How Long Have You Been This Way?
My co-workers think I'm weird because I don't watch television. I've had the following conversation about eighty times in the last week:Co-worker:
Did you watch (some show) last night?Me:
No, I don't really watch TV.Co-worker:
What do you mean, you don't really watch TV?Me:
I mean...I don't really watch TV.Co-worker:
Well, if I'm at somebody's house and their TV is on, I'll watch it. Or if I'm staying in a hotel room and I'm bored or want to see if there's anything major going on in the world I'll turn it on.Co-worker:
Don't you have a TV?Me:
Yes, I got a TV right after I moved to Asheville. At this point, the rabbit ears aren't even plugged into it.Co-worker:
You mean you don't ever watch TV?Me:
Not really, no.Co-worker:
Umm...because I don't want to?Co-worker:
Well how do you find out about the news or the weather?Me:
...I look online?Co-worker
How long have you been this way?Yes, someone really did say that last sentence.
Then someone else will walk by and co-worker will say, "Did you know Tracy doesn't watch TV?"
I haven't had to have that conversation over and over again since I left Ecolab, which was years ago. At that point, a co-worker said, "How are we supposed to have anything to talk about?" and I said, "You could learn to read."