May 06, 2003

blasphemy!

You know, I'm really enjoying this no-cable thing.

I've been a slave to the boob tube since before I can remember. My memories are all studded with imagery of me in a high-chair watching the Muppet Show or Hee-Haw. Or sitting next to my dad, at dinner, me having just performed the delighful task of pulling off his boots, happily watching Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell sisters. Or watching Felix the Cat at 6am at the babysitter's after just being dropped off by my mom, or He-Man after school at the other babysitter's house.

Coming home after school late in my elementary school days, as a so-called latchkey kid, meant two things: I could watch Tom & Jerry followed by Dance USA. We didn't have cable for a spell in my junior high school years, so that was a blur, but through high school I was firmly entrenched in MTV. College brought with it a very large amount of daytime talk show watching, as I had a night job. Lotsa Sally Jesse Raphael and Ricki Lake and Montell Williams and Maury Povitch and, of course, Jerry Springer.

Long hours have been spent in front of the tv. And now, I have opted to not have cable. At this point, I don't even use an antenna to view the local channels. I am tv-free, as some would say. I spend my time after work reading, or watching selections from my extensive DVD collections.

And it is glorious.

Rediscovering the joy of reading fiction has been the greatest thing out of all of this. I'm reading between two and three novels per week. My dreams aren't so much job stress related as working out details from stories I've read. It's terribly relaxing, and my sleep is fairly undisturbed. I read until my eyes are blurry and I can barely keep them open, then I fall asleep with no problems, no thoughts of what needs to happen the next day.

I'm not naive enough to think that this will go on interminably. When the next season of The Office begins to air on BBC America I will need to call up the cable company to put things back in order - but the vacation from television is something I feel I desperately required... and I recommend it to all you tv slaves out there.


posted by julie at May 6, 2003 01:14 PM


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