I am actually starting to get worried about my brain. I think it is starting to atrophy, as I can't remember, you know, what are they called? Uh, words and things. I think it is directly related to the constant reality television viewing, so I am trying to read a little bit more. Right now I am enjoying David Sedaris' When You Are Engulfed in Flames. After that, I have a book that was recommended to me by my boss, who has a PhD in philosophy. Wish me luck getting through that one.
I do have to say that I have cut out some shows. Well, not so much cut out as they are finished for the season. It's a good thing, too, because I very nearly lost my capacity for language after watching "Farmer Wants a Wife." I wonder if reality TV should come with a warning, like cigarettes do: WARNING: WATCHING THIS SHOW WILL LIKELY CAUSE STARING, DROOLING AND GENERAL STUPIDITY." I do try to balance my crap TV watching with some good stuff - I love "The Universe" on THC and I sometimes watch "Nova". Occasionally, I will catch "Nightline". I like Charlie Rose, but, depending on who is on his show, I can usually only understand 3 out of every 10 words, so I often have to change the channel after a few minutes. You should hear the sigh of relief when the remote lands on a rerun of "Friends". WHEW.
I also have a tendency to talk back to the people on reality shows. Honestly, sometimes they do really stupid things, so I like to try to warn them. "Oh, Lauren, I wouldn't go to Les Deux - Heidi is gonna be there!" "Jeff, WILL YOU PLEASE just chill out? Geez, you're wasting your life stressing out about stupid stuff. And quit being so mean to Jenni." Right. And I think THEY are the ones that need help.
Actually, I think I should just turn the television off. And I will. Right after I watch the first episode of this season's "Project Runway".