Is it possible to live without TV? Of course it is! Ask the average American to do so, and they may last a day or two. For many it is easier to give up smoking than their gleaming box of rubbish.
This weekend, after a rather violent storm, my roommate (Dad) and I were left for three days without our cable. As a result, Dad had no channels on his TV while I had two somewhat fuzzy network channels. I was a bit excited at the prospect of putting more time into reading, but my Dad was absolutely bereft. He spent an hour reading before he could take it no longer. Suddenly he was digging out old video cassettes of Sherlock Holmes from the early 1990's, then visiting Blockbuster. He even watched my Napoleon Dynamite DVD, and other choice features of my small DVD collection.
The cable repairman arrived late yesterday afternoon, and know it's business as usual at home. It's a shame, really. So many hours are wasted watching programs that are usually worthless. One should really cut down on the news as it's depressing: I try to catch the weather and the main headlines, and then get on with my life. Besides, it didn't rain all weekend and the weather is looking up now. A pleasant walk to the park in the spring is so much better than afternoon reruns.
During the hour he read, I made tea and broke out the Trader Joe's Blueberry Lemon Tea Cake. It was fantastic. If only people could appreciate the simpler moments in life. Hey, I was able to read 200 pages of a book, completing it after months of enjoying it. Would I have done that if I were watching some Friday night something or other? Doubt it!