Tuesday, September 12, 2006

"I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts." ~ Orson Welles

I used to pride myself on not watching a lot of television. I never watched it much while growing up, preferring instead to close myself in my bedroom and add pages to a massive journal; my first husband and I didn't even own a TV set for many years (come to think of it, we got the TV set about the same time the marriage ended); and before Amanda moved back in with me, I very rarely turned the TV on but played music for background noise. I have a massive collection of CDs containing a little bit of everything so variety was never a problem.

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 ...


  1. Anonymous2:54 PM EDT

    Oh dear Linda! Do I dare admit to you that when we moved into our new house we inherited yet another TV -- and a big screen one at that?! We now have 4 TV's for the 2 of us and last night I had to go out and buy another VCR/DVD combo because I spend the fall season taping the shows I really like and some of them are on at the same time. The second VCR that I used last year was appropriated to the new big screen - which also has a cable box and therefore I can't tape one show and watch another. No taping happens there. And I can't even explain my behavior since I grew up in a household where we didn't have a TV until I was 10 years old - a 13" black and white.

  2. Seems like rewiring avionics in a Stealth Bomber would be "LESS" difficult than re-hooking up the DVR - I mean, c'mon...what's WITH modern technology these days, anyway?? Ok...I feel better! Linda, now would be the time to impress upon your darling offspring the true magic of BOOKS! Tell Amanda this; if nothing else, it could give her more inspirations, subject matters to draw Animee Cartoons from. Once her imagination goes full-throttle, you may actuall get away with no TV in the house 'til Christmas! (or you hope!) Since meeting then marrying Melissa (the almighty "Book Queen" herself), I have gone to having only one show worth watching on TV (CSI), and rather enjoying multiple books on the sofa on a quiet night off!

  3. Anonymous9:34 PM EDT

    Hey! I read alot :P I read almost constantly when I was with my dad ,because we were'nt allowed to watch TV.

    And we need a new tv mom. how am i going to watch naruto on saturday @_@ or set the other naruto episodes to record! -runs around in a circle-

    oh, and make it a flat screen tv. pleeeease/ :D

  4. My apologies Amanda...I had no idea you were an avid reader. I should've known, though since most artists I know DO take time to read, and also that you are your mother's daughter. I stand corrected. BTW...Flat Screen TV? Are they really that much better, or is it hype?

  5. Anonymous9:39 PM EDT

    I hear you, we have 1 tv in our house so my oldest son loves to watch naruto on the computer when he gets the chance to. They are good shows at least they seem more descent then some of the other shows on for teens today.


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