Never Have I Ever…

…felt so completely out of sync with the world as I do at this writing.

I heard that phrase – never  have I ever – during an NPR discussion of the movie ‘Us’ and there was a bit of a pause.. a slight chuckle…then chat continued about the film. 

The phrase stuck with me so I toyed with using it as the focus for this column. What have I never… done, or eaten, or seen, or said, or typed, or regretted, or missed, or heard… and want to put on a bucket list. As you can sense, I have had some difficulty narrowing to a starting point. 

Then I remembered that pregnant pause in the morning’s radio show. What did that mean, I wondered. As more of us are doing these days, I asked Google. 

Google has put me in the corner to think long and hard about my ignorance. It’s a drinking game?  One I had not heard of. Then Google filled me in on the link that phrase has with pop culture… movies, television shows, even a hip hop song. I recognized a few of the loooong list of titles: Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, (I have never watched either), Big Bang Theory, (watched occasionally but must have missed that episode), and DeGrassi, (which I discovered does NOT refer to a show by or about astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson). 

Pop culture and I are estranged. I don’t see reconciliation in the future because (1) I no longer own a television and (2) I rarely go to the movies, even solo. Now ‘Us’ is on my list of one to see, though it is classified as a horror film. Might as well kill two birds with one stone before I am Unfriended by Big Brother and lose my spot in The Real World. I do have a life without pop culture, but I’ll be nice and visit now and then. I might learn something. I am a curious still-breathing soul that has a life, even if barely recognized as such by most of the universe. Am I alone out there? 

I watched a trailer of the film “Us” and decided that is not one I could watch. “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” is more my speed.

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About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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