There was this show in the 90's called Wings. It was my favorite show way back when I had time to watch TV. My best friend and I roomed together at the time and she and I were so different... she liked to go out to clubs and dance and I liked to hang out in small groups and just talk and laugh. But we had a standing date to watch Wings together every Thursday at 8:00. We had the same sense of humor and, to this day, our silly sense of humor is key to our friendship.
Anyway, I came across old episodes a few weeks ago and just seeing the name of the show made me smile. I DVR'd the show for when I had time and last night I watched six episodes back to back. I've never been good at critiquing, mainly because I'm too "glass half full" (trust me, it warps your perception-- much better to be a "the glass has x amount of ounces" kind of person and see things exactly as they are), but the acting and story lines were definitely different back then. I just can't tell if that's a good thing or a bad thing. All I know is I really enjoyed watching the show again because it felt like I was visiting old friends.
Watching Wings in college and swapping R.L. Stine's Fear Street books in high school are among warm memories my oldest friend and I share. There were also these super scary books by Christopher Pike that we used to read and then burn (for a very silly reason I won't share). My friend and I haven't seen each other in a few years, but we have nice, long talks twice a year and though we talk about very mature things like raising kids and the awful things that happen in this world, we still laugh over our reasons for burning those Christopher Pike books.
The writers of Wings and the authors of those books created characters that became a little part of our friendship's history. No wonder watching the show felt like I was visiting with old friends. I think I'll break out a few Fear Street books next, and then call my friend and tell her about it.