Saturday, April 05, 2008

It's amazing what sticks with you

I'm sure I have watched at least 2 or 3 years worth of hours of television over the course of my 34 years. It may even be more than that! There are 8,760 hours in a year....it's quite possible to have wasted more time that I realize with my old friend the 'boob tube' if you are counting all the time even since I was a child. (why do people call it a boob tube?)

Anyway, there have been some shows during that time that have really stuck with me. Now I'm not taking about entire series of shows, like Friends or Growing Pains, I'm talking specific episodes or documentaries and the like. I remember a few that made such an impact on me, I just can't forget them, even now.

I can still recall a documentary on like PBS when I was maybe 8 or 9 years old on people who worked or lived with or near asbestos and now suffer from all sorts of things but mesothelioma, more specifically. I remember being so sad and upset that these people were sick and it could have been prevented somehow. Maybe it was a show I shouldn't have been watching for that age? Maybe it was the type of thing where I was just coming into certain realities from childhood and the stories were extreme and therefore made impressions on me.

I can also recall some type of crime show I watched when I was maybe 11 or 12 that told a story of this older couple found dead in their home. I just couldn't believe someone was out there doing such a thing. It must have made a huge impact on me for my mind to bring that back from time to time.

I'm still amazed by the criminal mind and how much sin is running rampant all around us. Shows like 'The First 48' or 'Crime 360' still grab my attention to this day. It's just amazing what sticks with you when you have so many hours of television under your belt. I still think of those people and wonder if they were ever caught or if they are still in jail and how all the families are dealing with the outcomes of illnesses and crime. This world is not my home!!

1 comment:

forgetfulone said...

Great post. It's called the "boob" tube because "back in the day," a boob was someone who wasn't very smart. Anyway, the "boob" tube, if you watched too much, would make you a boob, dumb, not very bright. It didn't require thinking. So, it really has nothing to do with "boobs" as we know them today.