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Sweet freedom: life without TV

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Starman, May 13, 2010.

  1. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    About six weeks ago, my TV went to sleep and never woke up.

    Having taken about a 22-25% pay chop in the last year, the idea of spending $400-$800 on a new TV, along with the idea of continuing to spend some $80-$100 a month on cable packages, didn't seem to make a lot of sense. So instead of shelling out for a new boob tube, I hauled the old one out to the curb, and called the cable boys and told them to take their channel boxes away.

    Thinking back to the earlier ramen-noodles and bargain-bread days of my career, I realized I lived from about 1994-1998 without a working TV in the house, and survived just fine. All of a sudden things are starting to get done around the house, dishes washed, lawn mowed, who'da thunk it?
  2. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    If you start making soap and punching yourself in the face I'm calling the cops.
  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Batman calling the cops? :eek: :eek:
  4. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Used to have mine on (if only for background noice) several hours a day. Now don't watch more than 3-4 hours a week.
  5. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I'm too busy watching TV to take care of it myself :D
  6. John

    John Well-Known Member

    I've gone without TV off and on for the past decade or so. I always enjoyed life without it -- get more reading done, get out of the house more, save a few bucks.

    I have it now, but once the World Cup is over I may get rid of it.
  7. Wenders

    Wenders Well-Known Member

    Most of my friends don't have cable. I've found you can see most cable programming online now.
  8. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    You can't wash the dishes or mow the lawn with the cable hooked up?
  9. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    So if you don't have a TV at home, what do you do when there's a big game that you want to watch? Go to a sports bar?
  10. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Reason number one I could never give up TV. Ever.
  11. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    I have lots of TV pleasures I enjoy, most notably some of the HBO shows, which I watch religiously. I could give them up easily, though. What I couldn't give up is sports on TV. College football season alone would kill me. No way I would ever give up my TV.
  12. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Used to feel the same way. But at some point --- don't exactly know when --- all the seasons, all the games, all the plays, all the quotes, all the debates, etc. --- started blending into each other. And while I may be "interested" in a particular game or outcome, I never kick myself if I miss it. Only one time in the past few years did I seriously make a plan to spendi exactly 3 1/2 hours in front of the TV for a show, and that was for this most recent Super Bowl. And if it had been Jets-Saints or Vikings-Chargers . . . I probably would have only caught a few plays.
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