confessions of a TVaholic

The fellow who installed our broadband a few weeks ago was only momentarily incredulous. I was shadowing him since I’ve never witnessed a DSL install, and due to some non-standard telephone wiring we inherited with the home…which I will do no more than mention.

In the middle of narrating his progress, he noticed the satellite antenna near the middle of our back yard. His company handles that service too, he allowed. I wondered aloud if there’s a market for the used hardware, since we don’t have a TV.

“Internet but no TV?” he queried, understandably puzzled.

Sheepishly I admitted, “Yep, I’m a media addict. I wouldn’t be able to ingore the audio and visuals enough to give attention to those who live here. We get what we need from the radio or the web.”

“Well, you don’t miss much.” After days full of troubleshooting by phone or wire-to-wire, he unplugs on the way in the door: no phone, no TV for a good while. I think my teammates who cover helpdesk can definitely understand that impulse.

More recently, the Olympics tested out reliance on the web for multimedia. Sometimes in the past we’ve borrowed a TV to catch more of the action. (One mid-90s ad has borne extensive repetition: “Are you gonna eat the pickle?”) Instead, we huddled around the PC several evenings after supper to catch the previous days’ events in summary or some detail. The figure skating and snowboard cross jumps were a little extra jumpy, but we made it.

For similar reasons to my TVaholism, we still managed to avoid adding a cell phone (or two) to our household. It’s not just that we’re cheap – though that’s part of it. Broadband bundled with local phone service can be insanely inexpensive. A cut-rate cardless long distance “card” keeps us connected to friends and family as long as they ignore the caller ID readout from New York. That’s before even exploring VoIP.

It’s that we know our weaknesses. Mine isn’t the urge to gab…I’ll let you guess who saw the wisdom of not setting us up for more than we needed in wireless telecom.

So we won’t be posting about favorite TV shows, and we feel fairly ignorant of most of those we’ve heard about through the past decade or more. Not sure all the resulting space in our brains has been occupied with everything most worthwhile, but it is interesting to observe (and sometimes intervene) the pull each of us experiences toward the books from which we’ve learned so much about what really matters.

Going to read something more worthwhile, and hoping you get to do the same – j