First, I'm grateful that I have one that works, thanks to my friends who found me a free one to replace my antique and barely functioning model.
I live alone so TV for me is a kind of company. I'm more prone to listen than to watch because I'm addicted to my computer. Right now I'm listening to a PBS Sunday morning variation on talking heads called TO THE CONTRARY which features women only. I find it a grade above the standard talking head - why do I listen to this stuff? - but only a grade. My annoyance of the week is this whole mythology that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are "enemies." They campaigned against each other. She lost. That doesn't make them enemies. How old are all these people? Are they six and they think that if you disagree with someone they become your enemy? Yikes... But oops... here I am digressing from gratitude and starting a rant.
Still, I'm grateful that Barack Obama is a mature adult human who is too smart, too decent and too adult to live in a world of polarization, of enemies and pay-back. I think that will be one of the greatest gifts his administration will have to offer... the possibility of turning us back into one country again, where political differences aren't so divisive and where one can as he often says "disagree without being disagreeable." Bravo to that. I'm grateful that hard as the media wants to make us live in a world of enemies, we now have a president who intends to live in a world of "colleagues."
But back to being grateful for TV. I like TV. I know I'd be better off if I didn't turn it on so much, but I like it. I like being annoyed by soap operas and talking heads. (I guess this says something about me.) I like PBS and Masterpiece Theatre and many good things TV has to offer. And sometimes I just like being entertained. I'm grateful that I live in a century where the computer and the TV bring the world to me. What a wonderful blessing that is.
Along with TV, I'm SO grateful for the VCR and DVD players that, along with Netflix (see me positively oozing gratitude for Netflix), bring movies right into my home. Wow. What a joy. I'm especially grateful for some of my favorite ever movies like
Babette's FeastThese are old and what's coming to the top of my head, but they are also among my all time favorites. The gift of being able to plug a movie into your TV and watch it whenever you want to is pretty awesome. I'm so grateful to live in a time when that's possible.
A Passage to India
Wag the Dog
Dead Poet's Society
Guess that's it for today. Here are a couple of pictures. Not my best, I'm afraid.
Have a wonderful day!