Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Turn off the box

My telly is on the blink.

Sound is good. Picture is bad. Shadows running across the screen give me a headache. No amount of banging on the side will fix it now. I wondered last night, as I tried to watch some rubbish (it was rubbish even without the image problem), what on earth I was doing.

I could get it fixed – it’s only a few years old. Surely it hasn't yet reached its built-in obsolescence date. But I’m going to defer fixing it. I’m trying something else instead.

I’m going to not watch the telly.

Radical? No, of course not. Many families do it, I know. But I’m a bit of a must-have-the-TV-on sort of gal. I only have a few favourite shows (QI, Outnumbered, Modern Family, ABC News), but I tend to sit around waiting for something I want to watch to come on. I call it knitting time.

But I’m going to give it a go, for a few weeks at least. No telly. And I won't be at a loose end at all.  I have a gazillion things I should be doing instead of watching telly anyway.  I’ll let you know how I go.

What about you? Do you watch the telly? Lots? Sometimes? Hardly ever?


Michelle said...

I can do without TV - would rather listen to music and radio. but if I was a person who needed to have the TV on for noise company, I'd definitely miss the TV!

Good luck!

Rhonda said...

Hey good idea. I love listening to audio books I get from the Library while I knit (in bed at night). You can still watch IQ and ABC news on iview when it suits you - I don't know about the other two programs. I still love to watch a movie occasionally. Come over and watch a movie with me if you get the DTs.

~Whirlsie~ said...

Good Idea! I will be interested to see how you go!! I also love to have mine on just to have it in the background.

Hashi said...

Well you know me, the no-telly girl. But of course now I'm about to move back into Meltzer-tv-land. I have decided to watch Dexter with my man. I reckon one hour a week of admiration of his proppy handiwork, will go down a treat for both of us.