Evenings too, in the 70's were spent with the family around the TV. Where do you think I learned the word "whoopee"? That's right...The Newlywed Game, cuz' Blair and Tootie never really delivered on that "Facts of Life" promise! Three's Company and the Love Boat were considered a bit racy but I am pretty sure they are on right after Barney now. Times have changed. We had 4 channels then, one of those being the childhood nemesis...PBS, and one channel that only came in clearly if my little brother stood next to the television holding on to that danged rabbit's ear at just the right angle. (If you do not understand that reference you are too young. Stop reading now so I can go renew my subscription to AARP.) Of course, he couldn't see the show, but whatever, I am the oldest.
My addiction lasted well into the 80's and one man is almost solely responsible for this. His name is Thomas Magnum. I do not even remember what came on before and after, but Thursday nights were spent waiting for that little wink at the end of the credits. When the Cosby Show took over the airwaves, I was forced to keep my loyalty to that hunky P.I. on a 13" black and white, alone in my room. Michael J. Fox, Bruce Willis, Kirk Cameron and Tony Danza kept me company through the rest of high school. Oooh, ooh and Simon & Simon! That's who followed Mr. Selleck. Boy, I wasted so much time.
So, the point of this whole tumble down Memory Road is that I think I have been watching too much TV lately. I was able to break the habit in college. There was only one television for the 250 girls in my dormitory, and I was too busy sewing my wild oats to watch it anyway. I never really picked the habit back up. When my kids were little, even after cable television was invented, we busied ourselves during the day and did not need the distraction. Hubby and I had a few evening favorites after the kids were down, but mostly other things took priority. After our only TV burst into flames one day, we did not replace it for a couple of years. We have two TV's now. With cable. It is the Premium Nerd Package, so it only includes network stations and the History and Science Channels, so not much to choose from and quite frankly there is nothing worth watching anyway. I have noticed though that since my youngest started school I spend too much of my down time back in front of that boob tube. Wasting it on worthless crud...yes that means you Judge Marilyn Milian! And yes, Tom and Padma too (even though I cannot stay up late enough to see the new ones.) Although the family will still share our Wednesday evenings with those lovable misfits the Hecks. I think we are gonna save a few bucks too and dump the cable. I am the only one who ever turns the thing on...
So there you have it my first New Year's resolution. Down with the Tube! Maybe I will even get more done. Unless of course, they bring back Magnum.
Quote of the Day: "Time is free, but it is precious."
--Harvey Mackay author & speaker