February 4, 2013
That’s the day we will no longer have satellite or cable. We will have Netflix. The Superbowl is February 3, 2013 and that’s why we’re waiting til February 4.
It is no secret how much I dislike TV. I’m not saying it’s wrong for everyone or there’s a problem if you enjoy it. I just do not like it. For years Vince would say he liked having TV so we had TV. Recently, maybe since moving out here, he’s begun to see what a time drain it is. Typically, he would come home from work and turn on the TV. It stayed on til he went to bed. Often he was flipping through channels or falling asleep in his recliner with some hunting or fishing or pawn shop show on . . something I didn’t want to watch. No . . I did not want my own remote . . I wanted the TV off!
He is finally in agreement with having the Dish turned off and I think he’s actually looking forward to life without the TV on non-stop.
Again, please don’t think I’m putting down anyone who loves the TV but I don’t feel the need to be entertained. I’ve never felt the need to watch train wrecks that too many of these shows glamorize. I don’t care to see “reality” shows where people yell at their kids, fight with their husbands. Leave it to Beaver, The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres .. those shows would be much more entertaining for me. Now that you see the types of shows I like, you see why there’s not much on today’s programming that interests me. There’s so little “sit down” time around here, when I’m just sitting, I’m knitting or reading.
We pay $75/month for the Dish plan we have. We don’t miss $75/month, nor will having the extra $75 make a big difference in our lifestyle but . . 12 months at $75 is $900/year and over a period of ten years, that’s $9,000. That’s a heck of a lot of money to me to sit and watch things that do nothing to improve our lives.
We pay about $9/month for Netflix and if I do the math, that $1,080 would buy a lot of yarn! Seriously, since we’ve been watching Netflix, I’ve watched more TV in the past few months than I have in many years. We’ve watched what we want to watch . . what we enjoy watching . . when we enjoy it. We started watching Hart of Dixie and loved it. We’re now watching the Friday Night Lights series and I think there are well over 100 episodes that we haven’t seen. Depending on how much time we spend outside in the evenings, we watch 1 or 2 episodes each evening. We love sitting down together, watching a show we both enjoy, not having commercials, turning the tv off when the show is over and in general . . spending quality time together without the distraction of the TV.
Almost all the college football games that Vince likes to watch can be streamed through the internet. If there are a few games he cannot get and feels he must watch, we can always go stay in a hotel and watch the game. A few nights in a hotel is still less expensive than paying for Dish for the whole year. I doubt this ever happens but it’s an option.
Many have asked how we feel about missing the local news. It’s been almost 16 years where we lived where there was a “local” channel. In Kentucky, Evansville, IN was the “local” news and they were about 50 miles from us. In Missouri, the “local” channel was Joplin, also about 50 miles away. Here, the “local” channel is Abilene, which is about 100 miles away. We get the weather forecast from the internet, get the “news” from the local newspaper online.
When the satellite is turned off, if Vince finds he can’t stand not having it, we can always get it back.