The next face to greet me was good old Alex Trebek, of Jeopardy fame. Only this time, he was flogging some product called Word Smart, a DVD-based program designed to enhance one's vocabulary a thousandfold, and thus make one eligible for entrance to Harvard. Hmm, I thought. That sounds interesting. Trebek was so convincing, with his grey-haired solemnity and the accompanying proof of user testimonials, that I hauled my little MacBook onto my lap and looked the program up on the Internet. I even spent five or six minutes taking the challenge test, and, huh, did all right! I reached level G on the A-H scale (H standing for Harvard, I'm guessing), and was told that I'd done pretty well...but I'd failed to correctly define the word abnegation, and so I couldn't progress to the elite level H, I guess. Ah well. I shall survive my inability to get into Harvard. However...I did start to wonder about Matthew's potential admittance to Harvard! Homeschool to Harvard, I started to think. Hmm, that sounded pretty good. So I looked further on the site...only to have
Unfortunately, the tv options didn't get any better after that. Even the Food Network failed me...I really just don't like that 'Diners Drive-Ins and Dives' show, or its I-love-anything-deep-fried-and-I-really-can't-stop-saying-'mmmmm-that's-good'-because-my-vocabulary-is-limited host, Guy Fieri.
Ah well. In the hour or two before my loved ones awake from their slumber, I think that I shall just turn my attention to the book I brought downstairs with me. Should have done that in the first place. On the other hand, maybe those shopping shows did do their intended work on me 'cause I just noticed a huge yawn coming out of me. Go figure. Maybe I'll head back up and see if my recollection of Alec Trebek can actually put me to sleep. Yup...feel another yawn coming on. I'm off to bed.
Maybe I won't be so quick to abnegate late night tv after all.