The dinner time slot was about an hour, and at 7 I would get into the hour long game show portion of the evening. Being the academic type that I am, I would fit in my nightly study session playing along with Jeopardy, and follow up with some word teaser fun on Wheel of Fortune. At a low point of my addiction I even went as far as registering for the Wheel Watchers Club and convincing myself that I needed to watch every evening to see if I was the winning club member.
My programming choices from 8pm on would change depending on the season. During the prime time television months from September until about April, I would watch the new episodes of my favorite shows from all genres. I really have no idea how I managed to keep track of the goings-on happening on all these programs, but somehow I was simultaneously involved in about 20+ shows including: House, American Idol, Grey’s Anatomy, Food Network Star, Project Runway, Top Model, Ugly Betty, ER, The Hills, Laguna Beach, and Rockstar (both INXS and Supernova).
Then I had to quit cold turkey. Butterfinger had threatened me for months that he was going to cut off my entertainment lifeline if I did not straighten up my act, and when budget cuts needed to be made, DirecTV was the first amenity thrown to the sharks. I had to re-learn how to eat dinner without Jennifer Aniston and her other Friends, and how would I ever make it through a Saturday without taking in a Food Network challenge show??
It has taken time, but I have proudly changed my life. No longer am I a prisoner in my own home rendered useless in front of a box with some flashing lights and sounds. I still struggle with entertainment media addiction and, like a crack head now addicted to cigarettes, I get my weekly fix spending a few hours over the weekend studying my People magazine. If someone would like to buy my TV I have it listed on Craigslist, it would really help me out a lot, thanks:)