I would like to applaud reader Meredith Hope’s letter “Shame on You, Charter” [Feb. 9 Xpress] for taking [the cable company’s] current idiotic ad campaign to task.
I gave up commercial TV in all its forms in 1972. At that time, the average American was watching 39.6 hours of TV a week. Call it 40 here. So I suddenly had weeks with 40 (more or less) extra non-TV hours in them. Here’s what I did with those 40 hours per week.
I built a 40-foot wooden sailboat; I built a classic “tear-drop” camper; I learned to play the piano; I have completed the fuselage and tail for a replica of the immortal Supermarine Spitfire airplane; I co-planted a garden with my life partner in north Asheville; and I put a new bed on a 1982 truck.
So that’s what I did and am still doing.
(Oops, I almost forgot: I also wrote four books.)
I do not however know very much about what’s on television. I’ll try to survive and not spend too much “watching gravel.”
— John Nation