Being addicted to television is OK by me

Published 9:30 am Monday, September 23, 2013

Column: Something About Nothing, by Julie Seedorf

“I’m so excited. I just can’t hide it. I’m about to lose control, and I think I like it.”

When the Pointer Sisters sang those lyrics, I am sure they were referring to something totally different than this old lady.

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It is the new television season, and I can’t wait! Yes, I love television, and I am not going to apologize for it. I have my DVR set to record “Dancing with the Stars,” the new “Survivor,” “NCIS,” “NCIS Los Angeles,” “Criminal Minds,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Shark Tank,” “Blue Bloods,” “Love It or List It” and a few daytime shows. I am sure I will add more as the new shows popup in the listings.

It may seem a bit much. I never watch live television, and by recording my shows, I can watch them at my leisure without the annoying commercials. I can hear all of you being horrified, not only by all the television I watch, but by the violence of some of the shows.

When I watch a TV show, I marvel at the creativity of the stories. I do a little critique, and perhaps because I am a writer, I occasionally write an ending that I think would have been better. The gore does bother me and I find myself closing my eyes from time to time.

One of my favorite shows is “Dancing with the Stars.” I watched the first show this past week. I had mixed feelings when, according to the show, they switched things up a bit. It must have been broken, although I didn’t think so, for them to change the format. Change is hard for all of us, especially those my age and I did not like having all the dancers crushed together next to the judges. I missed the anticipation of the scores because they did them right away. I felt it was rushed.

Did I tell you I like anticipation? The mystery and the thrills would drag out in other years. Which couple is going to get a perfect 10? I also missed some of my favorite pro stars.

I like to watch “Survivor” because the dynamics of the characters are interesting to me. I like to watch the scenery and the wildlife that they focus in on with the show. They have changed it up, too, and it seems a lot less rugged than when it started. But who can tell what is real and what is fake?

I very seldom watch television during the day. It doesn’t interest me even on weekends. The main reason I watch is that it relaxes me and lets my mind go mush after a day of whirling thoughts and decisions. The hardest decision I have to make while watching television is which button to press on my remote. I don’t get carried away like nameless people in my family who can’t let the remote sit for seconds of time on the same channel. I gracefully and lazily and slowly move the buttons every hour or so.

Somewhere between 9 and 10 p.m., my eyes start to glaze over and my lids lower. At that time I know I am relaxed enough to shuffle to the bedroom to get a little shuteye.

Some people fall asleep reading. They could argue with me that I might consider reading instead of watching all the junk on television that corrupts my mind. The problem for me with reading a book is that there is always another page to turn. There is always another sentence lurking, drawing me in so that I can’t put down the book until I have finished it. I have been known to read all night. It is harder for me to put down the book than it is to turn off the television with the remote.

I suppose you could say I am addicted to television even though I only watch it in the evenings. It does put me to sleep. The truth is that I am addicted to watching Shemar Moore, Tom Selleck and Ted Danson.

What more can I say? I’ve traded my Robert Redford fixation in for Shemar, Tom and Ted. Sorry Robert. You didn’t call. Sweet dreams.


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