Thursday, November 10, 2005

Tinfoil Anyone?

Last night my husband and I were watching TV while I cross-stitched. Understand that we live in the country and have no cable or satellite set up. So we have somewhere between 1 to 2 1/2 channels, all of them in various levels of fuzz and static. We don't watch much TV but when we do it can be a near aerobic activity. Standing in front of the TV, the channel comes in well enough that you can actual understand what is being said. Do a slow shuffle back to the couch -- ok, still ok, still ok -- and then...sit. Crackles of static and showers of snow. So David goes and jiggles the cable cord in its socket. We don't know why that works, since we have no cable, but it seems to be effective as an antenna of sorts.

Last night the entertainment was, well, entertaining. I sat cross-stitching with a capricious smile on my face while he fiddled with the cable cord. He really wanted to see what was on and found that if he stood in the middle of the family room it came in superbly. Understandably, he didn't want to stand for an hour so spent the next half hour moving from couch to chair and back to cable jiggling to find just the right spot. Finally he left and returned with a plastic lawn chair and parked it about 3 feet in front of the TV. Static was moderate but in order to hear quiet tones he still had to stand. One could tell what parts interested him the most by watching him suddenly leap to his feet and then sit down again. Finally I suggested that he get one of the girls' ladybug umbrellas and sit with it open over his head as he sat in the plastic lawn chair. For a split second I think he actually considered it, but then his eyes narrowed and he said suspiciously, "I am NOT fodder for your blog." The man is smart.

Who says watching television isn't exercise?


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