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From the Midway: Still doing OK without TV

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It's been over nine months now since the government took away my television. Back in February I wrote a column about how I'd be OK and I would get by.

Since that time many in the community have asked me how I've been handling life without televison. Well, it's been great. I really haven't missed it all that much.

I have come to realize that there were several events the past year that I'm glad I did not have to sit through. There was a claim earlier this year that President Obama was on television all the time. From what I gathered from hearing people talk, he must have been on all the channels 24/7.

That kind of sounds refreshing after eight years of tight lips and undisclosed locations. But I can see how "all Obama all the time" could get annoying. Luckily, I can't say I missed it at all.

One other story from the past nine months has been the death of Michael Jackson. I never knew Michael personally, but you almost had to have lived in a cave for the past 40 years if you never heard of him.

Love him or hate him, Jackson has forever left his mark on pop culture. But I am so glad that I was not forced to watch the media circus that surrounded his death. I've all ready witnessed his upbringing, his marriages and his children, a couple of trials and, of course, his Peter Pan lifestyle. Let's just let the man finally rest in peace.

I haven't' seen any reality shows these past nine months except one when by chance I was inside Letsche's Bike Shop when the Balloon Boy story was unfolding - another case in point to why I haven't missed television, and a perfect example of how human nature can manipulate that medium for their own gains.

There are a few things though I have missed, like Conan O'Brien moving over to the Tonight Show. I don't even know what his set looks like. Sometimes I really do miss the Sunday morning talk shows. It was watching those shows that helped me when I examined a political issue. Without many of the facts or watching the players express their facts, it has somewhat tied my hands in that arena.

One final thing that I haven't been able to watch and I thought would be a problem that turned out not to be was NFL Football. It seems I don't miss that at all. I can putter around the house all day long and not even think about football.

I still find some entertainment in my life. I do watch a lot of movies and can be found hanging out at the movie store quite a bit. Luckily this year the Sanford Museum had a few book sales and I picked up about 160 books (mostly encyclopedias) to last me through the winter.

So, I've been getting by with the loss of television and to tell you the truth, I think I can get by for a long time to come.

Mike Leckband
From the Midway