House, M.D.

I’ve been watching the second season of House, M.D. on DVD. The Husband and I ran into House after I’d heard about it from a patron at work. We’ve been frantically trying to catch up to Season Three since the A/C got replaced at home and it was finally comfortable to be in the house doing something other than counting the nanoseconds until we could leave it again.

A coworker of mine liked Season One, but I don’t think she liked the direction the show took when House’s ex showed up. I haven’t had that problem, since the first three episodes I saw were the ones at the end of that season where Stacy showed up with a sick (new) husband. Those episodes were the ones that got me to watch, so I’ve really been enjoying the second season. I accidentally found out 3 major plot points that I’ve been desperately trying not to tell The Husband because I don’t want to spoil it for him. We should be caught up by next week’s Season 3 episode.

God, I love Netflix. What would I do without it? Even though I work at a library with a very large A/V collection, we didn’t get Season One of House until early this summer. I’d wait for another year to get Season Two even if I did do a purchase request. We’ve come up against a wall with our DVD collection: there is no more shelf space for them. Every branch is full! Yet people still submit requests for us to buy the third season of Dynasty or some such silly thing and we have to buy it. Sheesh.

Netflix ought to get into doing deals with library systems. Here’s my idea: Netflix tinkers with their catalog in order to have a version which is compatible with library catalog standards. When a patron searches for, say, House Season 2, the catalog shows a record which says: “Our library does not own a copy of this DVD. Would you like to pay a $ fee and rent the DVD from Netflix?” Patron clicks “Yes.” Netflix sends the DVD to the patron, and splits the nominal fee with the library. Brilliant. Libraries cut down on the amount of shelf space, patrons get things delivered to their house that don’t even have a real due date, Netflix gets more souls and libraries get more funds for their budgets. The only thing they have to do is to sell their souls to Netflix. I know I already have, so I don’t know why anyone else would possibly object.


Okay, maybe I need to cut back on the House watching. (Who, me? I’m not addicted to House. I can stop watching him pop the vicodin and be snarky anytime I want! That’s right. Yeah. Anytime. I just don’t want to. Ahhh, Netflix. How I love you….)

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