Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Does Television Equal Kmart?

  When I was growing up television was considered the “Kmart” of the entertainment world.  I mean first you have  the theater (Target), then you have the movies (Walmart).  Then television.  No serious actor would be caught dead in television.  Or if you had to do it, everybody else had better be doing it.  Such as a guest spot on the Love Boat.  Check out all the stars that appeared on The Love Boat:  
          As viewers, I assume the feelings and pocketbook matched the sentiment.  Our family could not afford movies, much less serious theater.  So, just as I have memories of my mother putting oodles of clothing through the Kmart Layaway window, television was for me the majority of my entertainment in my growing up years.  Even though we only had four channels and could never afford cable, there was always something to watch on TV.  While I did get a taste of the theater as an actress, (all right, it was high school drama in Wyoming, but it was still on stage.) television has always held a fond place in my heart. 
           I feel like I was raised by Designing Women, Family Ties, Bill Cosby and so much more.  There has always been a resentment in me when people complain about how much television is watched.  Television, like books is another world to live in.  We see a multitude of actual facial expressions and find people to love, laugh and cry with.
          So, beginning the site is a celebration of that part of my life that loves to be entertained by television.  It has been really fun delving into many shows I have never even heard of.  While I am a bit of a prude and dislike some of the shows, (In other words: I wish most of the shows on Adult Swim had never been born.)  I know there is something for everyone on television.
          Also, it makes my heart happy when I see big names taking lowly TV jobs.  Like Gary Sinise on CSI: NY.  Television has slowly been revamped from Kmart to something a bit more up class that serious actors don’t mind taking part in on a regular basis (It may only be up to Walmart standards right now.)  Maybe someday Kmart itself will actually compete with Target. Maybe not.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Getting Past the Pitfalls

What are the pitfalls of trying to create a company with three people who have three different lives and lots of distraction and live in two different states?

We have so many cons against us making it big:
*Two of us are married with kids (Not to each other)- Pitfall: Spousal and offspring interruption.
*One of us had some major surgeries- Pitfall: One third of the workforce out on medical leave.
*A rotation of one of us seems to be sick every other week- Pitfall: See above.
*Leaky Ceilings- Pitfall: they occurred in the room where Gary had all operations set up.  While he managed to overcome this by moving everything temporarily, it blew a weekend.
*No regular income from the site.
*No ongoing budget.
*Other things in the universe that we decide are more important.
*Two full-time jobs and one PTA President.  (Yup, I’m a President. And it is a part time job with zero pay.)
*The internet won’t work.  This was me last week on Tuesday.  I totally forgot to unplug and reset the modem box.  After waiting 12 hours to talk to Gary, he figured out I hadn’t done that, and voila!  This is my excuse for no blog last week.
*We have a best friend and sister and brother.  What happens when things don’t go well there?  Hopefully we can all be friends at the end of this thing.
When one week or weekend is blown for one person in a company of three, it’s like blowing 7 weeks of work.  Okay, I’m making that number up, but really, we meet every Sunday evening to for a business discussion.  If you were able to take a snapshot of the company progress from our first meeting over two years ago to now, it would make the most lame flipbook of all time.
Although, since the beginning of February we have been kicking in more regularly and it’s starting to pay off. has been getting many more new visitors and hopefully this will net out many more return visits.
One exciting accomplishment this week was that Gary added A&E to our channel lineup.  Now we have links to Bates Motel, Hoarders, Storage Wars, and Duck Dynasty, plus many more!
Please feel free to leave any feedback about itself here on the blog:  Do you like or not like the way it looks?  Are there things we could do to make you want to come back more often?  We would love to hear from you!