I think I might be getting addicted to You Tube - I'm not kidding. I'm not a big television watcher or addicted to web surfing, in fact, exactly the opposite. I watch a little TV, I surf the web when I'm looking for something in particular and if I don't find it right away I start looking where I'm most comfortable - in books. Same thing with TV. If I'm not interested, I read a book. I'd rather re-read (for the tenth or twelfth or twentieth time) a book I love than watch mediocre TV.
So imagine my surprise to find myself surfing You Tube. It's not my fault, though, because people send me links to You Tube and because they're friends, I always check them out. Which often reminds me of something else - some song, some dance, some skit - that I want to see again. And there I am - sitting in front of my computer watching Christopher Walker or Nureyev or Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines dancing, Leonard Cohen or K.D. Lang singing Hallelujah, short skits from Red Dwarf. And of course, once you've seen one, then you want to see them all.
One friend sent me a link to a video called Free Hugs. I watched it once when I first got it and I think I've watched it two or three times a week since then. I love it - it's sweet, it's funny, it's poignant, and it almost always brings at least one tear to my eye.
I guess I have to add one thing besides books to the addiction column. Darn. It doesn't sound good, does it? I'm addicted to books sounds smart and literary. Addicted to You Tube definitely doesn't. But I'm admitting it - I'm addicted.