I cancelled my cable and got rid of the TV. And now it is Sunday night, and I’m without 60 Minutes, Amazing Race, and Good Wife. The withdrawals are kicking in.
I have went through significant periods of my life without a TV, but those were many years ago. But last summer as I drove around the Pacific coast, without watching TV for a couple weeks, I felt the spell broken. I decided it was time to save the money and spend my time in more worthwhile pursuits. I’d just watch the baseball playoffs online and catch the important shows (30 Rock and Parks and Rec) late on Hulu. Right after my return, I called and cancelled the cable.
Funny thing, however, was that though I was no longer charged for the cable TV, they didn’t turn it off. I was getting it for free. Well, If I was gonna get it for free, there was no reason to ditch the TV altogether. All the other reasons for ending the TV went out the door now that I wasn’t paying for it. That was six months ago, and a couple weeks ago my screen finally went blank.
Now back in August I was prepared for this change in my life, but now not so much. Fortunately (or not), I left the next day to house sit and take care of the dogs for my friend Holly who was off for some Hawaiian island hopping, and she has a wall-mounted HD TV with Direct TV and all that! So instead of moving off the TV, I moved into TV heaven – I watched multiple episodes of all my shows again and again (I do so love Parks and Recreation).
But now I’m back in my TV-less abode, and it is Sunday, one of my favorite TV days. I woke up in time for Meet the Press, for no reason. There would be no Cindy Crowley and Fareed Zacharia after. And now it is even worse – 60 Minutes has just begun, and Amazing Race is next (no crazy travel fill for the week!) I realize I can watch all these shows online, later, but that’s not the big thing. The big things is the lack of ritual.
And it’s not just Sunday nights, it’s the 10PM 30 Rock/Scrubs hour on WGN, followed by Stewart and Colbert. What am I going to do at the end of a long day when I just want to relax? Read? Listen to music? Drink? Write some thing like this and post it on Cowbird? Lay in bed and watch the TV shows from the previous day online? Well, tonight instead of 60 Minutes I downloaded a new CD (Laura Mvula – thanks Katie!) and am now writing this. But what will I do now? I guess I can grade some papers. This will be tough, but it should be a lot easier than my attempts to quit my other vices.
Photo of where the TV was, replaced with a chair I bought in a nesting phase a year ago, but I had no room for and didn’t use because it made my bedroom too cramped. Now it is where it should have been all along, and I am sitting there as I write this.