The sin of Netflix

Breaking up is, in fact, hard to do. There are good days and there are days that are not so great. For me, it’s been difficult to lose a close friend and companion, my daily processing pal. Tamie and I were together for almost two and a half years. Being single again is a major adjustment, and this is particularly true for me, having just moved to a new town, with no friends. Thankfully, I have family here, so that is a blessing.

Nonetheless, I feel myself transitioning in a very healthy way. A break up just takes time. It is lonely and empty; but the more time that passes, the more I feel settled in my own single skin and more open to the world in its new possibilities.

On the flip side, one of the advantages of being single again is filling my Netflix que with all of my own choices. It’s great, and even though it is fairly insignificant in the vast scheme of things, I find it to be a significant little things that gives me a good deal of delight.

One of my favorite genres is documentaries. It’s not that I didn’t ever watch documentaries or other of my favorite films while in a relationship, but much of the joys of movie-watching as a couple is seeing films you wouldn’t normally watch. It expanded my horizons, which is an important thing. Here and now, though, while single, I’m enjoying the vice of hording my Netflix que all to myself! It’s my equivalent of eating a gallon of ice cream. (The low calorie sin!)

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

5 thoughts on “The sin of Netflix”

  1. I can hear you, about the intenseness of the transition period. July 16th would’ve been our 10th anniversary — I’m convinced it’s a true grieving process.

    I enjoyed the documentary about the Dixie Chicks (Shut Up and Sing, I believe it’s called.) I sometimes push Tamie toward the lighter side of life — I’ll do the same here by saying you should watch Psych, between documentaries. 🙂


  2. I’m sorry to hear your news. The end of anything is hard, both the good and the bad. Let us know if you find anything particularly good on Netflix. I imagine you will notice films that I would overlook, so please give me a heads up when you see one worth watching. Take care up there. Remind me what town you live in again…….


    1. I live in Huron, South Dakota…for the time being. I’m not sure I fit very well in the midwest anymore, though.


  3. Thanks.

    I live in Huron, South Dakota…for the time being. I’m not sure I fit very well in the midwest anymore, though.

    Yes. I will give the heads up. I want to start blogging on all the films I watch. At least just a short note to give a thumbs up or thumbs down.


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