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So I just found out that some relatives of mine don't own a TV

Old 10-20-04, 11:48 AM
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So I just found out that some relatives of mine don't own a TV

Don't own a TV!?!

They live in another state and we have not been over to visit them so this is the first I have heard of this.

It came up as we mentioned something about the last presidential debate.

He indicated that they "listened to the debate of the radio."
So I asked "were you guys in the car?"
He says "no, we were home."
I ask if their TV was broke.
"No" is the reply, "we don't own a TV"

Don't own a TV?!?

What are you people, communists!?! hippies?!?

Everything that's good and wonderful in life comes from my TV.
How can someone not have a TV?

Next thing they are gonna tell me that they read
Old 10-20-04, 11:52 AM
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Yes, they read. They read 1984...
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Old 10-20-04, 11:53 AM
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Old 10-20-04, 11:54 AM
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I have a friend who, until she got a roommate a few years ago, never had owned a TV for her entire adult life.

She smells like patchouli most of the time.

I know some other people who own a TV but don't watch regular TV braodcasting; they only use it to watch DVDs. I myself will go through stretches of several months where I only watch DVDs or video tapes. I just call up the Dish people and suspend my programming for a few months.
Old 10-20-04, 11:56 AM
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Yet they still made the effort to listen to the Presidential Debates...something most people with televisions probably didn't do. I imagine they are slightly ahead of the curve, so what's the problem?
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So this http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=391683 wouldn't work!

Chris
Old 10-20-04, 12:08 PM
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There is a German girl in my class who never had a TV until she was 20 and had moved out from her parents home.
Old 10-20-04, 12:29 PM
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I knew someone that didn't have a phone. This was about 12 years ago, well before cell phones were readily available.
Old 10-20-04, 12:50 PM
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I can understand the phone more than the television! My goodness I was all out of wack when my cable was out for a week.

No, I can't fathom this....
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I knew a few kids in high school that didn't have a phone because they were too poor. One kid I went to school with grew up without a TV. They had the internet though. Got the best grades in the class too. I'd rather go without TV than go without the internet.
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I never had anything but over the air TV until I went off to college. So while we had a TV when I was a kid, I didn't exactly watch much of it.
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Originally posted by Otto
I never had anything but over the air TV until I went off to college. So while we had a TV when I was a kid, I didn't exactly watch much of it.
I never had more that the 5 over the air channels until I was 20. That was in 1999. The only time I ever saw cable TV was when my parents and I would go on vacation. And that was the hotel TV's. Oh what a grand day it was when I got DirecTV. I must have watched it 12 hours straight.
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same here. no cable until college. they finally stretched the cable far enough out into the boonies for my parents to get it at the end of my first year of college. until then they had three channels: abc, cbs, and pbs. on a good cloudless night you could get a staticy nbc occasionally.
Old 10-20-04, 01:09 PM
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I didn't have cable until I was in my twenties either.
I actually started a petition in the apt. building that I was living in to get the place wired for cable.
It got done.
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one of my friends at work said that one of his friends from church called him one night and said that him and his wife had discussed it and decided they didnt want a tv in the house. when they had any free time, they wanted to spend it with the kids. (of course, when they were busy, they kids were screwed, i guess)... and since my friend had mentioned he liked their tv... they told him they would rather give it to him, than donate it. He just had to go pick it up.. It is a fairly new 53" widescreen hdtv
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I try and keep the television off one day a week at our house and let the family read or do art related stuff.....
Old 10-20-04, 01:50 PM
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No TV, how the hell do people live?
Old 10-20-04, 01:53 PM
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Originally posted by wendersfan
I have a friend who, until she got a roommate a few years ago, never had owned a TV for her entire adult life.

She smells like patchouli most of the time.
Kill her.
Seriously.
Kill her now.
Old 10-20-04, 02:00 PM
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Good for them. There are a surprising number of things in this world to do, see, and learn if you don't spend it zombified in front of the "idiot box".
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Originally posted by bhk
Good for them. There are a surprising number of things in this world to do, see, and learn if you don't spend it zombified in front of the "idiot box".
Umm no really there is not. If I didnt have a TV I'd kill myself. Maybe if your in NYC I can see there might be better things to do. But come to Iowa. It's either watch TV or go play in the cornfield.
Old 10-20-04, 02:06 PM
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A lot of my relatives on my dad's side are Pentecostal and they don't own tvs. It is frustrating visiting on a Sunday and not being able to watch a game and have to talk about various family illnesses.
Old 10-20-04, 02:09 PM
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But come to Iowa. It's either watch TV or go play in the cornfield.
I live in a small town of 18,000 in NE Missouri, still plenty of things to do without TV. My kids watch less than 2 hours of TV a week and I watch around 1 1/2.
Old 10-20-04, 02:47 PM
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Originally posted by bhk
I live in a small town of 18,000 in NE Missouri, still plenty of things to do without TV. My kids watch less than 2 hours of TV a week and I watch around 1 1/2.
18,000 is a small town? Try 1100. Or maybe I'll go the the 3 closest towns all of which have under 1000. Lots to do there.
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How the heck are these non-tv watchers finding their way to DVD Talk?

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