30 January 2010

Silly Things



photo from the ABC Network

TV is one of those things you don’t miss once you’ve given it up. I took our old TV to Goodwill when I was studying for the bar exam the first time. For a week (maybe two?) I watched Perry Mason every day, because it was the only thing that happened to be on when I took a break - we’d given up cable years earlier. Then, one day, I watched Oprah for the first time ever (which was on right after Perry Mason). I was clearly developing the study procrastinator’s habit, and once started, I feared it would lead to a failed bar exam. So, out went the TV.

When we moved to Phoenix, tired of getting a crick in my neck every time we watched a movie on the computer, I purchased a very nice flat screen LCD. I do have a movie habit. B mocked my expensive purchase. Then he got used to watching movies on a pretty screen with the ability to sit anywhere on the sofa.

The problem with the nice TV is that it is really just a glorified screen. We do not have cable, and I don’t have an antenna to make the TV work. Usually, this is not a problem - we plug in our computers, or the PS2, and watch movies, or even shows, commercial free. So, why the hell am I telling you about this?

The final season of Lost is upon us. The TV doesn’t work. Lost is another habit...er addiction. Again, B mocked me, until he started watching it… he watched 5 seasons in 3 weeks. Now, who’s mocking?

True, I could wait until the next day and see the show on-line (even on the pretty screen once the computer is plugged in); but the internet connection where we’re renting is a bit slow. You see the dilemma, no? Waiting until it comes out on DVD is not an option I am willing to consider.

It’s ridiculous to get an antenna just for one show, but, at the same time, it’s Lost. It's completely ridiculous that this is any kind of issue at all. Whatever.

I am glad the State of the Union address was rescheduled to not fall on the same night as Lost; I know which one I would have chosen.
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