Sometimes being laid up isn't such a bad thing. The first two days after the appendectomy were ugly, but for today and probably tomorrow, while not exactly enjoyable, the downtime is at least for long moments relaxing. I still can't do much, but the pain is trending downward and in a couple days I'll probably be back to some of the regular chores. But right now, for the first and maybe the last time for a while, I get to really explore our satellite tv programming.
First a nutshell history. I grew up with plenty of tv. Some things about tv as a child in the Seventies, I loved. Bugs Bunny, Flintstones, and Speed Racer were after school tv staples. Star Trek re-runs, the early years of SNL, Quincy, M.E.--this is the television landscape of my kid memories. But starting in high school and continuing until we were given a set as a present when I was 34 or 35, I lived without a tv and I watched almost none. For about twenty years I depised tv from afar, even while I consumed tv media through hotel room binges while travelling.
But then we got a set of our own. And--I can say this now--the cable feed on our cable in our old condo was live. So we did the pirate cable thing, and suddenly, there we were: tv aka The Slime in our home, 24/7. After the first couple months of binging, we got used to having it, and using it.
When we moved to Madison, I felt it would be a good time to enlarge our tv diet, starting with a basic satellite package. And indeed, over these last couple days, I have found some great stuff. Link TV, which until this week I knew nothing about, seems like it is worth supporting; it is certainly worth watching. They are airing a great series on Chinese restaurants. Particularly worth supporting is their program Mosaic: World News from the Middle East. In the USA, we have very little access to foreign media perspectives, not for reasons of explicit censorship or media control so much, but more for the overwhelming volume and noise generated by the domestic infotainment industry. Amid the sea of sports, shopping, sleaze, mainstream news, kids entertainment, religion, and bland public programming, Mosaic is difficult to even find. But it is there, and, in our time of war, watching even a single episode is eye-opening.