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No TV For Five Days: Day 5!!!

Updated on August 10, 2008
The fountains at Georgetown Harbor
The fountains at Georgetown Harbor

Last Day--Whoohoo!

I made it! Friday was the last day of our TV-less experiment. At this point, I barely thought about watching television, which is usually something I look forward to at the end of a stressful work week. I was too excited about our night out, which was going to attend a friend's birthday dinner at the Georgetown waterfront. It's always pretty out there at nighttime, when you see all the city lights, fountains, and young folks hanging out at the bars.

The streets of Georgetown at night
The streets of Georgetown at night
View of Rosslyn and Key Bridge from Georgetown Harbor
View of Rosslyn and Key Bridge from Georgetown Harbor
DC at dusk
DC at dusk
Picking up this Strawberry Passion Cake made us 15 mins. late to dinner, but it was delicious!
Picking up this Strawberry Passion Cake made us 15 mins. late to dinner, but it was delicious!

Getting Lost, Dinner, and Ice Cream Cake

Again, the weather was perfect! My husband seemed to have a good time catching up with his best friend, who was on a visit from San Jose. Overall the evening was nice and dinner went smoothly. The only setback was before dinner, when we had an interesting drive getting lost around our dear old Washington D.C.. We were trying to find the goshdarn ColdStone Creamery where our friend asked us to pick up the birthday cake. Expensive as it costs, I was greatful for the GPS in my husband's new iPhone, which helped us find our way. Do you remember looking at good old fold-out maps, before GPS? Yeah, paper maps didn't tell you when a street was one-way or how to navigate around Dupont Circle.

Boring Married Couple

After dinner we said goodbye to our friends, who tried to convince us to go clubbing with them. I don't know about other married couples out there, but my husband and I rarely go out drinking and dancing anymore. We don't even have kids yet! I watched a TV show (hmph) where they elaborated on the differences between the people with "Single Stamina" and those in "Couples Coma". All you have to do is look around at a club or bar. You see all the single people standing up, drinks in hand, mingling, talking, flirting, dancing, laughing. Meanwhile, the couples are sitting down on sofas, looking bored, wishing they were at home cuddling and watching a DVD.

We can't do this anymore

TV or Free, We Are Still Homebodies

I thought that going for five days without watching TV would force me to go out more, but really, I was just able to do more things at home. My husband and I definitely appreciated the quality time together and doing more valuable things with our time rather than staring at the flatscreen. Forcing myself to get up and do other things made me realize how unhealthy it was to be laying on the couch all the time, getting fatter and lazier by the hour. Don't get me wrong though, I still plan to use this weekend to catch up on our shows on the TiVo--I just love my shows too much! However, this week's experiment was definitely enlightening. I can see myself laying off the television on certain days of the week just to focus on the more important things in life...like, you know, sitting on the computer, blogging.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to follow me on this week's events =).

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    • Jerilee Wei profile image

      Jerilee Wei 

      10 years ago from United States

      I recently stopped watching TV for the most part, maybe turning it on once a week, if that. I don't miss it a bit, far too many more interesting things to do than sit around. Good hub!

    • byee profile imageAUTHOR

      byee 

      10 years ago

      Sorry about the power outage! That stinks! Glad to know everything seems ok now =).

    • C.S.Alexis profile image

      C.S.Alexis 

      10 years ago from NW Indiana

      Just went five days without TV myself. We were also without electricity, phone and computer as there was a power outage from a big storm. All I really missed about not having TV was no news and weather. It is back as of last night. I jumped on the opportunity to see the weather forecast.

      Good for you. Quality time with a loved one is always more fun for me. C.S. Alexis

    • byee profile imageAUTHOR

      byee 

      10 years ago

      Haha...thanks for the comment! Technology definitely took a leap in the last 50 years, but even though things are faster and easier, we are more stressed than ever. I long for days when time seems to last longer and people enjoy quiet moments just enjoying the sunshine and good company...no cell phones ringing, no music blasting in the background, no car horns honking, etc. Children used to be able to "go out and play". Now it's kind of unsafe to let your kids do that a lot. Ah well.

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      10 years ago from California Gold Country

      Congratulations! I once spent 12 years in a row without TV. My first 12 years-- then my parents bought one

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