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.]