I realize the distribution models of media are forever transforming. Some Kindle content can now be lent by libraries enabled by next generation DRM. MP3 and other format audio books can also be taken out of a library from any Internet connection. Meanwhile Netflix and Quickster are in the news with price hikes and new business models and structures. Blockbuster's brick and mortar presence has bankrupted it, so it is playing me-too with not only Netflix but also Redbox. Amazon and Apple are making inroads. And now cable companies are considering usage caps to protect their own cable and video-on-demand interests.
And I don't care.
Every week I take a lunch break and go to my local library. Here, I get some new shows and old favorites. And that technology and model suits me just fine.
The walk from the car to the library is always pleasing, as I can pass by some lovely buildings.
I enjoy the walking-scale of many coastal New England towns.
The walk, while not as efficient as video streaming, does allow me the chance to run into friends.
I also like the various town greens and statues.
|Returning Foyle's War|
(And, oh yes, I love the fact that libraries are free.)
I have no problem watching shows over and over again. Of course, if a new Lewis, Sherlock, or Downton Abbey is available, so much the better.
|Today, I used my Eliza B. (appropriately named) Brit Bag and Allez flats.|
|Another favorite is Monarch of the Glen, and although my clans are Scott and Grant, I can easily lose myself in all things Scottish and Clan MacDonald.|
|Many nights of deep sleep are enabled here.|
My favorite episode of any drama may just be Midsomer Murder's "A Worm in the Bud." I can endlessly soak in every detail, from the charming family of the kennel master, to the sheer volume of tattersall shirts onscreen, to the child-size versions of the Barbour waxed-cotton jackets and duffel coats. This one I think I may have to purchase.
I also wore L.L. Bean's new French Sailor Shirt Turtleneck today. I first bought one of these in 2003, and have been waiting for them to offer it again. And they did. Mostly.
The fabric, as well as the two best color options (Navy with Cream and Cream with Navy), are the same, but the neck on the new one is an inch and a half taller. This is less desirable as it is less comfortable standing up, yet does not look as good folded down. I also had to size up as today's Large has the same chest measurement at the Medium from 2003. Still, it is a solid garment, and I bought one in both color combinations.
|On top, the 2003 version in Medium.|
|A L.L. Bean Boat and Tote cookie and some cocoa to wash it down.|