Friday, October 19, 2007

Who Needs TiVo?

Last weekend was a busy one, the kind that leaves one exhausted beyond belief by time Sunday night rolls around.

Late Sunday evening, after ridding myself of the migraine that invaded my territory by downing half a triangular-shaped pill and sleeping for one hour, I headed over to my parents house to visit with my mom.

As we sat, each curled up on the end of one of her sofas, going over the weekend happenings, we realized that it was nearing nine o'clock, better known as "Sunday night TV-viewing time".

"Are you taping Desperate Housewives?" I ask, as my parents still make good use of the VHS tapes that have now become antiquated to most of the general population. I am the first to benefit from their attention to taping and this is not a privilege that I take for granted, no siree.

"Just holler up to Dad and he'll get the tape going for us" my mom tells me.

So, I do. And mom and I continue our chatting until we're all caught up on each other's lives before I head on back home.

Wednesday night we celebrated Wyatt's birthday with the usual family dinner, presents and cake. After our guests had gone home, I was standing over a sink full of soapy water cleaning wine glasses as Brett read to the kids upstairs. The phone rang.

It was my dad.

"I'm calling to apologize" he said.

"Apologize for what?"

"I destroyed the tape."

"What tape?"

"The Desperate Housewives tape from Sunday. I taped Boston Legal over it, so I'm calling to apologize, I am so sorry."

I assured him that it was no big deal, after all, my life does not revolve around television shows, especially those ABC ones. And then I asked him what I missed.

As I scrubbed the spots from the wine glasses and wiped down the kitchen counters, my dad gave me the full low-down on what took place on Sunday's episode. Susan asked Bree for the name of her gynecologist (you know, for her fake pregnancy) and Bree gave her the name of the first OB/GYN she pointed to in the phone book, thus sending Susan into the ghetto to a horrible doctor. Gabby's husband confronted Carlos about when she cheated on him, eluding to the fact that he would never stand for that kind of behavior. Bree's daughter had placenta previa, but was doing fine. Julie and the new girl did some snooping around. Something happened with Lynette too, but I've already forgotten.

Point is, my Dad gave an excellent blow-by-blow account of a television show that I would have spent one hour of my life watching. His details were precise and he only covered the important stuff, omitting all the added "fluff" and of course, there were no commercials.

I'm thinking of making up an excuse to miss this week's show so that I can get my dad's version instead because really, who has time for all this TV anyway?


Carrie said...

Sounds like a great dad!

jen said...

what a terrific dad.

Kellan said...

That is so cute - what a great dad you have there! We also still record on VHS - thank goodness that machine is still good for something. Cute post - see ya.

kim said...

What a sweetheart of a Dad! Do you think he would give me a run down on Boston Legal I fell asleep :(

Kyla said...

Awww! What a good daddy you have!

Ann(ie) said...

OMG. How cute is that???? My dad seems capable of talking about Football. And Football. And sometimes Football.

Mamacita Tina said...

Wow, your dad watched the show? Mine never would.

I agree, there's a lot of fluff to TV. And life's so busy, who can find time anymore?

I hate to admit it, but I love being a vegetable and watching TV. So I try to fit in one show a day.

Mom said...

Ok, I can handle a lot of poetic license, but "holler"? I said "holler"? Shucks, Carrie.

BTW, maybe Kim can trade "Boston Legal" synopses with your father. He forgot to tape one of those, too. But we DO have the one for the 18th! Just haven't had time to view it yet, what with all of the baseball, football, and old "My name is Earl" tapes. Thank goodness our cable-on-demand feature has "Mad Men" on it, or we would really be in trouble.


Cathy said...

Am trying to think of any missed episodes of various shows that your dad might be able to help me out with...

painted maypole said...

ha ha!

(tip, you can also watch it online nearly commercial free at the ABC website)

Family Adventure said...

'kay that is just the CUTEST. Would he be able to give me the rundown on Dr. House, too?

- Heidi :)

Becky said...

thats awesome but you can always watch them online! all the local networks have their shows online in case you miss it OR dont have tivo/dvr :)

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

Ha, I love it. Just have your Dad fill you in on everything.

And as I mentioned in my 7 things post, I don't watch TV! Which is why I have time for so many other things! ;)

Alexandra's World said...

Very cute to picture a dad watching Desperate Housewives, AND retelling it!!!

An Ordinary Mom said...

Your dad sounds awesome!