I will be dead before we finish our Netflix queue

Before I went to bed last night, I saw our latest Netflix arrival sitting in its red envelope in front of the TV.

Here’s a conversation that I had with the wife:

Me: Do you know that every time we watch a movie, you see some preview that you like and put it at the top of our Netflix queue?

For example, last week we watched Pariah, a coming-of-age tale about a young, black lesbian who comes to terms with her sexual orientation and her family’s strict, religious ideals.  When we finished the movie, W perused the trailers.  Apparently, another lesbian film caught her eye because she immediately added it to our queue and bumped it up to the top of the list.  So now My Summer of Love sits on our dresser, ahead of 64 other movies, including Cedar Rapids, Ruby Sparks and My Sister’s Keeper.

Me: At this rate, we’ll never get through our Netflix queue.

W: Actually, I don’t do that every time.

Me: Ok, like every other time.

W: Then we’ll get through our queue eventually.

Me: No, we won’t.

W: Yes, we will.

Me: Yeah, like when I’m dead.

W: That has to be the saddest thing ever.  Having to delete someone’s Netflix queue because they’re dead.

Sidenote: So, I’m not sure whether we would actually finish our Netflix queue if W continues to add one new movie every other time that we watch a movie.  As I stated above, our queue currently contains 64 movies.  If she adds half that amount — or 32 movies — we would have 96 movies in our queue.  In a particularly good month, we watch about three movies.  That means it would take us almost three years to watch all of those movies.  All of this, of course, is based on the proposition that we don’t add any more movies.  If I add two movies to our queue today, it’s actually like adding three when you count W’s automatic addition.  And if we watch six movies, W will automatically add three, so I’m pretty sure our queue is approaching infinity.  This is sounding like an episode of The Big Bang Theory.  I think I need to write to the Ask Marilyn chick from the Parade magazine in the Sunday paper.  She could get to the bottom of all of this.  

Fun Fact:  Here are the next five movies on our NetFlix queue:

  1. Barney’s Version
  2. Go Fish
  3. Chloe
  4. The Whole Wide World
  5. Heavenly Creatures

As you can see, our list is top-loaded with gay and lesbian content.  You can read about the reason in this post, Bitch slapped by Netflix.

How about you?  How many movies are in your queue?  What’s at the top of the list?

19 responses to “I will be dead before we finish our Netflix queue

  1. Is it time to stop the hoarding? lmao! Some of those movies..well I can’t imagine why anyone would want to waste 90 minutes or so watching it. As for W adding movies to the queue from the trailers…the movie industry AND Netflix probably love her! She’s fallng right into their trap. Can you maybe think up a process, a guideline or something? Like no movies queuved that were made before 2008? Or 1960? 😉

    • Well, we do love movies, which is one of the things that we have in common. And, I do subject her to many, many quirky comedies (my favorite genre), so I guess I shouldn’t complain so vociferously. I think we should probably do a better job of editing our queue. We could probably whittle that baby down to 30 or so. Something that seemed appealing a couple of years ago, might have lost it’s appeal by now.

      • I love movies too. Especially because they don’t have commericials which I hate.

        Ok so she watches your quirky comedies and your watch her funky picks…lol…that’ll work. Its fair at least.

        Did I read that you only manage to watch about 3 movies a month? If that’s so I’d say to whittle down that list of movies to watch you two need to get at it! Movie watching that is…lol!

        Wake up an hour earlier to watch the “must see” of the week. Or maybe she can watch one of the movies on a computer while you’re watching your pick on the TV? Gee I dunno…that queue though would start to nag, nag, nag at me. What if one gets lost? Then you’re paying for it AND still have to rent the movie again because you know you’ll still want to see it.

        Gah! It can be a nightmare these movies! lmao….nightmares like that aren’t really that bad.

      • Who knew Netflix was so complicated.

  2. I can relate..lol

  3. We don’t have Netflix. Just Rogers which bites the big one for movies. I used to love going to Blockbuster. It was a weekend ritual. And then they got rid of it and put in a Mucho Burrito. It’s not even that good.

    I’d love to have a queue like you guys. Now I have pretty much nothing – Magic Mike, barf. And I love movies.

    • Yeah, I miss Blockbuster, too. I used to love getting the 5 for $20 used DVDs. Come to think of it, I probably have about 40 Blockbuster DVDs squirreled away that we need to watch.

      Uh, Magic Mike. We’re definitely not watching that.

  4. Storm M. Silvermane

    I just had to go look. We have 164 in our Q for send home DVD’s and we have 143 in our instant streaming. I can probably kick some off the DVD Q because I noticed some of them are either now available through instant streaming or we have already seen them on demand because I could not wait LOL

  5. Netflix loves me. I have had the same movie out for 3 months (I had the last one out for 5 months), but I’m still paying $9/month. So, every DVD I watch costs me $36. For that, my husband and I could go to an actual movie and have snacks. I’m an idiot. Thanks for posting this. It forced me to do that math. LOL!

  6. That certainly makes more sense! Enjoy!

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