I don't have much time to watch television. Being lazy person that I am, I usually let other people in family do my watching for me.
But some events are just so important that I have to watch them myself. Such was case with finals of this year's American Idol. The space shuttle Columbia crash in Texas earlier in year was another event that (sadly) I just had to watch. And I certainly did not want to miss thrill of seeing America's Cup sail into Switzerland.
Of course, I regularly turn on tube whenever a George Bush invades Iraq. Hopefully, this one will soon finish invading; my electricity bill is suffering.
The latest must-see event is Michael Jackson arrest, an event of such momentous importance that all news shows, gossip shows, comedy shows and just about everybody else is offering wall-to-wall coverage. It has been estimated that 37% of American population has been interviewed by media for their inside-knowledge of "the pop superstar's" personal life.
So I was most shocked when I flipped to a channel that was not helping me track down most fascinating intimate details and most intriguing and succulent minutiae of all things Michael Jackson.
"What?!" I demanded. "This is impossible. What is this trash?"
"That's Touched by an Angel," my wife offered. "It's one of your favorite shows."
"That's no excuse," I blustered. "The network should be hot on Jackson case. How could this be? I'm calling cable company to complain."
"But dear ..." my wife tried to interrupt.
"It's no use," I insisted as I dialed. "My mind is made up. Don't try to stop me."
"But dear ..." my wife tried to interrupt me again.
"I am sorry. There is simply no excuse for airing pure entertainment when there are important details about Michael Jackson to be uncovered."