I've been spoiled by TiVo. You see, when watching something that TiVo's recorded, you can skip commercials. Oh, no as easy as I understand ReplayTV used to do it, but it's pretty easy to hit fast-forward and skip them.
So, I haven't had to watch commercials for three months or so. And I've got used to skipping them.
A little over a week ago, the Wife and I went out of town for my class reunion and my brother-in-law's birthday party. And, while we were gone, the TiVo kept recording.
Now, with TiVo, you can check and see what it's planning on recording and tell it to skip certain shows.
There are some shows I really like, like "House" and "Monk" and "Mythbusters" and such. Plus, there are some old "Deep Space Nine" shows I never got to see for some reason. So, there were some shows I wanted to see. But the TiVo is set up to record lots of stuff. The Wife likes Westerns, and I have some stuff set to record when nothing else is on. Like "Everybody Loves Raymond" or "Futurama" or "Law & Order" or something.
All that means there were some shows I wanted to record and keep, and other "filler" stuff that didn't matter.
So, before we left, I scoured through the "To Do List" to see what was up.
I cancelled all the "Gunsmoke," "Little House," "Family Guy," "Are You Being Served?," "Law & Order," "Robot Chicken," and movies and such that were scheduled. So, when we got back from the reunion, the birthday party, and some genealogy research for the Wife, we had our TiVo full of stuff.
Most of it was the Wife's stories. Okay, soap operas. But they are often called "stories" by old people. Like "Grandma's watching her stories, so don't disturb her."
Anyway, she had her soaps and I had my silly stuff recorded. And it took us a few days, but we watched it all.
So much, in fact, that by Saturday morning, we had watched everything TiVo had recorded. Which meant that Saturday afternoon, there was nothing but live TV to watch.
And you can't skip commercials on live TV.
Oh, I tried. I'd be watching some Egypt show on Discovery and a commercial would come on. I'd reach for the TiVo remote and try to skip the commercial. And there was nothing to skip. I had to watch the commercials.
Like I said, I haven't watched commercials in a while. So, I've seen some stuff I haven't seen in a while.
Why is Carl from SU2 building hamburgers?
And who's this Billy Mays? And why does he want to clean my floors?
I can hardly wait for TiVo to have a bunch of stuff recorded so I can skip commercials again.
That Billy Mays is scary.