Die Hard

Last night we watched one of those Bruce Willis Die Hard films on TV.  I had never seen any of them before but since it was on at a decent hour and co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, I figured I’d give it a shot.  I’ll pass on the other ones.  I mean, it did keep our interest – sort of – until the end, but the fairly good acting was wrapped around such an unbelievable plot, it seemed mostly silly.  Especially the bad guy “Germans” who spoke their native German with a heavy American accent, but spoke perfect American English.

I’ve somehow missed out on a lot of TV and film pop culture in the last few decades.  I’ve never seen a Rocky film, or a Rambo one, for instance.  I’ve never seen an episode of Baywatch, and I never saw an episode of Friends until after the series was over.  Never saw ER, or The Sopranos, or Eastenders. I have seen one full episode of 30 Rock though; enjoyed that.

There was a time, about 5 years ago, when I was fairly up to date on the pop & rock music scene.  I had a house full of teenage girls and their boyfriends who kept me educated on what was happening.  But now only our youngest daughter, Eva, is a permanent resident at home, so I’m losing my grip again.  Not having a car (with the radio constantly on) also makes a difference.  The only radio I listen to now is BBC World Service.

On the one hand I don’t mind being out of touch with popular culture.  So much of it really is just fluff, without substance or merit.  I don’t think I will mind it if I get to my deathbed and still have not seen a Rocky film.

On the other hand sometimes I think I’ve been far too serious about life.  Especially in my 20’s & 30’s, my whole life was devoted to changing the world, making a difference, and being disciplined.  So I missed a lot of “fun”; the things mentioned above are only an eclectic sampling.  I remember visiting a church home fellowship group in Seattle, in 1986, with the purpose of telling them about our ministry in Amsterdam.  The evening started with a meal and socializing, all the young couples laughing and talking about the fun things they had done lately.  Then someone made the mistake of asking me what movies we had seen lately, and which ones we liked.  I don’t remember what I said, but I remember the room getting awkwardly quiet for a long time.

Die hard.

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