Cable Conquers TV

Cable Conquers TV

Cable TV

Cable TV began in the 1940s and 1950s, but did not become the standard until the 1970s. In the 1970s we see the TV Top Box appearing in homes all over the world. Cable might have become bigger earlier, but the FCC believed that Pay-TV might harm the current broadcast television stations. ABC,CBS and NBC did not really suffer even when cable became standard.

Lack of original programming or lack of a sufficient production budget kept cable second rate for many years. In recent years, however, Cable TV programming has surpassed much of what the original broadcast stations have to offer. With more lenient rules and less regulations from the FCC, the Cable TV Station have more freedom to produce what the public wants. Sex, violence and profanity can be found not just on the Premium Channels these days, but on channels such as AMC and FX as well.

I remember getting Cable in the early 80s. We had 13 channels and then something like 35 and then 50. By the 1990s customers could purchase over 100 channels. Today, I’ve seen the numbers go up to about 1,000 channels. Early on, I enjoyed the likes of TBS, WGN, USA, Nickelodeon, The Discovery Channel, Lifetime Network, The Nashville Network, VH-1 and MTV.

There were a number of Home Shopping Networks that I actively ignored. I didn’t pay attention to News or Sport Networks either. I already did a whole blog on just Nickelodeon, so onto other channels now….

USA offered reruns of shows such as McGyver. Later, they offered new shows such as Covert Affairs (2010-2014) and La Femme Nikita (1997-2001). TBS offered reruns of shows like The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie in the 80s as well as original programs like Heaven Help Us. Now TBS reruns shows like Friends, 2 Broke Girls and The Big Bang Theory.

I used to watch The Nashville Network before it became Spike and then Paramount with my ex-husband in the late 1990s. On Sundays we’d watch Horsepower TV, Car and Driver Television, Shadetree Mechanic and Trucks! On the Discovery Channel we’d watch Monster House and Monster Garage. My ex-husband also loved Battlebots. I would sit down with the kids and watch Mythbusters when it was on the Discovery Channel in the early 2000s as well.

In the 90s and early 2000s I remember getting excited at the launch of such channels as AMC, A&E, Animal Planet, Bravo, Comedy Central, The Cartoon Network, MTV-2, HGTV, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, TCM and SyFy.

AMC has consistently put out quality programming. They started out airing classic movies, but switched to original programming in the 2000s. I have enjoyed Madmen (207-2015), The Walking Dead (2010-2021), Breaking Bad (2008-2013) and Better Call Saul (2015-current).

The Family Channel became ABC Family, which became Freeform in 2016 and then went on to produce a lot of good television as well. There was the ambitious, but short lived Shadowhunters. From silly Secret Life of the American Teenager to the very relevant shows like The Fosters and Good Trouble, they have aimed at pleasing the bold and open minded younger generation. They make an effort to be all-inclusive and have shows that deal with minorities, people with disabilities and the LBGTQ community.

TNT had some good shows like Saving Grace, Raising The Bar, Franklin and Bash and The Librarians. They also rerun good shows like Bones, Charmed and Castle. FX is known for good movies as well as shows like The Americans (2013-2018), Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014) and The Mayans. I also loved You’re The Worst (2014-2017)

The Sci-Fi, later stylized as SyFy, carried a lot of favorites as well. I enjoyed the mini series Frank Herbert’s Dune (2000) as well as Alice (2009) and Lost Room (2006). Perhaps my favorite show from them is Warehouse 13 (2009-2014) though. The Canadian import Lost Girl was also awesome. I have caught reruns of Quantum Leap, Star Trek The Next Generation, Xenia Warrior Princess, The X-Files, Lost, The Twilight Zone and CSI on SyFy as well.

About the only thing I watched on Bravo was Inside the Actor’s Studio (1994-2018). I was never fond of all those Real Housewives shows. Yawn. On Lifetime the only thing I watched was Army Wives (2007-2013). And my one guilty pleasure on The Learning Channel is Hoarding: Buried Alive (2010-2014). The History Channel currently has a number of shows Ray and I enjoy, including: Alone, American Pickers, Forged in Fire and Pawn Stars.

This past year, I have gotten hooked on HGTV or Home and Garden Television. My favorite shows include Fixer Upper and Property Brothers. Good Bones and Hometown are pretty good as well. Not a huge fan of Flip or Flop and Love It or List It though.

Recently, I have enjoyed watching reruns on LAFF and Antenna TV. LAFF features shows like Grace Under Fire, Night Court, Home Improvement and How I Met Your Mother. Antenna TV features 80s shows like Growing Pains, Who’s The Boss and Head of the Class. There is also a a channel called H&I, which for stands for Heroes and Icons. They feature reruns of shows like Wonderwoman, Xena Warrior Princess, House MD and Star Trek The Next Generation and the Original Star Trek.

There are a ton more channels and shows, but I believe I have covered the majors ones. Even with 100 or more channels, most people watch 25 channels or less on average. This blog should give you a good sample of what is available and what I like.

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Premium Channels

Premium Channels

Premium Cable Channels

HBO has been around since 1972 and Showtime has been on the air since 1976. Cinemax, nicknamed Skinemax, began it’s run in 1980. Then came The Disney Channel in 1983. Starz came late to the party in 1994.

Growing up, I felt out of the loop for not having of the Premium Cable Channels. I suppose I didn’t miss a whole lot back then, but I remember kids at school talking about Fraggle Rock (1983-1987) on HBO and wishing I could watch the show. And it wasn’t like I could run out and get it on DVD or stream it.

It was around 1988 that Mom got a subscription to The Disney Channel. We watched a lot of old Disney Movies on it like The Parent Trap and That Darn Cat as well as some new programs—including Good Morning Miss Bliss (1988-1989). My favorite new Disney Movie was A Friendship in Vienna (1988)with Jenny Lewis. Mom canceled the subscription in 1990 or so. We never got another Premium Channel while I was living at home.

In the late 90s, The Disney Channel became included with regular Cable and you didn’t have to pay extra for it. In the early 2000s my kids watched a lot of Hannah Montana (2006-2011) and The Wizards of Waverly Place (2007-2012). Not to mention Phineas and Ferb (2007-2015), Kim Possible (2002-2007)and Gravity Falls (2012-2016).


My Uncle Steve subscribed to HBO. Occasionally, I would request that he record a movie for me. I had him record Willow when HBO ran it in 1989. My mother and I did not own a VCR at the time, but that didn’t stop me from starting my own VHS collection. From the late 80s until the Mid-90s we had to get a VCR from the library or watch videos down at Grandma’s house. Mom didn’t get a VCR until 1995, but the record function didn’t work, so all we could do was watch movies we rented from the video store.

Eventually, I moved out and got my own VCR and then DVD player in 1997 and 2000 respectively. I started getting DVDs from the library of my favorite Premium Cable Shows. Now, I pretty much stream whatever I can from Disney + or Hulu or Netflix.

I did, however, subscribe to HBO briefly while Game of Thrones was on. After watching the first couple of Seasons on DVD, I was hooked. I wanted to be part of the conversation and see the shows when they premiered. So, I got a subscription for two months and dropped it. And I did that for the last couple of Seasons.

Here are some of my favorites Premium Cable Channel Shows over the years: HBO gave me Sex and the City (1998-2004), In Treatment (2008-2010), Game of Thrones (2011-2019), Girls (2012-2017), Westworld (2016-2021), Big Little Lies (2017-2019) Chernobyl (2019), Watchmen (2019) and His Dark Materials (2019-2022) . Showtime had Dead Like Me (2003-2004), The L Word (2004-2009), Weeds (2005-2012), The Big C (2011-2013), Shameless (2011-2021), Homeland (2011-2020), The Tudors (2007-2010), The Borgias (2011-2013), Masters of Sex (2013-2016)and The Affair (2014-2019).Starz had Pillars of the Earth (2010), Camelot (2011), Black Sails (2013-2017), Outlander (2014-Present), American Gods (2017-2021) and The Spanish Princess (2019-2020).

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Nod To Nickelodeon

Nod To Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon Orange Splat Log

Nickelodeon was available on cable in 1979. I remember watching the network in the early 80s when we first got cable. Back then we only had maybe 35 channels. Nickelodeon was like channel 25. I watched their flag shows You Can’t Do That On Television (1981-1990), Mr. Wizard’s World (1983-2000) and Double Dare (1986-1993) in the early days. There was also Turkey Television (1985-1988) and Today’s Special (1982-1991). Not to mention Saturday afternoon movies. There was a British series that had to do with a kid having supernatural abilities. I think it was called The Tomorrow People.

Nickelodeon got most of their television from other countries at first. That included my favorite cartoon The Mysterious Cities of Gold (1986-1990), which was French Produced and Japanese Animated. Then it was dubbed over in English. Other favorites from that era included: Spartkus and The Sun Beneath the Sea (1986-1991) as well as Belle and Sebastian (1984-1989).I also watched The Magical World of David The Gnome (1988-1995), Inspector Gadget (1987-1992), Heathcliff (1988-1993), Count Duckula (1988-1993), Danger Mouse (1984-1994) and the short skits of Bananaman. I enjoyed Star Trek The Animated (1985-1990) series as well. Later there were live actions shows like Hey Dude (1989-1991) and Clarissa Explains It All (1991-1994).

The Mysterious Cities of Gold

My friend Elizabeth loved The Muppet Babies (1992-1999) Loony Toons (1988-1999) and Tiny Toon Adventures (1995-1999). She also watched Double Dare religiously for years. We often watched different shows, but we both loved Nickelodeon in general. It was a part of our friendship growing up.

Who could forget Nick At Nite? I watched Lassie, The Donna Reed Show, Dennis The Menace, The Patty Duke Show, Mr. Ed, The Monkees, Flipper and The Brady Bunch with my Mom.

Then I became a Mom in 2003. I would get videos of Max and Ruby (2003-2019), Blues Clues (1996-2006) and The Rugrats (1991-2004) for my kids from the library. My daughter liked Dora The Explorer (2000-2019) and my son enjoyed Go, Diego, Go (2005-2011). Then they began to watch Sponge Bob Squarepants (1999-2021) and The Fairly Odd Parents (2001-2017). Anastasia loved The Winx Club (2011-2016) as well. We watched Avatar The Last Airbender (2005-2008) and The Legend of Korra (2012-2014) together, but we watched it on DVD and later on Netflix.

Avatar The Last Airbender
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Top 5 Funniest Diary Openings

Top 5 Funniest Diary Openings

This Zombie Apocalypse Has Been Brought To You By Pizza Hut
  1. This Zombie Apocalypse has been brought to you by Pizza Hut
  2. Ever feel like you just hit a wall in life? Well, I did. Literally.
  3. Today sucked, but tomorrow I am going to get my head examined. Seriously, I am going to get a CAT Scan Friday.
  4. Yep, my week was full of sneaky bastards.
  5. Am I The Monster At The End Of The Book? Am I lovable, fury and neurotic Grover from Sesame Street?

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Notes From An Apocalyse

Notes From An Apocalypse

A Personal Journey To The The End of The World

By Mark O’Connell

The Cold War last from the 1940s-1980s. Nuclear Fallout Shelters were built during this time. The threat of global nuclear war was serious and create a fear of a looming apocalypse. Doomsday Preppers came out of this time.

They often talk about SHTF or Shit Hits The Fan. They create bug out bags and bug out boxes. Mark O’Connell was curious, so he read DIY Survival Hacks! Survival Guide For Beginners and How To Survive A Disaster By Using Easy Household DIY Tricks. Also How To Survive The End Of The World As We Know It. James Wesley and Rawls were two Preppers from the US Army. They often abbreviate it TEOTWAWKI for The End of the World As We Know It. Some of them fly the Don’t Tread On Me flags with the rattlesnake on it.

Preppers believe there will be an economic crash, an electric grid crash, war or disease that will collapse civilization. These Preppers don’t trust cities. They prefer living in the country, away from the chaos. On page 30 he says, “Prepping is rooted I n apprehension of an all consuming decadence. Society has become excessively reliant on systems of distribution and control whose vary vastness and complexity renders them hopelessly vulnerable.” They believe that the wars will be between Sheep Dog Gangs and Urban Gangs. Some believe it will be between Blacks and Whites.

Mark O’Connell checks by NuManna’s website, which is full of survival gear. There are luxury bunkers in South Dakota for sale. Robert Vicino specializes in this type of Real Estate. You too can buy one for 1.7 Million Dollars! A good book to read on this subject is One Nation Underground: The Fallout Shelter in American Culture by Kenneth D Rose.

The other part of the story revolves around Right-Wing conspiracy theories. Some of the theories attached to the apocalypse include: the Earth having a tendency to shift on its axis abruptly. This shift will cause major earthquakes and tidal waves. Some believe in a rogue planet called Niburu that is on course to crash into the earth. Others focus on the idea of everything converging into One World Government. Then there are those who believe the Democratic Party has been taken over by Jews who seek to exploit the gullible minorities.

During the apocalypse people believe that there will be raping, pillaging and even cannibalism. The word apocalypse means unveiling. Some people take this to mean that the apocalypse will be a time to embrace a universal truth. The veneer of civilization will fall away and people will see what is really underneath. This will be a time that will shed light on the haves and have-nots. It will highlight the struggle between the rich and the poor in its extremes. This will be a time where it will be the survival of the fittest.

New Zealand has become a place of interest. It will be the refuge of billionaires during the collapse. They plan hold up in their Hampton-like neighborhood of mansions. German-American Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, is part of this big movement. He believes in The Sovereign Individual. Also read The New Zealand Project by Max Harris New Zealand not far enough away? Why not focus on a new colony on Mars. People are already signing up to be apart of it even though the technology to get there is still in development.

There is a certain fascination with the death and decay of our world. A prime example is the Chernobyl Exclusion Tour. “It was astonishing to behold how quickly we humans become irrelevant to the business of nature.” O’Connell mentions Czeslaw Milosz’s Poem “A Song On The End of the World.”

In conclusion, the future is a source of fear not because we know what will happen, but because we know so little and have so little control over what happens. The best advice is to expect the unexpected.

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Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting

Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting

by Lisa Genova

You remember special things like a first kiss, but you are less likely to remember your tenth kiss. To become a memory you will later recall, all that previously unrelated neural activity becomes a connected pattern of neural activity. To create a memory you need four things 1) Encoding or capturing the information 2) Consolidation or linking of unrelated bits together. 3) Storage where the chemical structural structure of the brain changes and 4) Retrieval or being able to recall the memory.

The Hippocampus is essential for memory consolidation. You need your Hippocampus to function in order to form new memories. Damage to this part of the brain will keep you from remembering any thing new, like in the case of HM or Henry Molaison. He had his Hippocampus cut to help prevent seizures and he was never able to make new memories again.

We don’t read memories like a laser reading a DVD. We can’t hit start and just play a scene in our mind. It is more complicated than that. The key to creating and later retrieving information lies in simply “Paying Attention” Two people having different memories of the same event comes down to what aspects of the event they paid attention to. We tend to ignore the things we don’t find interesting. Anything new, meaningful, consequential or emotional we will pay attention to.

Visuospatial Scratchpad is your Temporary Memory. If you are trying to remember the WiFi password you will repeat it over and over until you can type it in or write it down. Then you will most likely forget it. A Phonological Loop is the working Memory of sound. It is the world’s shortest soundtrack! It will last 15-30 seconds max. Chunking of information helps. That is why we break up a 20 digit phone number.

Semantic Memory relates to the memorization of facts. It helps to attach meaning to facts in order to remember them! Tools To Help with Memory: Repetition, Spaced Learning, Self-Testing, Meaning and Spatial Imagery Episodic Memory is the what we call the memory associated with Events. We don’t tend to remember our routines or the mundane very well. Big world events or disasters like 9/11 create a Flashbulb Memory. Everyone remembers where they were at or what they were doing when it happened.

To enhance Episodic Memory get out of your routine, get out of your device and look up from your phone, feel it with strong feelings, rehash it, keep a journal, log events onto a calendar, use social media to document your life

Muscle Memory is different from Declarative Memory. Muscle Memory improves with practice, but you don’t lose skill like you lose other memories over the years. Malcolm Gladwell theorized it took repeating an act 10,000 times to go from novel to expert level.

Why We Forget: We often end up in a game of telephone with ourselves and others. We don’t pay attention or get things mixed up. We can be given false memories by people who were also there. They may add information to our memory and we claim it as our own memory. 25% to 50% of people remember details of events that never happened. It is easy to manipulate memory. Witnesses can be lead into remembering something they didn’t see, hear or do.

TOT is Tip of the Tongue. We might not remember the name of an actor or something. We know we know it, but can’t spit it out. The Ugly Sister is when we remember a similar name, but still not the right name. You don’t have to be a Memory Martyr. If you don’t remember it, Google it. It won’t harm your memory to look up the information.

Perspective Memory is the To Do List of the Mind. Perspective Memory is like the flaky friend who says they will meet you somewhere, but totally forgets. Out of Sight means Out of Mind. If you don’t write down your To Do List, you probably won’t remember it—or very much of it at least. So write things down, use a calendar, write post it notes and post them all over the place, be specific with your plans and be aware if these plans will interrupt your routine.

Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve: Without deliberate attempts or strategies to retain what you learn, you will forget most of what you experience right away. If you want to retain the information you’ve managed to store in your brain, you will have to keep reactivating it. Revisit the information, reminiscence about events, rehearse what has happened or you want to happen, repeat the information frequently. The two keys to memory are Repetition and Memory.

Alzheimer is caused by amyloid plagues forming on the gilal cells. Eventually the neurons die off and kill you. What can help prevent Alzheimer’s? Sleep is one the biggest things you can do for yourself. Adults need 7-9 of sleep per night. Just getting 5 to 6 hours a night can impact your brain function. When you sleep, your brain cells are “cleaned.” When you don’t sleep as long as you should, the excess stuff doesn’t get swept away and can build up. Another huge risk is age. Anyone over 65 has an increased risk. Lower levels of Vitamin D and possibly lower levels of B12 can impact your overall neurological health. Whatever is good for the heart, is good for the brain.

Memory is not EVERYTHING. When our memory goes, we still have our emotions. We may not be able to understand why we feel like we do or when we began to feel that way or even who we feel that way about, but we will always remember the feelings of loss, pain, fear, love and joy. Those emotions stay with us until the end.


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On The Grid

On The Grid

Back in the 80s, 90s and even the early 2000s, I lived on The Grid. A large part of my life was centered around television. I watched a variety of television channels and shows over the years, but Primetime was what marked time, place and culture.

Growing up, we didn’t subscribe the TV Guide. Occasionally, my Mom would buy a copy for me. She didn’t much care what was on, but I had a lot of TV shows I wanted to keep track off. I always made a point to get the Fall Preview TV Guide. I kept the articles that described of Renewed and New shows. But the real prize was the Grid. There was always a page that showed the Primetime shows in their time blocks. I would hang the Grid up on my fridge, so I could know when to catch my favorite shows.

I was re-watching some of my favorite old shows via Netflix and Hulu. This led me to wonder what shows were on what days. If you could go back in time and catch me, say on a Friday, what shows would have been on? I have made lists of favorite TV shows and TV shows that I was aware of even if I wasn’t a huge fan. I have never broken down the shows by days of the week though. So, here it is:

One of my earliest memories is watching The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985), Dallas (1978-1991) and Falcon Crest (1981-1990) on Friday Nights. My Mom and I would go down to my Grandmother’s house around dinner time and she would make Chef Boyardee Pizza from a box. We’d sit down to eat and watch TV together. Around 1985 or 1986, we stopped doing that. My Aunt went off to college and my Grandmother began working.

Later, Friday Night I would watch TV at home either with Mom or alone. I vaguely remember catching Webster (1985-1987), Mr. Belvedere a(1985-1987) and The Facts of Life (1979-1988) on Fridays. In the late 80s and early 90s, Fridays became dominated by Full House (1987-1995), Perfect Strangers (1986-1993) and Family Matters (1989-1997). The Facts of Life is probably the only one I have watched in re-runs. I wasn’t a huge fan of the other shows. Full House is was probably second favorite show, but I didn’t really connect with it. However, I liked the short lived show Just The Ten of Us (1988-1990). Much later, there was Last Man Standing (2011-2019) and the Grimm (2011-2017)

Of course I watched Saturday Morning Cartoons as kid. Some of my favorites include: Scooby-Doo (1969-1991), The Smurfs (1981-1989), The Snorks (1984-1988), Shirt-Tails (1982-1983) and many othersHowever, it was the live action show Saved By The Bell (1989-1993) that had the most impact. I also watched the live action show California Dreams (1992-1996).

As a kid, I watched Diff’rent Strokes (1979-1985), Silver Spoons (1982-1986) and Gimme Me A Break (1981-1997)on Saturday Night. As a teen, I remember being home alone in the early 90s and watching TV. I would dance and write for a bit and then settled down to watch The Golden Girls (1985-1992), Empty Nest (1988-1995)and sometimes Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman (1993-1998) and then Sisters (1991-1996).

When I was little I watched a lot of The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights. My Grandma was a huge fan of Murder She Wrote (1984-1996) and so I watched that show sometimes on Sunday. Later, I watched McGyver (1985-1992) on both Sunday and Monday. I made sure to catch The Simpsons (1989-Present). I also watched King of The Hill (1996-2009). I loved Futurama (1999-2003). Malcolm in the Middle (2000-2006) was fun to watch. Sometimes I caught The X-Files (1993-2002), but I often had to tape it or watch it in reruns. In 2001, I stumbled upon Alias (2001-2006) and fell in love! I enjoyed Brothers and Sisters (2006-2011) and later, Revenge (2011-2015). Then came The Game of Thrones (2011-2019)and The Walking Dead (2010 to Present). And, I was fond of Once Upon A Time (2011-2018) My new love is Good Girls (2018 to Present).

Monday I watched Kate and Allie (1984-1989) Punky Brewster (1984-1986) Alf (1986-1990), Murphy Brown (1988-1998)and Designing Women (1993). I got hooked on Party of Five (1994-2000). Ally McBeal (1997-2002) was fun to watch. Later, I enjoyed the show Heroes (2006-2010). Another favorite was How I Met Your Mother (2005-2013) Later, I would watch 2 Broke Girls (2011-2017) on Mondays before they were moved to Thursdays. I also watched Mom (2013-2021) on Mondays before it moved to Thursdays as well. I watched Revolution (2012-2013) on Monday before it moved to Wednesdays.

Tuesday I watched Remington Steele with my Mom (1982-1987). Then I watched Who’s The Boss (1984-1992), Growing Pains (1985-1992) and Moonlighting (1985-1989). Not to mention Doogie Howser, MD (1989-1993). Later, I would catch Rosanne (1988-1997) and Home Improvement (1991-1999). And then there was Blossom (1990-1995) For a while, That 70s Show (1998-2006) was on Tuesdays, but then it moved to Wednesdays.I liked the short lived show Dark Angel (2000-2002). Then there was the popular 24 (2001-2010). And who could forget House MD (2004-2012)? Fringe was a favorite for a while (2008-2013). Then I got into The Flash (2014-2021), but lost interest after about 4 seasons. I loved Raising Hope (2011-2014). The only show I watch now is Mixed-ish.

Wednesday my mother and I would watch Highway To Heaven (1984-1989). I watched Growing Pains (1985-1992) when it moved to from Tuesday to Wednesday. I caught Head of the Class (1986-1991) and The Wonder Years (1988-1993). I also enjoyed Quantum Leap (1989-1993). Later I watched, Grace Under Fire (1993-1998) and The Drew Carey Show (1995-2004). Who could forget Dharma and Greg (1997-2002)? Of course, there was Charmed (1998-2006). Sometimes I caught CSI (2000-2017) Then I began watching Lost (2004-2010)and was hooked. For awhile, I watched Arrow (2012-2020). Currently, I watched The Goldberg’s (2013-to present). I also enjoyed the brief spin-off of that show, Schooled (2019-2020). And, of course, now there is the Rosanne Reboot, which is The Connors (2018-to the Present) and Call You Mother (2020).

Thursday was always a huge Television Day. NBC came up with the slogan, “Must See TV.” Family Ties (1982-1989) Cosby (1985-1992), Different World (1987-1993) and Mad About You (1992-1999) were frequently watched. I was never a huge fan of The Cosby Show, but I did watch it sometimes.

Seinfeld (1989-1998) was another show that I watched occasionally, but it wasn’t my favorite show. I watched Beverly Hills 90210 for the first couple of seasons. (1990-2000) but soon lost interest.

Friends(1994-2004) I always looked forward to watching. Two shows that I watched, that were only one season were My So-Called Life (1994-1995),The Naked Truth (1996-1997) and Veronica’s Closet (1998-1999) And who could forget the TV show ER (1994-2009) Later, I watched My Name is Earl (2006-2009) and Grey’s Anatomy (2005- to Present). Bones (2005-2017) was a favorite, although it also aired on Tuesdays and Mondays. I was hooked on The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017). For a while I got into Person of Interest (2011-2016) and Elementary (2012-2019) was good. I also watched The Big Bang Theory (2009-2019) on Thursdays, but it aired on Monday originally. Now I watch Young Sheldon (2016-to present) and Superstore (2015 to present). I just started watching Call Me Kat (2020).

As a kid, I watched a lot of re-runs of older shows as well. Some of it was on Nick at Night, while others aired on TBS. I watched The Andy Griffith Show, The Donna Reed Show, Leave It To Beaver, Lost in Space, Hazel, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Brady Bunch, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Little House on The Prairie and many others.

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Adulting 101

Adulting 101


by Josh Burnette and Pete Hardesty

Find what matters in this life and give yourself to it

Begin with the end result in mind

Start crafting your life mission statement and unifying principles

Never underestimate the impact you have

Be intentional, genuine and available

Ask awesome questions

Look the Part For A Job Interview

Be prepared with questions, a resume and references

Practice, Practice, Practice

Professional communication skills are the foundation for success

Never Be Late (Always Be Early)

Dress and Act Professional

Leadership is influence. You must lead yourself first

Leadership is a skill that cannot be developed overnight. It must be for the long haul.

True leadership is developing other people’s skills and helping them grow.

Leaders Develop Other Leaders

Grow your emotional IQ

Every person has a story. Get to know the story of those around you.

Remain Humble.

Treat the person you are dating like you would want to be treated

Debt is the Enemy

Use Debit Cards instead of Credit Cards

Know Your Credit Score

Never Buy Something You Don’t Have The Money For

Start Saving Now

Make Wise Investments

Give To Others or Charity As Well

Spend less than you Earn

Create a budget and Follow It

Compounding Interest is your Friend

Don’t Be Sucker When Buying A Car

Be Able To Maintain Your Vehicle (Oil Changes, etc)

With Homes The True Price Is Always Higher Than The Sale Price

Apartments can be a wise choice for young adults

Get Health Insurance and Car Insurance

Get Home Owners or Renter’s Insurance

Get Life Insurance once you have a family

Time Management Is Important

Put your priorities in order

Write Down Your Goals

Work Hard To Meet Goals (Study, Work, etc)

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Subtext: A Life In Between The Lines

Subtext: A Life Between The Lines

Subtext is any content of a creative work which is not announced explicitly by the characters or author, but is implicit or becomes something understood by the observer of the work. Text is what is on the surface and Subtext lurks underneath in the form of interpretation or insight. It is sometimes called the Latent Text and is often Subtle.

I thought the word Subtext embodied my effort at understanding myself and those around me. As an English Student and, later, an English Teacher, my life has also been devoted to exploring what lies between the author’s words. I fancied myself an archaeologist of text, digging for context and meaning. So, when I decided to publish my diaries as a series, I named it Subtext: A Life Between The Lines.

Here is a list of all the Volumes in Subtext, published by Purple Rose Ink Publishing. Volumes 1 thru 11 are available to the public, while the rest are for my eyes only.

Prequel: In Dreams (1976-1991)

Volume 1: The World Is A Stage (1991-1993)

Volume 2: The Long, Hot Summer (1993-1994)

Volume 3: The Long Road (1994-1995)

Volume 4: Mono No Aware (1995-1998)

Volume 5: Wings of Desire (1998-2000)

Volume 6: Sous Rature (2000-2001)

Volume 7: Decentered (2001-2002)

Volume 8: Desideratum (2002-2004)

Volume9: Sehnsucht (2005-2006)

Volume 10: Forezo Del Destino (2006)

Volume 11: Gnostic (2007- 2008)

Volume 12: Black Swan (2009)

Volume 13: Wu Wei (2009-2010)

Volume 14: Lacuna (2010-2012)

Volume 15: Wolf Gift (2012 -2014)

Volume 16: Kaizen (2014-2015)

Volume 17: Enouement (2015-2016)

Volume 18: Telos (2017-2018)

Volume 19: Moxie (2018-2020)

Volume 20: No Title Yet (2020-2021)

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