Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A Great Waste of Time

My daughter subscribes to several premium cable TV channels including HBO, Encore and Showtime. All have at least 7 different channels. Needless to say I have spent much of the last three months watching a lot of movies.

Now that I have my computer set up again, I have been spending much less time watching the Boob Tube. It’s amazing how many hours one can waste watching the same movies over and over again. I even watched one movie back to back. First I watched it on HBO and then on HBO West. This is pure lunacy!

How many times can you watch episodes I, II, and III of the Stars Wars saga. In the past 60 days I have probably seen each of them at least 6 times. I was beginning to understand what R2D2 is saying and I'm also starting to phrase my sentences as Master Yoda does ("Always in motion is the future", instead of saying the future is always in motion.) Perhaps I’m becoming a Jedi Knight.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching these movies.

Last week Uncle John (my brother-in-law) asked me how I could watch movies like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, over and over again (“Dude, those are Chick flicks”). I told him that they were currently the best commercial free programs available. This is a sad commentary on today’s television programming.

He said that I should be watching the History Channel, the Military Channel or the Science Channel. He also said that I should expand my mind (I still have occasional flashbacks from the last time that I expanded my mind). But even on these channels it’s the same old programs repeated over and over again. Plus most of them have at least 18 minutes of commercials per hour.

A lot of the programming on the Discovery Channel and its above mentioned affiliates seem to me to be someone’s Masters Thesis. And it sounds like it is the same old announcer on all of them; this guy must be making millions. Where are Leonard Nimoy and Paul Winfield? At least I enjoyed listening to their voices.

I have spent the last few days writing and playing computer games. This has drastically cut down on my television hours. I will have a personal internet connection within in the next two weeks. This will mean even less television. Much of my time will be spent answering or deleting the 1044 emails that are currently in my in-box.

The Beach Bum

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