Change Is Tough. Really Tough. Next Up: Giving Up On CSI, CSI Miami, CSI New York.

For the last month, H and I only went to restaurants we had never been to before.  We discovered some bad ones that we’ll never go to again.  Like the “authentic tonkatsu” shop that served “tonkatsu” that I’m sure they bought in bulk from Costco or another semi-wholesaler.   But we also discovered some great places, like the Indian restaurant just around the corner from here, and the Italian restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel.

But what I noticed is how hard it was to change our habits.  It was almost as if we were on automatic pilot and just immediately headed out to our “usual” places. Change is Really Tough. Even something as simple as going to new restaurants was not easy.

There is nothing wrong with the old places.  They’re good, but sometimes we need to try something new. It was not that easy to find new places that were appealing and we just naturally gravitated toward the old places.  A couple of times, we took the path of least resistance and just went back to our usual favorite spots.

Now I am going to try to change something else.  I am going to give up TV for a month.  I am addicted to crime shows, like CSI, CSI Miami, CSI New York and Law and Order. They’re the only thing I watch on TV.

I spend about 1- 2 hours every night watching these shows.  The CSI shows follow a formula and I know that about 35 minutes in to the show, they will question someone at length who is definitely not the perpetrator of the crime.  Then, they will pull “a rabbit out of the hat” and arrest someone who they questioned at about 15 minutes in to the show.

Law and Order is actually a better show with more drama and unpredictability.  In fact, Law and Order is probably good for my mind  because sometimes the plot is hard to follow.

But now, I am going to go “cold turkey” and not watch any of these shows, no TV at all for one month.  It’s a habit that doesn’t really give me much enjoyment.  It’s more of an escape than anything else and keeps me from reading or writing that I really enjoy more. So why not give it up?  It won’t be easy.  I just automatically watch them beginning at 6 PM until H gets back from work.

Even cooking or gardening would be better, although I am not sure H would agree about the cooking part.

In any case, I;; get  experience more change and the difficulties in changing as I rid my life of TV for a month. I’ll let you know how it goes.  And no, I am not going to give up drinking [yet].


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