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SUPERPOWERED RELAXATION Why I Turn to Superhero Shows to Unwind

As the owner of a growing

failed to spark my imagination. Everything in Marvel is larger-than-life — the stakes, the personalities, the superpowers, the action — it’s just impossible to resist. As I got older, I started dabbling in a few of the comics. Though I was never a comics expert, I remember my stacks of Thor, Superman, and Batman that I’d tear through whenever I got a chance.

business, I’m a busy guy. Though

I’ve managed to expand my team in recent years and allow myself some

“I NEED THE CLASSIC BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL, STORIES OF HEROES THWARTING VILLAINS.”

wiggle room, I’m still dedicated to meeting the needs of all my clients, whatever the

Then, when I started lifting weights in high school, I found a level of strength to aspire to in The Incredible Hulk. It’s hilarious to think about how compelling I found Lou Ferrigno’s rendition of the character, with his spray- painted green hair and prop-fueled, lime-green physique. But especially as a teenager, I related to Bruce Banner and his conflict with his furious green alter ego. I think any teen can probably immediately identify with a grumpy Jekyll figure who’s struggling to get out. Obviously, these superhuman tales are always going to be wildly exaggerated, but in a lot of ways, they comment on society in seriously interesting ways. I say that, but of course, sometimes it just comes down to the kinetic thrill of watching these superpowered figures beat down on each other. Recently, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has been constantly entertaining, along with the incredible fight scenes of Netflix’s “Daredevil,” “Iron Fist,” and “The Defenders.” The other day, I was watching Daredevil sock his way through a group of ninjas when my exasperated wife asked, “Just what is it about these shows that you appreciate?” I told her that sometimes it’s fun to see these embodiments of real-world conflicts duke it out in such a black-and-white fictional world. But it’s also just a blast to suspend your disbelief and enjoy the overblown, whizz-bang action.

circumstance. While I may not be heading out for emergency calls on Saturday nights too often anymore, I’m almost constantly working on Aire Serv in some way or another.

Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love what I do. But even business owners need to unwind after a long day. For some people, true relaxation is catching up on episodes of “Deadliest Catch” or watching baseball. But personally, I need something a bit more fantastical. I need the classic battle between good and evil, stories of heroes thwarting villains. Often, that’s action-packed detective novels, but lately, I’ve been engrossed in a bunch of series that harken back to my youth. Sure, reality TV is bigger than ever, but it just can’t deliver the raw entertainment value of Marvel and DC superhero shows. It must have all started when I was a kid watching Saturday morning cartoons in my pajamas. While there weren’t a ton of superhero shows back then, the few that were popular never

–Jim Serra

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