Well, with many hours free to me, I finally got around to doing things I've been meaning to do for a long time. I read a bunch of books that I've had languishing on my shelf. I wrote on my novel some more and fleshed out more of the plot (for a hint of its plot, I was inspired by this album and especially its artwork). I turned to my ever increasing dvd collection and started making my way through the ones that I bought but never even watched. I began playing video games that I had bought or received as gifts but whose shrink wrap I never opened. I even started catching up on old seasons of tv shows I've been meaning to watch but never got around to. (I know there is a certain hilarity in that I deem it a success to watch more tv shows to fill in the time when my other shows are out of commission but you must understand that I'm OCD-esque like that. If I have anything outstanding on my mind, it'll bother me until it's done.)
Now that the strike appears to be ending soon, what will I do? I've been steadily making my way through all the Bond movies (in order!) that I bought long ago. Will the return of new episodes put a stop to that project? What of my long in development novel? Will it die on the vine? I am supremely grateful that we'll probably get a full season of Lost and 24 will come back at one point but having no new scripted shows opened my eyes. I liken myself to that Simpsons episode "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge" where the Itchy & Scratchy show gets super lame and all the kids discover the outdoors and a world without tv. Or perhaps I'm the labouring children from Temple of Doom, escaping the slavery of network television for the freedom of a village soon to be blessed by the magical Sankara stones, or in this analogy, the freedom of doing basically anything else. In any case, my future leisure hours remain up in the air, to be divvied up as I see fit. Is less television in my future? Only time (and persuasive advertising) will tell.