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From the Midway: I love to beat a dead horse

Monday, February 15, 2010

I have a confession to make to my regular readers. In December, I got my television back. I haven't had a chance to write about this and with this much time passing I started to feel a little guilty for you readers.

As the faithful know, the government took away all my TV channels one year ago. At that point, I went cold turkey without the network channels for the first time in my life. For 10 months, I left behind something that's been a part of my life since I can remember.

But recently, a friend of mine bought a new television set and felt sorry for me and gave me his converter box.

For those of you who are wondering why I haven't got a converter box for myself the reason is quite simple. I refused to pay for something I got all my life for free. So I refused to buy a box. Nope, not one penny of mine was to be spent.

Well, the night my friend gave me his box I went home and hooked it up and after 10 months of not watching TV all that was on were shows I'd already seen. So I really guess I haven't missed that much.

But I did tune in during the most dramatic television since Johnny Carson retired. The Late Show Wars were on. And my loyalty went to Conan O'Brien. Since I had to pick a side , Jay Leno or Conan, I had to toss my lot in with Conan. It's been several years now since the announcement of Jay retiring from the Tonight Show, and Conan was appointed heir apparent at that time. NBC did this to avoid the controversy that they had that Jay and David Letterman had during the 90's.

Jay said his good-byes and that should have been that. But giving him another shot on prime time was a foolish mistake - A mistake that NBC has paid dearly for.

My biggest problem so far with having my TV back is the quality of the signal. Back in the old days if you didn't get a strong signal you could still make out a snowy picture. Worst case was that you had to listen to your favorite show like a radio program. But now, if you don't get a good signal you don't get anything. There are times that I walked in front of the TV and there goes my signal. It is really frustrating. You would think that with new technology it should come in better.

As for channels, I've gained a few more but at the same time I lost a couple, too. I have found that since having TV back into my life, I still just don't watch as much as I used to. To put it simply, I just don't trust that TV will be around in my future. It's kind of like dating an ex-girlfriend. There is a part of me that's just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

But for right now I'll enjoy what I can when I can. If worse comes to worse, I can always pick up a good book.

Mike Leckband
From the Midway