Have you heard of Roku? It is a steaming video player that you plug into your TV and allows you access to lots of free channel - including Mom's favorite PBS in high definition. There are many other similar devices such a Google Play, Amazon Firestick and so on. When we moved to Florida Mom and Dad decided just get basic cable & internet and it has saved then $120 a month doing so but for a one time purchase of $69 they got the little Roku and can watch all sorts of wonderful things for free (plus you can plug headphones into the remote for quiet listening at night time!) Now there are subscriptions available through Roku and the other players too if you want them - like Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and so on and through those you can watch all the latest releases. This week we have been watching two awesome PBS series - one called "The Brain" and the other "How we got to now."
We are especially loving the "How we get to now" which looks at how every day simple concepts have changed our entire world. The connections are quite amazing - in the first episode "clean" they looked at how the building sewer systems in our cities changed everything. Did you know that in Chicago they actually raised entire buildings and blocks of buildings so they could build the sewer systems underneath them? Those sewer systems also lead to a new development in clean water treatments which led to a boom in swimming pools, people learning to swim, new fashions in swim wear and so on. It even impacted on our need to be clean and to keep everything clean - thus lessening diseases that previously plagued the human race. Even more minding blowing is that nearly all the things we take for granted today have only been developed in the last 150-200 years. Planes, cars, computers, electricity, medical advances, phones, radio, TV and so on. If you love old shows from the 60's and 70's - you will love this option as all these old shows are available to watch for free. Dad is also super happy as a number of ESPN channels are available free too so he has been able to watch his beloved Penn State play - go Nittany Lions. And here is the one and ONLY time I have every worn something - this a flashback to 2008 and Dad bought me a Nittany Lion Shirt - my fur stuck out all over the place and Mom said I looked like I was exploding out of it - that is when I laid down the paw and said I would NEVER wear clothes again :)