Television and I have a very long history. There are those that warn of the evils of TV but truth be known, TV made me smarter. I can still recite the preamble to the Constitution, know the process for becoming a law, get the function of a conjunction, and I know we were suffering until suffrage then the 19th amendment struck down that restrictive rule…In 1920, Sisters Unite! I can’t remember much of what I learned during all of the years I spent in a classroom, but if it was covered on School House Rock, I got it.
TV also provided me with my first crush. Speed Racer was so dreamy, even if the movement of his mouth didn’t jive with the words coming out. My love for him was matched only by my longing for adventures with Jonny Quest. I had a thing for cartoon boys. That’s not weird, right?
I dreamed of Genie, vacationed on the Love Boat and Fantasy Island, loved Lucy, laughed with Laverne and Shirley, Mash, Hogan’s Heroes. Some time in my teens, I became disenchanted with my old friend and my viewing habits practically stopped cold. I never saw an episode of Dallas, Miami Vice or Knot’s Landing. I don’t know what happened. I probably met a real live boy or something.
Fast forward 20-some years…when we lived in Germany, the TV spoke German so we didn’t watch it much. When we came back to the US, I decided not to hook up television and didn’t watch any live programming for more than three years. (We had a TV and watched DVDs, we weren’t animals).
Then, I met Lorelai Gilmore. I wanted to move to Stars Hollow and be friends. I was late to the party but caught up in no time. Gilmore Girls was the gateway drug to my now full-on television addiction. Just in time for Boston Legal, Heroes, House, Lost…throw in the invention of the DVR, I never really had a chance. I’ve been glued to the tube ever since.
Tonight, I’ll be recording Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, The Big Bang Theory, Parenthood, The Crazy Ones, The Michael J. Fox Show, Elementary, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report. Thursday is a big night, y’all.
I’m not sure if I should be proud or embarrassed. I’ll just be entertained and call it a night.
American German – language lesson #80
Vergiss Alf nicht. (fer-giss alf nickt) – Don’t forget Alf. Seriously, Alf was awesome. Also, I can’t talk about TV without mentioning Doctor Who and David Tennant. All. Time. Favorite.
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