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January 5, 2014

WHOLE FAMILY: Slow grocery line isn’t exactly “Surviving the Cut”

Our house is full of electronics. Two laptop computers, two desktop computers, two heavily-armed cell phones, an iPad, a Kindle, an iPod for music and audio books, assorted hand-held video games that make annoying noises and get little actual play, and a battery-powered stud finder.

But no TV. You guessed it: With all those electronics, we don’t need a TV. You can watch a lot of movies and TV shows via the Internet on almost all of those devices — except the stud finder, I guess, but someone will, no doubt, figure out how to watch a movie on a stud finder one day.

I have a few weeklies — fluffy shows I like to watch regularly — and I find a decent number of movies to look at. Our family just enjoyed “documentary December” and watched one documentary per day, so Internet TV watching is useful for the children’s studies, too.

One aspect I like about watching shows via the Internet is that you can, quite often, watch an entire season’s worth of a show — or more. This is an interesting dynamic, watching hours and hours of one show. You sort-of get lost in the show for a while, which is a polite way to describe a temporary obsession, and you do not have to tolerate commercials.

Recently I watched two seasons of a show called “Surviving the Cut,” a Discovery Channel series about U.S. military special operations teams and the men who attend training to see if they make the cut to be part of the elites. It’s the “try-outs” for the likes of the U.S. Army’s Green Berets, the U.S. Navy’s combat dive team, the U.S. Marines sniper squads and others.

Of course I watched every episode available — six shows times two seasons plus two special editions, so about 14 40-minute shows. Over a couple of days, I became a military wannabe, inspired by the extremes the candidates are put to in order to test their tenacity.

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