May 24, 2007
My children and I have watched American Idol all season. Never missing a show.
Loving tivo in a way that is probably illegal in most states.
Last night when we were, where else, at baseball games past 7:30pm, no one was upset. “We have our bitch tivo at home,” we reassured each other. We were happy.
When we were eating dinner at 8:30pm, we excitedly talked about watching American Idol, speculating on who would win. A family divided. So we did what any good American family would do, we placed bets.
It was close to 9:30 when we sat down to watch.
We fast forwarded through all the commercials, except for the Idol commercial of course.
I answered questions for the kids like, “Who is that old guy?”
We were watching the part where the top 10 (?, ok you caught me I only half pay attention) were singing when suddenly it stopped. And on the bottom of the screen it asked if we wanted to delete this recording.
And the children who don’t really have a firm grasp of how tivo works screamed things like, “FAST FORWARD!!” or “PUSH LIVE TV!!!” Oh the yelling, the writhing on the floor, the rending of clothing, the swearing (oh wait, that last one was me)
Yes, we spent the entire season meticulously recording every episode only to miss the last 5 minutes. All that foreplay leading up to this.
It’s like when we were forced to watch the movie Citizen Kane in a college film class and leaving the room to use the bathroom only to miss the final scene. Everyone tells you it is the sled, but you can’t help thinking it must have been more dramatic to witness the revelation yourself.
At least I got $10 out of it.
Edited to add:
Turns out that I am not alone.
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