This afternoon I got a call from a very pleasant older-sounding gentleman who began his talk with “Hi, I’m calling from the Nielson Ratings . . .” Right about then I started to shake with mirth. But I answered his questions and he was delighted to find himself talking to a head-of-household under 35 who might, he hoped, hear him out and consider recording her TV-watching schedule for a week. But after he finished I told him there was a slight problem: we don’t have a television. His reaction was interesting: “I’ll be darned. We get that every now and then, and it’s strange–we find it strange–but that’s alright.” After hanging up I had to wonder what I did with all that time I apparently didn’t spend watching television . . .