What Annoys Jeff this Week?

1. Panera. About once every three months lunch from Panera Bread sounds like a good idea. I’ll walk in, order something that sounds tasty, get it back to my desk, and then promptly be disappointed that it wasn’t as good as I had hoped. It’s not their fault. If I would just show up and order soup and a bread bowl everything would turn out alright. This dissatisfaction is precisely what I get for walking in and trying something new when I already know there’s something on the menu that I like… but apparently I need periodic $10-12 reminders of why new things are bad.

2. Politics isn’t personal. Hard as it is to believe, I don’t hate people who have the audacity to disagree with my political positions. It’s never occurred to me to pick or maintain friendships based on whether anyone approves or disapproves of the right to bear arms, or to have an abortion, or on tax policy. Politics, in my mind at least, is mostly a “business” function. Although many of my beliefs are deeply held and intensely personal, I’m smart enough to know instinctively that with about 300 million other Americans all wandering around with their own moral compass and free will, there’s a chance that some of them might disagree with my positions. Some of them might even disagree intensely. That’s fine. Once upon a time that kind of disagreement was even considered healthy in a democracy… but that never stopped people from being able to share a drink or a meal together across the aisle. That sort of thing is probably out of fashion now, but fortunately that’s not something likely to dissuade me.

3. Game of Thrones. The idea that it’s going to be another twelve months before another Game of Thrones episode airs is just really sinking in. As much as I appreciate its far ranging filming locations and production values second to none, I despise the HBO programming model that delivers only ten new episodes per season. Although it’s apples and oranges, the first season of Star Trek booked a whopping 29 episodes. Sure, It’s a classic first world problem, but since I live in the first world that’s usually the kind I tend to encounter. It just feels a bit like perhaps there’s a happy medium that falls somewhere between the 11th and 29th episodes.

2 thoughts on “What Annoys Jeff this Week?

  1. Love the light tone you use to express yourself with! I can help a little on GoT. It’s the most expensive TV series (on a cost per episode) ever filmed, and the most complex in terms of a variety of sets, costumes, props and effects. Each episode costs as much as a MOVIE to produce, they have locations all over the world to coordinate, and a very large cast. It’s a big logistics problem. No matter how popular the series is, they can only do so many set-ups a day, and they sometimes have to wait for weather, or other problems. Up to now they had the books to use as a template, but now they will be going ahead of what George RR Martin has written, which slows things down because they have an obligation to keep him in the loop. Believe me, if they could make it faster, they would. Hope that relieves a bit of your annoyance 🙂

    • Thank you. Intellectually that all makes perfect sense. The show is clearly brilliant and a money making machine. I love it dearly, just wish there was more of it to see is all. As a book reader I also know a lot of the back/side stories they don’t have time to tell – but that would have looked gorgeous on film. For a TV show six seasons into its run, I’m sure a fan base clambering for more is a good problem to have.

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