… or perhaps I should say, “What I get is what I watch.”
I’m talking about television. And I’m going to make a shocking confession: I don’t have cable. Nope. NO CABLE AT MY HOUSE. People look at me in shock and horror — sometimes shock and awe — when I make this admission. “What are you, some kind of throwback to the 1970s?” Well … yeah, maybe.
And more shocking? I don’t really mind. Because … get ready for it: I like to watch network television.
Have I totally lost all your respect? Do you now see me for the shallow person I am? Too bad. (I also read People magazine on a regular basis. I believe it’s important to be on top of popular culture. Besides, I don’t want to read anything too taxing before I go to sleep.)
It’s not that I don’t want cable or that I think it’s bad! I’m just satisfied with the options I have on network. If I had too many choices, I would be sitting with glazed eyes in front of the television, channel-surfing in frustration 20 hours a day, trying to find out what time the TNT movie starts, what the Iron Chef is doing this week or how I can redecorate my entire basement for $10 and a glue gun.
Yes: I know I have an addictive personality. I know I could get sucked in. It scares me. When I watch TV at my boyfriend’s house, I surf with a mix of feverish delight and desperation. My thoughts get jumbled because I can’t remember what channel Animal Planet is, or what channel the CSI re-runs are on. Then bits of shows kind of stick on the surface of my brain, and when I go to bed I have a collection of fluttery images in my head, all due to not really settling down with one show.
Not so true of network TV. I have my favorites, and even when I’m in the presence of cable, I often chose those favorites. M, my boyfriend, teases me that for starters, I am afraid to venture into the higher channel numbers. Not really. I just don’t need any more complications, any more shows I have to watch.
I am nuts about “LOST.” I always enjoy a good “CSI” — original, Miami or New York, pick any flavor. I like “Ugly Betty,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Modern Family,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and that show about the nerdy scientists — “Big Bang Theory.” And I like “Glee” so much that I want to get up and start dancing.
But get this. I’m thinking of getting cable. Only the very basic kind, no premium channels like Showtime, or HBO. What’s that all about? The converter box and aerial don’t work all that well — bad reception, mostly. And there are too many shows that I don’t want to miss. Network shows. I mean, a little addiction isn’t so bad, is it?