It’s been about 10 weeks since I have been connected to most television outlets. When I first moved here I was too busy to care. After six weeks I investigated getting myself connected to cable or a dish. For several reasons I’ve done nothing about it. I finally plugged in the set and found out I get poor reception on NBC, PBS and some Christian channel. I don’t miss television, and I have decided, at least for now, not to pay for any kind of better reception. I tend to use the TV as background noise and found I can get the same effect by using the VCR. I’ve been getting movies from the library, and thanks to my previous employer, I own about a dozen films I’ve never watched.

I got Breakfast at Tiffany’s from the library and watched it for the first time. Not all old films hold up equally well. I had trouble getting through that one. I also watched City Lights. I thought I was getting the second version Chaplin made, which I had seen when it came out. I was surprised to find I had a reissue of his first version. The bad part was that I couldn’t treat it as background noise. But I loved it. The visual jokes are just wonderful. I never fully appreciated Chaplin until I saw this one. He certainly puts our present day comedians to shame.

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