So, yesterday we decided to say adios to our cable t.v.
I’ve compiled a list of things I will and won’t miss:
- The fact that no one who works in a t.v. show hospital happens to also be in a healthy monogamous marriage, in which they are truly happy and not constantly thinking of doing naughty things with their bosses or underlings.
- Ord. I can’t stand this guy. He is the most annoying cartoon character ever. At least he’s right up there.
- Noneducational “educational” T.V.
- Feminine protection, Erectile dysfunction fixers and menopause related commercials during family programming.
- Painfully long lists of dastardly possible side effects of medicines that are meant to cure problems less problematic than the problems caused by the problem fixer itself.
- Roman. I mean, I never really missed him. I never paid attention to whether he was dead or alive and everyone knows that Roman is never really dead… he just gets really bad amnesia every couple of years and remembers that he’s not really Roman at all. Right? (And I never watched Soap operas… but just wanted to make sure you all knew that I would not miss Roman.)
- Oprah. I’m sorry. I may be a strange woman but I never cared for Oprah. I’m always annoyed with her magazine. Who makes a magazine on which they are the cover girl every. single. month?!
- Gilmore Girls. But I was going to miss them anyways because the series ended last Spring.
- Electronic babysitter. I confess, it really did work for this now and then.
- House (even considering the fact that nobody seems to be happily ensconced in a healthy monogamous marital relationship.) I love that show. But this problem is solved by the fact that we have a friend who records it every week! HA HA!! Found my way around that problem.
- Bones. But hey, I can rent the season DVD when it’s all over.
- Jakers! The Adventures of Piggly Winks. Possibly the cutest cartoon ever about a mischievous piggy living in Ireland.
We can be very impulsive sometimes. Honestly, getting cable in the first place was quite impulsive (We’ve had it for less than two years.) I’m very glad we decided to say goodbye to it. Even yesterday and the fact that the kids were not competing for volume with the t.v. made us glad. So, 24 hours into it, we are feeling great about our decision.
All of this really came about because my seven year old recently said at random, “I want to give t.v. up for a week.” He then quickly followed it up with, “No, I want to give it up for two weeks.” I told him that was a very good idea and that maybe we should all do it. I asked him why and he repeated my own mantra back to me, “When I watch it I can feel my brain turning to mush.” My husband and I went to bed and discussed it and decided that the kid was truly onto something that we had always strongly held to until 2 years ago when we decided to get cable.
So last night, because along with our t.v. our internet was also temporarily cut off as well, I didn’t spend any of my time blogging or reading message boards. I did however still log some screen time. In memorium of the day we said goodbye to cable t.v., I created a slideshow/movie! (Oh, the irony!) While my husband was recently watching t.v. I turned my computer towards him and used my Photobooth effects to take some really funny pictures of him. He told me I was allowed to post them, showing how watching t.v. made us feel… gives us a warped view of reality and makes us sometimes feel as if our heads are shrinking by the minute. I interspersed pictures of all sorts of good stuff that happens with the t.v. off! Be sure to ask me how we are surviving the change in the coming weeks! (Be warned… this “video” is of low quality! LOL! I’m not a professional in any way and have no hope of ever being one!)
Music: Birdhouse in Your Soul
By: They Might Be Giants
Chosen because: I found certain lines reminded me of the addiction and the love/hate relationship that t.v. can be, “My story’s infinite…. it doesn’t rest…” “I’m your little friend. I’m not your only friend but I’m a little glowing friend but really I’m not actually your friend but I am…” SO, I don’t think the sound is going to work at all but if you know this song, then you can sing along. ;^P