TV or not TV That is The Question
TV or No?
It has been 15 months since we stopped watching TV. We have two sets but they only see action when we rent a movie or put on a DVD from our slowly growing collection.
We stopped watching TV when we moved. Why? Well when we first moved fro Ontario to New Brunswick we decided to subscribe to cable. We had not previously been susbribers being satisfied with the four channels we could receive without it. A VCR and dvd player opened the door to programming we could choose to watch, when we choose to watch it.
Our, then videocassette collection, consisted of about 125 titles, and a few dvds rounded it out/ Movie rentals were cheap and offered an opportunity to get out for a walk and do some business with a locally owned and operated business.
There was ore than enough to watch. I am not interested in sports, am fond of food and gardening shows, but the Internet feeds this fondness a number of times over.
As I write this I am sitting in a hotel roo, in downtown Fredericton, New Brunswick. When I stand up, I look out the window and see the Saint John River. Fredericton is the provincal capital and home to the Lord Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
There is a big Tv set sitauted almost directly behind me as I type. It has been turned on twice; both ties as part of an experiment to see what was on. The first time was this morning at 10:30 am. What can I say, if I was not writing this hub, there would be little point in switching the ste on. Of course there was programing but nothing worth investing my time on. And that is the central point, when we elect to do something to engage in an activity what we are doing is investing our time in that activity. Time we do not regain.
Last night, after a walk and supper out, we came back to the room and turned on the set. Little grabbed our attention but we were looking for the Space channel. Reruns of Star Trek greeted us when we found it and Stargate: Atlantis. Now we both like Star Trek and the original Stargate was okay, not as good as the movie but watchable. So we enjoyed an evening with a few of our favourite fictional characters. It will be sometime before we do it again.
Yesterday, we visited a locally owned bookstore and I purchased three Michael Moorcock books all at a very reduced price. The time invested in wandering around the bookstore, talking with the staff was well invested.
Tonight we will eat in the hotel dining room and will most likely watch some Star Trek before retiring. We leave for home early tomorrow morning and it is a five hour drive. The answer to TV or not TV is not TV. We could get more channels if we choose to spend more money but the expenditure of the money is secondary to how we choose to spend our time.