Image Credit: Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images; Craig Blankenhorn/FXToday, on Fat Tuesday, I have visions of beads, booze, and awesome New Orleans-set movie scenes (like the opening from Live and Let Die) dancing around in my head. But our Mardi Gras is short-lived friends: For, tomorrow, we begin Lent, the 40-day bummer of a tradition that forces us (Catholics) to give up some prized possession or idea until Easter. Of course, since I am a horrible Catholic, I won’t be giving up chocolate, macaroni and cheese, or quoting The Room anytime soon. (I, simply, am not that strong. I am naahht.) That’s not to say that I won’t be honoring the holiday — after all, I need some kind of conversation starter with the relatives. And, this year, I’m going to do it right: I’m not going to be one of those people who choose the easy way out by cutting health food or 40 Days and 40 Nights or Carlos Mencia’s comedy out of my life. No, instead, I’ve decided to give up DVR’d reruns of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
I know, I know: This, too, isn’t that difficult to cut from my life. After all, I’ve seen every single episode probably two or three times. But like Law & Order, it’s surprisingly soothing to watch before bed, even though it involves horrible people you hope you never meet doing horrible things you may have shamefully done at some point in your life. Plus, I feel I’m being generous giving up It’s Always Sunny re-runs: With four airing every Monday night on Comedy Central, canceling the record option on the series allows room for plenty more shows to play on my DVR. Lent is about giving, folks.
Your turn: What in pop culture will you give up for Lent tomorrow?