The Boob-Tube vs Improving My Writing!

When my ex-wife and me were married, we owned cable television for about ten years. It was mostly because she loved watching movies on cable. I’ve not been a huge movie fan. After we parted paths, cable was a distant memory for me, and I haven’t watched cable television in the last ten years.

I was hospitalized recently for about ten consecutive days and the hospital had cable television for the patients and every day I watched it, I became addicted to the History channel; Discovery and so on. It was so addictive that, when I was taken out of the hospital, I called the cable provider to make arrangements to have cable put in. “What can it do?” I thought to myself. After having not had cable for more than a decade I thought I would give it about four months as a trial and if it proved to be going to cause a disruption to my work and projects, I would remove it. Visit:-

But, I was not happy with the $60.00 per month cost which was why I didn’t want to look for some entertainment to justify the price. I, did, however contact the cable company to set up an appointment for the cable guy to show up and set up the cable next week. My TV watching has been cut down substantially because of the following reasons.

* Sports: When I was young, sports were always a part of my life. I was a sports fan and couldn’t get enough sports on television, for instance. I envisioned that I’d get older and become the greatest coach that ever lived and lead my team into the Super Bowl, and win one Super Bowl after another! (you’re dreaming Jer!) But, later in life, I got into the world of writing and art, and sports began to fade from my life. Another reason I drifted from sports is the plethora of corruption that’s happening today in every sport! I’m disgusted by the amount they pay these crybaby millionaires to play baseball, football and basketball, etc. And, the strikes which took place in early years, when the players were arrogant and greedy, they wanted to earn more and more. STRETCHES! Millionaire owners fighting millionaire players! I was irritated by everything!

Today, the amount basketball and college football coaches are paid, usually with a huge sum, isn’t right! basketball and football are hugely lucrative sports along with the cheating and scandal that comes with them. In the headlines of The Albuquerque Journal of September 15 2007 reads “Trouble is raging in Loboland.” A NCAA investigation into the University of New Mexico’s grades of athletes. As of now it’s all allegations. Another reason not to take sports seriously is that I haven’t watched the NCAA football or basketball game for more than three years. Why should I pay $60.00 a month in cost of cable to watch these greesters and cheaters?

In the NFL there was a scandal that occurred as the New England Patriots were caught in a cheating scheme by videotaping the signals from their opponents. The coach, Bill “Bellicheat,” was fined $500,000 and the manager, “Mr. Krafty,” was fined $250,000, which is nothing to the cheaters! This team has won 3 Super Bowls over the course of six years. This leads to believe they could have used a scam to secure all those Super Bowl wins! Another reason for me not to follow these over-paid greedy players and cheaters!

In the year 2007 I haven’t been able to watch the game of Major League baseball in over ten years; a NBA (National Basket Association) game in more than ten years; nor have I ever watched the World Series or a baseball All-Star game. For me it seems that it seems that the NFL (National Football League) is hanging on by a string, and I’m still a Charger fan (barely) , but my interest in all the millionaire crybabies who are paid a lot is way down!

A recent study was conducted in which it was found that it would cost $150.00 to get four people in a family to go to a New York Yankee game…another disgrace! The world is full of suckers everyday…and who pays the outrageous salaries? The stupid fan, or anyone else? The best thing the fan can dois avoid the arenas and stadiums. Also, demonstrate to these pirates who’s chief!

* Soaps: I’ve not been a fan of soaps! I haven’t seen anything that is entertaining about deceit; adultery; hatred; jealousy; betrayal; gossip , and so on.

* Who was the culprit? I have never watched the cops and robbers series on television. Another mindless way to spend time. It’s the same…somebody dies at the beginning of the series and they must discover the culprit. (Excuse me…yawn!)

* Game illustrates: If there’s nothing better to do…tune in. Also, since I’m not able to ever respond to a question for Jeopardy…forget it! I’ve never claimed to be the fastest horse in the race, but you know!

• Talk show: I believe everybody in the country has had a talk program, with the exception of me. I believe that some talk shows are informative and educational, but they can also be distracting and addictive also.

“Sit-coms”: I’ve been working in the field of humor for the majority of my career, and many of these sit-coms that I’ve seen on TV are…well…a method of filling a time slot by the executives in television. These sit-coms aren’t able to stand with the classics of older times like All In The Family; The Jeffersons; Sanford and Son, MASH, etc.

* Local News: As of 2007, I’ve not seen a local news on television for over three years! The same broken record…murders, rape, corruption; scandal; robberies; perverts; pedophiles; hate, etc. I’ve never witnessed anything positive on local newscasts, so why should I pay attention? How many times do they show an U.S. troop kicking down the door of an apartment in Iraq? NEGATIVE SELLS! National newscasters make millions of dollars…and similar to the over-paid crybaby football, basketball and baseball player, and “movie star,” they aren’t worth the money they earn, also! I’ve prepared “late-breaking news” to them…GOOD-BYE!

* Movies/Television: These alleged “stars” from Hollywood aren’t worth was they get paid, either! And, the Oscar as well as the Emmy aren’t worth the money they believe they are worth! In a recent survey, the Oscar was voted last by the general public in importance, of the major awards like The Nobel or the Pulitzer, etc.
Recently, it was reported that 2007, the Emmy Awards, drew 13 per cent less viewers than the previous year. Additionally, the viewers’ number was down 27% since 2005. So, I can see people getting more informed and getting rid of these arrogant “stars!” Why should I spend my time with these snobs, who receive more than they’re worth?

Like anything else the act of watching television can be addictive! My mother spent a substantial portion of her time watching television but I don’t believe she did much else accomplished. In fact, I have a habit of watching SOME television shows, including the news; some documentaries; specials; certain programs on PBS, etc.

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