TV is a waste of time.

Submitted by mdoneil on Thu, 06/07/2007 - 05:12

I give up. I find television stupid. I flipped through the channels last night about eightish and found nothing on the broadcast stations worth watching. Some game show with Howie Mandel (who was actually good in the St. Elsewhere era), some crap about Billy Graham-who I don't like because he cut in front of me in line in an Eckerds in Asheville, NC two decades ago, and some naval show.
I tried the two local PBS stations thinking there would be something worth watching on there, nope both stations had the same woman Suze Orman, probably the same show. It is fundraising time again. I stopped sending them their $50 a few years ago when their fund raising went quarterly.
So I have cable, none of the subscription channels, but I have about 100 different channels. I don't watch the shopping channels, I generally don't watch sports on TV (I'll go to a game but it is just not the same on TV) So we are down to about 80 channels.
A&E has some ex-con bounty hunter and with his anatomically misproportioned white trash wife. The poor woman must have terrible back pain, you know insurance will pay for mastopexy for that.
The weather channel was good for about 10 minutes, there are apparently several lesbian channels now, We, O, Lifetime, because of the aggregate six minutes I spent on those there were odd lesbian scenes or discussions. (Not that there is anything wrong with that but I really am not interested.)
A dozen kids shows on Nick and Disney and the like.
I get about five channels in Spanish and those are usually good. Some gang movie about LA, La Fea Mas Bella - Ugly Betty or whatever it is in the English version. I don't watch the one with America Ferrara, so I am not really going to watch the one in Spanish, it does not thrill me in either language.
Watched the hockey game for a bit, but the Sabers were not in it so not too interested -that may have been tonight though- can't read my writing but it looks like Hockey, or Hookers- I think I would remember Hookers.
Some talking sponge.
Repeats of the Pushy Nun on EWTN (both analog and digital! - I get two stations)
Watched Bay news 9 en espanol for a while the have really hot anchors; too bad Carleth Keys quit, I met her once when she did a story at the library.
The Hitler channel (not available in Canada) [OK History Channel] had something about the making of Star Trek. I saw the movie, 4 times, when I was a kid that is enough for me.
All the MTV channels long ago stopped the M portion of their lineups. I really stopped watching that when Martha Quinn quit. She is Jane Bryant Quinn's kid. If they did play any music I would probably think it was crap.
C-SPAN can usually be counted on for something, but Tonight from Washington was a snoozer, it often is. (I still have not read that full immigration bill, but I guess there is little point now.)
The foreign movie channel had L'Auberge Espagnole, which I watched for a bit but quit because it is hard enought to pick up on a film halfway through and even harder when it is in a foreign language. It was not until today that I realized it was not about a Spanish eggplant, but an auberge - inexpensive hotel. I was a bit confused why a Spanish Aubergine would be the title of this film.
A dozen or so repeats I either don't like or have seen too many times. The on to Fox news which oftentimes is simply nonsense. (less nonsense than the others on a good day, but those are so few and far between)
A few cooking shows, none with Rachel Ray or that deLaurentis chick or whatever her name is. I don't want to watch some old balding fat guy cook, hell I can put up a mirror in the kitchen for that.
Cat fanciers assn cat show - 12 seconds.
BBC America - repeat of some episode of MI-5 I have seen 3 times and I've only seen the show four times.
Local PBS HD (I got a scratch and dent HDTV and a scratch and dent QAM receiver for $300 at on sale about six months ago) Rick Steeves repeat about Spain.
Billy Graham Special in HD- moving along.
A few minutes of The Milagro Beanfield War, a great movie I had not seen in some time (Sonya Braga can divert my water anytime she wants) The book was great too, I had read the book long before the movie was made.
Some Czech football (soccer) match. Meh, if it were Ireland, or the UK I may have gone with that.
Fried Green Tomatoes on Sundance, nope sorry no chick flicks. I am not sitting at home by myself watching FGT.
BET Jazz, usually pretty good but not right now it is soul music and neo-soul which apparently means crap.
Ovation -sometimes something worth watching- not now a documentary about Ray Davies (The Kinks) If it were the Corrs girls I would have stuck here. Flix - Bullets over Broadway. Woody Allen annoys me. I think he is a bit of a pervert.
Back to Soccer, it is actually Chile.
Well that was all I could fit on the 9X12 envelope that the latest junk mail from Capital One so graciously provied as scrap paper.
I flipped around a few more minutes and then gave up.
I own 3 televisions. The newish HD scratch and Dent (it is stainless steel and 22 inches), an older 21 or 23 tube type I have been meaning to list on freecycle, and a 13 inch in my 'office'. I have no idea why I have 3 televisions. (I also have 5 phones - a bit odd for a man who lives alone in a 2 bed condo.)
So I think I may get rid of the cable (but keep cable modem) save a few bucks and perhaps get rid of the small tv. I will keep the scratch and dent one because well it is really scratched and dented- new it goes for $700 and change unscrachted & undented and I have the over the air tuner so I can watch PBS and other local stations in HD - although I can't see any big difference.
How is this library related. Well 2 ways: first I cursed myself for not having gone to the library last weekend. Second, rather than watch TV I finished an autobiography of Ralph McInerney from the ClearwaterPL. He is a professer at Notre Dame, a Thomist, and he writes the Father Dowling mysteries as well as other mysteries that I like.
Tonight I have The Committments DVD on and next up if I stay awake is Secret Ballot -in Farsi w/ subtitles (I hope) so that may have to wait as I may fall asleep.