As I’ve said too many times to count, I watch a LOT of TV. However, and as inexplicable as it may seem to those who’ve borne witness to my insanity here on this blog, I don’t actually watch that much in the way of comedy programming. Sure, I always record my favorites like Two And A Half Men, Mike & Molly, and The Big Bang Theory, but it’s not at all unusual for me to allow weeks to go by before I actually get around to watching them.
One explanation for why I’m like this comes from the (paraphrased) words of a friend, speaking from his own experience with this disease:
“A depressed person can be sitting across the room from a huge bottle, with a label saying ‘Cure For Depression’ in giant letters on it’s front, and still be completely without the faith and/or motivation required to retrieve and use it to end his suffering.”
Another way to explain it derives from the definition of the word “trigger,” as it is used in recovery circles everywhere. You see, in the same way we avoid putting our hand into an open flame after having been burned, people with depression tend to avoid, like the plague, those things we know can lead to “the bottom falling out” of our moods. Unless you’ve experienced that for yourself, then no combination of words on a screen can adequately impart to you what it feels like.
Fortunately, and with great thanks to aFrankAngle (posting about a COMPLETELY different subject), I now have a video that comes as close to demonstrating what that’s like as anything I’ve ever seen:
Even with my medications, the danger of having the bottom drop out after an extended emotional high is often more than I dare to risk.
Having said all that, I did actually watch the latest episodes of both Two And A Half Men and Mike & Molly last night, a full week after they originally aired, and managed to have myself a damned good time, thank you very much.
You know, I’ll never understand how those malignant and mean spirited Gods of Youtube can justify preventing us from embedding so many of the great clips they have available. I can only guess that the producers of these shows believe they already have all the attention they need.
I also watched an episode of another of my favorite comedies last night, one I haven’t seen in months because of it’s even higher “risk potential”: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I laughed so hard that I feared my neighbors might decide the strange “invisible man” next door had finally lost it and call the cops!
But dammit, then I remembered how another set of malignant and mean spirited Gods, the Gods of Government Busy-Ah-Crazy, have prevented many of my foreign readers from enjoying that wonderful show. That’s just plain pitiful, and it’s the primary reason why I haven’t used their stuff on my blog for a while.
Well I’m afraid I’m gonna just have to apologize to all my friendly foreign readers, because last night’s episode was just way too funny and way too topical to pass on this time! Unfortunately, they’ve switched over to those annoying “non-gigya-compatible iframe” embed codes, so I’m afraid everyone will have to “click through” these screen captures to watch the clips at The Daily Show site itself.
I hope they make you laugh as much as I did:
You know, I thought that I would wake up in a really foul mood this morning. But instead, I felt good enough to start writing. And, over the coarse of the day, this post has grown far beyond what I intended when I began. I’m sorry for that, but throwing myself into this has probably saved me from a very bad day. And a “self-therapy” journal is, after all, the purpose of this blog.
I just wish the process hadn’t been riddled full of annoying PC freeze-ups!
I want ice water.
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