Much To My Delight

Much To My Delight

Throw Away Your Television (yeah…no thanks)


Our television is broken.

I want to act like that’s no big deal, but it sort of feels like our kid left for college and the house is suddenly really quiet and boring and we’re left not really knowing what to do with ourselves.

I was never a huge TV person until I  lived alone for the first time 10 years ago. I had just moved to an apartment building in Denver after having lived in New York City, and the quiet sometimes made me feel very lonely. So sometimes I kept the TV on even when I wasn’t watching it to hear another voice in the room. Kinda sad, huh?


And truthfully, the TV’s not really broken-broken. The sound is still fine, but there’s a huge black cloud that covers everything. It kind of looks like a kid took a paintbrush and streaked thick black paint right across the screen. That’s right–I’m blaming everything on imaginary kids today. Get off my lawn!

So because we still have sound, I have reverted back to my living-single days and have the TV on right now because it feels weird to start the morning without the Today Show. It’s sort of like I’m living in the golden age of radio, when kids would lay down on the carpet and stare down a talking box. Instead of Orson Welles, I’ve got Al Roker.

So today (my day off) will be an interesting experiment. Without the pull of Sex and the City reruns at 1 pm, I may accomplish far more today than I do on a typical Wednesday. I’ll finish an entire book, cook three days’ worth of meals and clean this place from top to bottom.

And if I get really bored, I can always go grab a malted at the Woolworth’s counter.


Jenn P.

30-something psychotherapist. Loves cooking, hosting parties, exploring new places. Texan by birth. New Yorker by choice. Likes to tell little stories. Pull up a chair; I'll tell you one.

  • Meg
    Whew boy. For the first few weeks after my then-boyfriend, now-husband bought his home, we didn’t have anything hooked up — including TV. I couldn’t believe how unbelievably quiet it was, and I will totally cop to leaving the television on for background noise even when I’m engaged in other tasks (cooking, talking on the phone, crocheting, checking my email . . . eh, you name it). Ain’t no shame in it! I would definitely have to get that TV fixed ASAP if I wanted to retain my sanity . . .
    • Jenn from much to my delight
      Oh thank you for this comment, Meg. It makes me feel much better about my daily habits.
  • Joyti
    I don’t have a t.v. I’m too afraid it will suck me in, and the lure of the laptop (internet) is already strong enough… I wish I could grab a malted – I love malt, and it’s so hard to find here (SF, CA).
  • Heather M
    You’re hilarious.
    I’m getting ready to move into my first apartment in NYC and since I have roughly $12 in my bank account, I’m probably not going to have a TV in my next place. I actually feel *sad* about it. (The people in Downton Abbey are my FRIENDS. How am I going to live without them!?) I think I might have a problem.
  • RheelDaze
    I don’t understand why you have the day off and you weren’t waiting for the Best Buy to open up at 7 a.m. That’s exactly where I would be if my television so much as hiccuped. In fact Jeff is always making fun of me that I’m on a first name basis with anyone who answers a phone at Time Warner. I was in PR all week and watched maybe a half hour total so when I got back last night it was an absolute free for all. And the TV is totally my friend. I will keep it on and mute it when I’m working just to know it’s there. Go get a TV!