more than anyone else here(?) I dunno. Television can be distraction therapy for some.
When DW & I first got together, we didn't have (couldn't afford) a TV - a decent stereo was higher on our priority list. We listened to quite a bit of radio back then - anything from CBS Radio Mystery Theater
to Dr. Demento
, and our slowly growing album & tape libraries. Decent instruments also took priority over a TV for us, and we played together by ourselves or with a livingroom full of pickers. There were even a few occasions when we'd entertain ourselves by making faces at each other or do our own improv...
It wasn't until the purchase of our second home that we felt comfortable enough to get a real TV (larger than 12" B&W portable) and VCR. When certain other life-altering events occurred, we upgraded to HD, cable (with xtra movie channels) and DVD (haven't taken the plunge to Blu Ray yet).
Through both Gulf Wars, I was a cable news junkie, but burned out on all the fear-mongering, infotainment, and broadcast yellow journalism. Now I/we watch 95+% commercial-free channels (mostly movies), get our news from the likes of Bill Maher, The Daily Show, Colbert Report, and various internet sources, and just recently (since retirement) I've been catching CNBC in small doses again to keep a closer eye on things. We rent an average of about 4 DVDs/ month only because there's a video store a block away, and they make it very convenient for us with perks. Some weekends we have our own flick-fests, either just the two of us or with friends. (Ever tried to watch all 3 extended
versions of LotR in a day? It can be done, but it ain't ez...
(Looking back, I do have one regret. I probably should have told my family to jump in the lake, picked up stakes, gone to film school, and taken my shot at becoming a filmmaker.... heavy sigh
Anyone here remember Dream On
on HBO starring Brian Benben? That coulda been me, and my life often seemingly goes that way - interspersed with old TV & movie clips.