Musings of an Oil Change

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.

 

2 thoughts on “Musings of an Oil Change

  1. Good for you! Yes, there are very few – and I mean few, tv shoes worth watching. Everything else is junk, including the kids shows! My mom growing up used to ‘cover’ the tv for Holy Week, leading up to Easter. There was absolutely no tv allowed, of course we weren’t glued to our phones as kids are now, but it made for a great time. Lots of board games, extra time at the park, etc. Families are even being divided over TVs. We have a rule in my family, no tv in the rooms. There’s a large in the living room, and that’s it! No more. We all share it, well the children do, they take turns watching cartoons and it’s great. We spend time together and get to enjoy each others company. 😊🙏🏽

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  2. That’s a great rule! I never understood why people cared about what others did on or for TV. They don’t help pay your bills lol. (Unless they do, but those people are very far and few in between.) It was a different time back then, not saying there aren’t good shows out there now – my biggest problem is with reality TV. It just doesn’t add up in my head.

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