Happy Monday everyone! What’s going on with you? I thought that, in an attempt to lighten the mood a bit and distract from the current mess our lives are, I’d post some fun stuff that wasn’t a meme or a book review. Sound good?
First, my song for the day!
Being old like I am, I’ve loved Deborah Harry for a long time. When her album Def, Dumb & Blonde came out in 1989, I was 15 and I really fell in love with her then. I Want That Man was my favorite off the album and is still one of my favorites to this day. Plus, this video is the epitome of the 1980’s video era and I love how cheesy it is.
Next, I started watching a new show on HBO Go this morning. I think I’ve mentioned this on here before but I got bored one day and decided to learn to speak Romanian. I have an odd fascination with the country and would love to visit sometime in the future. And I’ve heard the Romanians are very patient with dumb foreigners who mutilate their language, so they might get a laugh out of me.
One of the best ways to learn is by listening, so I’ve found a lot of music on Spotify (Smiley is a favorite of mine) to help with that. But what I’ve been wanting are some movies or television shows to immerse myself in. I stumbled across an article this morning listing several Romanian TV shows that are on HBO Go via HBO Europe. I decided on a whim to start with Umbre (Shadows).
Blurb: Adapted from the Australian crime series Small Time Gangster, UMBRE (SHADOWS) stars Serban Pavlu, as Relu Oncescu, a rugged family man and Bucharest taxi driver who leads a double life as a mafia debt collector. As Relu struggles to balance both his family and mob duties, one incident leads to the undoing of his carefully crafted life.
I’m only one episode in and I’m hooked. It’s this strange mix of drama, action, and dark comedy. I laughed probably more than I should have while watching this earlier today. My only issue so far is the overuse of ‘bro’. I’m not sure if that’s what the Romanian actually translates to or if it’s a weird, American-type translation thing. I had to wonder if they’d hired a frat boy to do the translation a couple of times. While it’s annoying enough to read, I’m glad I don’t have to hear it (in English anyway).
On the plus side, while it’s a bit violent, it hasn’t had any gratuitous female nudity so far. These cable network shows and streaming sites have way too much of that. Can’t wait to watch the next episode now. Will be interesting to see how Relu manages to keep his two very different lives from intersecting.
What are you doing to bust the boredom and keep yourself from going stir-crazy?