Random Thoughts from Day 3

It’s Day 3 of my own personal  “turn off your TV week” experiment.   Right now,  I am half listening to NPR wondering if they have some voice filter that they use on everyone or do they only hire people that have really relaxing voices?

I changed a light bulb that burned out last week.  That would not have happened tonight if I had the option to watch TV (and yes, I used one of those cool new “green” squiggly bulbs.)

I just learned that the M42 bus won the Pokie Award for the slowest bus in NYC. Wouldn’t know that if I were watching Boardwalk Empire.

This entry reminds me of In To The Wild,  at the end when the guy is trapped in that van and is losing his mind but he still writes in his journal every day.

I think I am too tired to read, but I guess I could give it a whirl.  Before I go, I will explain this picture.

I was completely wide-eyed tonight when I found myself in Rockefeller Center and looked up to see this amazing light show displayed on the side of Sax Fifth Avenue with musical accompaniment that filled the space between the buildings.   The tree and the skaters are old news.  This was pretty cool.

This post is a great example of why I don’t post every day…

Top 10 Reasons To Turn Off Your TV: A Review

Day 2 of my one week with no television.  It’s quiet.  Seems like a good time to talk about this great list I found on About.com

Top 10 Reasons to Turn Off your TV (by Mark Stibich, Ph.D) …. let’s discuss!

1. Television Eats Your Time – duh!
2. Television Makes You Stressed – people are stressed about not getting stuff done so then they watch TV because they are stressed and then even less gets done.  Sometimes, I just feel too tired to actually DO anything else.  A wise friend once said, if you are really that tired, go to bed.  Makes sense.
3. Television Makes You Overweight – apparently people eat between 31 and 74 percent more calories while watching TV.
4. Television Makes You Uninteresting –   I feel more interesting when I think about and write about stuff other than TV but some TV is pretty cool and fun.  (zombies, multiple universes, and vampires for example)  And I sometimes learn some wise things from my imaginary friends (usually the human ones).
5. Television Ruins Your Relationships – or possibly prevents you from having any.  But I do bond with some peeps around TV (hey BFF!) so I could lose friends if I stop watching TV completely.
6. Television is Not Relaxation – apparently the stimuli you are receiving from TV keeps your brain working which does not count as relaxing.  And by relaxing, they mean meditation!  Ah ha!
7. Television Loses Opportunities – “Watching TV isolates you. Nothing is going to change in your world if you are watching TV.”  This is my favorite one.  I might post it on my fridge.
8. Television is Addictive – “If the idea of giving up TV for a week is horrifying, you may be addicted to television.”  Hmmmm…..
9. Television Makes You Buy Things – personally, the internet makes me want to buy things.
10. Television Costs Money – which is why we love Hulu!!!  Spoken like a true addict.  Not that I would get rid of my cable or my TiVo in a million years.  This is just one week people!

There really are some good points in this article.  Thanks Mark, for giving me the strength to get through Day 2 and carry on to Day 3.