We have some big changes coming up at Chez Saleski, mostly having to do with the ejection of technology. We’re unplugging the digital tuner boxes and returning them, cutting off the cable tee-vee, and getting rid of the phone. Just the very idea of it has me all giddy & stuff.
Well, the truth is that we don’t watch a lot of tee-vee. Yeah, it’s on a lot of the time, but nobody is really watching. The only thing I do love to check out is The Daily Show (which I record on the DVR every night) and even that I can snag on the Internet. Heck, that way I can see the full-length interviews (not that I really need to see Newt Gingrich yammer on and make stuff up for extra time, but you get my idea).
We get sucked in to watching things sometimes because we’re bored and start flipping around, usually ending up on one of those first time real-estate shows. Yeah, they’re sort of fun, though I swear I’ll have a mondo-supremo hissy fit if I hear one more person say “It’s a little small.” Geezuz, it’s your first house!! The other channel I’ve connected with is Current, but all of their content is available online too.
I used to be a big sports fan, baseball in particular. As I’ve gotten older, competition has started to turn me off. It’s a peculiar feeling but it makes me uncomfortable. And so I’ve gone from watching about 80-100 baseball games per season to zero. Weird, but true. Though it may seem unrelated, news casts the same shadow. Most “hard news” is about things like economics, politics, and other world events — all of which are wrapped in their own levels of conflict and turmoil. I’m done with it.
I’ve come to realize that we’re bored not because there’s nothing to do, but because the television has made us bored. It has got to go, as there are words to be written, music to be listened to and garments to be knitted.
The telephone is a whole other (less interesting) story. Yep, unlimited long distance calling…which we use about once a month, maybe twice on a ‘heavy’ month. Nearly all of the incoming calls seem to come from “Incoming Call,” who never seems to be there if we pick up (make that: if TheWife™ picks up…I never answer the phone). We used to scoff at the younger generation for not having a “land line” but it looks like we’re headed in that direction. Besides, I can not answer my cell phone too.
Don’t worry, we’re not about to turn into a pair of those snobby “We don’t own a TV” people. Nah, there’s something to be said for having a certain level of cultural literacy. It’s just that the ‘regular’ method has gotten in the way with what’s really important.