“If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.”

The rain comes and goes. It will be the same all day. Right now it is 38°, but the wind makes it feel colder. I went on the deck earlier as Henry had come inside but not Nala so I went hunting. She was under the deck staying dry. I got wet looking for her. That brings to question which of us was the dumb animal.

My mouth is permanently open in wonder. My new TV is mind blowing. I realized, when watching it for the first time, my old TV had faded colors. All of a sudden I can see reds and facial complexions. The TV picture looks like 3D. People with close-ups look as if they are in my den with me. Right now I am enjoying the company of Mr. Bond. Yesterday afternoon I reloaded all of my apps. Luckily I had the passwords. Today, though, a couple had to be reloaded. It took all of three or four minutes. I’m now watching Paramount+.

I grew up with TV’s. I don’t remember a time when we didn’t have one. The small screened black and white pictures were a marvel to me. Sitting on the floor in front of the set was the best spot for viewing. We didn’t go blind though my mother warned us about the effects of sitting so closely. I guess it was all those bulbs in the back which scared her. Back then, the stations went off the air some at 11, others at 12. I remember the first time I stayed up late enough to watch the end of the evening’s programming. It was a jet flying with Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder playing in the background. After that it was the Indian test pattern. I even watched that for a bit.

I also remember our first color TV. Watching Star Trek was my favorite. I got to see which poor crew member wore the red shirt. The channels we could watch were limited. We had a rooftop antenna as cable was not yet available. In the afternoon I watched The Lloyd Thaxton Show, an imitation of American Bandstand. As soon as cable was available, we got it. That was like a whole new world. It was the we noticed our TV had faded colors. My father blamed it on the cable so he called the cable company to come fix it. The guy who came told my father it was the TV, not the cable. The TV died not too long after. My father right away got a new set. The colors were vibrant. Deja vu.

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6 Comments on ““If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Congratulations, enjoy your new TV world!
    We’ve had 3 TV channels when I was a kid, roughly noon to midnight, but radio was more interesting anyway and I also was tired to ask if I was allowed to watch. You know, “TV is bad for kids”. It would have disturbed my mother. I’m still a radio person though today is TV day, the New Year special with the female Doctor Who I haven’t seen yet.

    • katry Says:

      This TV is just amazing. It is so bright and colorful I should wear sunglasses.

      I think we also only had three stations. I remember listening to serials on the radio. Sadly, though, they disappeared, kicked to the curb by TV. I have several radio stories saved. I also listen on my Alexa’s radio.

      It took me a while to get used to the female Doctor. At first, I wasn’t enthused, but now I like her.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today the sun mostly shined and we hit a high temperature of 90°. I can’t believe it’s still February and it’s this hot. I drove home from work with my AC running. 🙂

    My father bought us a TV the year I was born. My earliest recollection of TV was watching the test pattern during the day before they had daytime programming. One of my earliest recollection was watching a soap opera, “Love of Life” when daytime TV started. Is it still on TV?

    Color TV amazed me because I didn’t notice that our old monochrome TV wasn’t displaying colors. As a little kid I thought that the grass in Ebbets Field was medium gray, and that Jackie Robinson’s cap was a dark gray with a white B on the front. When my dad took me to see my first live baseball game, the green of the grass and the tan color of the base paths really surprised me.

    Today, a TV is a throw away item. They can’t be repaired and they are relatively inexpensive to replace. It’s interesting how our eyesight become accustomed to what it sees. This new TV is probably light years ahead technically of your previous one. Until you compare them your brain gets used to anything.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I turned my heat on in the car. It was in the high 30’s but damp and raw. It will be the same the next several days. I know we really can’t complain as we had such a warm February before this.

      My parents lived in an apartment building starting when I was 2 and my brother 1. The neighbors down the hall had the only TV. They used to move it by the door so all the neighbors, including my parents, could see it. They all brought their own chairs. I think that prompted my parents to buy one when they moved.

      I also didn’t notice anything but the moving parts on the TV screen. I found it amazing. Color didn’t surprise, but it made TV more entertaining.

      My first HD set was bought almost 17 years ago. It was a Sony which was massively expensive. it is the TV which just died. That TV owed me nothing. This set was fairly cheap. I figure this one may last only 5 years if I’m lucky,

      You are right. The picture ad the color are beyond amazing.

      • Bob Says:

        Wow! 17 years from a HD TV. All the TVs in my house came with the house. They’re attached to the walls via arm mounts. When they die, I will replace them.

      • katry Says:

        I am also amazed. I think it being a Sony is one of the main reasons.

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