Sunday, January 19, 2014

A non-cable life

Living on a fixed income has some benefits. Now some might think this is not a benefit, but indeed I find it delightful. One of the cuts I had to make in my daily living was doing away with cable TV. I wasn't too upset, because I find little enjoyable to watch with all of the channels available on cable. Thus I went back to the bare roots of television. The old antenna. Well, the old antenna has been improved to do some long range searching which gives me a few more channels even though at time they fade in and out. I just make up the dialogue I missed and continue on with the viewing. Makes for creative watching.

I love memories awakened by old shows. I grew up on shows that were already old when I was a kid. Roy Rogers movies, Hopalong Cassidy, my sister's favorite. Old reruns of black and white movies. I didn't care. They were all fascinating entertainment to this little kid.

Saturday mornings meant Rin Tin Tin and Fury. Sunday night was Disney and Lassie. My Three Sons, Perry Mason, Mom's favorite Lawrence Welk were evening shows. We watched them all with regularity. Anticipation filled the house when Show of Shows was about to come onto the screen.

This morning I'm down with a bad back. It's Sunday morning so lots of old time TV is happening. I watched Richard Greene in Robin Hood. It was a favorite when I was a kid. I never missed. The show that followed caught me by surprise. A show I had completely forgotten about. Circus Boy. Until I looked it up, I didn't know that Micky Dolenz (of the Monkee's) played the main role of Corky. Noah Beery, Jr., Sterling Holloway, the voice of Winnie the Pooh and many other Disney characters, were part of the cast. An interesting side bar: Micky Dolenz was given guitar lessons during the show's run so he could do publicity tours with Bimbo the elephant, playing the guitar and singing.

I wonder what other treasures I will discover from this black and white era. How I would love to find the old movie with Sabu the elephant boy. Maybe even a few Douglas Fairbanks movies with him flying across the screen. Just a woman with a bad back looking further back for memories filled with smiles. Hm....Ding, Dong School, The Gale Storm Show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, Our Miss Brooks, Topper, Thin Man, Tom Terrific. Shows forgotten until a little memory comes to light. Loving this non-cable life.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't seen many of these shows but I certainly have my own favorites. I couldn't agree with you more that finding simple pleasures in life is becoming harder and harder to find. Good for you....keeping enjoying.