When I was a little girl, we had 5 channels to watch on TV, the big 3 (CBS, NBC and ABC), a local PBS channel and an independent local channel. Channels 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10 were all we got. We had a big antenna so the big 3 came in clear, the PBS channel was mostly clear and 6 (the independent channel) was grainy at best. Every once in awhile we could get a UHF channel, but that was REALLY snowy. I remember my grandmother asking how I could watch it since the reception was so grainy, but Wally Gator was on and since I hardly ever got to see it, I dealt with it.
Saturday mornings were for serious cartoon watching.
And if you wanted to see a movie, you went to the theatre. There was no Blockbuster video store.
When I was 12 or 13 we got cable. Or my sister did. My grandfather was quite happy with his antenna thankyouverymuch. Oh, but the cable.......MTV (when they actually played music videos!), and HBO!!!! We didn't get Cinemax because that's where the adult movies were played, but I still had 35 channels to watch. I would come home from school and watch the latest music videos and then watch The Joy of Painting for an hour. My sister thought I was nuts.
Then we got a VCR and could TAPE SHOWS WHEN WE WEREN'T HOME! Life was good.
Now we have Dish Network with a DVR. I can tape 2 shows at once and watch a 3rd. We have 500+ channels. I can watch cooking all day long, I can watch golf or fishing 24/7. If I want to watch the news, BOOM! I have 3 or 4 all day news channels to choose from. What's the weather in New York? Check the Weather Channel. And if I can't find it there, I can hop on the Information Highway and google it.
Why do I bring all of this up? Because today we had a problem with our tv set and it would only transmit snowy shows. It reminded me of growing up with snowy reception and I proceeded to impart this knowledge to my children. OMG you'd think I grew 3 heads!!
"You ONLY had 5 channels??"
"You couldn't rent movies?!?"
"They only played cartoons on Saturday?? When did you watch Spongebob?"
"There WAS NO Spongebob?!?"
They thought I was kidding when I told them that the IO lived out in the country and only got ABC and NBC on a good day and didn't get cable until he was about 20.
It's my generation's version of walking to school in snow up hill both ways.
And to keep this post from being picture free (because that would be a travesty!) I'll post an update of my Seasonal cross stitch project.
This was from the end of August.
And this is where I am now.
I seriously considered changing to a different season since its already the 2nd half of October, but I've already stitched parts that don't match the other 3 and I'm not ABOUT to rip it out. So we will stay with the Autumn scene. It doesnt really make that much of a difference since it still feels like summer here. It's not the core-of-the-earth hot, but the heat index today was 96. Ugh.
I think I need to google Bob Ross. Maybe if I look at some of his winter scenes, it will cool me off.