How I Changed The Channel At Grandpa’s House

August 18, 2008

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My grandfather, I loved him, but when I was a young kid I really didn’t enjoy his choice in television programming.  Grandpa had cable, so he had all the cool channels I could get at home with our normal broadcast television.   I wanted to watch You Can’t Do That on Television or Danger Mouse.   Grandpa had other ideas.

Grandpa like watching war documentaries, to an eight year old I might as well have been wwatching paint job.  Since it was a 4 hour ride to Grandpa’s house that meant it was normally a big trip.  Big trips meant I couldn’t bring alot of stuff with me, so TV was the entertainment (though I read quite a few books on trips to Grandpa’s house).   Not only did Grandpa watch war documentaries incessantly he also fell asleep watching TV quite often (an affliction my wife says I have also).   This means that the TV was stuck on war documentaries and the only person that cared about them was asleep and not enjoying them.   So no concious person in the room was enjoying the television.  Dilemnas, Dilemnas.

So being a young child I discovered if I turned down the volume on the TV and then changed the channel, I could then raise the volume slowly and listen and watch whatever I wanted – until Grandpa woke up.  So we had 15-20 minutes of TV in between him waking up and changing the channel back to what he was watching.

I did this for years and eventually most of my cousins caught on also.

6 thoughts on “How I Changed The Channel At Grandpa’s House

  1. i to had the same problem with my father, who would watch sports all weekend (accually the only thing my whole family agreed on watching was star trek). so we kinda did the same as you after he fell asleep, but he would wake up change it back and fall asleep again it was a never ending war but later on in life i learned that he inherited it from his father who would fall asleep with the comic section of the sunday paper (mind u in the 1950’s and 60’s weekend comics were very popular and very thick everyone was on end to see what happened to “little orphan annie” or “ma and pa kettle” or its spin off “lil abner”) so after he fell asleep my father and his 3 brothers would pass the pages around soon he would wake up ask where his comics were and after he snached them back he would say “i was reading those” and fall back to sleep i will probably do the same with whatever entertainment is popular if i have children

  2. i to had the same problem with my father, who would watch sports all weekend (accually the only thing my whole family agreed on watching was star trek). so we kinda did the same as you after he fell asleep, but he would wake up change it back and fall asleep again it was a never ending war but later on in life i learned that he inherited it from his father who would fall asleep with the comic section of the sunday paper (mind u in the 1950's and 60's weekend comics were very popular and very thick everyone was on end to see what happened to “little orphan annie” or “ma and pa kettle” or its spin off “lil abner”) so after he fell asleep my father and his 3 brothers would pass the pages around soon he would wake up ask where his comics were and after he snached them back he would say “i was reading those” and fall back to sleep i will probably do the same with whatever entertainment is popular if i have children

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