I was reminded yesterday morning that it's time to "get a life."
There are so many serious things going on in the country and the world, some of which I qualified to opine on; most of which I'm not, so I rely on the expertise of others to inform me, and I spend a lot of time being informed.
In an effort -- not to get a life -- but to get my life as I knew it back -- I chose today to write about the silly and the inconsequential. Inconsequential, that is, unless I'm looking for something to entertain me.
For months my life has been consumed with news, news, more news and learn 'em channels, with very little escape from them.
I need something to watch that will simply allow me to vegge out and be numbed with mindless entertainment.
It started yesterday...not a good day...when by mid-afternoon I'd had enough and turned off all the radios and televisions, dug out a dusty Dvorak CD and began playing it while writing.
About 21 bars into "C Major: Presto," [three minutes and 54 seconds] my daughter reminded me that the first game of a split bill between the Dodgers and Rockies was on Thee TV.
Great! I thought. As much as I like Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, I like the melodious voice of Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully more...even when "my guys" are losing. Which they did. Twice.
Win or lose, I love the Dodgers, and baseball is the only sport I have any passion about.
As much as I'm into baseball, the Science, History, Discover, home improvement and other learning channels, they don't entertainment make.
I get tired of being informed (well sort of) by the news, or learning things. Sometimes I want nothing more than to be entertained.
Looking for something to watch that's pure mind-numbing entertainment that requires no thinking whatsoever is a daunting task. It's nearly as elusive as that ol' proverbial needle in whatever it might get lost in.
Network TV is a greater "wasteland" than when the phrase was coined decades ago. If I have to count Fox as a "real" network, then I have to say they are one of the four networks that broadcast my four I-look-forward-their-return shows. Sorry, NBC you're not on the list.
CBS has two with "Jericho" and "N.C.I.S.," and ABC's "Boston Legal."
Fox doesn't really count because "24" isn't on the fall schedule, and won't return until January, which is good, because by then the others will already be in reruns.
I looked at the three majors' fall schedules and basically there's nothing to interest an intelligent person who is seeking entertainment.