I never used to watch PBS. In fact, I made fun of people who watched public programming. Sort of. I mocked them by mocking myself. I’ve even described people by saying things like, “She’s PBS and I’m E!. We will never be friends.”
I’d like to point out it’s been years since I’ve watched anything on E!. This confession has nothing to do with this post, I just want to put it out there.
The past few weeks however, I have found myself watching PBS. Mainly on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. It started with NOVA on Wednesday. But that doesn’t come on until 8:00pm. While waiting for it, I started watching Nature at 7:00pm. That’s when I saw previews for The American Experience on Tuesdays.
I think my IQ raised two points in one week.
That’s an exaggeration.
The trouble with this new viewing habit is that I’m learning stuff. Stuff nobody else cares about. I’ve tried. I go to work the next day and wait for a lull in the conversation. “I watched this program last night on tv,” I say purposefully omitting the channel details.
At first, my coworkers took the bait. “Really?” one would say.
Then I’d tell them about the Bog Bodies. Or about how feisty and smart badgers are.
I admit it was a sneaky way to divulge my newfound information but I had to share. The stories kept running on a loop in my head. Proving once again that I should have paid better attention in science class. Any science class. See, if I had paid better attention back then, maybe I’d have a cool career now. I wish I could work on a show that followed badgers around. That sounds cool. Now. When I was in school I probably wouldn’t have thought so. But if I had paid attention then I’d be able to work on one of those shows. Then I’d have an audience. Albeit, a small one. Just being honest here.
My plan to gain an audience didn’t last long. Nobody wants to hear my regurgitated tales of PBS programming. My co-workers will leave me hanging and not ask any follow-up questions. I tried to tell them about the Triangle Fire but did not succeed. For some reason, listening to me report on my television viewing habits is not exciting or fun for them. Go figure.
I never had this problem when I watched E!. Just sayin’.