Watching TV with Tim is a real challenge for me! Tim thinks that when he watches TV it is mandatory for him to hold the remote control. I don’t know, but maybe he thinks that if he isn’t holding the remote the TV will turn off. Who knows! Now his holding the remote is not a big deal, but it is the constant channel surfing that he does that drives me crazy! Tim says, “it’s not what’s on… it’s what ELSE is on”. He wants to see what is on ALL the channels. So, he will switch from one channel to the next, constantly, over and over and over. Occasionally he will stop long enough to watch something which is usually just long enough for me to get interested and then he moves on to another channel. I get so totally frustrated when he does that. After about 10 minutes of that I am out of there. I just leave and go back to work in my studio.
I don’t know if it is just a “man thing” or not, but Tim feels the need to control the TV. Tim and I each have our own remote, his controls the TV and mine controls the ceiling fan.
One day I was in my studio working and I could hear Tim in the living room watching TV. At first I didn’t pay much attention to it. I could hear him switching from channel to channel which was quite normal. However, as time passed the channel surfing continued. Usually after a couple of passes through all the channels, if Tim doesn’t find something that he wants to watch then he will turn the TV off. Yet this time it I noticed that the channel surfing was going on for a really long time, much longer than usual and he didn’t seem to be stopping at all. This seemed really strange to me and quite out of the ordinary and so I decided to go and see what was going on.
When I walked into the living room I couldn’t believe what I saw and couldn’t help but laugh. Tim was laid back in his recliner, sound asleep, with remote in hand and changing channels. Yes, this man was channel surfing in his sleep! I thought to myself, ‘now that is some really strong muscle memory’!
In our house we should definitely have a “his TV” and a “her TV”!