, may we work to change our ways and then probably Tweet about it (#ModernSins).
They say live TV is dead. Who watches TV when the network puts the show on? I can time shift it to my convenience.
But then social media steps in. When I lived in California, I had to avoid Facebook and Twitter on Sunday nights so spoilers about my favorite shows didn’t show up in the 3-hour time difference.
And then there’s Sharknado. Blessed with a compelling title, it drew me in more than, let’s say, Dinocroc vs. Supergator. I didn’t get to see it on first airing and I therefore missed out on the true Sharknado experience as a result. But that didn’t stop me from watching it.
12 months later and, as Yogi Berra said, it is Déjà vu all over again. I’ve moved cross country. My stuff is delayed (and I stand by my original post on “Stuff”). Constant change and transition is tough and many of us are not cut out for it.
What makes it especially challenging is nothing is obvious and easy. From where to get lunch to where are my black pants, there are few consistent things in a new town with a new job with an empty apartment. The change is the main constant.
So with all the things that change, let me focus on what has stayed them same.
Knowing I was only going to be in my job in Southern California for 1 year, I tried to take advantage of living in a cultural and entertainment mecca. Whenever I could, I went and did “tourist-y” stuff and I covered a lot in 12 months.
I did the fairly typical LA event from a concert at the Hollywood Bowl to a TV Show taping to Disneyland to catching the US Open of Surfing just a couple miles from my house. I got lucky in seeing 2 baseball games decided in the bottom of the ninth and 1 hockey game won on penalty shots (all for the home team). I met a few celebrities at events including George Takei at his musical Allegiance in San Diego.
I also was lucky enough to have a special opportunities not always available to the general public. I was given a tour of the live set of Franklin & Bash. I got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Jim Henson Studios. And I got lucky in realizing the Arrested Development Banana Stand was only few minutes away one morning in LA.
In the past 10 years, I’ve seen 27 superhero movies. Only one, Green Lantern, got a thumbs down from me. That means I found enough redeeming features to marginally recommend such mediocrity as Iron Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Hancock, The Amazing Spider-Man, Watchmen, and evenFantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Until today.