Posts Tagged ‘television’

Through The Fog

September 17, 2010

Show of hands! How many out there remember those anti-smoking commercials not too long ago where people who no longer smoked found it insanely impossible to do ordinary tasks, like backing the car out of the driveway or eating? I always thought they were so ridiculous. But I think I can say that I get it now. I get the point they were making. Not in such a crucial way, as in being concerned about one’s health, I’m not disputing that, but rather just functioning, or trying to, with a certain stimulus no longer present. Perhaps it’s a silly comparison, but getting through the first days brought those commercials to mind. I have my daily self-imposed cattle herding-like, cookie cutter routine; start work by 7:30 or 8, turn on the NJ news at 9, watch CNN Headline news at 9:30, switch to the Hallmark Channel for The Golden Girls until 11 and then I Love Lucy until 1 when I take my lunch break. Well, thanks to the channel’s new line-up, Martha Stewart is in those time slots. I don’t watch Martha Stewart. I don’t have the desire to learn how to make napkin rings out of hollowed out tree branches. So, I scrambled all week trying to get a new routine, which in essence is like having my own babysitter. It’s Friday and I’m still not sure what I’m doing. But I’m getting better. I’ll muddle through.

News on the house front! The brick is done, as you can see below, but it still has to be grouted and also the ledges for under the front and attic windows have to be put in place. I didn’t think I was going to be able to get this shot because just after they called it a day the skies opened up and it was thundering and lightning and it was so dark. But it blew over and I was able to get my shot. But that’s not the news. The walls will probably be painted today–the ceiling was done yesterday. The floor will be going in, he said, I think, this week, which means either today or tomorrow and by next week he wants to break through the existing walls for the doorways. Oh, and the plans for the patio were discussed, as well as one tiny other project that’s been long in the coming and it’s looking good, according to Lou that it can be all be done by the winter.

Remember how earlier this week we played Bingo for charity? Well, we’ve got one more charity event coming up this weekend, but I don’t want to talk about it just yet so I don’t jinx myself. I’m a little nervous about it, but I made up my mind several weeks ago to do it. Tickets are bought. Our group is gathered. The meeting place and time is all set and I can’t back out now. I don’t know if I’ll be able to blog about it on Monday, since the event is Sunday and will run late into the night, but by Tuesday I will have the story. And more progress pictures of the house, no doubt.

And sadly, after 13,858 episodes, the world will stop turning later this afternoon for the residents of fictional Oakdale, Illinois on As The World Turns, the longest running television-only soap opera that debuted April 2, 1956. It was decided last December to cancel the sudser due to declining viewership and is ranked as the least watched of all the remaining soaps. Coincidentally, a year ago tomorrow marks the first  anniversary of when Guiding Light went off, the 72 year old soap that started on radio, then was broadcast on both radio and television before making the exclusive jump to TV. In ATWT’s place, there will probably be some game show or yet another talk show. This is what you want, dear television viewing public, so have at it! Just leave my story alone! Long live One Life To Live!

On that note, it’s National Apple Dumpling Day. Rejoice!

Whoops, sorry, I just got this in. Herbert and The New Shazzam wanted me to tell you they’re still on the job and  they asked to me quickly tell you the latest out of the American Idol camp and they’re sorry they missed letting you know about J Lo and Steven Tyler being the new judges. To celebrate the 10th season of American Idol, online auditions will be accepted from those who cannot make it to the try-outs. Each hopeful has a 40 second shot with only one entry per person allowed. I would imagine with several different email addresses each would try more than once. They can sing songs only from a select list of approved songs and submit them through “Idol”‘s mini MySpace page until October 6. The ones that make it will move forward to the call back round in Los Angeles.

A “Moo”ving Story

June 16, 2010

“She called my name and seduced me, so I had to have sex with her,” was the defense given by Busti Ngurah Alit from Indonesia after a neighbor caught him in the rice paddy fields. 18 year old Alit was standing naked while holding onto not the back of a beautiful woman, but the cow who was so entrancing to him. To cleanse his unholy act, the young man, at the hand of the village chief, Embang Ida Bagus Legawa was forced to marry the cow. He fainted during the ceremony that also required his clothing be thrown into the sea. Then, to rid the village of bad luck, Chief Embang gave the owner of the seductress cow the equivalent of $562 before drowning the beast at sea. They should have at least burned it at the “steak”.

Just thought you’d like to know that.

A new study shows that every hour spent watching television increases the risk of dying from heart disease by almost 1/5. Other maladies that could be increased include cancer and strokes. Nothing, however, was said of utter boredom. Did you see the final season of LOST? The Australian researchers monitored 8,800 adults for six years and in the follow up there were 284 deaths; 87 from cardiovascular related problems and 125 from cancer. The other 72 MUST have been from boredom.

The study also states that watching more than 4 hours a day increases the likelihood of death by any number of reasons by 80 per cent. And if you add in the possibility that any short people in the findings from a Finnish study that revealed that people under 5 feet tall (because their arteries are thin) have a 50% chance of pre-mature death from heart disease were included in the Australian TV study, then those findings are rather skewed.

Of course watching television isn’t the only sedentary activity that can increase one’s likelihood of an early demise, it’s also sitting in front of a computer for work. Hmm, well, I work in front of computer, with the TV going pretty much all day and then I sit at night in front of the boob tube. So making any adjustments for my time with the weights and my aerobic exercise and maybe count in my trip back and forth to the mailbox each day, which sometimes can be twice if I’m sending anything out, added to the fact that I have watched hours of television almost daily for most of my nearly 50 years, and figuring that 1/5 daily risk, I’m sure I