Journaling (sorry for being so verbose): I don’t remember when we got our first television when I was a kid, but it had to be sometime in the 1950s. I know we had one when we moved to the house on the lake in 1959. Back then, the consoles were huge and the screens relatively small. My, how times have changed. Computers and cell phones keep getting smaller, and TVs keep getting bigger. Our new TV screen is probably the size of that console from long ago. The first color television I ever saw belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Coxe, our youth group leaders at church. When they had us over to their house for a social, we looked with envy at that tiny screen in the large cabinet. Of course, it wouldn’t have mattered much if we had had a color TV because as I recall, NBC was the only network broadcasting any shows in color for some time. Another television memory from childhood is my brother sitting in front of the television on Saturday mornings watching cartoons while he ate cereal. He could sit for hours watching those shows. I never cared for cartoons and have probably watched more animated shows with Katie and Sam than I ever did as a kid. When my mother returned to work, we had chores to do after school. Watching TV was a no-no until Mama and Daddy got home. Of course, we thought we could watch TV, turn it off if we heard Daddy coming, and no one would be the wiser. For the longest time we couldn’t figure out how Daddy seemed to know every time if we had been watching TV. Then we realized the tubes made the console warm when the TV was on; he just came in and put his hand on the top of the cabinet -- magic! When I was at college, the only television in the dorm was in the parlor, where girls often sat with their dates in the evenings. In the late 60s, Tom Jones was all the rage and had his own TV show airing on Saturday night. Our house director Miss Wheless would sometimes close the parlor to boys so that we could come down in our pajamas to swoon over Tom belting out “It’s Not Unusual.” On Friday afternoons we’d race in from student teaching to catch up on the latest shenanigans on “The Edge of Night.”

Okay, I admit it: I’m a TV junkie. I watch a lot of TV. I love procedurals like CSI, Criminal Minds, Elementary, and NCIS. If it smacks of murder and mayhem, I’m there. British murder mysteries are right up there at the top of my list, along with the granddaddy of all game shows, Jeopardy. If I’m not watching Jeopardy, I’m recording it to watch later. I’ve been watching Jeopardy since Art Fleming was the host, and it took me a while to warm up to Alex. Now I can’t imagine the show without him. And don’t forget Downton Abbey. It’s recent return was much-anticipated, and we’ve become invested in the characters -- cheering on Anna and Bates, hating O’Brien and Thomas, splitting our sides at the Dowager Countess’ remarks, and loving the chemistry between Mary and Matthew. Will he save Downton or won’t he? And I’m addicted to HGTV and the Food Network for shows like Property Brothers, House Hunters, the Next Food Network Star, and Chopped. With that said, would you believe that sometimes there’s still nothing to watch?

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