I tried watching the Olympics on the internet tonight. Greedy NBC can’t even let you watch old stuff without inserting hideous commercials so I turned it off. Then I decided to try and watch it from another country. Canadian Television worked just fine without the stupid Proctor and Gamble ads. Gag. Commercials are one of the main reasons I do not own a television. That, and most shows are so inane I can’t stand to waste my precious time watching them. Life is happening; I would rather experience it (even when it’s not that exciting) than spend my time staring at some dumb television show. I think back to the shows I used to watch when I had a t.v. and none of them were worth the time I spent.
I do like some of the cable series and have watched them on DVD, Six Feet Under, Weeds, and Dexter. Unfortunately, though, whenever I get into one of these shows, they take over my life because I just want to watch and watch until I get to the end. However, I do look back fondly on them, like a good book, which is different than mainstream television shows I spent years watching (ER, Party of Five, and Ally McBeal). Years after I quit watching ER I tuned in. None of the characters I had watched before were left. I quit when they took the adopted child away from the gay doctor because she was gay. That just made me too mad and I didn’t want to hang around for weeks to try and find out what happened, plus they always took months long breaks.
I haven’t had a television now for years and I don’t miss it. Thought I missed it some when the Olympics started, but having tried to watch via NBC, I’ve gotten a clue how they run things and I would hate it. I’m not missing anything. NBC would chop the shit out of it all, ruin it with ads and cuts to other events right when things were getting interesting, keep out the athletes who aren’t their pets, and generally make viewing miserable. I can get whatever I need right here on the internet. I’ll log in to Ukranian television. Yeah, that will work.