I loved House when it first came on. Then I moved and never got cable, I just recently got rabbit ears for my TV but just got too used to not watching TV at all. My boyfriend loved Lost and I had never seen it. He's big on buying seasons of shows he likes so I watched them and watched the first two seasons in a matter of 2 weeks. We decided not to watch it on TV though and wait til it came out on DVD. I can't imagine waiting a week to watch a show and then having to sit through all the comercials..ugh. Can't wait!
I cannot imagine committing to buy a puppy without seeing the animal and if possible the sire and dam. OTOH, a rescue (or adoption of an older dog) is a different thing. My last two Basenjis came to me sight unseen, and turned out to be wonderful dogs, but the breeders I got them from wanted to place their dogs in an experienced Basenji home, and I only paid the cost of getting the dogs to me. One came by air, one was personally transported to me by his breeder. If she hadn't been happy with what she found I expect she would have taken him back with her when she left. I also had to commit to return him if ever I couldn't keep him. Good breeders care about where their dogs end up.