On Television


Around last Christmas, the daughter switched TVs with her dad and me.  She had a 37 inch TV and we had a 19 inch one that was fifteen years old.  She works three jobs, and she figured that we would get more enjoyment out of the big TV than she would.  She used it mainly for her PlayStation and Wii.

Well.  About ten days ago, our old TV, the one the daughter switched us for, died.  Being of the younger generation, she headed right out to buy a new one, and you know that in this age of digital, you cannot buy a cheap TV.

So her dad and I said no.  We packed up the big screen TV and took it back to Ohio.  Much to the daughter’s horror, we told her that we would just use the ten-year-old 13 inch TV that has been gathering dust in the bedroom.  We only use it to fall asleep to anyway.

Truth be told, falling asleep is how we use the TV in the living room for the most part.  We mean well, but we are both early risers and we are busy during the day.  We have basic cable so that we can have Vonage and our Internet connection;  there’s not much to pick from on basic cable.   We didn’t think there was much to pick from when we tried out  premium cable.  We’re not reality TV fans, and that cuts out a lot.  However–if we are not going to watch TV,  what should we do instead?

Recently, I have been reading to the hubby at night.  We only have 200 pages left in Atlas Shrugged (out of 1100), and I have a whole shelf of classics we can revisit.  If my voice gets tired, the little TV will play DVDs  (once we get the RF converter back from the daughter).  What do we need a new TV for? We might even play cards or board games like we used to.

So.  The hubby will be busy with a build by Crossroads on Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday, after church, he thought we might cruise and then look at TVs.  I don’t know if we’ll bring one home, though. Maybe we’ll explore our early marriage, pre-tech days and reconnect.  I am sure the children will be appalled, but really, kids, you don’t have to worry.

Dad will still be able to watch Jeopardy.

7 Responses to “On Television”

  1. 1 Ron August 20, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    So what is the question to the answer on the screen in the picture? You can’t post the answer without the question.

    42. 🙂

    (If anyone doesn’t get the significance of “42” in this comment, please reply and I will be happy to explain it.)

  2. 3 Andy August 21, 2009 at 7:12 am

    you know you don’t need cable to get internet access right? We use over the air rabbit ears for tv – we get about 5 channels in very good HD clarity – abc,10tv,fox and a couple of others – the others are pretty much unusable unless we move the antenna but then we lose the other channels.
    We mostly watch dvd’s as tv is just so full of annoying adverts.
    We have cable internet with RoadRunner. Not having cable tv saves about $60 according to their pricing. Although how anyone would pay $60 for cable tv beats me.

    • 4 Becky August 21, 2009 at 12:20 pm

      I did know that you don’t need cable for internet, but the other connections are so sloooooow…

      We live in between Ft. Wayne and Indianapolis, and I really don’t know what the TV would pick up with rabbit ears. It might be worth a try. Our cable TV runs less than $20. It’s bundled, though, with the cable internet. We have Vonage as our phone service. That runs less than $20 also.

      I’m glad we’re nto the only people out there who view TV as annoying!

      • 5 Becky August 21, 2009 at 8:06 pm

        We didn’t have cable until we moved here. We had been married 29 years. It’s the only way we can get reception b/c we are so far between cities. There’s still not much to pick from, though.

  3. 6 melissa August 21, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    we only watch movies, dvd’s and such … but the kids do watch seasame street and a few other cartoons on pbs. we have never had cable tv though.

  4. 7 Ginger August 23, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    This is a wonderful experience for you and Sam as well. I will pray for him.
    This is a wonderful story and I’m so glad that you shared it today.
    God Bless,

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