Thursday, September 28, 2006


I'm in an amazing state of panic.

I suffer from insomnia. I know experts tell you to not have a television in the bedroom because it's a sleep distraction but for me it's a sleep enhancer. I watch the TV and all the little thoughts that keep me awake are drowned out by Netflix DVDs. I fall blissfully asleep within a half hour usually. It takes me several nights to get through a DVD.

Last night I finished the last episode of the last season of Degrassi Junior High. Oh there is joy in 80's teen Canadian television! There is poutine! (Which I notice they don't call poutine because it confuses American audiences.) There is Aqua Net and pimples and teen pregnancy and Joey Jeremiah! I'm full to bursting with sweet sweet nostalgia.

...and I want more. The last episode ends with the junior high building burning to the ground during the graduation dance. Joey is mackin' on Caitlin. Shane just awoke from a coma caused by an acid induced jump from a bridge. Spike didn't drop out of school because of teen motherhood. These are cliffhangers that will addict you just as much as meth, or fruit flavored chewing tobacco, or fresh, warm poutine.

The series continues, renamed "Degrassi High", with the characters suffering through their puberties in the upper grades. Degrassi High isn't available in the good ole USA on DVD and therefore Netflix ain't got it.



Degrassi High is available on VHS in the USA. I could buy it on Amazon for a zillion dollars. It's available on DVD on Ebay from Australian sellers. I could buy it there for a competitive price and not as much in shipping as you'd think...

What's the use of buying the high school series without owning the junior high series as well? That's five seasons of shows plus the school's out end of series TV movie! This is going to be expensive.

You can send your donations to:

The Absent Minded Housewife Degrassi Relief Fund
The Red Garter Casino Parking Lot
Bendover, NV 89883

Think of the children!


  1. hey becky...I'm completely addicted to the Candian TV series "Trailer Park Boys" I just bought 5 seasons least if I'm not going to be sleeping I'll be laughing.

    ooooh Halloween is approaching...! Can't wait to see the new costumes.

  2. Goodness! You and my wife would soooo get along! She can NOT sleep without the TV.

    I also have a friend who might be interested in your blog. I'll send her over immediately!


  3. Hi Becky, first time on your blog, but it looks like a great read! Dick sent me over here after I commented on your post, they looked real! He told me you ran a costume company, and that was a big relief! What a back ache that would be! ;o)

  4. Jill the fav sis9/28/2006 1:44 PM

    Wasn't all the sin of that show on PBS back then??? Sin on PBS in Utah!!! The church must of thought it was educational just by the title, not by watching it, or it never would have been aired on kBYU!!

  5. Hey I am here thru a blog battle and I am voting for you!!!! Maybe that will make up for the whole degrassi high loss.

  6. When I was a teen, my BFF and I used to call each other on Sunday mornings so that we could talk while we watched it. We *still* talk about that show almost 20 years later. She had a big crush on Wheels....

  7. I've never tried Degrassi. I'm anti-drugs.

    But I might like to try a little poutine sometime.

  8. Mr. Tangerine and I were hooked on Fifteen in the early '90s. The boy who played Ashley's younger brother, Billy? He's Ryan Reynolds, Alanis Morrisette's squeeze and the guy who was in that vampire movie looking totally hot. Plus there was a girl character named Arseman, which is simply a funny-as-hell name.


  9. Right... I've got fifteen bucks if you promise to lend them to me next time you run through town. You're good for it right?... right?


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