All of these hospital inspired TV-shows... it´s so funny that I got casted as a head of medical department in the modelling job I did today. I got paid to wear a white coat and to look all conservative, academic and knowledgeable... :)
For being an ex-TV-show person it will probably shock you when I tell you that I don´t own a TV today. My friends have got used to the idea by now, but it still raises more than a few eye brows in ALL social circles when you drop the comment: "...ehh..no actually I haven´t seen that person/show/series/program/ad/etc...since we don´t have a TV"
The response is of mixed character. Everything from a dropped chin, stunned (or embarrased/awkward - "Poor people, can´t they afford a TV???") silence, to a gasp:
"WHAT???! You don´t have a TV???!!!"
It´s amazing how we are the only people we know who have actually CHOSEN not to have a TV.
I must admit - it wasn´t my idea. When P first mentioned it, I rolled my eyes and went: "Are you kidding? No TV? Why?" But in a moment of madness, I said yes, let´s give it a try for a couple of months. And you know what? I haven´t even missed it ONCE!
When I really want to see something, I watch it on DVD, in the cinema or .....beep....it and watch it on the computer.
When I thought back on exactly HOW many hours I had spent (on the few occasions when I had some free time) just zapping between channels and then ending up watching "You are what you eat", "Nanny 101", "Top Model" and the DIY-program of the day + a whole load of bullsh..t advertising - I felt dizzy and sick. Actually on a night like that I would feel nauseated after 2h of "fast-food-TV", very much like the feeling you can get after too many gossip magazines, paparazzi photographs, a meal at McDonalds or too many sweets.
The free time you suddenly get every night from not having a TV is amazing. The quality time that you spend with your partner is second to none. The freshness in your head when you go to bed - with only chosen images on your mind is very different from the lethargic feeling you can have after too many war images, too much crappy sit com or too many sanitary towel adverts...
I challenge you to try it. I challenge you to try it and to find out what you could do with those hours instead, whether those hours are spent on your own, a good book, in the company of friends, husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, children or your pet.
Keep me posted. Let me know how it goes and good luck!