So Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix, Az has come up with a way to get his inmates to exercise. He is making them pedal their way to watch television according to KSAZ. That’s right he is making them pedal on a stationery bike to power up the 19″ television. While I don’t find that cruel and unusual punishment, I do find their channel selection is that. You are get them exercise and then make them watch the Food Channel? That seems wrong. But not as wrong as making them sweat in a tent to watch the Weather Channel in a city where the temperature reaches 120 degrees in the summer. I am sure they want to know that it is hot as hell outside. But those channels are not as cruel and unusual punishment as their third channel option…C-Span. That channel will make them wish their bikes aren’t stationery so they can pedal right out of that tent. Even politicians don’t want to watch C-Span.
Now back to the concept of Pedal Vision. I think it is brilliant. If I had to pedal my way to watch television, I would be skinnier than the actresses on 90210. Too Soon? Also if I have to pedal my way to watch television, I would probably be watching less TV. For example biking for 3 hours a week to listen to the American Idols destroy my favorite songs, I think I would mute them out of my life. If I had to pedal 3 hours a week for Dancing with the Stars, I would dance that show off my TV. Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Melrose Place, 90210, Private Practice, America’s Next Top Model, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, The Simpsons, Two and a Half Men, Smallville, Parks and Recreation and Jimmy Kimmel Live all gone. Wait how did that last one get on there? If I had to work out on Lost, I would be even more excited that show is almost over and then I would think that is how they have to watch TV too and I would feel for them.
So would your pedal for your right to watch TV if you had too?