think realize I’m a bit eccentric after you read this post. Oh well. 🙂
I mentioned how I don’t watch TV, right? Part of the reason is because when we moved into this house in 2007, the only cable already installed on the main level was in the “sunroom,” which I repurposed into a library and music room. Our baby grand piano is there, which doesn’t leave any room for comfortable tv-watching chairs. I fought against allowing a TV in the living room, which would require installation of another cable connection anyway. There are other cable connections in this house, but all of them are in places we don’t use for sitting around. I don’t have a lot of places for just sitting around in my house anyway. Bedrooms are for sleeping, offices are for working, and the basement is just uncomfortable. I believe there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a room full of comfortable chairs that force you to either talk or read, without the option of mindlessly watching a flickering box. And it’s worked. We do read, and we do talk, in the living room.
I do have a small tv in the corner of the music room, which I can watch while sitting on the piano bench. But unless I break down and install a cable connection in the living room, OR we remodel the back porch and make it a 4-seasons room, tv is always going to be difficult and uncomfortable to watch in my house. And I’m totally OK with this. And here’s why.
Last night I decided I simply had to see the season premiere of Two and a Half Men. I used to watch it regularly before we moved to this house, and enjoyed it. I do love Jon Cryer. SO, with the whole kerfluffle over Charlie Sheen this year, and the addition of Ashton Kutcher, I was just too darn curious to see what the new chemistry of the show would be.
I had to test the tv first, though. In the past, when I would turn the tv on for a special event — like the January tornado in Milwaukee in 2008, the 2009 Belmont Stakes when Rachel Alexandra was running, and the Inauguration of the President of the United States — the channel would suddenly turn off after a few minutes of watching and tell me that the device was not authorized and I had to please call my cable company to resolve the issue. I think it was because too much time had gone by since I last used the device. Which I would get really mad about having to do, since I’m paying for cable whether I watch it or not,* but by the time the issue was resolved the event was over.**
SO. Last time I called I really chewed them out and they promised it wouldn’t happen again. But I didn’t trust, so I turned on the tv last night at 5pm and waited for the message.
And proceeded to thoroughly enjoy two reruns of Third Rock from the Sun,*** two reruns of Big Bang Theory, two new episodes of How I Met Your Mother (they’re bringing back Victoria!!****), and finally, Two and a Half Men.
Loved the shows. Hated wasting the time. I barely squeezed a phone call to a local Chinese restaurant for delivery in there.
I just don’t want to get sucked back into that world. What value, really, does it add to my life?
*Why do I pay for cable, you ask? It’s bundled with phone and internet at a really great price I can’t get anymore.
**I circumvented the Inauguration issue by watching it at my gym. If we want to watch Packer games or the Kentucky Derby, we go to a sports bar and make it an event.
***Did you know Kristen Johnson went to high school just a few miles away from me? She’s so great.
****Interesting thing. The last time I saw an episode of How I Met Your Mother was the episode where Victoria left. Four years later, I watch again and she’s brought back? And hasn’t been on in the interim? Amazing! I thought she was so good back then I googled her to see what else she had done.