Our TV viewing experience is composed of about 4 shows. When we first get home I flip it on and catch a bit of Jeopardy while I prepare dinner. I am a bit of a Jeopardy nut because sometimes I just have to groan at the terrible puns the writing staff comes up with, also at least a few writers on there are from Nebraska so I get to feel all smart knowing questions about my state no one else does.
Any guess on what the question is?
After Jeopardy we switch to Cash Cab for the clean up, but it's more of a noise thing at that point. I'll occasionally listen in and provide an answer here or there but I'm just as likely to be at my computer going over the pictures I took today or perusing the internets.
The final daily show is The Simpsons. Recently our local affiliate has started playing the old old ones (we're talking 2nd and 3rd season) and it's a great flash back to days of preparing for spelling tests while watching The Simpsons (I remember it used to be new on Thursdays and my test was always on Friday). Can you believe that there are Freshmen in college who were born after The Simpsons premiered? Makes you feel really old doesn't it?
So by 6:30 we shut our TV off and move onto something else. (The only once a week new show we really follow is anything with Gordon Ramsay. It was mostly thanks to catching his original Kitchen Nightmares on the BBC but even though the new Fox version pales in comparison there are still some good moments.)
It's weird to admit to this, as people seem to either view giving TV up as some hard won accomplishment (it wasn't) or they think you're a strange anti-technology or pop culture freak (okay that may be true). Not watching TV came slowly, beginning in college as I was just too busy (and my best friend could not be ignored, even now) and was also the height of Reality TV time and I could not have cared less. Then the less you watch the less you hear about some new show you have to catch so it becomes an exponential spiral of more free time.
That isn't to say we don't still "veg" out. We covet our Netflix subscription and have actually been getting more old British TV shows as of late than movies. We also play the hell out of our PS3 and PS2 (we're revisiting Lego Batman right now, Scarecrow is my favorite in the game with his cute little hat).
I am sure that our TV habits will change as our life does (kids and all, plants really don't seem to care if the TV is on or not) but for right now it just fits for us. We're not some hard willed Hercules that fought off the brain sucking that is television nor do we only sit by candle light reading one of three pope approved books.
Okay now I best get back to that barn raising, I hear Ishmal is going to get DSL hooked up later.