Monday evenings television watching has been in a rut for the last several years. Tuesdays too, if the truth be known. Generally we eat dinner at 8 pm, which for many is considered ‘late’, but we don’t have children (not the human kind) and I’ve been lax for many years and that’s when we eat. When we eat, we watch television, like many families do. I remember growing up we didn’t watch when we ate, we ate as a family, in the kitchen, and the television was in the family room, although in my parents’ house, the family room and the kitchen were adjoining. Basically one large room from one side of the house to the other. I visited the property in 2017 and was able to peek into the bay window that exposed to the backyard and that’s still the case. Sure there’s a skylight that wasn’t present when I was living there, but the new owners have effected several changes in the time that it’s been owned by others. For better or worse.
Presently, for the past say ten years, we watch pro wrestling on Monday nights. Granted it’s my preference, not my wife’s but we compromise. She likes to watch reality competitions like Survivor, TopChef, Hell’s Kitchen, Project Runway (et al) and I suffer through them just like she suffers through the wrestling shows. Too, I like to watch Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and she can’t stand ‘Lard Weasel’, but again she suffers for my sake, just like I do for her and her shows (I particularly detest RuPaul’s Drag Race and Below Deck, but again, it’s for a good cause)
The last several weeks however, I’ve been getting a little tired of the pro wrestling and have been seeking out other things to watch that aren’t the ‘same ol, same ol’ plotlines and conjured violence and drama that has been the WWE lately. Matter of fact this past Monday I switched to the National Geographic channel and their relatively new series ‘Drain the Ocean’. It’s where they do a detailed workup of a certain section of water (ocean, river, or some body) and investigate what might have become of whatever they’re looking at. The 8 pm episode detailed certain areas of New York’s harbor, from a time during the American Revolution, to the 19th century in the midst of the Industrial Revolution. They even took a crack at the wreck of a steamer called SS Oregon, that was supposedly sunk by a German sea mine in 1918. Very heady stuff and very interesting for someone who is a historical buff like myself.
There have been other episodes, dealing with infamous ships like Titanic and Bismarck, as well as lesser known ships like the one that was discovered near the original footprints of the Twin Towers post 9/11. That particular ship was theorized to be a river barge owned (or merely used) by the Royal Navy around the time of the American Revolution, as the timbers were dated to the tree having been felled about 1773.
Honestly, I haven’ t been missing watching the mindless pap of pro wrestling. Too, there’s been a brouhaha about a new wrestling outfit called AEW that will (this coming fall) be directly challenging WWE for supremacy in the business. Not a bad thing, since McMahon and company could do with a bit of competition. They’ve been the ‘big dog’ out there with their monopoly for too long, and I think their product has become very stale. There was a time about ten years ago when I stepped away from watching them religiously every week, and I think I’ve come to that tipping point again. Certainly there are ways to keep up with what’s going on with it, via online and on YouTube, and if I’m overly interested, I can read about the various storylines if I wish to. But on Monday and Tuesday nights, I think I’m going to be watching other things. More interesting ones.