In Canada there is really nothing to do in winter. I mean there is really really nothing to do. Canadians like to ski and do somersaults on ice and other such activities that only white people are crazy enough to do. But I am a brown man. And I am cold. Actually I can’t lie, the weather has actually been unusually warm lately, +2 Celsius.
Don’t get me wrong, there is actually plenty to do in Canada but it all gets filtered out depending on your characteristics. For example, I’m a practicing Muslim so there goes drinking at bars and dancing at night clubs. I’m a student on a limited budget, so there goes expensive restaurants and hang outs.
Now I am an Arab and logic dictates that I should be in some cafe smoking argeelah but I despise the habit and I think I have some sort of allergy to smoke in general. So there’s goes that.
Also, I am car-less, so that rules out anything outside that I can’t walk to, bike to, or take the bus to in preferably under 30 minutes.
What this leaves me with is the movies or home. This isn’t a big thing as I am a fan of the great indoors. However when I’m in Amman I can’t stand to be inside. I have to go out every day and every night even if it’s just for a walk or a drive. I don’t know why, I guess the environment demands it.
And that is how I became a TV freak.
TV does have some good shows which I follow every week. In fact everyday there’s something and I watch only what I consider to be the best shows on the flat box. If you filter out the crap you can squeeze out about one good hour a night.
On Monday its Medium, which is a great show about a woman who helps the DA to solve crimes based on visions she gets.
On Tuesday its Boston Legal, probably one of the best law shows that is both funny and dramatic with a stellar cast.
On Wednesday it’s LOST, ah well, what can be said about this show other than it rocks.
On Thursday it’s NBC with My Name is Earl with Jason Lee which is about a red neck type bad guy who after being so unlucky decides to do his “Karma” good and cross off something bad he did on his Karma list every episode. And this is followed by The Office, not as good as the British version, but let me tell you it is nevertheless brilliant. Steve Carrell is definitely the craziest boss in the world.
Friday, nothing. Why the heck is there nothing on Friday? Because everyone goes out and no one watches TV.
SNL on Saturday (if I can stay awake and it’s not on reruns)
Sunday it’s The West Wing on NBC and Family Guy on FOX
And every night I record The Daily Show to watch the next morning on the treadmill and with fast forwarding thatâ??s about 20 minutes.
So as you can see, I watch about one hour of TV a day, except Sundays when it’s 90 minutes. So that’s 7.8 hours or 470 minutes or 28,200 seconds of my life a week invested into watching TV. Luckily I only get 27 local channels and no cable like HBO and Showtime. Now I know TV has such a bad wrap from parents and the pseudo-educated elitists who pride themselves in the fact that they only “read books and never watch TV”, but I disagree. I think TV like movies, like music, has its good and it’s bad. At worst it can be your sloppy dribble of shows like “Wife Swap” and “The Bachelor”; the killer filler. But at best it can make you laugh at least for a few minutes a day in such solemn and bleak winter weather, or even inspire you with its creativity. There are shows that will just “wow” you like LOST every now and then.
And if nothing else, your mind which is constantly haunted by your daily burdens, will be preoccupied for just one hour with white noise. Did you ever try not thinking? See the Zen way to go about this is not the lotus position, it’s watching TV and letting it numb your senses.
And I like my senses to be numb at least an hour everyday; it’s time off for the brain. It’s being awake, but not really awake.
And that is how I became a TV freak.
Deep down, we’re all TV freaks.
The question is, what was everyone doing before TV was invented?