By The Big Guy
Some suggestions to bring order to the chaos:
So you’ve decided to do what the networks begged you to do all through late August and most of September and try out some of those “great” new shows. Perhaps you’ve discovered that their definition of “great” is not the same as yours. So before you are stuck with a knock off of The Big Bang Theory or a knock off of Scandal or a knock off of The Good Wife, know that any new show needs a maximum of three episodes to evaluate. The first episode, which is the pilot that the network executives saw and decided to buy has to do a lot of work. It has to establish all the characters, explain how they will interact and give you an idea of what to expect in the future. There’s not a lot of time for an actual story line with plot development. Even if you’re disappointed, to be fair you should watch the second episode. This will give you your first true opportunity to see the type of story that will be told each week, whether the characters help move that story along and most importantly whether it’s worth your time to invest thirty or sixty minutes each week in exchange for what you hope will be entertainment. If after watching the second episode you still can’t decide what to do then you should watch episode three which will be similar in nature to the previous episode. By now you either have enough information to decide whether you want to hang around or you have no life and spend way too much time in front of the TV. By the way, those network executives do exactly the same thing. The first of the new show cancellations should be announced any day now.
It’s election season. You should not be watching any television show as it is broadcast. You should DVR everything including the news — especially the news. This will allow you to skip all the commercials, most of which are political ads. None of them for either side is true and the percentage of commercials that are political ads will only increase between now and November 4. Remember that this gives you the added benefit of being able to watch Hawaii Five-O in just forty minutes, which is plenty.
It’s time to get rid of all that junk e-mail in your life and no I am not talking about the stuff from your former spouse or gal/guy pal. If you have to delete thirty junk e-mails each day that’s almost a thousand e-mails a month. Just because you ordered a couple pillows from Pier 1 Imports last Christmas doesn’t mean you have to endure an email from them every other day of the year. Believe me, when you want to buy something from them they’ll be there whether you’re on their e-mail list or not. Look for the “Unsubscribe” in the infinitesimally small type at the bottom of all those e-mails from the merchants at the mall and give ‘em a click. You’ll feel ten pounds lighter.
Do yourself a favor. Put your camera, real or phone, on a table by the front door and when you have a chance, get out and take some pictures of autumn. Nothing to it. With a camera almost anyone can be an artist. Try just standing in the middle of a thicket of trees on the edge of a nearby park and then point your camera right into the middle of them and push the button. You’ll be surprised at how frame worthy it will be.
Enjoy the season.