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  • It sits on the old dresser in the midst of the familiar disorder that is our bedroom. A single red LED glows, a signal as forlorn as that of a lost deep space satellite for I mislaid the remote control. I don't even know why there's still power. It's still hooked up somehow to the web of the electric cords that power the hi-fi I'm listening to right now ("Premiers SymptĂ´mes" by Air), the blue and red fluorescent lights that cast a gentle purple light over my hands, and my laptop. I'm in exactly the same position that you see in the photograph, just on a different day and at a different time.

    I lost that remote three years ago. About the time I hooked the digital converter box (nicely subsidized by the government) to the TV, got maybe four clear channels and turned it off again. Before then, I had not turned it on for about another three years.

    That's the state of TV in our house. I have not regularly watched anything for at least ten years, probably a lot longer. I seem to recall "Masterpiece Theatre", and those mystery plays introduced by Vincent Price. Video tapes of "Doctor Who" episodes too. I'll watch DVDs on my computer, I listen daily to BBC radio plays, but no broadcast or cable TV. None at all.

    I don't miss it one bit.

    I have so much time.

    Time to lie here and type all this.
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