I’m waiting at the dealership and it never ceases to amaze me how people will watch the most mind-numbing things on TV. There are about ten people in the lounge, all of us absorbing Alaskan Bush People. I wish I was kidding. Alaskan Bush People.
So far I have watched a young woman (a.k.a Snowbird) slather mud all over her face and “hunt” with a bow and arrow, her confessionals revealing a need for orthodontic work. When and how did reality TV take over the world? I’m thinking about canceling our DirectTV account and sticking with Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime. It’s not like I have time to watch regular programming anyway, it doesn’t look like I’m missing much.
I had an English professor in college who didn’t own a single TV. He didn’t have one for years and he claimed he couldn’t be happier. He felt he became a better writer because of it, he was more productive and got plenty of rest. So I performed an experiment.
I was pregnant with D when I finally decided to do it. The TV was off limits for two weeks. To be honest, it wasn’t all that difficult – mostly because I was five months pregnant with D. Some of the best sleep I had in a long time and consequently I was much more pleasant to be around. I also found myself able to concentrate for longer periods of time on my homework and retain what I studied. I was able to read a book, walk my dog for a much longer period of time, and even tried to make different meals. The latter didn’t work out too well BUT I felt I had the time and energy to try.