When you’re a little kid, your parents will sometimes let you stay up late, and you’re willing to endure whatever lame, boring adult TV your parents watch, simply to get to stay up until the ungodly hour of 10:00, feeling like you’re getting away with something. For me, that meant sitting quietly through something like Scarecrow and Mrs. King or The NBC Sunday Night Movie. The highlight, however, the thing that made it all worthwhile: a Met Life commercial with Snoopy in it. I didn’t care that it was a bunch of children’s characters incongruously advertising insurance to people even older than my parents—because I was up late, it was Snoopy, and thereby I was the king of the universe.
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