I did my 6 months before I had decent internet access. I used the time to preread textbooks for classes I took later and finished a degree.
I also had an XM radio and became a huge baseball fan. Radio is and always has been a great way to escape the situation by creating the reality and the images in your mind, like reading a novel without the eyestrain.
I became a student of the game and have been glad i did ever since, I am watching the giants and braves play right now. The nuances and unique intricacies of every at bat, every game, every batting order, every series- the more you know the more you find things you had never thought of. People are fans their entire lives and see new things every time they see a game, I see 5 or 6 every game.