I went home last weekend, for the 4th. I stayed up until 3:30am for two nights in a row, watching episodes of 24 on DVD with my dad. Events occur in real time, so it’s addictive because each episode only takes you through an hour of the action. We watched every episode like this:

Me: Dad, this is really scary.

Dad: Oh, it gets worse.
Me: I don’t know if I can watch this anymore.
Dad: Wait till later, you’ll really be scared.
Me: Dad, I think this is too scary for me.
Dad: Noo, noo, this is just the beginning.

The show is about a man in the CIA who is trying to stop a plot to kill a presidential candidate. I learned many things from watching 8 episodes over a period of two days.

  • Do not trust anyone who works for the CIA, especially if you are told that you can trust them.
  • Do not trust anyone in your family, especially if they are your wife, daughter or son.
  • Do not get kidnapped in L.A. because the only ones who will help you are prostitutes. And their only form of help will be appearing sporadically with a big stick and stalling your attackers for 5 minutes.
  • If you are going to shoot your best friend, make sure she is wearing a flak jacket.
  • If anyone bumps up against you and spills popcorn into your lap, he is probably evil and trying to distract you from saving the world.
  • Terrorists will do anything to steal your wallet.
  • It is possible to save your family, your friends and a presidential candidate all at once. It takes about a day.

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