Too Much TV
My name is Ana and I'm a TV addict. I've only recently admitted this, and I probably would still be in denial except for the fact that we just bought our third household TV and set up satellite TV reception and DVR's (digital video recorders) for all three. We've got the big flat screen TV in the living room, and last weekend we bought a smaller flat screen TV for our bedroom. The TV that used to be in our bedroom has now been moved into our guest bedroom.
Why on earth do we need three TV's when there are only five people in our household, and three of them are allowed to watch TV only a couple of times per week? Because, like so many people, that's what Alfie and I do after the kids go to bed: we watch TV. Yes, we also read and clean up and fold laundry. I blog and surf the internet. Alfie plays the guitar and writes code. But at some point during the night, we always end up picking up that remote. And we don't like to share. The second TV is there in case we want to watch different tv shows. We told ourselves we were getting the third TV so that whenever my parents or Alfie's parents came to visit, they could watch the show of their choice in the comfort and privacy of the guest room. In reality, we got it so that we could have the big screen TV in the living room all to ourselves.
So what's my viewing schedule like? First and foremost, I have my weekly shows:
Thursday: Grey's Anatomy
Friday: Bill Maher
After I'm done with the show of the night, I channel surf, usually ending up on some show about food competitions, toddler beauty pageants, birth abnormalities, little people, obese people, high-risk pregnancies and families with lots and lots of kids. Alfie has his own line-up, which includes The Life and Times of Tim, motorcycle racing and every soccer game played in the UK. We both enjoy reruns of Ricky Gervais' Extras, The Office and The Ricky Gervais show, Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm, and NatGeo's Taboo. We also tape the occasional movie in case we find ourselves — get this — stuck with nothing to watch. All told, I can watch 2-3 hours of TV per night.Continued on the next page