No Fancy Name
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
insomnia, adult swim, nick at nite, tvland
I haven't been sleeping very well at all lately, and for no good reason. It's really annoying.
I echo Paul the Spud's joy at the news that Cartoon Network will start airing old episodes of Pee Wee's Playhouse. I loved Pee-wee Herman. In my many drives across the country (almost always a different route. because that drive is boring enough—no need to add to it by always driving I-40 or I-80) I always stopped at roadside dinosaurs, much like (and including) Dinney on I-10 in Cabazon, CA (that'd be the one in PeeWee's Big Adventure.

When I can't sleep and my brain is shut down so I can't do anything smart or useful like work or read, the TV is usually on one of three stations: Cartoon Network (Adult Swim), Nick at Nite, or TV Land. TV Land was really great over the weekend because there was a 48-hour Benson marathon. Benson! It was awesome. Nick at Nite is also a big favorite because who doesn't love Roseanne and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Mad About You? It doesn't matter that I've seen some episodes five or ten times each over the years—the same can be said for M*A*S*H, all the Law & Orders, and CSI, and I still watch those shows. They're comforting in their familiarity.

But on Cartoon Network we have my absolute all-time favorite cartoon of all-time (it's repetitive for emphasis): The Oblongs. I love love love the Oblongs. Just last night I was thinking "wow, thirteen episodes are seriously not enough of The Oblongs, but I'm glad Angus Oblong quit rather than make some watered-down crap like The Man wanted him to. Someone should really pay Angus Oblong to make a ton more." Well, something along those same lines. The Oblongs rock.

What do you all watch when you can't sleep (if you watch TV and don't do something intellectually stimulating)?


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