Background Noise

Gold Canyon, Arizona

I’m working on income taxes–my least favorite activity of the year.

But watching Law & Order reruns makes it a bit more bearable.


I’ve watched each episode multiple times, and that’s what makes it perfect for watching while doing taxes.

I don’t have to pay any attention at all because I know exactly what’s going to happen.  There are no surprises.

Contrastingly I don’t know what’s going to happen with taxes… Too many surprises.  🙂

Years ago when I went back to college, Die Hard on DVD was my study buddy.  I lost count of how many times I watched it while doing homework and studying for tests.


Background talking, gunshots, and bombs seemed to work better than music as background music to help me focus.

I haven’t watched Die Hard since I graduated in 2001.

After this marathon session of doing taxes, I’m going to take an extra long hiatus from Law & Order, too…

6 thoughts on “Background Noise”

  1. So, do you prefer Law and Order over Elliot and Olivia? Never have watched Die Hard….. I should but no college in my forecast!

    1. Carol, It’s un-American to not have watched Die Hard. It’s the best Christmas movie ever. 🙂

      And it sets the correct ambiance for the best computer coding ever.

  2. I used to watch Law & Order. My favorite were the Jerry Orbach years. I have been listening to a Celtic Music podcast while working on my taxes. If I am working on other less “taxing” mundane paperwork, I love the podcasts “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” and “Stuff You Missed in History Class”. I should watch Die Hard again. It has been so long I don’t quite remember it.

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