Friday, June 23, 2006

Television, Men and Conversation

I am just wondering if it happens in every house. The husband is watching TV. Stuff ranging from Seinfeld, Friends, Reality shows and sports. The wife says something to him. He doesn't even hear it or at best turns and nods with a tight face all the while thinking "I am missing out on the TV conversation". Upon interrogation later or at a point in future when, the stuff that was said, becomes relevant, he claims that such a thing was never said to him at all. The wife then complains that the TV makes him deaf and totally spaced out. Inspite of all this the wife continues to say vitally important information (when to buy milk, unpaid bills, news from home) when he watches TV. Does - "but you watch TV all the time" justify doing the same mistake again and again?
Didn't the wife hear Ms.Philips talking to Ms.Sony during annual board meeting of the First Wives Club, "who the hell does she think, she is?" or at least the song "whats love got to do with it?" played in the same meeting.

19 comments:

Yuvi Panda said...

Pretty much true, but it's me and my mom this time, since Dad's usually away most of the day....

And, it makes a convenient excuse as well: If she says something I don't wanna do while I'm doing something on the computer, I can just nod and later say that I never heard anything. And, the coolest part is that she can't do anything about it:D

Anand said...

Its not your home alone and you are not alone 2 ;-)

I think it is the same almost everywhere.

Srini said...

Hey, been reading some of your latest posts ...Nice hilarious ones.

The problem u mentioned with tvs, I face the same with books.I would be reading something and not hear what my brother or mother were talking about and the next thing I would see out of the corner of my eye is something flying out at me superman speed. Suffice to say that would catch my attention.

Nice posts these and previous ones. Will keep visiting.

Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Ha ha haa... that was hilarious!! And very true, actually... I think the brain just tunes out when 'unimportant' information is passed to it.

I lost my 3 marks in TOEFL because of this syndrome :(

Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Hawkeye... I just tagged you! It will be interesting to see your responses

tilotamma said...

my husband hits the pause button on me. Most shows are on the cable DVR, do he doesn't miss anything..

Hema said...

You hit the point straight on head. What do we do with our better halves who seem to be born with a TV remote, Mobile phones and laptop the moment they were born? I've been complaining for 5 years now and have given up saying anything to him; if at all it is very important i go and stand in front of the TV and yell for a second by which i should be ready to vomit everything that i need to say :) Men cant hold their attention for more than a second..especially when they are being disturbed from their TV :)

A better solution that struck us was having a white board where we write our "Things to do" as and when it comes through. Has been effective in my case...cant say with men who "deliberately" want to ignore :) In such cases, a hot kidiki (pakkad or thong) may come in handy when you talk ;) (oops!!! Hope by hubby doesnt read this :) )

Rohit said...

Happens all the time with me, but it is my mom who does the complaining (I'm still single :D). It also happens when I'm on the computer, busy browsing other people's blogs.

Nilu said...
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Nilu said...

Be happy.

It is a lot worse when you are caught staring at the TV during sex. Especially, whe what you are staring at happens to be C-Span.

Hawkeye said...

yuvi,

, the coolest part is that she can't do anything about it:D

thats what you think :-) it gets worse.

Hawkeye said...

I think it is the same almost everywhere

i am hoping for some law to protect us or some quote we can give to prove its not really our fault.

Hawkeye said...

anand,

I think it is the same almost everywhere

i am hoping for some law to protect us or some quote we can give to prove its not really our fault.

Hawkeye said...

I would see out of the corner of my eye is something flying out at me superman speed.

tell this to yuvi panda - he thinks they cant do anything.

Hawkeye said...

sudipta,

i remember doing the same in my TOEFL. at that time it was for 677 points and no headphones provided

Hawkeye said...

tilo,

i guess if you talk , not only your husband but your neighbors, in-laws and some people in tanzania might hit 'pause'

Hawkeye said...

hema,

aren't you aware of the tilt-move. when wife stands in front of the TV and yells, the husbands tilt themselves to a 27 degree angle so that they can see the TV from the side and while doing so they multi-task and increase the volume using remote control. its like a reflex reaction :-)

ya! i can easily erase things in my 'to-do' list and add them under my wife's name.

Hawkeye said...

rohit,

we are all joined in the brotherhood of men problems

Hawkeye said...

It is a lot worse when you are caught staring at the TV during sex

it was difficult to read beyond this point. you kept the TV ON. why...?

Especially, whe what you are staring at happens to be C-Span.

C-Span!!!! it does not have beaut women in it. why?...