I don’t have a TV.
More specifically, I DO have 2 TVs, but they are not hooked up to anything. They can play DVDS but I don’t even use them for that anymore – I am getting ready to give one of them away, and the other is truly a decoration at this point. Its days are numbered as well. I’m not 100% sure they even work as it’s been at least 6 months since I’ve turned them on.
I haven’t really watched TV for the past 10 years, and usually I don’t miss it. I posted about this a long time ago and got quite a reaction from readers! The only time I really miss it is during Presidential elections, big events like Katrina or 911, and ….the Olympics!
The Bejing Olympics I pretty much missed. I tried to watch the opening ceremony online but I think I got a virus along with it. It was slow and also in German! Luckily a friend had taped the opening so my Mom and I watched it later. I think I saw one running event on someone’s TV.
This time, the London Olympics, has been very different. I was able to see quite a bit of the opening ceremony using the NBC app on my iPad. Since I am a former skydiver, former Corgi owner and huge James Bond/Daniel Craig fan, I’m glad I got to see the video with him and the Queen (and the Corgis!!). I unfortunately was not as lucky finding clips of the closing ceremony but I did see a little bit.
NBC actually was extremely generous and posted lots of footage of the Olympic events, even featuring key clips for the day. I felt guilty that I actually didn’t watch more, but of course the point is that I don’t like to watch TV! I watched enough that I feel more a part of the Olympic experience this time and got to enjoy some key moments. They have plasma screens in the kitchens at work too so I caught occassional glimpses of rowing, etc when I was getting coffee.
This experience has still not convinced me to watch more TV (except PBS which I love and can get on my iPad). However, I was inspired by the videos I did see and was glad that this time I was able to share a little bit in the Olympic experience.