Where does the good go



I don’t know if it was seeing that CBS planned to bring back Big Brother for a 5th go round or if it was the promos for “Marry My Dad,” or maybe with one month to go until my annual turning one year older, I’m feeling especially contemplative, but I have decided to give up television for the month.

Last night at 11:59 p.m. I unplugged the set from the wall and placed the cord on top of the box.

I’ve suffered no ill effects yet and this morning I realized that it is not watching 3 hours of television in the morning that has been responsible for my failure to leave the house at a decent hour.

I am just a slacker.

11 Responses to “DAWN UNPLUGGED”

  1. cube Says:

    i have not had cable in may apartment for two years.

    Although i still watch moives, and follow a couple shows that my friends also watched (24 and survior), but those are over now.

    I just watch a movie when i don’t want to think anymore.

    In 3 and half weeks you will be a conservitve.

  2. Dawn Summers Says:

    That would certainly be an unexpected sideffect of my sabbatical.

  3. Andreas Says:

    You are such wayster. Karol would be so proud.

  4. Jessica Says:

    yes! more time to blog!

  5. Esther Says:

    Wow. Maybe you could make a documentary about your month without TV, called “Dawnie Unplugged.” All you have to do is get it to Sundance, where it will compete with my documentary, “Televisionary,” which chronicles my month of nothing but television…

  6. cube Says:

    honestly if i could take off work for a month i would be the chronicler for you

    (chronicler is the one who does the chronicling right)

  7. Alceste Says:

    i could have sworn you liked six feet under ms summers, doesn’t that start on sunday?

  8. Dawn Summers Says:

    Still waiting for Second Season to come out on DVD… I won’t start watching a new season of a serial without the backstory. I had hoped that they would come out faster than 13 months apart, but whaddaya gonna do?

  9. Dawn Summers Says:

    What does wayster mean, Andrew? Karol only teaches me Russian now, so I’m not up on my Scottish.

  10. Erik Says:

    I wish you the best of luck with it.

    I have gone without cable for nearly six months now. (too much money for nothing really worth watching.)

    I still find myself watching local TV from time to time, but I am reminded to turn it off when they bombard me with all their constant garbage.

  11. Clareified » Blog Archive » Television Says:

    […] A few years ago, I did the unthinkable. I gave up TV for the month before my birthday. There was no grand plan, back then, I just plugged the TV out and went to sleep. I was cranky and miserable and bitter for weeks, to the point where I almost said “nuts to this!” But I stuck it out, wrote some interesting stories, solved a few global problems AND learned something about myself. I repeated the experiment the following year, but this time I built in so many exceptions to my non-TV watching that really the only thing I sacrificed was watching Sports and once I decided poker wasn’t really a Sport, I’d really accomplished nothing. I didn’t even bother going through the motions last year. But the season approaches again and I’m thinking of taking the Dawn Summers Summer Blackout Challenge again. Lord knows I’m behind on my novel reading, my screenplay writing and one of a million other things I can do with the seven hours a day I spend watching television. Well, the gauntlet has been thrown. Will I pick it up? […]

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