theunplannedlife

Primetime

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2009 at 9:57 am

When I was in high school we had to take family living. This class was a joke but I do remember one thing from it. I can’t remember the context of the question, but it was about television. The teacher asked how many TVs were in everyone’s house. It went something like this.

“Raise your hand if you do not have any TVs in your home.”

Silence.  A room full of blank expressions.

“Ok.  Raise your hand if you have only 1 TV.”

I raise my hand, look around.  I am the only one raising my hand.

“If you have 2 TVs.”

Again no one raises their hand.

“3 TVs.”

Several people raise their hands.

“4 TVs.”

A few more hands.

“5 or more TVs.”

The ones who had yet to raise their hands did.

It was shocking to me.  Not only did I have the fewest amount of TVs, but everyone had at least three!!  I seemed to be some sort of anomaly.  I failed to mention that my television was older then me too.

Growing up this meant we had to agree on what we were going to watch.  Sometimes this was easy, and sometimes it wasn’t.  My mother always held the final say.  It meant I never watched 90210 (The original, not this new one.) like my friends did.  But I did watch Dr. Quinn.  When I was about 15, my mom acquired a free TV from her job.  It went up in her room where it was seldom used.

Things haven’t really changed around here.

Again I was reminded of just how different my family is in regards to TV.  We had the cable guy out because of our sluggish internet connection.  He’s asking about our other televisions.  I’m like what do you mean.  I’m supposed to have other TVs.  One isn’t sufficient?  We have cable… at least the basic package.  Quite the collection of DVDs and Blockbuster Total Access.  There is plenty of TV watching, but why do I need more then one?

How many TVs do you have?

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