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Fortress of Solitude by Developer Pixie

March 15th, 2010 11:12 AM

INSTRUCTIONS: Get addicted to something


Kick an addiction.

I originally was going to use this task to help me with a life thing i need to work on, but it stretched what this task was supposed to be about and i realized i didn't need to task to make the life changes i need to make.

So i'm doing something in the true spirit of the task

Addiction here i come

The title of this task is Fortress of solitude. This implies using the addiction as a wall around your self so you can be alone. This is exactly what i need at this time in my life. And what better medium then television.

I haven't had a TV since i was six, so i haven't been exposed enough to be hooked, or too much to be over it. Also, growing up in a culture where everyone talks about what's on TV and not being able to join in was something i never liked (it's not missing the show, it's missing the social opportunities.) So i've decided to figure out what i've been missing and become totally addicted to TV.

So, what show(s)?? What qualifies for addiction?? How much do i have to love it??

To answer the first question, I decided Desperate Housewives.
I heard about it once on the radio when i was younger and was curious. I've always wanted to be a housewife and i thought it would be interesting to see a dramatized version. It's popular enough to be "mainstream" and something i can relate to with most people, but it's not so "mainstream" (or reality TV) to where i couldn't like it enough to be addicted. I like humor, romance and domesticity, so it seemed perfect.

As a little side project, I've also been watching Greek. Two of my cousins were in a sorority, and my dorm looks out over a fraternity. I wanted to watch it and ask people in sororities how realistic it was (according to my cousins it's spot on which is scary if you've ever seen the show)

But to the Addiction part.

Ok, so i'm watching right now, second season sixteenth episode

I've been doing minimal homework (passing some classes aceing some) and doing fine at my jobs, so it's not a harmful addiction, but it takes up at least three hours of my day, usually more. I don't think that turning it into a harmful addiction isn't something i think will be amazing and make me or the site a more dynamic place. So i tried to find a different certain for the completion of this task.

I will consider this task completed when it shows up in my subconscious, or i find it truly difficult to stop.

This means that i have to watch regularly as part of my schedule, and possibly even start to use it as a coping mechanism. And to dream about it, i have to watch it a lot!

so far, i've clocked 28.5 hours of desperate housewives over the last two week (or i will have that number in ten minutes)

I'm attached.


So far, i've had two dreams, both with the character Bre Van Decamp and one with Susan Mayer. I really like Bre, and hate susan, so i guess this makes sense. In the first dream Bre was my mother and forbad me from associating with the Mormon neighbors down the street. I also remember for some reason it was very dry. The second involved Bre and Susan becoming lesbian lovers together (which makes no sense, being that Bre is a homophobe and Susan definitely is a fan of men as well) and they were both searching for a lost child in Europe.

More importantly then the dreams are the constant thoughts. When ever i play the victim, i think to myself "stop being such a susan." Susan is one of those cookie cutter good guys who is "clumsy" and always gets herself and other people in trouble, and then cries about it. I have no interest in being luke that

Bre on the other hand, is more the kind of person i'd like to be. (other then watching he boyfriend die in the hotel in the second season.) Though out politics aren't on par, i like how she does try her best with her kids, even though it kills her/they hate her. She has amazing poise, and many healthy coping skills (cleaning when she's upset) though sometimes she takes them to the level of lunacy. My dorm is more clean now, because it's finals week and i'm stressed.

And i'm watching the show... And it's finals week...
and i have a paper due tomorrow...

I think I have a problem...


Maybe later i will kick this addiction. but the third season is so good so far!!!

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The Characters of Desperate Housewives

The Characters of Desperate Housewives

Bre is in the middle, Susan in the brown swetter. The others are Edie (far left,) Gaby (between bre and Edie) and Lanett (far right.) I care about them all very much.

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posted by Sombrero Guy on March 15th, 2010 1:45 PM

I think all the praxes for this task I've seen so far have been kicking addictions. Trying the opposite poses entirely different problems, I imagine, and you seem to have managed it very well!

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posted by rongo rongo on March 15th, 2010 3:10 PM

I like how you came up with criteria to decide if you'd reached the addicted level.

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posted by susy derkins on March 15th, 2010 11:05 PM

It sounds as a revolutionary use of television and one gets the impression that whatever it is the life thing you´re dealing with, you´re being awfully brave and creative with it. Hats off and best of luck, really.
Also, I very much like the "when it shows in my subconscious" parameter. And I very much hated Susan Meyer too, back when I watched TV.
May I recommend ER next?

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posted by Ben Yamiin on April 2nd, 2010 10:03 PM

seconded. the fact that you gave yourself another condition is certainly worth a vote.

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posted by done on March 16th, 2010 6:47 AM

I experienced this with Twin Peaks once! But Twin Peaks has just 30 episodes, so this was just a 10 days experience. When I was done I felt really empty and couldn't find another show that was fulfilling my needs like Twin Peaks did - Hmmm! Twin Peaks! Now I wanna watch it again! Haha!

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posted by Lincøln on March 17th, 2010 1:08 AM

Try Northern Exposure to fill the void left by Twin Peaks. It's not the same, but it fills the hole. And there are a lot more of them. Plus Chris Stevens.

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posted by Jennifer Gergely on March 16th, 2010 9:42 AM

I applaud your bravery, for willingly getting into an addiction. I wish you the best of luck in managing your new life with Desperate Housewives!