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October 24th, 2003

Oct. 24th, 2003

1. How many TVs do you have in your home?
Well, that's not really an easy question. For active TVs that we watch, 3: living room, kitchen, and studio. However, I have several more video monitors because of the production work, and occasionally I watch stuff on the computer monitors.

2. On average, how much TV do you watch in a week?
Again, tough question. I very often have the TV on in the studio while I'm working on other things, but it's not really keeping my attention. Shows I actually take the time to watch, maybe a couple of hours. Then there is the whole renting of DVDs to take into account, so let's say 5 hours a week for real-time.

3. Do you feel that television is bad for young children?
Especially if it falls on them.
I don't think television is bad in and of itself. I think that it becomes bad when it becomes a replacement for parenting. It is a powerful tool, and if abused can be dangerous, but it can also be remarkably helpful.

4. What TV shows do you absolutely HAVE to watch, and if you miss them, you're heartbroken?
Aargh. There aren't really any that I HAVE to watch. I like to watch Enterprise and Angel, and I will generally make a point of watching them if other things don't get in the way, but it doesn't break my heart to miss them. Most other shows I'll watch if they happen to be on.

5. If you had the power to create your own television network, what would your line-up look like?
I couldn't possibly do just one network. I'd have to have several:

  • BHM: the Bad Horror Movie network.

  • HOR: The good horror movie network

  • BTS: The Behind The Scenes network

  • PMFSN: The Poor-Man's Film School network

Last night was a steppin' out night. Mark (Lopez) and his visiting sister were going out to Trail of Terror, and it was time for some local haunting festivities. We met up with a couple of other friends from the Fright Farm there.
First of all, maybe it was just that it was a Thursday night, but Trail of Terror was not as good as it was last year, which was also a decline from two years ago. There were fewer actors, the scenes weren't as well put together (there were a couple of gems, but usually there are many many more). The hayride was a bit better than last year, mainly due to the shining wit of Damien/J.T., who was the Hayride Host.
Okay. I just came from St. Louis haunts with a huge budget, so I am somewhat tainted in my judgement, but it's not just me. Everyone that was in our group was of the same opinion, and Mark and I both decided it wasn't worth going through the house again. THAT speaks volumes.
On other notes, other friends have gone through other haunts this year, and have noted the general decline in the quality. So far, the only two that have stood up to the test are Tunnel of Terror and Fright Farm, and possibly the Lords of Darkness haunt.
We might be going to a couple of them tonight.

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