Sunday, October 5, 2008

Our Summer Addiction

So, as some of you know, pretty much since we have gotten married, we have fallen into the grasp of a strong addiction, an addition that has swallowed our lives. This addictionis, of course, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Well, this past week, through much blood and sweat, we were able to overcome this addiction (pretty much because we ran out of episodes to watch).
It all started soon after the honey money. We decided, like many in college tend to do, to experiment with questionable things. We decided to experiment a little with "Netflix". This period of curiosity is what initially got us into the pit of addiction, that we tried so desperately to escaped from but were with no avail. When we started, Katie thought it would be exciting to get Buffy the Vampire the TV show from Netflix.
Now, this went against all the instruction of my youth. I knew in my heart that nothing good could come from this. In fact, I had seen the terrible effects of this very thing in my family. My own sister dealt with this very addiction years ago. It reduced her to tears on many occasions when she could not watch this show on a weekly basis. The screams " I WANT TO WATCH BUFFY! I WANT TO WATCH BUFFY" are etched upon the souls of all those who were close to her. Fortunately, through much strength, tears, and a couple of interventions, this dear sister was able to overcome this devil.
Now, even with this chilling experience from within my own family, in a moment of weakness I succumbed to the the pressure of my wife, and agreed reluctantly, to get Buffy the Vampire Slayer, on DVD from Netflix. Now, at first I was resilient. The first few episodes were not too bad. But slowly, but surely, I started to fall under a terrible spell. I started looking forward to watching the weekly foibles of this Vampire slayer. Even after a couple weeks, I still felt that I was in control. I could stop at any time. But, as time would eventually show, I was already deep within the grasps of this addiction. After a few weeks of getting one disc of Buffy the vampire slayer per week, we needed more. One DVD a week was no longer enough. We needed more. So we decided to get two DVD's at a time. This brought our addiction to a new level. Our lives now rotated around the false lives of Buffy, Willow, Zander, and Giles. We started dreaming about the characters. A night would not pass when Katie wouldn't wake up in a cold sweat mumbling, " No! Buffy! Look behind you! Vampire." I started calling Katie Buffy, and requested that she would call me "Angle" (Buffy's 1st love). Soon, the once clear boarder that separated reality and the imaginary became blurred. Our lives became lost in this netherworld of Vampires, sarcastic teenage girls, and other unholy things we dare not mention. When august came around, two DVDs at a time was not enough. We enlisted for 3 DVD's at a time. After that, our lives became so twisted and dark, I cannot put in words the sick hypnotic spell we were in. We no longer watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, we were Buffy the vampire slayer. However, about 3 days ago, something amazing happened. Something that released us from this horrible spell and addiction. We finished the last episode of the Series. After seven seasons, and 143 episodes, we finally watched all the Buffy that we could, so we had no choice but to end this addiction.
However, just like any hardcore addiction, it is not healthy to just go cold turkey. Withdraws would inevitably follow. So Katie and I thought, that in our best interest, we would slowly ease off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer by watching the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin off show " Angle." So with this, we hope to, by Christmas, announce that we are complete free from being slaves to this addiction. Thank you all for your support and help during this time of tribulation.