Before I get into the meat of this post, let me say this: life is returning to normal for me, and the worst of the estate business is behind us. My brother and I have been able to move along on the estate business quickly. In fact, we've already sold the house, and we did so in less than ten days! Barring any legal or financial snags, closing will be next month. Anyway, that means I'm getting my life back, which means time for posting.
What I really wanted to talk about was how blatantly MATRIARCHAL TV has gotten. I was watching the NASCAR race at Loudon, NH today (first race I've watched in months, BTW) when the predictable commercials and TV show promos came on. There was one show being promoted that, as far as I could tell, had all FEMALE characters; they were all women! There were no main, male characters I could see in the promo. The show was called Political Animals, and it's on the USA Network.
Back in the day, USA Network had some unique shows on; they had stuff on that no one else had, which made them worth watching. One of my favorites was Silk Stalkings, which I think originally ran on CBS, but I can't be sure; other than sporting events, I haven't watched network TV like CBS in ages. Another favorite show of mine on USA Network was Pacific Blue, which was about bike cops in Santa Monica, California. Unfortunately, that show jumped the shark after the third season; though there were some good story lines in seasons four & five, the show was never quite the same once they changed over half the characters. Even so, Pacific Blue was a unique show that I enjoyed.
Then, over the years, USA Network changed; they no longer had the unique fare that had set them apart back in the 1990s. I don't know exactly when, where, or how it happened; all I know is that, after 2000 or so, I just stopped watching their programming; they had nothing that I wanted to watch anymore. When I recently read the Wiki on USA Network, I found that there had been a change of ownership around the time I stopped watching them.
Anyway, they have this new show coming on. I think it's new; either that, or it's a new season. When I saw the promo for it during the commercial break for my race, I was like wow, why would I even want to watch that crap? They have some old crones starring it, one of whom is Sigourney Weaver. Even when she was younger and more attractive, I couldn't stand her; she was a bitch back in the day, and she's a bitch now. Only now that she's an old crone, she's even more, er, 'charming' than she was back when she starred in Working Girl, circa 1989.
Oh, because there will be some money left over from Ma's estate, I'll be able to pay off my house-yes! Since that would leave me some extra money each month, I thought about upgrading my standard of living while also saving for my future. I'm going to take half the extra money and save it, while upgrading my standard of living with the other half.
One of the ways I thought about upgrading my standard of living was to get a flat screen TV along with a cable or satellite hookup for it. After seeing the promos for the new shows this fall, I don't know; I don't know that I'm missing anything by not having a TV at all. I had a TV, but I gave it to Ma because I never USED the damn thing! The things that I really want to see are available online, such as the racing. If I want to watch QUALITY TV programs, then I can go to Hulu.com; that site has the old, classic TV shows that were, unlike today's trash, actually worth watching. I watched a couple of seasons of Adam-12 & Emergency! on that site-good, uplifting programming that showed men being men. I think I might be better off getting a bike or scooter with my extra cash. Either that, or I could start taking trips to Central & South America to meet some nice, hot women down there. I'll have more to say about that in an upcoming post...
In closing, TV, from the looks of it, has gone totally matriarchal. They don't even make a pretense of catering to men anymore-none! Since there's nothing for me to watch on there, why get a TV, let alone a cable or satellite hookup for the damn thing?! Seriously, why bother watching it? The races are increasingly available online; sites like Hulu & Netflix carry TV shows and movies. To see things that appeal to me, I don't need a TV. No wonder why TV and the rest of the old media are dying! Until next time...