Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tonight We Watched Television. For a Minute.

We haven't had television reception since the great switch to digital last year. We get PBS, but that's it. We thought about it, but concluded that we did not watch TV enough to warrant getting satellite, and cable is not available back here in the woods.

I came home tonight and Tim was sprawled on the couch watching a football game. I'm kind of slow on the uptake, and I've got this rotten cold, so it didn't connect at first, but eventually it came to me. "Wait," I said. "What happened? Why are we getting network television." "I dunno," he said. "This game is a blowout. Let's see what else we get." And there was some movie channel. A movie was beginning. Some sneaky looking guy walked through a dark house past a bunch of butcher knives in a rack on a wall. Then some long legged guy in bell bottoms with long hair walked into his house. There were feathers all over. He looked startled and then raced up a spiral stair case while dramatic music played. He flung open the door and his eyes went wide with horror...and then Tim switched the television off. "Well," I said, "Now, we'll never know what he saw in that room when he opened the door." And Tim said, "I don't care."

Maybe tomorrow, we'll still have television. Maybe tomorrow there will be more than crap on. Maybe tomorrow I'll be over this stinking cold. Stay tuned!

13 comments:

Mrs.Spit said...

I am hopeful you will be over the cold. I am optimistic that you might still have TV. I refuse to hold my breath about the crap on TV thing.

Mikey said...

I hope you feel better soon! Finally got our package! :) Thank you so much! Thinking of you!!

Roland said...

You guys are the opposite of that episode of Friends where Joey and Chandler are afraid to turn off the tv because they somehow got free porn. Remember that one? Oh, wait, you have no tv...

Wasilla Bill said...

Thursday night, I picked Margie up from babysitting Jobe in Anchorage and brought her home to Wasilla for the weekend. Friday afternoon, I drove down to Nikiski by myself and arrived back home late Saturday night. Early Monday morning, I will drive Margie back to Anchorage. I will pick her up Thursday night and then I will leave for Barrow early Friday morning.

I won't be surprised if I spend no more than half-a-dozen days home in October and I don't know how many of those stays will coincide with her being home.

I seldom care to watch TV. It feels like a monumental waste of time for me. I would rather waste my time here, on the internet.

But she was watching TV tonight, as she tends to do. I went in and watched three hours with here. It was all worthless TV, but time well spent.

Debby said...

Veerrry funny Roland. I actually am pretty familiar with Friends. This happened while we still had television. I'm just one of those people who watch a show, am entertained by it, and then can hardly remember it a week later.

Bill, I was talking to a fellow in the TSC, and he was saying with great longing how he wanted to move to Alaska, but his wife did not. He'd obviously done a lot of reading about it. I told him about your blog and gave him the website address. He was very excited to see your pictures.

Mrs Spit? Wise as always. The not holding your breath thing, I mean.

Mikey, I'm glad. If I'd have known the fellow was driving back, I'd have brought the whole box of stuff.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I recognize that movie you wrote about. We don't watch much TV, but we do have basic cable. Sometimes we turn on TV. That movie was on when we turned on TV last night.

Debby said...

So tell me Linda....did he see chickens when he opened the door? Lots and lots of chickens?

rhubarbwhine said...

Since breaking my arm, I have become very familiar with television. Very. I have never watched daytime in my life - and now I can name at least 7 shows I watch(ed) regularly.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

No, Debby, he just saw lots and lots of feathers. I think it would be nice to sleep on a feather bed, with a down comforter. I wouldn't want all those feathers floating around, though. I can feel a sneeze coming on! The movie, by the way, was Steven King's "Cujo".

Bob said...

Nope, it will still be crap. Trust me.

jeanie said...

I think the movie would play much better in your mind anyway.

Cara said...

Soo.. do we have television? Is it for real? Can we keep it?!

Debby said...

Sadly, Cara, it was a fluke. TV remains just a quiet box to collect dust in the corner of the livingroom.