Thursday, October 25, 2007

Weakened Resolve


I confess. It's been a point of pride for me that we have five children and do not have television service of any kind. Most everything is available from Netflix these days, so a little patience and the willingness to be a season or two behind offers near perfect control over viewing choices and provides a commercial free home environment.

BUT... watching the Red Sox play the World Series only AFTER it is all said and done would be like renting news of the 2004 presidential election. Hhmm. No, thank you.

There are some events that you just want to experience along with American society. In order to do that, you need to experience them as they are happening and television really is the best way to do that. I thought of all this while driving home this afternoon, after having watched the first game of the series with my parents at their house and trying to figure out a way I could get television hooked up to my house before tonight's game.

Go Red Sox!

12 comments:

Beck said...

Could you watch it streamed online live someplace?

mel said...

We have basic cable because of our cable modem. 99% of the time, it is disconnected from the back of the TV. Maybe once a year (um...you know, during American Idol...lol) it is plugged in just to Tivo that particular program (so we can zip through commercials). The kids have no idea they could be watching cable tv every day. :) Every so often, I feel kind of irratated that we are paying for something we rarely use. Then I go our in-laws for a week and I'm reminded how little good stuff we are missing, and how much garbage we are....

Do your kids like any particular series from netflix yet?

Suzanne Temple said...

Beck, I did check out the possibility of online watching. I think it is possible, but I also think I would need to download software I am not sure I want on my computer. Maybe it would be fine, I don't really know.

Mel, I love the american Idol comment. Sounds like you have a fairly good set up there. My kids are fed a steady diet of Flintstones, The Jetsons, Pink Panther, and Astro Boy from Netflix. That's the light watching, of course. They are big into the Planet Earth series Micheal Palin's travel series, and history documentaries of all kinds.

mopsy from lifenut said...

I don't think I can read your blog anymore.

Just kidding.

Go Rockies! (I have tickets to Game Five, so the Rockies have to win at least ONE, please...)

Erika said...

Yay!!! Go Red Sox!!! Red Sox games are the only thing we have watched on our television in a looooong while. We do not have cable, dish or anything else and get just local channels the old fashioned way--through an antenna. Did you try rabbit ears on your television? You should be able to get FOX.

Stephanie said...

TV is just media, Suzanne. Really. It's a way to tell stories and find other perspectives and open worlds we wouldn't have otherwise.

It's also highly addictive, and seems to appeal to our most base desires of laziness and that weird thing where we like to feel vicarious risk, experience, and danger.

You know how eating less sugar can sensitize you to the sweetness in fruit, but still not ruin the dessert experience? That's what most TV is. Sugar from the bowl, and not that good brown unrefined kind, either. Some folks say "not in my house," and throw the sugar out with the sugarbowl. We kept the bowl, used little of what was in it, and mostly only the good kind was there anyway.

Now the kids are all three grown up, and they generally choose fruit over pop and candy, and unrefined sugar over too much of the white stuff -- it's all a matter of taste.

Suzanne Temple said...

OOOh mopsy, I do hope the Rockies win at least one game, even two. You have tickets? Game five? Ha! I wish you the best. I am jealous. What fun!

Cheryl M. said...

I hope you can work something out to watch the game! :)

Laura W. said...

We have no TV of any kind either, but are HUGE Netflix fans!!! My husband and I are currently watching Lost and Alias, the children are watching Veggie Tales and Little House on the Prairie...

Hope you were able to watch the game!!!! :)

Jane Ramsey said...

Oh my dear Suzanne, as a baseball fan since my youth, I have to tell you I definitely sympathize with your dilemma...but, as a Yankees fan, I have to say: Red Sox? YUK!
;-)

Suzanne Temple said...

Oh Jane, my Jacob claims he's a Yankee fan, though he's never seen a game. And you just have to admire the Red Sox for coming back after an 80 something year "slump."

Sue Anne Smith said...

Suzanne,
I admire your tenacity in keeping the television service out of your home. Do you ever miss "the news"? I am wondering how you felt on 9/11? That was one of those moments that I wanted to share with the world and I'm asking myself if I wouldn't have been crazy without my TV for news/information? What did you do that day? Just curious.