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Old 12-16-2008, 08:33 PM   #21
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Ditto - idiot.

Have you noticed how T.V. sitcom has changed with regard to lifestyle? Forget honeymooners, Archie Bunker lived a simple life, Alice, Good Times, etc. Then all of a sudden Magnum P.I., Cosby Show, Family Ties, man, everyone was living in mansions and living the high life! Now it's just silly, with the cast of "Friends" living in primo Manhattan apartments even though they are only occasionally employed.
Cosby was supposed to be a doctor married to a lawyer. If you can't afford a decent house on a $300,000+ annual income you're doing something wrong.

Family ties, the mother was an architect and the father managed a television station.

In Friends, the apartment is one of the persons grandmothers rent controlled apartment they are illegally subletting, the other apartment is rented out by a computer analyst during the 90's tech boom.

There were lots of other shows though that had ridiculous housing and lifestyles that didn't fit their jobs, those shows were just bad examples to pick.
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:55 AM   #22
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Well, you might want to get the gummint coupon and use it to get the (nearly) free converter box just in case you can't stand it. The coupons are available through March 31 2009 or "while supplies last", and I have a feeling they'll go fast once the analog TV screens go blank on 17 Feb.
Nah, I think I'll bite the bullet. About the only thing I ever watch any more is "Nature" on PBS and I don't even watch that every week. I get lousy reception and as far as I'm concerned that's a good thing. IMO TV is mostly a waste of time and I refuse to pay for cable so I can waste time with less static. I'd only end up wasting even more time than I already do, and alas I am not one of these people with a bigtime work ethic (I mean when I'm off the clock, not that I'm a slacker at my j*b). If I procrastinate for another two months until the coupons and (nearly) free converters are gone, that means I'd have to shell out some ready cash to make the boob-tube work again, which will be another incentive for me to stay "on the wagon" (TV-free).

Actually, I watch more movies on it than anything else, but now that my VCR is getting cranky and I have a computer with a DVD drive in it and a nice big flat-screen monitor, I don't even use it much for that. It's nearly time for my annual New Year's Eve cinema orgy, but last year when I went to rent my movies, there were hardly any videocassettes left. I guess they are just keeping the older ones until they either wear out or people don't rent them often enough to justify letting them take up shelf space. All the more recent movies were on DVD.
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:35 AM   #23
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Frugality...I don't know that much information about real people's lives, to say nothing of TV characters. Whoa! The things people know about tv. Got no cable box, so I guess the tv won't work next year. Yep, gotta get back to the library and check out some more books.

I don't think most of the gen public has any idea how much of an effect advertising has on their outlook/consumerism/general happiness with what they have. By not having a radio or a tv in my daily life, I am only minimally exposed to advertising and I am still amazed at where it sneaks in (like the bathroom at the gym!).

Of course, Mr. Conservative spender only got those things he needed, not merely wanted, right?
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Well, you might want to get the gummint coupon and use it to get the (nearly) free converter box just in case you can't stand it. The coupons are available through March 31 2009 or "while supplies last", and I have a feeling they'll go fast once the analog TV screens go blank on 17 Feb.
I think the coupons and offers will be there. TV networks are terrified that the low-income people with rabbit ears will be unable to see the commercials. After all, they are the captive audience who also don't have the nice remotes with mute buttons. Imagine if billions of people get a taste of the joys of not watching TV.
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Frugality...I don't know that much information about real people's lives, to say nothing of TV characters. Whoa! The things people know about tv. Got no cable box, so I guess the tv won't work next year. Yep, gotta get back to the library and check out some more books.
Good on ya, I haven't used the tv for more than the nightly business report on OPB for a few years now. Lots of time for reading.
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Spaulding is an idiot no doubt. But it is also true that credit card companies are an unattractive aspect of our consumer capitalism.

Possibly many of us are just not equipped by evolution to be lied to all day, shown pretty things and sexy situations, then go home and eat our $100 a month food allowance in our frayed jeans and watch our old 19" TVs with rabbit ears.

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Fabulous, although I'd take living in a shoe box with 26 people in the middle of the road and having to like the road clean with your tongue, over living in Zimbabwe, Darfur, or North Korea.

Those people I have sympathy for, Mr Spaulding not much.
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Yeah, most "conservative spenders" I know rack up $70,000 in credit card debt. And, of course, the big bad credit card companies held a gun to Spaulding's head and forced him to use the plastic.
Awww, poooor babeeeee Spaulding. Did the mean ol' bank cut off your credit because you're stupid?

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Hey wasn't Spaulding the name of the grandson in Caddyshack? Great movie!
"You'll get nothing, and like it, Spaulding!"

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Spaulding is an idiot no doubt. But it is also true that credit card companies are an unattractive aspect of our consumer capitalism.

Possibly many of us are just not equipped by evolution to be lied to all day, shown pretty things and sexy situations, then go home and eat our $100 a month food allowance in our frayed jeans and watch our old 19" TVs with rabbit ears.

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Hmm...I work in a computer company for up to 13 hours a day, so seeing pretty things and sexy situations is highly unlikely especially since they turned off my secret tunnel to youporn.com. Maybe that's why I'm fairly frugal because I receive zero stimulation all day.
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