Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Unwanted Guest

Years ago we had out TV in the living room. We discovered that the set was always on, even when we were doing other things. It was like a third person, in the room. Sometimes that was OK, but at other times it was like an unwanted guest. We discovered that the TV time was eating away our precious free time and we created less. We wrote fewer songs, we practiced less often, and when we ate dinner, we rarely talked to each other.
When we decided to remodel about 15 years ago we made the decision to move the TV to what would become our laundry room. We bought a small love seat to go in there. We made it less comfortable for a reason.
If there was a program we wanted to see, we would sit out there, often listening to the TV over the clang of the clothes dryer and the spew of water going into the washer.  We watched TV less.
As a result, our creative output exploded almost overnight. We wrote more songs, Jilda painted, and we talked during dinner.
I have nothing against TV. There are a lot of great programs to watch. But I really don't miss the unwanted guest that spent too much time in our home.

48 comments:

  1. I am so glad you decided to do that. Amazing isn't it? When I met Pooldad he insisted that there be a TV in his bedroom and that it stay on all night.

    When we moved in together I asked, no pleaded to take it out. We compromised and it was off at night. Still - it was THERE. It took time, but eventually he came to realize [without prodding from me I swear] that there was no reason for it in the room and it is only in our room if I am on ordered bed restriction. It is so refreshing that our room is just for us time, reading and sleeping.

    I confess to leaving the den TV on during the day when I am by myself and not watching it, but it is for background noise only. I get plenty done because basically? There isn't anything on! I am down to watching baseball, the history channel and reruns of Alfred Hitchcock, George and Gracie and Jack Benny. Not complaining mind you, but cable has truly ruined TV for me.

    Take care and say hello to your lovely wife for me. :)

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  2. I agree. In times past it seems the TV was on just for the noise. I've tried to be more selective in what I want to watch, instead of just sitting there mindlessly through show after show.

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  3. I have a television but I don't pay for any channels so I can only use it to watch DVDs which are things that I choose to watch and usually only at night, if then.

    I grew up with an intense dislike of television. I disliked the way it seemed to capture my attention whether I wanted to give it or not. I also didn't like the violence I saw on it. I was often times bothered by the messages I received and that I couldn't answer back. It was a one way medium which only always me to receive and not give anything back--and boy did I want to argue! :)

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  4. I only watch tv while ironing... I dont miss tv that much. But since i am always alone most of the time. Tv keep me company. The only thing about tv is, i do not understand how people could have more than one tv at home. Worst, have one inside the bedroom... That i wouldn't do.

    JJRod'z

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  5. Oh so true so true. I think you solution was inspiring. There is only one thing I think I should put my computer in the laundry room too:) B

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  6. I agree.....the hubs has ours on almost all the time which drives me into my office and away from him.

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  7. Ours is always on.
    It's back ground noise you can't seem to live without.

    When its off, your brain gets a quick fix it needs to actually be normal.

    I think if people didnt have TV
    it would be a better world.

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  8. My #2 son and his wife decided to skip the cable and are very selective when it comes to TV in their home. I've noticed that they're kiddos are much more creative, play outside a ton, and play better with each other than my other Grandkids. Your decision to cut out too much TV is a good one.

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