posted on Jun, 20 2005 @ 11:10 AM
1. When I was a kid, we were extremely poor. Our black and white TV went out in 1977. Dad would not buy us a new one. It didn't get fixed until
grandad came for a visit in 1980. So, I went through junior high with no TV at home. No friends came by, because of it. But in the sixth grade, my
reading level tested as "post-college." Nothing else to do.
2. One of my brothers is eccentric in a family of eccentrics. He is known for covering the TV or computer monitor with a towel when he is not
watching it. He quotes the Jethro Tull lyric, "either you are watching TV, or vice versa."
3. 80% of my TV viewing is 15-20 minute spans of CNBC (the "markets channel.") total viewing is probably 2 - 3 hours per week on average.
4. I never owned a TV in college, and only got cable TV when I got married. I have not watched a sitcom in probably 5 years. My kids are not
allowed to watch TV unless we are in the room. Otherwise, they get pre-screened video tapes and DVD's.
5. "Even though" I don't watch TV, I am considered one of the most creative, with-it people at work, and by my kids' friends(!). If TV is so
essential, how can I possibly be in-the-know without watching the blue lamp of hell
6. I get all the "news" I need from CNBC and ATSNN. Seriously. My only real interest in the news is congressional procedings and war news as it
affects the price of oil (59 bucks a barrel, yay! It's gonna be a banner Christmas at the Strangecraft household!!!!)