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Many of you know I'm seriously techno-illiterate. And some remember (my blog: "Three Reasons to Watch TV", 2/21/06) that I've spent much of my adult life living in TV-free habitats.
After my most recent TV-free stretch (7 months, ended Feb. '06), I found myself again watching "habitual" TV; the transition from none at all to this daily behavior was so drastic, it jarred me. I realized this is no "love/hate" relationship: It's really "hate/hate"!
So, I unplugged the set a few weeks ago and put it away. Thus, it's not easy to "just flip it on"; in fact, to watch it would require making space for it somewhere, carrying it into that room, plugging it in and "hooking it up". I haven't wanted to bother yet. Perhaps if I should come across an interesting video (that's right: I don't have a DVD player), I'd consider taking the VCR AND the TV out of storage, hooking each up, and indulging. But it'd require an EFFORT.
Ever think about how ridiculously EASY it is to watch television? It's the supreme IMPULSE-pastime. Well, I've not only moved the TV set and the VCR to greater inaccessibility, I've re-assigned their use to another category entirely. With TV-viewing unavailable as the Default option on a Kill-Time menu, I find myself...killing very little time!
I like the way this feels. I like the restored clarity and continuity of days-long trains of thought, as well as various household projects' prioritization. In this Electronic Age, even with Tevo technology, Life still flourishes outside the box - yes, THAT one.
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