- Hockey season ended for me. My Caps are out, and as much as I love hockey -- I am no fan of any of the remaining teams.
- I only like TCM and one show currently running new episodes: Mad Men
- I hate commercials -- especially the Time Warner Cable Commercials.
- Reality TV is a waste.
- My wife and I are old school in a lot of ways. We have dinner together . . . at our kitchen table . . .every night . . . and we talk . . . No TV (ok, during Hockey Playoff exceptions were made), Cell Phones, or Computers.
- When I was a young kid, I was only allowed to watch 1 hour of TV a night, and I lived! And, coincidentally, my weight gains seem to begin around the time this rule went out the window . . . hmmm.
Re-institute the old rule: 1 hour of TV a day. Want to watch a movie that is 2 hours long, you better save up, buddy. Game goes into triple OT, guess you won't find out how Ted met their mother this week. Yep, TV on the net and Netflix counts, so you may want to rethink that 3 movies a week and unlimited streaming plan.
After thinking about things, I decided to except the challenge and left the TV unplugged. Hiroko doesn't watch much more than one hour a night, and it is all cooking shows and project runway when it is running, so I won't get sucked into her shows that often. Nor does she really re-watch things that she has seen just to waste time, like I am apt to do. She does watch some Japanese Shows on the net, but that is more her way of staying connected to her country and culture. I don't have a game system because I realized long ago that I could not maintain a relationship with a woman and a game system at the same time. I always sold them when I started dating a girl, then bought a new one after we broke up. Once I got married the game systems left my life for good. Regardless, I don't think my challenge will effect Hiroko in any negative fashion. It is not going to turn into one of those: "you can't eat what you want because I am on a diet situations."
The simple fact is that I need this challenge. I want to build the active runner dad, and I can't do that if I come home and plop down on the couch to watch TV night after night. I don't want to be the role model of the couch-potato for my child. How can I tell my kid to turn off the TV and get outside and play if I can't do it myself. So . . . Challenge Accepted!
If anyone else would like to join me in my challenge, I'll be happy to share my Reading list with you: Currently I am 200 pages into The Girl Who Played With Fire and will be moving onto 1Q84 soon. I am also reading Bart Yasso's Article about Running with The Amish in Runner's World form a few months back.
P.S. The TV remains unplugged.