Cutting the Cable

I’m cutting my uVerse in half.

I spent this past weekend without electricity. The storm Thursday afternoon knocked out lots homes in Arlington. So I had to entertain myself without TV. I like to think of myself as someone who doesn’t watch a lot of TV, but I found myself a bit on edge when I couldn’t watch the next episode of Haven.

Is that sad? I don’t know, but it got me thinking. I spent an unexpected day off out in the beautiful sunshine getting errands done that I wouldn’t have gotten done if I had a TV and a loaded up DVR available at home. Is this TV a big distraction in my life? Maybe more than I want to admit.

Another issue is the cost of uVerse. I’ve griped about the money I spend to get the package of channels that contains the 4 I actually watch. I could buy a new pair of Nikes every month with that money. I could save that money every month and in a year take a nice little trip.

Does this make sense?

There’s the other thing too. If I go deep and am really serious about the kind of person I want to be, the hours I spend in front of the TV do not get me closer to that person. It’s a time waster for me. I have books on my shelf that I want to read and I never get around to them. I want to do some more writing and I never do.

Now, I know that when you take something out of your life, you need to purposefully put something in it’s place. Otherwise I’m just going to find another thing to distract me. So my goal over the next few weeks is to replace the time with good stuff for me.

So I’m going down to basics. I’ve cut my uVerse account down, no DVR, no HD.

Who knows, eventually I may cut it all together.

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