Well, it’s Monday, and not only that, it’s the first day of TV Turnoff Week. Now, I know this is a great thing. Such a great thing, in fact, that I should make an effort to be part of it. I know, I know. You are rolling your eyes, thinking there is just no way that I, television watcher extraordinaire, could go without the boob tube (so to speak) for an entire seven days. The thing is, I have. Believe it or not, when I was a kid and we spent the summers in Cape Cod, we didn’t have a TV in our house. There was one next door at my grandparents, but it was only turned on from 6:30-7 each night for the news and nothing else. My cousin Lucy had one at her house, but her mom wouldn’t let hardly ever let us watch it, shooing us outside each time we lingered for even a moment near it. These days, we do have a TV in our house at the Cape, but it feels so weird to watch it that I hardly ever do when I’m up there. Days pass, and I find that I like the quiet, as well as not being so hyperaware of everything happening in the world. (It’s the same way when I take a break from the Internet, which is much harder to do, but the truth is, I do feel calmer.) Here, though, it’s a little harder. I mean, habits are habits. And while I’d love to be able to take a week off, I probably can’t. But I AM going to make an effort to watch less TV this week, and instead read books and magazines or just sit and do nothing. We shall see how it goes.
Speaking of things to watch, I heard from a former student a few days back (Hi, Jessica!) who had a question. She wanted to start doing some movie nights with friends this summer, and asked if I could suggest some good theme nights, as I have 1) lots of DVDs in my library to choose from and 2) entirely too much time on my hands (especially if I’m not watching TV). I’ve been thinking about this all weekend. I mean, the easy thing to do is a celebrity theme night, like Sweet Home Alabama and Legally Blonde, or Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill (or Notting Hill and Pretty Woman). You can also go a little bit deeper with it, like High School Then and Now (Dazed and Confused and Mean Girls) or Bad Movies We Love About Dancing (Center Stage and Girls Just Want To Have Fun, which Courtney and I watched so happily on Friday night). Or how about Hugh Grant: Good Versus Evil?, with Notting Hill again, then Bridget Jones, followed by About a Boy, in which he begins bad but becomes good? You could also do something like Nerd Alert! and watch Napoleon Dynamite and Welcome to the Dollhouse. These are only a few that I came up with, but I KNOW you guys have some suggestions. So, if you’re so inclined, fire away. We have a whole summer ahead of us, after all. And does watching movies count at watching TV?
have a good day, everyone!