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  • July 17, 2016 11:21 pm

It happened again—I had a great topic (I thought) for a blog post—and there was another national tragedy, the shooting and murder of police officers in Baton Rouge.

May the officers who lost their lives rest in peace, and may their families find comfort. I pray that the wounded will heal fully.

But, as I said the last time, maybe we need a distraction—or a reassurance that life, indeed, does go on and yes, we will survive.  

With those thoughts in mind,  I offer this blog post.


TV in Restaurants

I enjoy TV. I like watching favorite shows, and DVR many of them so I can enjoy them at my leisure.

But—and this is a big but, I hate TVs in restaurants (another thing I enjoy!)restaurant-1343327_960_720

First of all, I am highly visual, and I find TVs perched high on a restaurant’s walls to be terribly distracting. When I go out to eat, it’s not only because I don’t want to cook, but because I like the sociability of eating out. Conversations with friends, enjoying the restaurant’s ambience, and eating tasty food should be part of the experience. But, for me, those pleasures are diluted by the ever-present TV show that plays just above my companion’s heads. And because I am so visual, I find myself quite distracted by the TV.  I assume that other people feel the same way.

I wonder who thought that folks who are eating out needed the stimulation of TV.  I can understand it in a Sports Bar, where people go to cheer their favorite team, but  are they necessary in a restaurant that doesn’t necessarily cater to a sports crowd? And having a TV in the bar section of a restaurant might be a good idea—but placing TVs in the room dedicated to dining makes no sense.

There’s another problem with TVs in dining areas. In my most frequented local restaurant, the choice of programs can be questionable. First of all, I resent being forced to watch Fox News, but more than that, I hate to gaze at a dining companion, and catch sight of a gory “criminal procedural” program. What is less appetizing than pictures of the wounds someone sustained when being murdered? Or the reenactment of an autopsy? Why should I, as a patron, have to get the attention of a server and request that the station be changed?

I am not the only one who finds TVs distracting. Friends have been diverted from conversational topics by whatever is on the nearest TV—sometimes appearing to be more interested in the TV than their dining companions.

Wearing blinders when I am dining in these restaurants seems extreme— so maybe I need to think about eating in more upscale places!


Image courtesy of Pixabay

I Love My DVR

  • May 24, 2016 2:36 am


Our lives are filled with time saving gadgets. We have dishwashers, washing machines, leaf blowers, lawn mowers we can ride, computers and printers—and my favorite, the DVR. What a great gadget! I wish I could thank the person who invented it personally.

While we’re busy living our lives, doing necessary chores like grocery shopping or more enjoyable things like attending a child’s  dance recital or graduation or just hanging out with friends, the DVR is there, making sure that we don’t miss any of our favorite TV programs. It even allows us to watch one show while it dutifully tapes another show that can be accessed later. We can even read the newspaper or a book basking in the glow of the red light that tells us that yes, our beloved TV program will be ready when we are.

I realized how much I like—no love—my DVR recently while watching a playback of a network TV show.  First of all, I was able to watch a half hour sit-com (my favorites) in 22 minutes. I was thrilled when I realized how much time I saved! I was able to skim over all of the ads which saved almost 10 minutes. That meant that I could watch almost three sitcoms in the time it would have taken to watch only two. What a time-saver!

But the best part for me was that I was not forced to watch any ads with Matthew Mc Conaguhy driving high-end luxury vehicles while talking to his dogs. That alone made using the DVR worth it.

Yes, The DVR is a great invention—easy to use, convenient and reliable. And it is my all time favorite gadget. It has saved me time and I have been released from the tyranny of Matthew McConaguhy!

Thank you, DVR.


Image –Pixabay




Thank God for TV

  • April 8, 2012 5:11 am

I doubt that the early pioneers who invented TV had any idea what an impact it would have. Children would be exposed to educational programs like Sesame Street; adults would partake of everything from wrestling matches to world class concerts. And we would learn how to cook, remodel our homes and decorate like Martha. The world would become familiar with “celebrities” like Snookie and Kim.

Most importantly, people recovering from surgery or an injury would have a way of filling the hours as they recover. Think about it, when you’re in the hospital or laid up at home, what do you do to entertain yourself? TV. And why not? It brings you a world of entertainment and keeps your mind, if not stimulated, certainly busy. What fun it is to discover programs you never would have watched before! You may even find a program that becomes your new “must see”—one that you want to watch every day. Or you can take a nostalgia trip and view programs you loved when you were a kid—“I Love Lucy” or “Bonanza”, for instance.

It’s even possible that you might start to look forward to being ill or injured so you can spend hours in front of a glowing TV screen, flipping through the channels until you find the perfect program.

I wonder what people did in times past to amuse themselves when they were too ill or in too much pain to actually give a damn? Maybe other people read to them as they wasted away—and for those who had to work to put food on the table—they probably went to work no matter what.

Personally, I am happy that we have the option of watching TV until cross-eyed when we are ill. First, what lulls you to sleep sooner than a boring TV program? And think about your significant other—he or she can leave you ensconced on the sofa or recliner with tissues, cough medicine, a cold drink, a phone and a sandwich in the fridge knowing that the TV will keep you company. How much easier it is to go to work, or out to lunch knowing that the TV is there “taking care” of the person who is ill.

Yes. We are lucky to have TV in our lives—to help us heal and to keep us company when we are ill. Thank God for TV!