Thursday, June 5, 2008

Yet Another Internet Addiction

This is a sketch I drew of Alfred Hitchcock when I was 16. I have had a love for all things Alfred Hitchcock ever since my mom first introduced me to one of his movies. In fact, this sketch if from a photo of him on the back cover of a book of mystery thrillers that I was reading the summer my dad was dying from cancer. I wrote the only real diary entry about my father's illness on the inside of that book's dust jacket.

But this isn't about my father. This is about Alfred. Alfred and my new internet addiction. Remember when I swore off internet TV? I was good. I kept away from it for 4 months. But then my sister had to go and tell me that the entire 4th season of LOST was online. My desire to stick to my promise had to do battle with my desire to save money, and watching LOST online was a heckuva lot cheaper (and convenient) than renting it. So, I caved and watched LOST. But then I finished it and forgot to say my prayer right after (you remember the one asking Heavenly Father to break my computer if I watched internet TV?). But I refused to watch something stupid, and stupid seemed to be the only thing available. UNTIL.... until I was browsing NBC and noticed the Alfred Hitchcock Hour on their list of full episode offerings. In my defense, I don't really consider this as watching TV. No, it is more like renewing an age old love affair. Shhhhh, no one tell Mr. Hotness, please. These fun little episodes are just as enjoyable as a packed, frozen, ice cream cone. I just love Alfred's dry, deadpan humor and the way he pokes fun at the show's sponsers. So, here I am, on my pregnant butt, eating frozen novelty ice cream bars, loving Mr. Hotness for keeping me well stocked, and loving my man Alfred for helping me get through these last few weeks of preggo-ness. Thank you, Alfred, darling. And you too, Mr Hotness!

Can you find the episode that has a very young Robert Redford in it?

25 comments:

An Ordinary Mom said...

You deserve to do whatever you want during these next few weeks!

Amber M. said...

Enjoy every moment!!

I did my 9th grade humanitarian speach on Alfred Hitchcock...we're kindreds! What is your favorite film??

Family Adventure said...

Great sketch! :)

Heidi

Wild Squirrel said...

Nice work, Ice Cream! I have but one regret...dropping out of Art class in high school. Of course, I wasn't drawing THAT good as a teen.

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

My 6th baby was 2 weeks late, and those 2 weeks were glorious. I did whatever I wanted, and that involved a lot of ice cream and sitting around and enjoying my kids. It was as if we were suspended in time...

Michal said...

i love the picture of you, pregnant, with a pile of ice cream novelty wrappers and alfred hitchcock on your computer screen. there are much worse addictions to be had!

CC said...

Internet addition? What is that???? LOL!

Have fun watching more and more!!

tjhirst said...

I like Rear Window! That's Hitchcock, isn't it? What else do you recommend ?

Laurel said...

Don't feel bad, I might break an oath for LOST, too...

LaDonnaMobile said...

That is SO cool--I had no idea!

And please, no excuses--you are nine months pregnant, for gosh sakes! Go ahead and watch whatever strikes your fancy! :)

PJMcD said...

I love Alfie (we're on a first name basis. His use of light & shadow camera angle and such are still unmatched. And he, like myself, hated commercial interruptions.One of my favorite films is Mel Brooks "High Anxiety" an awesome parody on Hitchcock films.

dotmother said...

Oh, you evil, evil woman. I have resisted all temptations to get involved with internet TV shows or movies. I HAVE NO TIME!!! Now, my own daughter has dangled the golden carrot in front of my nose. I am excitedly fixing my lunch, ready for a session with Alfred Hitchcock. I remember these shows from my youth (I AM YOUNGER THAN ROBERT REDFORD - HE WAS AN OLDER HOT GUY)

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Mom,
Is it wrong that I feel wickedly happy about being able to tempt you? Hee hee. Besides, you deserve a guilty pleasure for all the things you do. Enjoy! =)

Packer Family said...

I love Lost!!! A couple of months ago my brother told me about it so I went and watched the first episode with Nate and we got so hooked that we watched all three and a half seasons in a month! Now we wait for them one at a time like the rest of the world. P.S. You are nine months pregnant, you can sit on that preger butt and do what ever you want!

Tara said...

So with you on the Lost addiction. I went in to labour with my daughter while watching a really vital episode (actually aren't they all?) and we so reluctant to go in to hospital.
"Just 5 more minutes with Sawyer" I kept demanding . . .

Richelle said...

We never watched Lost on TV. We've gotten addicted to them online. I like your picture. That's some talent! I'll have to check out the Hitchcock online.

Laura said...
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Laura said...

I totally remember you telling me about Alfred Hitchcock when Uncle T. had cancer. I know this post wasn't supposed to be about your dad, but I was eating eggs-alabama the other day and had to do a remembrance scan. That was on my 8th birthday that he made those for me... because we were visiting your house at that time. Awww memories. I'm totally going to bookmark that page and go there during my preggo blues.

Sonja said...

That is a great sketch! And you totally deserve the indulgence! I was blissfully ignorant of internet TV until my husband told me about the Office online. THEN a friend told me about Lost online...SO 10 lbs and about 50 episodes later, I'm finally done with those and starting to get my life back. Good grief...

Prudy said...

I'm an Alfred Fan too. I can't go too many months before I must watch Vertigo, or To Catch a Thief, or North by Northwest, or The Man who Knew Too Much, or Rear Window and order in Chinese. I just watched the Lady Vanishes last weekend.

cellista said...

I love Alfred Hitchcock films too! And I say go for whatever gets you through the next couple of weeks. :)

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Isn't the internet evil? My addiction is old music videos on YouTube :)

Amy said...

I wish I didn't know this! I have a way to addictive personality! =)

Annie said...

Love the Hitchcock sketch! Citizen Kane was filmed in my hometown of Santa Rosa, CA (way before I was born, of course!) and The Birds was filmed in Bodega Bay. The scene where Melanie is running down the road between the school and the church makes it look like they're so far away from each other, and they're actually about 100 feet apart.

just jamie said...

Amazing sketch ... man, at 16? And if Alfred Hitchcock does it for you, go for it! You'll rapidly be hands-full with a bitty baby. Take it while you can.