Wednesday, September 18, 2013

wait, you don't watch tv?

The other day I was reading a post by Mr. Tiny over at Wacky Tacky where he fessed up on not understanding people that don't watch TV. I found myself totally nodding along uncontrollably throughout the whole post in which he details making sweatshirts based around the Sweatshirt Monsters episode of Leave It To Beaver. I admire people that have this off the grid (or at least off the cable) lifestyle, but it's so foreign to me that you might as well tell me you poop out of your belly button.

This is not news to any of you guys. I wish I could be a cool kid and say that I could throw my TV out today, and my life would be totally enriched, but that would be a blatant lie. I can't even get rid of cable! I can feel your scathing judgement of my priorities, but I don't think admitting this reliance on TV makes me weak, shallow or somehow uneducated. It just makes me honest. I know my weaknesses and I am powerless over them.

clearly this was not my favorite from Stan and Jan Berentstain

In addition to my family and friends and all that cliche nonsense, I think TV has kinda formed part of my identity and I'm not sure if I'd be the same without it. So many of my relationships are contingent upon or strengthened by a shared love of some show or series. It's the common thread that can always tie me to others. [Tangent: TV is the great uniter. If only Syria got Family Matters, perhaps we could work things out much easier and find some common footing. Too soon? Truly that's an oversimplification, but at least it shows that I'm watching some news amid the garbage.]

The other night I went out for a friend's birthday and I noted that about 90% of the evening was discussing Saved By the Bell episodes or referencing Seinfeld or other such pressing issues. That's one of the things I love about that group of friends is that they will nerd out with me over older pop culture. Then I have my Bravo nerds that I text with about a particularly drama-filled episode of  Real Housewives... my Breaking Bad freak out partners  [Tangent: I mean holy god, I needed that after Sunday's "Ozmandias" episode. WTF!!??! BABY HOLLY!!! I stress cried considerably.]...even my "Hey put on TLC right!" now contingent.  I guess I have a hard time believing not everyone has these bonding touchstones.

Oddly enough, 2 of my siblings who grew up in the same TV permeated abode that I did,  are in long term relationships with people that grew  up in other countries/not around American television. [Tangent: That kinda blows my mind...mostly because me and Jamie can have elaborate 30 minute discussions about Dawsons Creek and a lot of our date nights are based around watching a show together.] Although I love both of their choices in mates, I remember thinking multiple times, "so what do you guys even talk about? Do they not get your Full House references?" Not to say I'm vapid or one dimensional because truly I have a lot of things that make me tick, however I can't help but think anything can be somehow tied to an episode of Perfect Strangers or Project Runway. [Tangent: Maybe subconsciously that's why I've always had a thing for gingers, because on some level their pale complexion likely makes them more indoorsy and likely to be TV dependent.  They get me.]

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  1. Dan and I watch too much TV. When I lived in Georgia, I had Directv and DVR and all the fancy stuff. I watched Real Housewives of everywhere.

    Knowing I'd be starting grad school this year, when I moved to TN I decided only to get basic cable to bring my internet costs down. Outside of that, we get almost all the shows we want to watch via HuluPlus, Netflix, and HBO GO.

    There are two exceptions... Walking Dead and American Horror Story. Those we purchase season passes for on Amazon Prime, because it's cheaper than paying for cable all the time. Dan grumbled about me cutting cable at first, but so far no complaints. Sure, I wish I could watch Mad Men before waiting ages until it lands on Netflix. And I totally lost track of how big the Duggar family is.

    Where am I going with this? Oh yeah. Not only did it help me save money, but it made me think REALLY hard about which shows I want to keep watching, and now I only focus on a handful so I don't get distracted from my studies.

    But I LOVE me some Pop Culture so I read the Google News entertainment section headlines daily. :)

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    1. See that I get. I have lots of friends who just have Netflix and amazon prime, which makes sense economically. I just don't understand when people have no interest in TV altogether. I respect it...it just seems SUPER foreign to me.

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  2. Oh, and I TOTALLY had that Berenstein Bears book!!!

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  3. God, I LOVE TV. Even though I know what an awful time-suck it is. We're probably going to have to cancel our cable soon due to finances and I might just cry for a month.

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    1. There's always Netflix!!!! Anytime you wanna come over. My door is always open for watching junk

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  4. 90% of my life is Seinfeld and Saved By the Bell references. It wasn't just my birthday.

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  5. I think about that a lot too, what do you talk about if you don't have tv? Because for me Tv is a great jumping off point to some deep philosophical conversations. Every show or even episode of TV has a theme or a message or a thought, it's the perfect place to start those conversations you might never have had otherwise.

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    1. Agreed. Many of my friendships have started over a shared obscure TV reference. I remember distinctly telling my friend Alex that I wanted to be her friend after overhearing her talking in our office's breakroom that she wanted to base her haircut after a Rock of Love contestant....or my roommate in college and I bonded because we both watched A LOT of HGTV! It's crazy how things like that can bring you closer to people. I am not willing to lose that link.

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