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June 2, 2006

So here's one of those "100 things about me" moments. I have spent most of my adult life without television. My children have spent their entire lives without broadcast television. We do borrow movies and pbs shows from the library, so it's not like they're not watching ever, but if your entire week's viewing is made up of one episode of Blue's Clues and four episodes of Peewee's Playhouse, it's not quite the same as being a television consumer.

Yesterday that changed. direct TV. The reason? The World Cup. Four years ago the World Cup found Leo crawling out of bed at strange hours to visit similarly smitten friends (usually of british extraction) or finding open sports bars. This year will be different. This year, all games will be recorded and waiting.

Our first TV moments: We flip through the seven zillion channel names on the guide. Zoe's popular culture radar are all the sudden up and firing: every show she's seen at a friend's house or heard mentioned at school. She wants them. I see things like Star Trek: The Next Generation, Family Feud, and Little House on the Prairie. And have the strong sense that they haven't actually MADE any new television in the last 12 years. Eventually, Zoe settles on HGTV or Food channel She is SO, SO her mother's daughter in some ways.

So what's on? If I ever do watch something what should it be? The thing magically records your shows so you don't have to watch real time.

07:00 AM