Joe, a good friend in Mobile, once said television was the worst thing ever invented.  And I agree that television is one of the worst inventions of all time.  Still, I grew up with it, just as he did.  So I watch it, just as he does.  We’d all be better-off without television, of course.  Yet we’re addicted–so what can we do, but watch it selectively?

I’m very selective.  The only program I regularly watch is “48 Hours Mystery”, on CBS.  I used to watch certain programs on PBS also–but I can no longer see a damned thing reasonably well, because I cannot afford a high-definition or widescreen set!  And CBS will soon make the same format-change PBS has–so I’ll be unable to watch “48 Hours Mystery”!

However, this is just a minor annoyance.  Because most television I watch isn’t television, at all.  It’s film, on DVD and VHS!  (Yes, I am aware that DVD will soon be replaced by Blu-ray, but I can only deal with one planned-obsolescence issue at a time.)

So what’s the problem?  Well, I used to spend too much time watching movies on television, and not enough time reading books.  Now I spend too much time reading blogs on the Internet, and not enough time watching movies on television!

And that is why I need to end this post, and get off the Internet!


  1. 1 James May 4, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Everything in moderation. It’s a Biblical principle. Like Baptists saying you’re not supposed to drink. Oh well, Jesus broke the Baptist rule with his first recorded miracle. Moderation with TV, blogs, reading, even drinking a little wine, etc. Moderation. That’s what it all comes down to.

    • 2 solosocial May 4, 2009 at 10:25 pm


      And the Baptist denomination isn’t the only one that opposes drinking. But as it happens, my parents took me to a Baptist church for about six years. At its summer youth camp, one of the couselors “explained” to us that the wine in Jesus’ time had no alcohol–that it was just like Coca Cola! Not a good example–since Coca Cola is suspected to have originally had cocaine!

  2. 3 Lolly May 16, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Hey, Scott, thanks for visiting my blog! Do you make it a habit of frequenting lonely, deserted places? 🙂
    Your compliments on my photos made me smile. I did take the one of the elk. Driving back from New Mexico, they were in a pasture behind a tall fence in West Texas. The sun was setting and it made for some pretty nice pictures. Of course I played around a bit with the digital darkroom.

    After reading the above post, I just wanted to say that I rented a really good movie today, The Dancer Upstairs. Check it out. I really enjoyed it. And I don’t say that often.


    • 4 solosocial May 17, 2009 at 6:39 am

      My pleasure (and privilege)!

      And yes, I do make that a habit! I especially love abandoned buildings, namely houses. During my first (and only) year of graduate school, a new Delchamps (supermarket) was built–exposing an abandoned home. I almost missed it, it was so overgrown with trees and shrubbery.

      Of course this partially-gutted house became my favorite place to visit. I did alot of studying there, as well as imagining how the long-gone residents must have lived. And though I did discover some graffiti on the second floor, I never encountered anyone else. This was my place now, my refuge from the present world.

      Then one day, a few months later, I returned–only to find rubble, and the tracks of a demolition truck. The trees and shrubbery were cleared from the property, shortly after. That once-sacred place is now a subdivision of much smaller houses.

      Still there’s hope. One day, decades from now, that subdivision may become a partially-gutted, sacred refuge for someone else. And he (or she) might study there, and imagine how the long-gone residents must have lived!

    • 5 solosocial May 17, 2009 at 7:27 am

      By the way, I just googled “The Dancer Upstairs”. According to IMDB (the Internet Movie Database) this film, although directed by John Malkovich, is Spanish. I especially enjoy foreign movies (as long as their subtitled in English, as opposed to dubbed). And the plot summary has me intrigued. I plan to call Barnes & Noble about it tomorrow–thanks for the tip!

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