The Cable Peopleguy is coming this afternoon. I'm not sure how I feel about it actually.
We ditched satellite last February, the day after the Super Bowl, to save money and get rid of the time-sucking temptation of television. It has worked really well. We still watch tv shows (yay, Hulu!) and movies, but we are very deliberate about it. There's no television-on-in-the-background accidental tv-watching. And I love that!
Although if truth must be told (and of course it must), I am not the person who typically has a problem finding the "OFF" switch (ahem, Brendan). But still, even I would become sucked in occasionally, especially if they were having one of those Cake-Decorating-to-the-Death Contests where bakers create impossibly large and dangerous pastries and then try to move them across the room without giving themselves a hernia or injuring any innocent bystanders in the studio audience. (And that's before it's even consumed, hah!) Talk about suspense.
We have enjoyed the extra money and time. I've barely missed television at all. The kids sometimes missed it, but as fate would have it, they already own about eleventy-gazillion DVDs. Also, the fact that the Television Channel Peopleguys were the ones who got to choose the next show never really sat too well with them. I mean, why should they get a turn? Why can't we watch Scooby Doo right now? Why do we have to wait for 11:30 am tomorrow? What kind of game are they running here? And what's with the commercials anyhow?
So why are we getting cable? In a word: Football.
Brendan misses football and has wandered around life this season with a pining, poignant expression on his face. And I've missed it, too. I'm not a super big football fan, but I do enjoy it, and I've missed not having the games going in the background on a Sunday afternoon. Brendan found that NBC streams Sunday Night Football and we've watched those a couple of times. My need for a game on in the background was satisfied, but that pining expression on Brendan's face never quite went away. And to add salt to the wound, his favorite teams are doing really well this year. And then, what about Thanksgiving? Would Thanksgiving be the same without football going all day? Honestly, it would not. Truly. (Not to mention the Macy's parade, which the kids and I like to watch.) And then the playoffs? My god, what about the playoffs!?!?!?!?
So I found a really good deal ($34 a month for HD, for only one cable outlet, which is a bargain around here) with no contract. The rate is good for 6 months--more than enough to take us through football season. I'm still planning to cancel it the day after the Super Bowl again--unless there's another to-the-death bake-off I can't miss.
Now I've got to go clean up so the Cable Peopleguy can actually walk into our family room without killing himself. And I hate to say it, but we really do have plans on Sunday afternoon already, so we won't get to experience the full football effect until Monday Night Football (sorry, sweetie!).