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Long Weekend Over

By RD Heldenfels Published: October 9, 2006

The bride and I took a Friday through Sunday break, journeying down to Hocking Hills for some peace, quiet and rest. All three were obtained. Considerable sleep, a little walking and even some reading (Calvin Trillin's ''Feeding a Yen,'' which makes me pause often because Trillin's food writing makes me so hungry, Michael Freeman's ''ESPN: The Uncensored History.'') Especially impressive: That I managed to last more than 48 hours without going on the Internet.

But our cabin had a TV and, to the bride's delight, we didn't miss the Buckeyes on Saturday. That was Ohio State country, though; a local restaurant devoted a large portion of its gift shop to Buckeye memorabilia. When we took a brief hayride, one of the women riding along had an OSU-cheering logo painted on one cheek. The cabin also had a DVD player, and we had brought a pile of videos along; the bride is now officially hooked on ''The Book of Daniel'' thanks to a dip into its DVD.

Of course, when I take off, TV doesn't stop, so my absence included CBS's decision to yank ''Smith,'' The CW's flip-flopping its Sunday and Monday lineups (with the former Sunday sitcom block airing tonight and the Monday dramas moving to Sunday on Oct. 15) and NBC's deciding to dump the remaining episodes of ''Kidnapped'' on Saturdays effective Oct. 21. (This will at least give ''Kidnapped'' a chance to wrap up its story.)

The CW change was especially sudden and may confuse the many ''7th Heaven'' fans who tune in for the show tonight. The manager of Channel 55 said the station received notice of the change on Thursday and scrambled to get a promotional spot on the air to explain the switch.

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