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Musings from a brain out to lunch

link Kevin Wilson

Staff columnist

Some thoughts I had while driving around Monday, wondering why every post office was on lunch break before realizing it was Columbus Day and my brain was on lunch break:

• A week ago featured an “all new” episode of “Gotham” on Fox. Sunday featured an “all new” episode of “Mulaney” on Fox.

I’m not picking on Fox; they’re just the examples I happened to see. But can we curtail the whole “all new” episode thing just a little bit? Both of those “all new” episodes were the second episode. Yeah guys, we know the second episode is all new. We’d be more surprised if you spent all summer promoting these shows, and then just decided, “We’ll quit at the pilot.”

• There’s nothing better than going to the supermarket on free-sample Saturday, eating enough samples to comprise a meal and then leave with less than $10 in merchandise. It’s like you got a 20-course meal, a 30-minute treadmill walk at the gym and groceries … and only paid for one of them.

Contrary, there’s nothing more defeating than when the supermarket wins. That’s when I buy everything I sampled, plus a few other items to tie it all together. “This watermelon’s great, and these chips are great. Let’s get these, and some tomatoes, peppers and cilantro for sample-Saturday salsa. And now I forgot what I came here to buy in the first place.”

• When President Obama first took office, he took on the task of appointing several people to existing offices, offices created by his predecessors. And Republicans started yelling about unelected czars, and how it was a dictatorship when in reality it was a different party taking office.

After Regina Benjamin left the Office of the Surgeon General, Obama nominated Dr. Vivek Murphy to replace her. But because Murphy believes gun deaths are a public health issue and Congress is afraid of the National Rifle Association, the office only has interim staff in place.

And now that ebola has landed here, there have been calls for a health czar. Hate to break it to you, but that’s a surgeon general. It’s times like this that I wonder how Congress’ approval rating even reaches 15 percent.

• I watched “Gone Girl” a week ago, loved it and recommend you watch it (if you’re over 18). Other people who have watched it said, “The movie of the year,” and I tell them to slow down because they clearly haven’t seen “Boyhood.” I came so close to writing a column about how great Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was two days after I watched it, and still regret not writing it. I feel terrible that David Fincher (“Gone Girl”) and Linklater can’t both win best director.

I saw those movies within weeks of each other, then realized my last four theater movies were “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the anime classic “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Boyhood” and “Gone Girl.”

It’s odd to admit this as a movie lover, but I’m not afraid to go to the theater again. Like Crash Davis said in “Bull Durham,” you have to respect a streak. I can’t risk the best streak of my movie-watching life, can I? Sorry, “Dumb and Dumber To” and “Horrible Bosses 2,” you’re rentals.

Kevin Wilson is a columnist for Clovis Media Inc. He can be contacted at 575-763-3431, ext. 318, or by email:

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