October 16, 2013

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I've mentioned this a handful of times over the last couple of weeks so it won't be any surprise but I thought it was worth mentioning again. After threatening to do it for years, we finally cancelled cable.

I've had a couple conversations about this and I tend to get the same stare I get when I tell people I'm a vegetarian. Some folks understand, sure, but the vast majority of them look at me like they didn't know such a thing was possible. Oddly, my logic for both decisions is, at least initially, very similar.

Them: So, you don't [EAT MEAT, HAVE CABLE]?
Me: Nope. Haven't for [YEARS, DAYS].
Them: How do you get by without it?
Me: Um, well, I honestly don't miss it.
Them: Really? Don't you ever get a craving for [A NICE JUICY STEAK, ON DEMAND PORN]?
Me: No, not really. And if I do I just [RECALL MY NOW-FULLY FORMED MORAL OBJECTION TO MEAT, HIT THE INTERNET*].
Them: That's amazing. Do you feel better?
Me: Yeah, a little.
Them: But why?
Me: Well [A DECADE AGO, A FEW MONTHS BACK] my wife and I realized we never [ATE MEAT, WATCHED CABLE] so we figured, why bother anymore.
Them: You know we're talking about [MEAT, CABLE] here, right?

Do we miss it? Not at all. We have tons of devices capable of streaming a while library of content into our home. The only thing we sacrificed is the brainless channel surfing and continuous stream of stuff we only half payed attention to. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But since we only have so much time we might as well watch something we're interested in.

Do you have cable? Do you stream? What are you watching?


* There are other uses for the internet but I can't recall any on such short notice.

Posted by Chris at October 16, 2013 7:41 AM | TrackBack
Comments

I am with you on the cable. We cancelled our satellite subscription in February and I don't miss it at all. We still have Netflix and Hulu Plus if there is a show we want to see and we have (gasp) antenna for the local channels.

Posted by: Kerry P at October 16, 2013 9:25 AM

No cable for me either...3 years now...what I miss is the power of fast forward when I watch with others who have a dvr. Oh well...I'll survive ;)

Posted by: Niki at October 16, 2013 10:24 AM

We have cable. Satellite, actually. My fiance would never give it up b/c he's a die-hard Colts fan, and we can't get Colts games in Texas without satellite. We do watch quite a bit of TV, but never at the appropriately scheduled time (thank you DVR). We're obsessed with Sons of Anarchy, Nashville, The Blacklist (NEW! OMG!) and Chicago Fire. I could likely switch to Netflix and only catch my must-see shows, but again ... with the football ... *eye roll*

Posted by: Emily at October 16, 2013 10:56 AM

I recently cut the cable cord, too. I call it "conscious tv watching". When I sit down to watch TV, I do so mindfully and via my Roku... I have to specifically choose what to watch, which means I'm watching cool, brain-stimulating shows instead of stumbling onto a Kardashian marathon or some such and falling down that rabbit hole. I also find I read a lot more instead of turning on the TV. It's awesome!

Posted by: Erin at October 16, 2013 1:50 PM

We have been without cable for about four months now and none of us miss it. We stream or download anything we want to watch and my husband has even found a way to watch his beloved hockey and football by streaming them. One of the benefits we've found is that if there's a really important game on, we go to a bar and watch it with friends (and good food and drink). It's getting us out of the house more! The other benefit is NO COMMERCIALS! I do not for a minute miss the commercials.

Posted by: Procrastamom at October 16, 2013 3:11 PM

I haven't had cable for a few years. I had a digital antenna for the summer Olympics and kept it for awhile.

I got rid of cable because of the constant surfing and excessive cost.

I miss cable for sporting events mostly.

Posted by: Liz at October 16, 2013 5:25 PM

I grew up without TV, so didn't watch it all that much when I did have cable. One January I turned on the TV and realized it was on a channel I had last watched for a news event in September and realized I had been paying for something for over three months that I had never used. That was five years ago. Haven't missed cable since, excepting perhaps some sporting events, but it's far cheaper to go to a sports bar to watch the occasional event than to pay for cable!

Posted by: Heather at October 17, 2013 9:48 AM

When I got laid off last year, we canceled our cable and just never went back. It is so expensive and we really can watch just about anything we want via the internet. Except football, which we can both live without.

For some reason, this drives my mother crazy. Crazy! And this is a woman who strictly controlled how much TV I was allowed to watch (very little. I was deprived). It's so bizarre.

Posted by: Hillary at October 17, 2013 3:42 PM

We haven't had cable in years. Don't miss it a bit.

I have to admit when I read the title of this post I thought you were going to talk about getting a vasectomy. Was I the only one?

Posted by: Jess at October 17, 2013 11:04 PM

No cable for us either. We have a Roku and Netflix and Amazon Prime. We haven't looked back.

Posted by: Amanda Luft at October 21, 2013 9:48 PM

No cable, but I do eat meat. I have so many problems as it is without being anemic and being told to eat as much protein as I can manage, that I just give in sometimes. I like pizza with no meat, though, and I've gone weeks without realizing I haven't had any meat. But I am sick of being sick (on week 6 now), so... Owen and I would get along just fine still. ;)

Posted by: alektra at October 22, 2013 2:54 AM

No cable for 3 years. Don't miss it at all.

Posted by: kiki at October 24, 2013 12:20 AM

never had meat, never had cable. So dont know what if anything i am missing. am happy so y bother finding out...

Posted by: TheFreak at November 14, 2013 1:26 AM
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