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Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

Because what I really need to do with my free time is watch TV.  Not, you know, go to the gym...I have entered the land of TiVo. Willingly. Voluntarily. And, perhaps, never to return. TiVo is one of those things that people warn you about – as in “once you try it, you’ll never know how you lived without it.” But the thing is, that you know you can live without it. You live without it now. You’ve lived without it for your entire life. It’s an entirely unnecessary product, and for the money you have to hand over for it, you could probably save half an acre of endangered wetlands. So, if you buy it, somewhere there are unhappy ducks and salamanders – all because you decided that you *needed* to find and watch every episode of Love Boat featuring Charo as a guest star.

The thing is, without TiVo, cable TV is pretty much useless. It never fails that when you actually do sit down to watch TV, time after time, for 100+ channels, there’s just crap. So, yay, TiVo. Now I don’t have to worry about missing that new episode of “Angel.” Or any of those old episodes of “St. Elsewhere.” Never again will I be trapped watching someone stencil a wall on TLC just because there’s nothing else to watch. Next time I’ve got insomnia and decide to watch TV at 3 in the morning, I won’t have to choose between infomercials – instead I’ll be able to watch Alison Krauss and Union Station on “Austin City Limits.” Or that Iron Chef episode where the secret ingredient is 1,000 year old eggs. Or, because it’s Halloween week, TiVo will be able to find and tape “Motel Hell” for my viewing pleasure.

Sure, it’s unnecessary. It’s expensive. And when the revolution comes and we’re all living in huts made out of used consumer product packaging and eating Cheetos to survive, TiVo isn’t going to help me much. But maybe late at night, under the nuclear winter sky, those memories of Charo will keep me warm. Cuchi Cuchi!

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{ 2 } Comments

  1. jenB | October 28, 2003 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    dude, i would give up my left boob to get TIVO in Canada. I am seething with jealousy. 🙂

  2. M | October 28, 2003 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Wow! Is that a new reality show? I’ll have to TiVo it… 😀

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