So, I was examining the list of things I care about, you know the one that starts out:
- The Church
- Max & Lulu
- Ice Cream
And there are three words that don’t appear anywhere on that list–sports, football or Superbowl.
It’s not that I don’t understand football–I know the rules and how points are scored, I just don’t enjoy watching it on TV. I don’t enjoy watching any sport on TV. I had this revelation while watching a basketball game–I’m watching ten men run a ball up and down the court. Nothing ever really changes, and, while there are moments of excitement, they are few and far enough in-between that it doesn’t make it worth watching for me.
I’m not even really interested in the Superbowl commercials. I’m sure that I’ll see the good ones later on. Even if I don’t like sports, it seems a shame that what is arguably the biggest sporting event in the US is overshadowed by the advertisers who make it possible. I wonder how long until the football itself is canceled, and we just have a yearly event where we watch the biggest, best, most expensive commercials that Bud Lite and Coca-Cola can put out.
With all that being said, I am super excited about the Olympics. But the events that I like to watch don’t tend to be the popular ones. I’d much rather watch, say, curling than the women’s figure skating competition. I like the sports that are more about skill than hype.
For those of you keeping track at home, I have no plans to watch the Superbowl. Animal Planet’s Puppybowl? Maybe. It depends on how annoyed I am with Max and Lulu.
Although I hear that they have disapproving bunny cheerleaders this year…
I’ve had dogs my whole life, but Max and Lulu are the first that have been allowed to live inside the house. Going from having a dog in the yard to two dogs inside my tiny condo has been full of surprises–I didn’t realize, for instance, how nice it is to have two warm little bodies curled up next to me on the bed.
I’d always heard that dogs don’t really pay attention to the TV, that they “see” the world more through the nose than their eyes and ears the way people do. That may be true, but I find it difficult to watch the nature documentaries that I love anymore. The sounds the various animals make drive the dogs nuts. Chimps and dinosaurs seem to be the biggest culprits. I have no idea how they distinguish the sounds these animals that I’m sure Max and Lulu have never seen from the random, weird people noises that come over the TV. (Granted, I don’t know what their life was like before they came to live with me, but I’m pretty sure that they wouldn’t have had any reason to see a chimp in real life. If they’ve seen dinosaurs, then that means they are time travelers, and I officially have the coolest dogs on the planet.) When a dog or a wolf, and occasionally a fox or coyote come on the TV, it drives Max and Lulu insane, even if it’s not making any noise.
Need proof? This is me trying to watch a show about the wildlife of Yellowstone. At least I think it was about the wildlife of Yellowstone. I had to deal with this every time a wolf came on the screen.
What’s been super-fun for my downstairs neighbors is when I play this video, Max and Lulu then bark at themselves barking on the video. And up to this point in time, I didn’t think I had enough money for surround sound!
If you have spent any time at all watching TV shows or movies on Hulu lately, you probably have come across a long-format commercial for Disney Blu Ray. The tagline for this commercial is “Create New Memories”, and it directs you to this website. I tried to find a version of the commercial that I could post in my blog, but, after diving into the equally scary worlds of Disney and YouTube, this video was the closest I could find.
I should probably mention that I came across this ad repeatedly while watching anime that is rated–oh, wait, my parents read this blog–let’s just say it’s rated a bit higher than the standard family friendly fair.
So, here’s the thing. I grew up in the age of the VCR. I remember watching movies with my family and friends, but I don’t remember a single instance of watching a particular movie in a particular location with anybody in particular. Wait, that’s not true, I did insist my parents rent “The Princess Bride” every time I got to choose the movie or we had a sleepover, but that’s only because my Mom put her foot down and said no more.
I do remember playing outside, or playing dolls/dinosaurs with my friends. (Amber was always a dinosaur when we played Barbies, her choice) I remember reading books, like Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, The Little House on the Prairie box set, Island of the Blue Dolphins and A Wrinkle in Time. I even remember reading more obscure titles, like The Diamond in the Window or I Spent My Summer Vacation Kidnapped Into Space . And those are just the titles I can remember off the top of my head. If I thought about it, I could come up with a much longer list. I remember family vacations, including a road trip to Bear Lake via Wendover. (For those of you unfamiliar with Utah geography, Bear Lake straddles the Utah/Idaho border, and is very close to Wyoming. Wendover straddles the Utah/Nevada border on I-80. Basically, we started a road trip to points east by driving 120 miles west.) I have fond memories of singing songs and playing games, but not of watching movies.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Disney movies, especially the animated ones that were released during the 90’s. I remember walking to the movie theater to see “The Lion King”, but it’s not one of my top 100 favorite memories.
I know that Disney is all about making money under the guise of family entertainment, but please, don’t reduce the American family to a group of individuals who does nothing together except watch TV. (Yes, I am aware there are families like that. Leave me alone.) If the memories of the rising generation are all about watching “Up” or “Cars” on Blu-Ray, than we as a society don’t deserve to continue.
I have never once waxed nostalgic about watching “Alf” or “Punky Brewster” even though those were my favorite shows as a kid. I don’t remember a single movie of my early childhood (except Princess Bride), even though I now know there were some amazing Jim Hansen kids movies put out during the early to mid 80’s.
Disney, please re-think this ad campaign. “Create New Memories” is a great tag line–please use it for one of your parks. Movies and TV do not equal memories.