I gave up my cable TV at the end of May. This will come as a tremendous shock to you if you are someone who knows me in real life, as I’ve always been a pretty avid (some might say rabid – of course, some are jerks) TV viewer. I found the DVR to be a life-changer for me, as I hate watching TV in real time (and pretty much never do), preferring instead to zap through the commercials and get things done more quickly. This is how I’ve done my TV viewing for the last bunch of years. It worked! Yaa! 🙂 Until this past spring….
The reasons that I packed it in with the cable were many: I realized, when I checked my damn auto-pay bill, that I was paying just over $250 a month for TV. That, dear friends, is insanity…especially for someone like me, who works all the time and is never home to watch all the channels anyway. What a friggin’ waste! As well, I’ve been trying to quit destroying brain cells with mindless crap in front of my eyes – I’d rather read a good book, I think – and it’s probably better for my soul (I’ve been worried about my soul lately, for some reason). In other news, I’m a total nerd. However, I think the real deal-sealer was the plethora of reality television shows that are crowding the airwaves – I just couldn’t take it anymore.
I am sick and tired and absolutely so over people on reality shows becoming famous for nothing. They have no talent, they offer nothing to society, and they contribute sweet piss all towards making the world a better place. Yet, our airwaves/magazine covers/social media are bloody saturated with coverage of their every move. WHY?!?!? I simply don’t get it. Of course, in my mind, enemy number one is the Kardashian clan (always has been, always will be) – those people have taken up way too much of our time already. Can’t we just stop it already? A website that I generally love and read fairly regularly actually wrote an article about the costs of Kylie Jenner’s makeup. For realz. I can’t even speak. WHO CARES??!?!? That is how I find myself feeling about so much of this reality coverage – I don’t give a whooping funt about any of the bachelors/bachelorettes and who they pick, I don’t care about Kim and Kanye (and never will – he’s one of the biggest jackasses that walk amongst us), Honey BooBoo and the Duggars are beyond stupid, and Rob Kardashian’s absence from public life is not something that keeps me up at night, I can promise you. Yet, this is the news that permeates the air every single day – and it’s revolting. There is something so wrong with a world in which stories of these idiots and their goings-on are news. Tragic. I’m saddened that my little one is being raised in a world where she won’t be able to help knowing who these idiots are – perhaps that whole Amish thing isn’t such a bad idea after all. 😦 (NOTE: Can someone please tell me what exactly the Duggars did – besides have a lot of kids – to make themselves famous? I keep seeing news of them doing all sorts of reprehensible things, and I can’t for the life of me figure out why they are well-known in the first place. They need to go away.)
So far, the change in TV situation is going well. We have Sling TV, which allows us to watch some channels – such as Disney (for the kid), and Lifetime, which we need for Project Runway. We have a super-cool Mohu Leaf antenna – it’s paper thin, hangs unobtrusively on the wall, and provides us with about 35 channels. Yaa! No bunny ears for us!! 🙂 We have subscriptions to Netflix and Hulu, so we keep up with a lot of things that way. One of the nicest things is that we don’t seem to be as chained to our TV schedules as we used to be (since most things are on demand anyway), and we are having more fun together. Yaa! 🙂
I don’t know if this whole ‘unplugging the cable’ thing will stick, or if I will cave and go back at some point…but I sure hope not. I’m really enjoying all of the different things that I am doing with my time – and if I’m getting smarter in the process? Well, that’s just a bonus. 🙂