I’m toying with the idea of turning off our Dish channels. Not for financial reasons (although I could use that extra $60/month for something cool like manicures), but for time reasons. Well, time and the fact that I’m a total TV junkie and I’m watching my kids turn into junkies, too.
I don’t watch Oprah or soaps, or any daytime TV, for that matter. The stuff I like isn’t really appropriate for daytime viewing. Not that I’m watching Adult shows (notice the capital A in “adult” to catch my meaning), but I like cop/crime shows and “Big Bang Theory.” As you may or may not know, I have 4 kids under the age of 10. (Well, 3 kids under the age of 10 and a 10-year-old, but who says “4 kids under the age of 11?”) I have enough problems dealing with the annoying things they learn and parrot from their pre-teen Disney shows, I don’t want to have to explain why some random lady is pole dancing on CSI. Or what pole dancing is, for that matter.
Anyway, my whole rationale for turning off the satellite is so I can get more writing done. And so I don’t have to battle the kids when I tell them to go outside and play instead of watching TV after school. I don’t think I’m going to miss much – at least I keep telling myself that. We have a DVR and we’ll still get the local channels, so I’ll have access to all my network favorites. Plus we have Netflix. Stream away.
As I sit here and tell myself that I’ll be fine without the satellite, I realize I’m still filling my future cable-free evenings with recorded and/or streamed shows. Obviously I still have a lot of work to do if I’m going to wean myself off the TV habit.
Gotta run now. My show’s back on.