Like most people with a pulse, my life revolves around routine a lot more than I would like to think it does. Every day I wake up at 4:45 AM and prepare for work. After a days work of inputting lines into AutoCAD, I make the drive home.
Once home, I fall into another routine. I open up the mail to see what needs to be paid and what is junk then I fire up my laptop to check my email and twitter messages. The time on my laptop varies depending on the volume of things I need to attend to.
A little before 5:00 PM I start dinner. Once dinner is just about finished, I’ll turn down the stove/oven to keep things hot while I wait for my wife to arrive home from work. While I wait, I turn on the television and start flipping through the channels.
Every day I browse through the same sitcoms and find myself stopping on one of the two channels that airs reruns of the show M*A*S*H. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen the current episode, I always watch it and laugh. My wife normally walks through the door, sees what is on television, and shakes her head in disbelief.
After we have dinner, I’ll head back to the sofa for a half hour, or so, to digest. During that half-hour I typically find myself watching another station airing re-runs of M*A*S*H. After my television fix has been met, I begin working on whatever requires my attention.
This is about the only time in my day that fluctuates during the week. Most often I’m sitting in front of my laptop working on Walt In PA or Stogie Review before spending the remainder of the evening with my wife.
It seems like every day my wife makes some sort of crack about my having seen most, if not all, of the M*A*S*H episodes over the years. Oddly enough, it is one of the oldest television shows that I watch on a regular basis. I started watching the show sometime in my late teens (long after new episodes were produced) and have always found it to be entertaining no matter how many times I’ve seen a particular episode.
I think this is a prime example of what makes a classic show. There are other sitcoms I watch from time to time, such as Seinfeld, but none of them seem to hold my attention like M*A*S*H does.