Dear Cable T.V.,
I think it’s time we started seeing other people. We have had an amazing yearlong fling filled with 2am rendezvous and trashy programing. I have savored the countless hours we spent curled up on the couch together, and will be forever grateful for the company you provided while caring for my newborn son. You were always there for me. The truth is…I have not been faithful to you. The Kindle and I have reconnected, and Netflix swept me off my feet. It’s not you…it’s me. My goal is to live leaner, and honestly your fancy price tag is slightly above my means. I’m sorry. Even though I will miss you, I have to let you go.
Thanks for the memories,
I grew up in a small town in upstate NY. Our house was situated in such a way that the cable television lines did not reach our home (or so that’s the story my parents told me). We had exactly 4 channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS. I have vivid memories from my childhood of reaching over the arm of my father’s squishy recliner to turn the television Knob (there was no remote control) and then fiddling with the ‘rabbit ears’ antenna to reduce the amount of white snow just enough to see my desired program (typically The Cosby Show or rescue 911) through the haze.
I have never been a big T.V. watcher. I’m not sure if that’s due to growing up without cable or because I am such an avid reader. It wasn’t until I went off to college at age 18 I first laid eyes on cable programing. I realized quickly I wasn’t missing much. Most of the shows I enjoyed aired on local network television. My husband is not a big TV watcher either. Movies, yes, but TV not so much. We lived our first 6 years together cable free. Every night while eating dinner we would watch a Netflix movie or search the web. We never felt like we were missing out on anything.
When I first found out I was pregnant I decided I needed cable. I convinced my husband I would need extensive programing to keep me company while I was up with the baby in the middle of the night. He agreed and we went all out! Beyond basic cable we signed up for the works. HBO, Showtime, TMC, Tivo…you name it, we had to have it. We had the television equivalent of someone who dieted for a long time and then encountered a dessert buffet. We gorged ourselves on TV. I had to see ALL of the shows people raved about. Dexter, Homeland, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Girls, The Walking Dead etc etc
Last week we moved into a new home…a beautiful lead free one (you can read about my apartment search here). I called our cable provider to inform them of the impending move and find out what steps we needed to take to transfer our service.
I was told they did not service our new address and that I would have to seek other providers. WHAT?!?!?! Noooo didn’t they understand, season three of Game of thrones was starting I need service!
Then after reading a post by one of my favorite bloggers UndeadDad and how he cut cable (read his post here) I started thinking perhaps I could live without cable again. I mean, I have lived over 20 years of my life cable free and survived (internet I CAN NOT live without. It’s only been four days in the new house without internet and I am already in withdrawal…thank god for iphones). Ending our cable service will put an additional $70 a month into my pocket…that’s an additional $840 a year into savings. So, that’s that. Good bye Cable! $840 a year is worth much more to me than the enjoyment of The Layover or Pawn Stars.
Perhaps we will be re-united again someday, but for now…I’m living leaner!
All my love,