“If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.”

Today is warm and humid and still damp from the rain of the last two days. Only the middle of the street is beginning to dry. Much of the pollen has been washed away. My car is red again. Today I’m getting what I need to open the deck for summer. That would be paint for the planters, more clay pots, flowers and herbs. With my pad and pen in hand, I have to go on the deck and make a list of what I need then it’s off to Agway.

This morning I watched The Lone Ranger. Much of it was filmed outside on dusty roads among hills lined with rocks. It wasn’t really all that bad for being 59 years old. Tonto may have butchered the English language, but he was an equal partner to Kemosabe. Adam 12 was next. It hasn’t aged as well as The Lone Ranger filled as it is with 1970. After that, I was done with classic television.

When I was a  kid, we had only a few channels to watch. Saturday mornings were filled  with cartoons and half hour shows like Rin Tin Tin, Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and Captain Midnight. I really liked Annie Oakley. She was a female sheriff, and that was a big deal to me. She wore what would later be called cullottes but the legs on hers were so wide they looked almost like a dress. Everything she wore was fringed. Captain Midnight was another favorite. I wanted my mother to buy me Ovaltine because that’s what Captain Midnight drank. She didn’t.

I remember well one of our TV’s, the one in the console, a huge cabinet for a small screen. It was against the wall near the window on the back wall of the living room. We’d sit close and watch until my mother made us move back to save our eyes. I know we had a color TV on the cape but the colors weren’t very bright. My father blamed cable, but it was just the TV getting old.

The TV I have now was the first HD set in the neighborhood. It caused quite the stir. Now everyone has HD. Mine is getting on in age as it is around 12, but it seems fine and the colors are still bright.

I like watching television, mostly at night. I have to be really bored to watch it in the daytime. Today I was bored.

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15 Comments on ““If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.””

  1. Richard Says:

    Heh. Grey, semi-damp-ish, cool … all we need now is some real rain. Humidity is around 60%, which ain’t ‘all that and a bag o’ chips.’ We’ll hit 88° according to the WX types.

    We have one channel here that ‘broadcasts’ from Senatobia, MS. It carries all the old black ’n white goodness from my childhood — and some stuff that precedes it, too. I’ve been able to revisit the Cisco Kid, Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy, Boston Blackie, Victory at Sea, the Silent Service, Dragnet, old B&W Mickey Mouse, Popeye, Tom & Jerry cartoons, etc. One of the best nights recently had ‘Casablanca’ and ‘Sands of the Sahara’ on a double bill. ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ was on a while back, as was ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ … yeah, good times a-plenty.

    New Orleans had three channels when I was a kid. ABC, CBS, & NBC. Later PBS was added to the mix. I still think PBS should pay its own way. If it’s so ‘good’ and ‘educational’ and ‘popular,’ then it should be able to survive in the free market sans their non-stop ‘Beg-A-Thons’ (which some give the ever-so-cute name of ‘Quiet Pleas’). Taxpayer dollars don’t need to be handed out to this organisation which propagates (rather, tolerates) only one point of view. Let it support itself.

    I’m getting ready to pull the plug on TV. Comcast rates keep spiraling upward with no concomitant viewer benefit (e.g., à la carte selection vs ‘bundling’). Theirs is a failed business model they’ll fight to impose on us as long as we tolerate it. I’m about ready to bring all their crap back to ’em. I know they’ll jack my internet rate, but I’ll also be looking for a separate ISP to replace ‘em for that, too.

    Today we are fortunate to have as our Guest Artist one Mr Percy Mayfield. On this particular piece (with ‘The Genius’, Mr Raymond Charles, on piano), Percy tells us of the ‘sturm und drang’ caused him because he feels like a ‘Stranger In My Own Home Town’ … note the interesting time signature. And now, to begin …

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      We were 12˚ cooler than Boston, but it was so humid any little movement caused me to sweat. Right now it is a lovely evening.

      I have one channel Cozi, which broadcasts old TV programs and a couple of other channels where I can watch old movies. I don’t think any of them has broadcast Victory at Sea. What I remember most about that program is the great music.

      Channels 2 and 44 are our PBS programs. I donate every year, but I know several people who watch but don’t donate. There are, I think, 2 fundraisers a year so they do not have non-stop beg-a-thons. I watch several of their great series and specials.

      Dish is the only other option besides Comcast here. They are wiring for verizon starting at the bridge but have only reached Sandwich.

      What a great song!!

      • Richard Says:

        I know what you mean about the ‘Victory At Sea’ theme … here’s the link:

      • katry Says:

        Richard,
        I forgot it was composed by Richard Rodgers. That is still a great theme!!

        Thanks!

  2. Hedley Says:

    Overdosing on the other football is about to begin as the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament kicks off on June 10th and there will be match days with three consecutive games. This will not be an issue for me.

    In KTCC World Christer and Birgit are vested and for a month we will be hoping that the moon and the stars align for Sweden and Germany and the Old County.

    I shall be making my way to Paris in early July to be in place for the Final at the Stade de France and I would be very pleased if England were to face Team Christer or Birgit. Time will tell.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I hope they check you every now and then to make sure you are still breathing. A secondary check should be to ask you a question or two to make sure you are still combos mantis.

      I will be hoping the Coffee family teams are successful. You’ll have to keep me up to date.

      I also hope it’s England for one of the teams in the Final!

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley, Ulm too this summer? Just curious.
      Have fun wherever you go and let’s hope for a great final in Paris! Just wave when you’re on TV 🙂 But first the group stage, I’ll cross my finger for our 3 teams.

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit – Ulm is still up in the air. We are waiting for a formal announcement and the folks in Ulm seem to be a bit evasive. If it happens it will likely be a 3 day run in September. – watch this space.

  3. Birgit Says:

    When I read your title quote I had to think of the European soccer Championship next month. Phew, I’m glad I’m not a man!
    As an avid radio listener I rarely watch TV but I have to admit that TV has considerable advantages when it comes to soccer.
    Our free commercial TV/radio is quite bad here and mainly tries to please the dumb masses and I’m glad our public broadcasting system still works and is worth the regular fee we pay though it’s endangered as nearly everywhere.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Hedley has already said he’d watching at least 3 in a row. I want his wife to check him periodically to make sure is is alive.

      I am watching baseball, one of my summer pastimes. I do watch the Patriots in the winter but no other sports.

      My PBS channel is excellent with its wonderfully varied programming. I can also watch the New Hampshire PBS station. I do hate commercials, but with regular broadcast channels I’m stuck with them.

  4. Coleen Says:

    Ahhh television!

    I worked for Cablevision for 16 years in their local programming department…my job was to make sure that these locally produced shows got on the air correctly each night.

    I liked my job a lot..when things went off well, I could watch other TV shows while keeping an eye on my stuff. They also had a reciprocal agreement with Comcast, which was available where I lived. This meant that in 16 years, I never paid for my personal cable. The month I moved, they dropped the agreement…

    I have a full cable package here where I live now, but I swear there is nothing to watch. There is PBS, Me-TV, my Mets, and maybe Turner Classic Movies. I’ve no interest in zombies or Game of Thrones…

    I seem to remember the phrase “aging in place”…maybe that’s me!

    Waving from a lovely Jersey Shore,

    Coleen

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      I love television. I watch my Sox and Patriots, TCM, MGM, PBS, Cozi and also Me-TV. I read the series A Song of Fire and Ice of which a Game of Thrones is the first novel (I’m still waiting for Book 6). I read it when it first came out about 20 years ago so I do love watching the TV series.

      I am also a science fiction fan so I watch a lot of B&W scifi movies, mainly dating from the 50’s.

      Waving from a humid Cape Cod!

      Kat

  5. olof1 Says:

    Hot, hot, hot here and we’re all hoping for some thunder so it will cool down for at least a while. I don’t mind 80F here at home but at work it’s just a pain. Very low humidity so we have no morning dew! Can’t remember when that happened the last time 🙂

    We had two channels when I was a kid and they only showed childrens programs on one of them. At that time they were very left inspired (looking back it feels like we belonged to that part of europe and not the west 🙂 ) and Disney was a demon so we mostly watched eastern european cartoons. Ok they were always well made but not what we wanted to see. We could only see DSisney on Christmas and I guess that is why we love our traditional christmas program so much.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Today is cooler than yesterday with much less humidity. I had to turn on my bedroom AC last night as I was so hot.

      That’s a perfect way to enlist young in your cause-show them leftist cartoons. Kids are suckers for animation.

      I love your Christmas tradition!

      Have a great day!


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