Bridging Time Gaps And Fighting Boredom

Watching a lot of television makes you less capable in a lot of things among a wide spectrum of intelligence. Even worse, I can’t talk to people when there’s a television in the background. Combine that with the intake of alcohol and you may have found out why going to an American bar is mentally challenging for me. It’s pretty easy to measure, too. My mental capacities are strongly related with my accent. By the time I start talking Dutch, it’s time to go home.

Sometimes, television fills the gap between two activities. There’s nothing worse than waiting for a doctor’s appointment or running on a treadmill without a television. Before you know it, your mind wonders off and you’re thinking for no reason. We wouldn’t want that. That’s why it’s a good thing we now have television even in the smallest gaps of life.

The Dutch have two things to gasp about: low gas prices and the mini tv.

The Dutch have two things to gasp about: low gas prices and the mini tv.

That’s right. If you were ever afraid how to bridge the time gap that you use to fill up your tank, don’t despair. NFL highlights, a short weather overview and news flashes are at your service. Now you’ll never have to be bored the whole forty to sixty seconds you stand outside your car. And even better yet, if you never watch a game outside a bar or airport (like yours truly), you can still participate in coffee conversations about the three most spectacular catches, runs and touchdowns that were evidently made last weekend.

What’s your favorite magazine/tv channel/phone app for the doctor’s waiting room?


11 thoughts on “Bridging Time Gaps And Fighting Boredom

  1. Actually, I enjoy old-fashioned fun like trying to guess the age of some of the magazines doctors put out in their waiting rooms. Some should really be in a museum for print matter. In doctors’ surgeries, the 1980s are alive and well with “Dallas” style shoulderpads still wowing the boys and Diana-style hairspray adverts still prompting thousands of girls to copy her highlights.

    Also enjoy watching TV at airports, where the sound is turned off and one must try to catch the CNN subtitles which are submitted with jet-engine speed…was there really a derailment of a train in LEGOLAND or did it say Helgioland? Should I worry about a surge of terrorists coming to Cardiff or was the news item about tourists…flocking to the new Dr Who Experience in the Welsh capital in greater numbers?

    Loved your post – I get it…mustn’t think too much between adverts and the next sip of beer, right?

  2. So funny . . .
    I’ve taken to bringing my tablet to doctors’ offices and reading books on the kindle app–because anything’s better than the Dr Phil or whatever they play over my head in the background.

    • Now that could work. My soon-to-be father-in-law (you’d better like hyphens as much as semicolons) got me a Kindle for Christmas, so maybe I’ll follow your example. No apps though, I wanted to keep it distraction-free. Maybe it’s translation issues, but I come up with a lot of hyphens.

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