Being a professional basketball player, while more physically strenuous, has to be one of the least time consuming professions. On average I’d say I spend about 4 hours a day at the office, which includes arriving early, getting taped, lifting a few times a week, shooting before practice, and icing and showering afterwards. This mean might be skewed by the occasional two-a-day thats tossed randomly into the schedule. As you can imagine, two-a-days grind my gears almost as much as an 11-year-old Israeli boy who begs me to buy him cigarettes at the convenience store (this actually happened), but you’re still looking at less time than your average work day.
My point is, a basketball career is physically demanding, but there is an underrated amount of time to do absolutely nothing (especially in a town like Ashkelon). And to answer the haters a) Yes, I am whining about the world’s greatest problem (having nothing to do for an extended period of time) and b) Yes, I’m going to be pining for my cozy little Ashkelonian beach side apartment when/if I get a real job. Until then, the best way to pass the time is to pick up a new TV show or three.
Sometimes I pick shows to watch based on a trusted friend’s recommendation. You usually can’t go wrong with this method, but sometimes even good friends have horrible tastes in television. My girlfriend and I realized recently that the majority of the time we are 100% TV show bandwagon fans.
Bandwagon fans in sports are generally not respected for their judgement in picking their team of choice. While I admit I am a TV show bandwagon jumper, there shouldn’t be anything wrong with heeding the advice of critics, tweets, the Itunes top TV shows list, and other reliable sources to make educated decisions. And this method is nearly bulletproof.
So heres a list of the shows I’ve rolled through thus far in Israel.
How I Met Your Mother Seasons 1-5: Perfect because not only is it funny, but each episode lasts about 23 minutes, so you can crush two or three at a time. Still…I’m amazed I’ve run through 5 seasons of the same TV show in 2 months. I’d recommend this to anyone who has a sense of humor. Family Guy seems to think that only girls watch this show. Whatever.
Mad Men Seasons 1-2: This one is more of a time commitment, and I don’t think everyone would necessarily enjoy it. But once you get wrapped up in the mystery of Don Draper and his early 1960’s promiscuous shenanigans as a Madison Ave. Ad Man (get it? M-Ad Mad), it’s entertaining. History buffs will enjoy.
The Wire Season 1: Recently began season 2. Really jumped on the bandwagon with this one. I’ve heard people claim it’s the greatest TV drama of all time. Not sure about that, but after an extremely slow start (be patient and wait out the first two or three episodes) it really picks up. It’s been praised for it’s remarkably realistic representation of the complex Baltimore drug trade. While I can’t say I’m too familiar with Baltimore gang life, the organization of drug kingpins, or drugs in general, it seemed real. The season feels like one long movie, but if you’re into drama it’s worth a watch.
If you have any other suggestions for TV shows I can watch, please let me know. I’m obviously open to suggestions.