As most of you know, back in May 2007 I made a list of 40 things I wanted to complete by the time I turned 40 in August 2009. One of the things on that list was to go a month without watching TV. Well, August 2009 is right around the corner and I haven't gotten around to this one yet. So the month of June will be the month without TV. I will admit a few things are being TiVo'd this month so that I can watch them in July (like the HBO "Into the Storm" about Winston Churchill and Kathy Griffin's "Life on the D-List"). But otherwise TV is off limits for the next month. No Netflix for the month either. I am allowed to go to a cinema for a movie though.
Lately I have been feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the news and politics websites I spend way too much time on and all of the political discussions that tend to dominate converstations here in Washington, DC. I have been feeling for a while like I wished I could tune all that out as well. So I am taking my no TV for a month a step further and I am not going to look at any news or politics website. If I want news I will have to read it in a print newspaper or maybe listen to NPR. This means I won't be able to wear my glasses at the gym--too many TVs on with news programs and closed captions. All those talking heads get me too wound up. Need to to tune those out as well.
I am still going to use 'the Google' for legitimate research purposes (weather, background info on authors, flight times, etc.) but I am not going to surf the web randomly or with the notion of filling some time. But this also made me think of the ways I waste my time on the computer. So I decided to knock out Facebook as well. So I will be silent there for a month. And that made me think of the other timewaster, FreeCell. The obnoxiously addictive solitaire-like card game that comes pre-loaded on new computers. So that is off the list as well.What is all of this "deprivation" going to achieve? Well, for one I meet my 40 by 40 goal. But I will also gain time to work on projects, read, think about my next career move, maybe write a letter or two. It should be brilliant.