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Television in the new millenium?

As I sit here writing this post I am listening to “Las Vegas Jail” on Tru TV on television in the background. I have a pretty decent cable package from ATT Uverse. There’s 100’s of channels with all kinds of shows. There’s a shit load of channels I’ve never watched? Ethnic networks, religious channels, and shop at home channels. The dozens I do watch on a regular basis including a ton of movie channels I often find myself saying, “There’s nothing on to watch!” The reality is I have become over stimulated.

I think back to when I was a kid, we had 3 network channels, and 1 UHF channel, and a PBS channel. With only a handful of channels I always found something to watch. It was the days of a big Curtis Mathis console set with a heavy wooden cabinet.  It was the days of waiting for the TV to “warm up”, the days of rabbit ear antennas with tin foil, clickers, and the national anthem right before network daily sign off. I used to like to watch the TV turn off and wait for the little white dot to appear in the middle of the dark screen. Does anyone else remember testing the TV tubes at the drug store on that big machine?

Cable TV soon came around and we were blown away by the 32 channels!!  As kids we liked to take a book of matches and jam it in the cable box dial and wiggle it so the dirty channels would be visable!

Soon after cable we got a VCR. Video tapes were about the coolest thing ever! They turned family rooms into movie theaters and seem to bring people together. It was an event to go to the video store and rent a couple flicks and hang out with friends or family. We’d make popcorn in the kettle with oil and watch horror or sci-fi movies. Before Blockbuster the Mom & Pop rental stores had all kinds of cool B horror, music movies, and weird ass shit! I remember first seeing things like Water’s “Pink Flamingos”, “The Decline of Western Civilization”, and all the “Faces of Death” videos. It was a glorious time in TV entertainment!

As the convience of DVR, video on demend and 100’s of channels I think we’ve taken our life long pal the TV for granted. It’s kind of sad, I can’t remember the last time a bunch of my friends or family all sat around together to watch a movie or program. I miss the good ol’ days.

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Japan…

I woke up my wife a few nights ago so she could see what I was seeing on CNN. I stayed up till nearly 4 am watching live footage of Japan being destroyed by the huge earthquake and following tsunami. The water was unreal, a disaster movie unfolded in real life…heartbreaking. Days later shit just gets worse, as they try to rescue survivors and recover the dead the threat of nuclear meltdown looms from more than one power plant.

The thing I notice is that the Japanese seem to be an amazing culture! The scope of this disaster is larger than anything to happen here in America yet the Japanese seem clam and dignified. They never seem to ask for help but are grateful for any aid.

The only thing I can compare this earthquake to is Hurricane Katrina. The hurricane was terrible but what was worse was events that transpired after and American behavior. I watch the news  and wonder why aren’t the Japanese looting the stores? Why aren’t the Japanese motherfuckin’ the government for not taking care of them with money and free housing? Why aren’t they trampling each other for food and water…they stand in line and wait their turn? Why aren’t they killing each other…like the Americans did??? My quick answer: Because they don’t act like fuckin’ entitled spoiled fuckin’ babies! Shame on us America!

I am praying for the Japanese people and I hope the world can learn from your example of keeping your shit together and respecting each other in the face of total destruction. You are a brave and dignified people and have the respect of me and hopefully the rest of the world!