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December 12, 2013

FROM THE VALLEY: Uncle Tom's cabin fever

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — One of the things I do enjoy, while waiting out the winter, is staying in touch with people. I heard from my nephew, John, the other day. John lives in Texas with his wife and two kids. He was extremely proud, he told me, that his youngest daughter was “a card carrying pickled-egg lover.” That’s something he and I have in common. We both love our pickled eggs. Comfort food for me. I’m glad to hear the torch is being passed on ... as well as the gas.

My other nephew, Scott, bemoaned the state of affairs his beloved NY Jets are in. I told him it could be worse, he could be a Bills fan.

I’m also watching a lot more television than normal. Can anyone explain to me why the same stations are on so many different cable channels? As I scroll through the line-up, I see the exact same program-carriers assigned various channel numbers. What gives? Does Time-Warner think I’ll forget what I just saw 30 channels ago and be impressed with how high the numbers go?

What was I talking about?

Another thing: I thought viewer ratings drove the bus when it came to deciding what was on TV! Apparently, that’s not the case. I’m talking about C-Span. Never in my life has anyone approached me and said “Did you catch C-Span last night?”

So I ask you, did the people in charge, those who determine what should be on the air, get together and say “Hey, you know what? Since viewership is zero, zilch, nobody at all watching, why don’t we add a C-Span 2 and a C-Span 3 to the lineup?”

And “Oh yeah, let’s throw in The New York State Legislative Channel!”

Hello ... anybody home?

Pass the pickled eggs, please. I need some comfort food. And I can hardly wait to get my “hooks” on one.

I wonder when it’ll start warming up again?

That’s the way it looks from the Valley.

Tom Valley is probably out Christmas shopping for his wife. You can leave him a message at: tvalley@rochester.rr.com or call Dollar General and see if he's still there.

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