(Before Cable TV)
1000 Adult Cable TV Channels And All We Watch Is Nickelodeon
So, we all know the
circus presidential debate was on TV last night. Did you watch? I sure did. Popcorn in hand I watched Obama and Romney toss it back and forth to each other like a tennis match. I sat laughing learning all the way up until Ethan decided he’d had enough and it was his turn to have the remote. And then, it hit me. With a gazillion cable TV stations, there’s still nothing on TV except Nickelodeon. At least in our house!
Can’t watch Dexter, he’s a serial killer so we DVR that. Can’t watch True Blood because vampires are too scary so, we DVR that. We are allowed to watch Survivor, he loves that show. And, I refuse to subject Ethan to my obsession with all things that begin with ‘Real Housewives of Fill In any City”… so that pretty much leaves us with, Nickelodeon. Why do we pay for cable TV again? Oh, right, so we can DRV all our shows to keep us occupied until he comes home from school.
Although, way back in the good old days when I was a wee babe, if there were no clouds in the sky, and we forced my little brother to stand on a chair holding the tinfoil covered rabbit ears so they lined up just so, we only had three choices: ABC, CBS and NBC. Well, eventually we also had WGN and PBS in Chicago. (Did you know Mitt Romney wants to do away with Big Bird???) The boob tube as my grandmother called it, only played children’s programs on Saturday mornings. And ONLY on Saturday morning! My brother and I woke up at the crack of dawn, glued to the boob tube. And, with a box of cereal sitting between us to share like a bowl of popcorn, we sat watching Schoolhouse Rock, Superfriends, Scooby Doo, and The Flintstones. No HDTV, not even in color. Just a bland shade of gray on an over sized black and white set. With NO remote!! I know! We actually had to get up, turn the dial and rearrange my brother on his chair holding the rabbit ears to see what was on next! No cable TV means no TV guide. Unless you bought one at the grocery store. My mother didn’t. It was torture.
My mom & dad got to sleep in while we got our weekly fill of Saturday morning TV. Having only 3 dial choices made for much less ‘Will you fix the remote I just took all the batteries out of and stuck in the microwave’… What? That doesn’t happen at your house? Here either, I was just kidding. We’ve never cleaned battery acid out of the microwave.
Way back in those dark days before cable TV we just watched whatever the adults were watching. Some really great shows like Starsky & Hutch, MASH, Baretta and my favorite to watch sitting cuddled up to my grandpa… All in the Family. Archie Bunker was a sexist, racist we all just loved, huh? He’d be bleeped out today by the bleeper police for sure! Some were kind of crappy shows. The News, Maude, The Bionic Woman… Remember those? Such simpler times back then. We couldn’t really complain. There really weren’t many choices to complain about. You either all squished on the couch together in front of the ONE TV in the house and watched or, you went to your room read a book or went to sleep. Period. No gazillion cable TV channels.
Which brings me back to last night. All our homes are filled with 48′ HDTV’s, and thousand adult cable TV channels. And, all we watch is Nickelodeon! With the kid’s controlling the remote.
You know, to make a long story short and all…