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I grew up without T.V. for the most part.  We never had cable. We had bunny ears so my Dad could watch the Toronto Maple Leafs’ games.  I watched Saturday morning cartoons sometimes, as well as the occasional episode of Full House and Family Matters.

Other than that, I was a bit clueless to all things television. My Mom was always bugging us to “play outside” or “do a craft” or the failsafe “read a book” or other such intellectually and socially stimulating activities.

We I first got married, our first couple of apartments had cable included in the rent.  It was a whole new world of mindless reality TV, spying on other peoples’ lives via TLC, etc, and stupid sitcoms that were “just” over the line of what I was raised to think of as “edifying”.  I was wide-eyed with wonder…

Then came the day when we moved into a new apartment that did NOT include cable.  And of course I refused to pay for it (we were poor anyway, and I really didn’t want to actually admit that I was a bit of a TV junkie).

Guess what happened?

I really didn’t miss it.

Nor do I now.

In fact, when I do check out and watch a couple of back-to-back sitcoms at supper-time (mostly when Chris is out), I find myself only mildly entertained, and majorly annoyed at myself for caving and watching them at all.  Thus, I don’t watch them very often.  I’d say maybe 3 hours of that a week… which sounds like such a waste of time to me…

We also are currently watching a show on DVD (which is much better because there are no commercials to fry your brain) called Stargate SG-1.  Yeah, it’s sci-fi geekiness. Yeah I’ll pause for a sec so you can stop laughing at me… It’s actually really good (and Season 7, which we just finished, is astronomically better than Season 1, but hey it started in the mid-nineties, what can I say?)

We also rent the occasional movie (like maybe one a month, if that).

So, yeah we haven’t chucked the TV out the window yet, and I doubt we ever will… but I am grateful I am NOT a TV junkie.  I shudder when I hear about kids watching an average of like 30 hours/week watching TV.  I can’t even imagine.  I’m grateful to my parents for teaching me the value in not rotting your brain with television.  I intend/hope to pass on this value to my own child, and I plan to do so by example!

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I’m becoming a closet sci-fi fan. In a small way, let me emphasize. It’s Chris’s fault.  But still, I guess I (grudgingly) enjoy it.  I’m watching Stargate Season 3 right now (last episode), and I have to say, it’s been entertaining.  Not terribly violent, fairly good language and values, and no inappropriate sexual scenes.  Kinda tame by today’s standards.  The first season was terribly cheesy, but they’ve gotten better as we went on.  I *cough* actually kind of like it.  And the best part – fairly often there are significant moral and philosophical issues in episodes, such as personhood, the meaning of life, what is defined as “good”, and the importance of being a learner in culture.

Well, now I’ve admitted it. There’s no going back…

I'm Red, he's Honey. I'm the writer of this blog and the source of your entertainment and/or boredom. We're parents of an exceptionally adorable child, and we have no idea what we're doing! This blog is the outlet for my thoughts along the way - welcome! Pull up a couch, grab a cup of tea, and stay a while! Or back away slowly. Whatever works.




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