I am not a TV watcher. I tend toward anything else really and being a compulsive reader, that is what usually fills my entertainment time. I will pick up anything; a weeks old newspaper, the back of the cooking oil bottle, a book on the Arts and Crafts movement in the northwest. If I want something in the background so it isn’t so quiet, I put on music. Usually Jazz.
My wife, on the other hand, is a TV watcher. She usually has it on in the background when she is doing other things, just for the noise, to keep her company so to speak. And while she doesn’t do this when she is reading, it is on when she is cooking or working her seedlings. Usually it’s a whole series, season by season. Which, as a non-TV person, begins to grate on me. But, every once in a while I find myself really enjoying the show.
Right now she is watching Friends.
As I said, I was never a TV watcher (my older brother had control of the remote when we were kids, so I just found other interests, usually Conan paperbacks), so I never really watched the show back in the ’90’s when it was on. But watching it now, as an adult with a grown child, I am surprised at how much I am enjoying it. Yes, it is a typical sitcom with laugh tracks and title themes, but between this and Seinfeld (my insomnia go to) you can (IMVHO) witness the zenith of the sitcom. Very strong writing, developed characters, impeccable timing, strong physical comedy and most importantly, no references to then current events, or at least not much (did catch a Y2K mention last night.) In short, comedy gold.
So, what are you watching and/or reading?
We will be back with a installment of the Norwegian Wood book club next week.