Is it just me, or are there others out there who are forced to sit through the pain of what I call “The Waiting Room Torture”? You know, when you’re having your oil changed or tires put on or while nervously anticipating an echocardiogram.
And what, you might ask, is the torture involved here? Easy. The TV seems to always be tuned to one of the many insipid and annoying daytime offerings. And since I usually have my appointments scheduled before noon, I’m treated to the jackpot of television delights!
I don’t even watch TV during the day while I’m at home, let alone in some business or hospital.
I’m probably the exception to the rule, however, since there are those who simply cannot function without their morning “fix” of mindless viewing. (The View, Good Morning America, or some kind of game show with lots of jumping, screaming, and contestant and audience orgasmisizing!)
I normally have a book along, and I actually look forward to having the time to read it while I wait, but the droning of the noise coming from the TV always seems to override my intentions to lose myself in the book.
Instead, Whoopi Bahar or Ellen what’s-her-name or some over-caffeinated game show host prevents me from accomplishing anything of the sort.
I’ve often considered commandeering the remote control and turning the thing off—or at least muting it—especially when I’m the only one in the waiting room. But I never do! But that doesn’t mean I won’t—someday.
I suppose that the psychology behind having a TV tuned in to mindless pap will help customers and patients pass the time and take their minds off the fact that they’re waiting.
Actually, I’d rather sit in relative silence, reading my book, and giving very little thought to when the tires will finally be installed or how my echo test will turn out. But that’s just me.
And though I’m never too thrilled when it’s finally my turn to go in, one-on-one, with the doctor or test tech, I’m just happy to leave the cacophony of the waiting room TV behind!
And that’s all I’m going to say about that…for now. 🙂