Too Far Gone

It dawned on me the morning after the Super Bowl - I've reached the point of no return, I'm too far gone.

I've never quite fit into American consumerist society but now it's worse.

I haven't watched television in almost a year, and I typically don't read mainstream news either.  I watch odd documentaries on Netflix, read a few books, and a lot of blog articles.  I prefer to spend my time off of work on a bicycle, behind a camera lens, in the kitchen making smoked salmon, or on a walk with my wife and dogs.  I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm very out of touch with modern American culture.

Even though I haven't watched an entire football game in years, I typically enjoy watching a few minutes of the playoff games and try to catch part of the Superbowl starting with the half-time show. I indulge in a little junk food, a cold beer, and for a few minutes pretend that I'm a typical American.  It didn't happen this year.  I'm afraid I'm too far gone.  I tuned in to the half-time show (streaming on the internet) and just could not find myself entertained by lip-syncing and commercial and insincere choreography so I went and did something else.   I sat back down a few minutes later and watched a few minutes of the game.  I found it hard to get excited about watching strangers running around on a field - what is wrong with me?  My last hope - maybe I would see a few commercials that made me laugh.  Strike three.  The commercials were depressing.  It made me think of what fools we are to let big business convince us of what we 'need' to be happy. 

Yes, I'm afraid I've reached the point of no return.  I no longer have a desire to fit in, to live through watching others participate in life, or to have someone else tell me how to fill the holes in my life with material things.  I'm too far gone.

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13 comments:

  1. I've always found watching sports hard. The irrational way we decide on what team we like and don't like and the group think chatting has always scared me a little... but every year I try to connect with mainstream and watch the superbowl. I enjoy it for a few minutes and find some of the commercials entertaining though they were pretty bad this year... so what I guess I'm saying it your not alone...we are out there.

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    1. "the group think chatting has always scared me a little.."

      Very scary. So many don't recognize the danger.

      Dan

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  2. I'm too far gone too and I love it. It's wonderful not chasing after the things so many Americans are obsessed with. I feel so much freedom just marching to the tune of my own drum! And, I also watch odd documentaries on Netflix!

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  3. Dan, this post just made my day!

    Just wait--it only gets worse. We've been TV-free for over 6 years (not even sure how long, just know we got rid of it before Beanie was born). When we go to relatives' houses or hotels and watch it, it seems so incredibly ridiculous! Did you know there are shows called "Pawn Stars," "Storage Wars," "Parking Wars," and "Extreme Towing"? You're giving me an idea for a blog post here...

    Anyway, welcome to the other side! You can come and catch up with us, in whatever port we're in, and we'll pour you a mason jar of homebrew, crank up some indie music (sorry, no Victrola on the boat, and sit on the deck enjoying the sunshine! I don't even know which teams were in the Super Bowl!

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  4. Neil Young's Greendale concert was one of the best concerts I ever attended.

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    1. Didn't catch Greendale, but I've seen some pretty awesome Neil shows.

      Dan

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  5. I have always watched the Super Bowl, the commercials aren't good any more, the halftime shows don't interest me and the games I find myself missing most of them lately. Part of the reason may have to do with the fact that I no longer own a TV and therefore am not in the habit of sitting still in front of a TV for that long any more. Part of it is that I've found things that are much more interesting in real life. Life has also changed in that the people I watch the games with are my adult son and his family. He now has a 2 year old daughter and I'd rather play with her than stare at the screen. I did find myself watching intently the last minute or so, but that was the extent of my complete concentration. I was glad when it was over and the TV was turned off. Rather than saying you are too far gone, maybe you should look at it as you have broken the spell of the mindless past time we call spectator sports.

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    1. "I've found things that are much more interesting in real life"

      Bingo

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  6. I am not far behind you. The Superbowl commercials really depressed me, as I thought that most people were going out to buy stuff the next day. I love sports, but tivo is the way to go (fast forward the commercials).

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  7. Congratulations. We haven't had normal tv in our home for 5 years now, and you sound like me when you say you watch strange documentaries on Netflix. In fact, I was just thinking how maybe, Netflix is helping to usher in the new state of consciousness of humanity- having so many new and different perspectives and information at hand to the masses, whereas before I wouldn't have even known what to look for.
    Thanks for this post, and maybe we are more in touch with humanity than you think. Maybe it's tv that is out of touch.

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  8. Too far gone, huh? I like to watch sports a lot. Football, baseball, hockey... If they're the home team, I find it fun to watch. But for the superbowl this year where I didn't care which team won, *shrug*, not very exciting. The halftime shows always suck. Why can't they just have a little stage out there and just have someone sing? Not lip sync, no dancing and dumb costumes and light shows and junk...just someone performing songs. That's it. When did it get to be this big production where it's so fake and made up and bogus that I don't know what a real person singing without electronics making their voice sound "better" even sounds like anymore?!

    I watch more TV than you, but I think your reasons for not getting that into it are right on, man. Not that many shows are even close to reality anymore (least of all 'reality shows'!) and they just send these bad messages to my girls.

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  9. Getting closer and closer to that situation myself. Norwegian consumerist society now consists of almost every 14 year old girl owning a $1500 designer bag. Sometimes I feel like it would be easier to just let go and follow... but luckily, it do get easier to stay on my own path.

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  10. " Gone , Gone , Gone Beyond " !

    All Blessings
    Poppy G.

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