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Story Time: Choices

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 3:29 pm

By Lorry Myers

Lately, I have been reading more, and writing more and, obviously, eating more. I’ve been easily making my library due dates and my dedicated deadlines all with the help of a variety of snacks. But, with all of the things I am doing more, there are those things that I am doing less.

Watching the national news is one of them.

Lorry Myers

Lorry Myers

Watching the news has become too painful for me. Statues are tumbling, buildings are burning, and people are sick and getting sicker. News stations and news reporters have apparently chosen sides, no longer giving me the news but giving me their opinions with it. The people we elected are so busy being mean to each other that they forget that we are sitting here watching it all.

Why, suddenly, are we a country of haters and blamers and know-it-alls?

My television viewing has actually picked up, even though my news viewing is down. I am trying to be good and do my part and that means staying at home. My closets are clean and so is my garage so that means for the first time in forever, I have time to explore the world of TV. I don’t Hulu or YouTube or Sling my TV. I don’t do HBO, or Starz, or Showtime either because I have all these basic channels that I’ve never watched, so what a better time than now?

Here is what I found out:

I can’t do reality shows because there is always drama and I choose to avoid that. I don’t do knife wielding, axe chopping, eye gouging shows where I have to constantly look away. I don’t watch medical shows, or pimple popping shows or ones that make me cringe. Talk shows aren’t for me either. I don’t know those people and they don’t know me or my life so why would I let them influence me?

I make up my own mind.

As a result, I am beginning to find that diverting my attention from talking heads has opened up a new set of things to consider. Things like:

1. Why did Adam leave the Ponderosa?

2. How come Andy didn’t marry Helen?

3. Was Miss Kitty a one-man gal?

Since I watch TV in real time, I can’t avoid commercials. Did you know that if you used powder or weed killer or took medications of any shape and size, you are entitled to millions and millions of dollars?

It’s important that you call now.

For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.