Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis
susandennis

tv

When I was young, we had 3 networks on TV - ABC, NBC and CBS. Programming started in the morning with news. The Today Show was an hour. The evening news was local from 5-5:30 and national from 5:30-6. I was not allowed to watch TV on school nights. The only exception to this was Sunday nights. We were allowed to watch The Wonderful World of Disney and then Bonanza.

I thought the weeknight TV ban was really cruel. I never got to see Gunsmoke and could never join in the conversation at school about Miss Kitty's new dress. Once I got out from under, I watched TV whenever I wanted. Which was a lot.

Then, in 1980, I got a VCR and my TV life was born anew. Some shows I watched all winter and then watched again over the Summer. There were many years when episodic TV just reran the whole season over the summer. I was always delighted when the new season started in the fall and always crushed when it ended in the spring.

Until this year. I realized this weekend, that I'm really ready for this seasons' shows to be over. They will be next week but this week would have been better. I have also quit watching many of them altogether. I totally abandoned all NCIS's. And This is Us. And Suits. And most of the new stuff that just started. I'm saving the Red Line til all the episodes are recorded. For The People, which started last year and I really enjoyed, got canceled.

It all used to matter to me way more than it does now. I still enjoy TV but now I'm much more into Acorn.TV and Amazon Prime and, to a lesser degree, Netflix. (The Acorn app is the best. Then Amazon. Netflix drives me nuts with it's autoplay-that-cannot-be-stopped.) I will buy a month of CBS All Active to get the latest season of The Good Fight.

This morning I learned that Spotify and Hulu got married. You can now add Hulu to your Spotify account (for a limited time, I think) for free. So I will no longer have to pay $1 a month for Hulu - ha! The savings!! I rarely watch anything on Hulu anyway but it's the principle.

It's still killing me how much I'm having to pay to watch baseball on TV. So much so that I'm seriously considering abandoning it and just listening to it on radio. This week, the idiot who usually does the radio broadcast will be switching to Mariners TV so I think I'm going to try an experiment. I think I'm going to spend this week as if I did not have any access to baseball on TV. I need to really understand how painful it would be to just have it on radio.

In other news, I was cleaning up the kitchen yesterday and found two baking potatoes that never got baked and were getting a little mature... So I plucked off the growing eyes and cubed them and turned them into potato salad which turned out to be excellent. And I have some left over.

It's blessedly cooler today and even cloudy. Way nicer. I haven't decided if I'm going out anywhere today. I need Costco bacon but not critically. I may just stay here and sew or whatever. I do need to finish up my library book. It expires on Wednesday but I also have a new one that downloaded and I need to get on it.

But, first, I should get dressed.



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