A couple of years ago, in an effort to save a little money, we got rid of our cable. “Got rid” is perhaps not accurate. Instead, we reverted to very basic cable. Which afforded us the 3 major networks, plus a couple of minor ones, PBS, and a Spanish speaking station. Oh. And the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Which evidently stars some gal with pink hair.
Or was that a kid’s show on PBS?
The first couple of months were hard, as I would sit in front of a static screen, willing HGTV to appear before me. But alas, other than a few tears shed over the loss of the weather channel and FOX News, I got over it.
Fast forward two years, and we began looking for new ways to trim our budget. Fiddledaddy did some research and learned that if we bundled our home phone, business phone, internet access, and cable, we would save an additional $50.00 a month.
But there was a catch. Our cable would be upgraded. So, for $50 less each month, we would be getting HUNDREDS OF CHANNELS AGAIN. IN HIGH DEFINITION!
We were torn.
And then we got over it and accepted this gift horse.
We’ve had to put severe limitations not only on ourselves (because hello? Weather channel. 24 hour disaster coverage!) but also on the children.
Fiddledaddy and I previewed afternoon Disney channel fare and we were dismayed at what we found. The shows geared to the “tweens” were rife with attitude, disrespect, belligerence, and general snarkiness.
So we’ve banned afternoon Disney channel television.
Making us wildly popular with our tween girl.
And while I’m thinking about it, I had an opportunity to spend some time with a group of 2nd through 5 grade girls at our church recently. They were discussing books, movies, and tv shows that they watch.
Apparently, some of them had gone to see the movie “Twilight.”
Seriously? Isn’t that a movie about vampires? Sensual vampires? And isn’t it rated PG-13?
These were 9 and 10 year old girls. One of whom was a pastor’s daughter.
I dunno. Maybe I’m like 90, and just didn’t realize it. But I can’t see how that’s appropriate for 9 and 10 year old girls. Am I missing something?
It is interesting to note that I spent my childhood afternoons seated in front of “Dark Shadows” with my mother. I have to say in retrospect, that I was allowed to see a number of movies that I really wish my parents had not allowed. I still have images in my head that haunt me.
Maybe that’s why I’m taking such a strong stance.
On a brighter note, my girls have discovered the joys of “The Brady Bunch.” And were more than a little horrified to learn that their mother can sing the entire theme song loudly and off key.
I fully expect that “groovy” and “far out” are going find liberal usage in everyday language around here.
And frankly, I find that outta sight.
I know I’m horribly outdated and old fashioned, but I do miss the old shows of the 60’s. Other shows I loved to watch were “Get Smart”, “My 3 Sons”, “The Flying Nun”, and “The Partridge Family”. To name a few. Innocent entertainment.
Join me in a glass of Geritol and tell me the shows you all loved from your youth!