sick day with television

I’m home sick with a cold today. I’m at the stage now where I’m hacking until I can actually begin to taste the raw meat in the throat. I hate being sick. I used to like it. When I was a kid, being sick meant that my mom would make me a big skillet of cornbread and a pitcher of tea, and leve me propped up in front of the TV. For a chubby kid who hated sunlight, it was heaven. I’d watch “Hazel,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Dennis the Menace,” “Make Room for Daddy,” “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” “The Brady Bunch,” “Good Times,” “Tattletales,” and whatever other TV shows I could get in on the three channels we got. (I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know that I grew up in a gully, kind of cut off from civilization.) If I was lucky, there’d be an afternoon movie like “The Seven Ups” or “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.” I wouldn’t blink for hours… Now, we have about 15 stations, and there’s absolutely nothing I want to watch. I can’t even find “Gilligan’s Island.” Having a cold without “Gilligan’s Island” jsut sucksl. It’s like having dim sum without the crispy squid… Wait! What’s this? I take it all back. “The Nutty Professor,” with Jerry Lewis, starts in five minutes! Thank God that Turner Classic Movies is carried on basic cable.

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  1. egpenet
    Posted March 16, 2007 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    We’re all thinking it … so I’ll say it … GET WELL!

  2. doyleparty
    Posted March 16, 2007 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    I have season one of “Gilligan’s Island” on DVD. Want to borrow it? Season one of “I Dream of Jeannie” also.

    I would be a hypocrite if I told my kids they watch too much TV, when every day after school I probably spent a good 3 hours watching the “classics,” many of which you mentioned.

    And did your mom make jello for you on those sick days? Lemon was best.

  3. oliva
    Posted March 16, 2007 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    “Hazel”–yes!! Sick days sure used to be sweet . . .
    (Feel better.)

  4. oliva
    Posted March 16, 2007 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Today was also a really good day for a sick day if you have C-SPAN2. I only watched a bit of the rebroadcast: the compelling Valerie Plame Wilson under oath.

  5. danandkitty
    Posted March 17, 2007 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    How many fucking JUdge shows can there possiblle be?!?! Daytime tee vee is horrible!

  6. terrygilmer
    Posted March 17, 2007 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    When I was sick as a kid my mom used to turn on this old humidifier and give me Hawaiian Punch. I’d then turn on channel 11 out of Dallas and watch The Munsters, Lost In Space, The Three Stooges, Rat Patrol, Get Smart, The Dick Van Dyke Show, old Godzilla movies and of course Gilligan’s Island. I’ve got all three seasons on DVD.

  7. mark
    Posted March 17, 2007 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Well, I made it through about half an hour of “The Nutty Professor” before shutting it off. It was a lot nastier, mean-spirited, and, worst of all, unfunnier than I’d remembered…. And, thanks for the offer of “Gilligan’s Island” on DVD. I’d take you up on it, but I have this fear that, a few minutes into the first episode, I’d realize they were prety lame too. And I’d rather not confront all of this right now. I’d like to at least maintain the illusion for a little while longer that the stuff from childhood that I look back on fondly was at least relatively good.

  8. mark
    Posted March 17, 2007 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    And I can’t believe I forgot to mention “Lucy.”

  9. Cousins Vinyl
    Posted March 17, 2007 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    I just remember that I’d watch SportsCenter like 12 times in a row. And then The Price is Right.

  10. egpenet
    Posted March 17, 2007 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Today’s a great day to stay in bed … the streeeets downtown and in Depot Town are filling up with green people stumbling around asking: “Where’s the green beer, dude?”

    It may get worse as the day wears on.

  11. robr
    Posted March 17, 2007 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    This day is always hard on us “Orangemen” (sigh) :)….. Though in the name of peace, I’ll raise a glass (or two) to our “green” brothers….

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