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A few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small Tennessee town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer, and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few months later. As I grew up I never questioned his place in our family. Mom taught me to love the Word of God. Dad taught me to obey it. But the stranger was our storyteller. He could weave the most fascinating tales. Adventures, mysteries and comedies were daily conversations. He could hold our whole family spellbound for hours each evening. He was like a friend to the whole family. He took Dad, Bill and me to our first major league baseball game. He was always encouraging us to see the movies and he even made arrangements to introduce us to several movie stars. The stranger was an incessant talker. Dad didn't seem to mind, but sometimes Mom would quietly get up - while the rest of us were enthralled with one of his stories of faraway places - and go to her room read her Bible and pray. I wonder now if she ever prayed that the stranger would leave. You see, my dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions. But this stranger never felt an obligation to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our house - not from us, from our friends, or adults. Our longtime visitor, however, used occasional four-letter words that burned my ears and made Dad squirm. To my knowledge the stranger was never confronted. My dad was a teetotaler who didn't permit alcohol in his home - not even for cooking. But the stranger felt he needed exposure and enlightened us to other ways of life. He offered us beer and other alcoholic beverages often. He made cigarettes look tasty, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (too much too freely) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing. I know now that my early concepts of the man/woman relationship were influenced by the stranger. As I look back, I believe it was the grace of God that the stranger did not influence us more. Time after time he opposed the values of my parents. Yet he was seldom rebuked and never asked to leave. More than thirty years have passed since the stranger moved in with the young family on Morningside Drive. But if I were to walk into my parents' den today, you would still see him sitting over in a corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures. His name? We always called him TV. (Author unknown)
If you watched our webinar on leveraging your amenities, you are probably trying to come up with ideas on how to maximize the use of your clubhouse. Fortunately, many clubhouses have theater rooms or big screen TVs that you can work with! (Although many more people now have big screen TVs, so simply having a big TV won’t sell this all the way). And this means you now have several strategies available to you! Before I get into the strategies, it’s important this is not simply turning on the TV and hoping people show up and watch. These are events, so they need to be properly promoted/shared with your residents, and once they come, consider all the different ways to make it a success, such as popcorn and sodas, movie trivia, and give-aways. Note: Many of the examples I gave are from historical examples – just keep an eye out for current events and you’ll be fine. Strategy 1 – Movie Nights: Keep an eye on movies that are just coming out on DVD/Blu Ray and use those as a movie guide. There will be plenty of residents who meant to go out to the theater to watch XYZ action movie, but never seemed to make it out. So the movie is still on the brain and they are ready to go. You can also mix in some classics every night to get a bit nostalgic. DVD’s and movie theater gift cards are great give-aways at this type of an event. Keep in mind that movie companies announce when movies come out on DVD/Blu Ray well in advance, which gives you an opportunity to create a “Coming Soon” board in your community. Strategy 2 – Weekly TV Series: Certain shows achieve somewhat of a cult following where people will schedule their lives around each week’s episode. With the glut of TV programming now, these are a little more rare, but they still provide great opportunities for a weekly gathering. For example, The Sopranos, LOST, Friends, Melrose Place, and similar shows created event opportunities on a weekly basis. In general, dramas and other shows that have a strong story arc will do better than comedies, which tend to be more individual episode focused. A slightly more risky, but potentially more powerful opportunity is to latch on to “cult-following” shows like Fringe, Battlestar Gallactica, and Arrested Development. These will have smaller groups, but those groups will be significantly more tied to the series. Strategy 3 – Big TV Events: All the major yearly events have potential for good clubhouse parties, such as the Super Bowl and the Oscars, as well as special occasion events like the Olympics and season/series finales. For example, in 1980, imagine a viewing event to find out who shot J.R.! And 10 of the top 20 television shows of all time were Super Bowls, so you can’t go wrong there. Again, these bigger events will do better with some additional planning, such as movie trivia for the Oscars and a halftime flag football session for the Super Bowl. A friend of ours once put on an Oscar party where she gave out little plastic Oscars for getting trivia answers correct. It was a blast trying to hoard as many little Oscar statues as possible! In the end, pop culture is providing an event guide for your community already – all you have to do is keep your eyes open!
oh yes the good old black and white with rabbit ears
The Old TV to Watch the Old TV Shows
Portable TV sets.....so much fun! I got to bring this little black and white tv into my bedroom on Fri nights
Really? Come on now...I need this, even though I don't really watch t.v.
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