Whenever I end up playing the "tell a surprising fact about yourself" game I have one up my sleeve that is guaranteed to shock those who don't already know it. I grew up without a television. I don't know quite why this is viewed as so unusual, but it always gets a reaction.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of tv posts.
My significant other and I live on one main income — mine, as a freelance writer. The number-one impediment to my budgeting experience has been technology. Here's how I've learned to deal…
I don't remember why I decided to spend a few hours one night watching English-dubbed Sailor Moon episodes from the '90s. I do know that magical blonde high-schooler lured me into a story-telling art form that I have since fallen deeply in love with. The story arcs, the relationships, the character development, the magic, the grit, the color, the fan art… anime lights my story-loving/comic-nut fire.
So while I'm still fairly new to anime and am definitely not an expert, I'm trying to get more well-rounded in my knowledge. Feel free to follow my breadcrumb trail, Offbeat Homies, and lose yourself to this world forever.
The most important thing that has every happened to me, my reason for living — Game of Thrones — is back on the air. Every Sunday I have a group of friends over to my apartment and we watch the magic and the madness unfold together. Usually I just put out some cheese and crackers, with enough wine to make Cersei proud. So imagine how huge my eyeballs got when I saw this spread show up in our Flickr pool…
Since the beginning of my sexual awakening (or when my high school boyfriend put his hands down my pants), I loved sex. Along with sex, my other interests are TV shows, movies, and books. There is a particular workplace sitcom that I adore and almost exclusively write for. The bridge between these interests is not a long one, and soon I was writing erotic fan fiction. And yes, after (a little) personal deliberation, I told my husband that I was a fan fiction writer. But I don't think the switch in our sex life really happened until he read My Really Long Fic.
I don't own a TV, but I'm the queen bee of streaming the shows I love to watch online, either via Netflix, Hulu, or some kind of third party. I'm not a fan of some of the bigger shows that are either on TV right now or recently ended (Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones), so when Parenthood skips a week (heeeey network TV) or I'm all Grey's Anatomy-ed out, I head over to Netflix and start watching funny British comedies instead.
Currently, my spouse and I choose to live TV-free. As an adult, I have a sense for how that could affect me personally and socially, but I am also the one consenting to not having a TV. I can choose to download TV shows if I want to. I can look up references to things if I'm not familiar with them. But kids don't necessarily have the choice. What I'm wondering about is how living TV-free affects your household and your social life. I'm especially curious about this for households with children, and whether (or how) you suspect it affects your kids' social life (both positively and negatively).