However, I now have to admit that there are some shows that I enjoy watching on a regular basis - The Closer, Grey's Anatomy, The Ghost Whisperer, and Boston Legal are my all time-favorites along with, dare I say, American Idol. My preferred method of watching is to record the shows on the DVR and then zip through the commericals. Considering that we now seem to get five minutes of commericals for every ten minutes of actual show, it's really the only way to go! Plus it gives me the added advantage of not actually having to listen to Ryan Seacrest!
With the new Fall season of television fast approaching it was with some dismay that I found my televison set in the living room flat-lined this morning. Where last night there was a vibrant, full-screen picture full of color and life there is now only a black screen with one line of light shining from the center. Gone. Just like that - with no warning - no flicker - no snap - no picture fading to black - just gone. Oh dear.
Amanda doesn't know about this yet as she's in school but no doubt it's going to cause her no end of teenage angst when she gets home as she relies on the TV downstairs to watch her many recorded episodes of Naruto and Full Metal Alchemist along with the assortment of other shows that she records, including The Today Show which she really seems to like for some unknown reason. Maybe it helps her to keep up with current events for her Civics class?
We do have one other small TV in the house, a 13-inch screen in my room, but I really don't think that I want my bedroom to become the central TV-watching hub of the house. Plus, that would mean I would have to disconnect the DVR from downstairs and haul it upstairs to then fiddle around with cables and wires to get it hooked up to the small TV. Somehow it just doesn't seem worth it. Yes, I am perfectly capable of doing it - I was an electronics repair technician in the Air Force - but it seems like such a pain.
I guess that means that somehow or other I'm going to have to figure out how to acquire another TV for the living room. Sigh. If it isn't one thing it's another. Of course, I could just put it on hold and toss it on that list of "Things We Need But Can't Afford" that seems to get longer all the time but it's a television set - the central point of every American household these days! I'm pretty sure it's written somewhere in the parent/child contract requiring every home to have at least two working TVs so that adults can watch what they want while the children watch what they want - anything less would be truly un-American!
Besides, it's so messy to read a book while shelling peanuts ...
Editor's Note: When I gave Amanda the bad news of the TV's untimely demise after she got home from school, I was met with complete and utter dismay on her part. In typical teenage fashion she uttered the ever popular "it's not fair" followed by "how am I going to watch my shows??" and then there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. As I left for work, she mentioned something about shaving her head and covering herself in ashes ...