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Confessions of a TV Addict

Confession is good for the soul, so they say, and the first step in fixing something is admitting you have a problem.  So, here it is –

My name is Brenda, and I am a TV addict.

The risk of admitting this to the world at large is huge.  A double-whammy actually.  Because the roots of my addiction run wide and deep all the way back to my childhood.  So, when I talk about that, I’ll also be outing myself as someone of a . . . uh . . . certain age. 

(And before we go any further, please remember, if you do not watch TV or even own one, be kind.  No hands on hips or disapproving eyebrows are necessary.  I know you think I’m weird, but I think you’re weird too.  Everyone has their own special double-scoop of weirdness, and that’s as it should be. But, seriously, NO TV?!!!!!! {shudder} ) 

So, being of that not-to-be-spoken-aloud certain age, I am part of the generation which first became addicted to television.  We were lured in by Lassie, Flipper, Mr. Ed, Lost in Space, The Wonderful World of Disney, and real cartoons on Saturday morning, to name just a few.  And most of us probably remember the first time we were allowed to watch “The Birds” on the Saturday night late movie, and then had to have a nightlight every night for the next two weeks.  I even remember running home from school every day, just so I could catch the last 15 minutes of “Dark Shadows.”  Yeah, I was in deep from an early age.

I remember vividly the Christmas my parents . . . uh, Santa . . . got me a little black and white portable television for my room.  I was in heaven.  Never mind that I spent half my time adjusting the rabbit ears and trying to make out some kind of picture between the squiggly lines.  And those nights my mama would let me have a TV dinner on a TV tray in front of the big (and I mean BIG) TV in the living room are stand-outs in the childhood highlight reel in my head. 

So, when I was one with the couch last week fighting cranky sinuses and bored outta my gourd, I turned to my old friend for company, comfort and entertainment.  Next thing you know, I was watching marathon sessions of “Finding Bigfoot,” “Ghosthunters,” and even a couple of episodes of “Dance Moms.”   (What in the samhill is wrong with those women?!) 

Now, I will ‘fess up to being a fan of “Duck Dynasty,” (hilarious), “Hoarders” (makes me feel like a neat-freak), and “The Little Couple” (courageous, inspiring and very sweet people).  But, OMWord!  There are about 438 reality TV programs which don’t seem to have any redeeming values at all.  Just a bunch of people running amok, behaving badly, and doing the most shocking, ridiculous, stupid, and dangerous things.  The more outrageous the better apparently.  They have all the appeal of a train wreck which, I suppose, is why people watch them. 

I can barely watch the promos for some of these programs, much less actually watch an entire episode.  Some of the worst offenders, in my opinion, are:

  1. Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo – No.  Just no.
  2. Dance Moms  and Toddlers & Tiaras - Why hasn’t someone called Child Protective Services on these people?
  3. Double Divas – The only thing I can come up with for this one is - Why??????
  4. A new one I saw a promo for on AMC which I don’t even know the name of but, apparently, it’s going to be about competitive taxidermy.  Say it with me slowly.  Competitive.  Taxidermy.  Two words I never dreamed would be used together.
  5. Anything with the Kardashians.  This is all I have - ????????
So, a television addict I may be, but even I have standards.  I swear I could actually feel brain cells committing hari-kari as I punched the remote and made the reality TV rounds.  The good news is I made the very important discovery that I CAN quit anytime I want to, because I found myself shuffling through all my books looking for something to read instead.  Even re-reading something for the sixth time is better than marinating in that vat of vapidness.  *whew*  That’s a relief.  I was afraid I had already lost some vocabulary cells . . .

The bad news – I think I’m addicted to “Ghosthunters” now.  *hangs head*

So, in the event you find yourself staring into the black hole of reality TV, I highly recommend having a few books or other forms of entertainment available.  And, yes, I have books in my store.  Of course I do.  Reading at bedtime has also been an addiction ever since I can remember.  Sadly, as much as I would love to keep all my books forever, I just don’t have that kind of room.  So come on over, browse to your heart’s content, and take a few off my hands.  You know, so I can get new ones.  ;)

Or, if you’re in the mood for some real Saturday morning cartoons, I have some double-sided DVD's with classic cartoons that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

I also have a few good DVD’s and VHS tapes -

And some CD’s and Vintage LP’s -

So, what are your TV guilty pleasures?  Come on.  I know you have some.  (Keep it clean, Kids. ;)

Oh, and thanks for stopping by to visit! 

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Royal Presence
Royal Presence | February 5th 2013 at 1360104509

Funny! I remember Dark Shadows and Quentin, watched it a lot after school as well and remember TV Dinners. I don't watch any reality TV shows though.
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Donna's Stuff & More | February 6th 2013 at 1360192443

I hate those reality shows. Tawdry is a word that comes to mind. Jealous that you had a TV in your room! We just had one! And The Birds - I actually woke up to a woodpecker pecking outside my bedroom the morning after seeing it in the theater! Talk about being scared! Great memories.
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Lynn | February 6th 2013 at 1360219975

Brenda you watch too much TV! Thats why you never have time to blog...OMG I hardly ever watch TV...the best series on TV for me was Cashmere Smash has come back......(musical with drama and music). If I know some great History is coming....I am there ...with my tablet to take notes. And thats how I get a history blog.....cause me love history...LOL Nite Ms Brenda | February 11th 2013 at 1360590230

I'm a news junkie. Turn it on every afternoon and let it run in the background while I list, surf. or goof off. I do like Storage Wars, Pawn Stars and Hardcore Pawn, but after you've seen them for the 12th time, they're not interesting anymore. Hardcore Pawn is the exception. I simply cannot believe people act that way or talk that way. So many bleeps that I just turn it to Ancient Aliens or something intelligent . . . errr, different.

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