Quote of the Day:
“I read in the newspapers they are going to have thirty minutes of intellectual stuff on television every Monday from 7:30 to 8 to educate America…..They couldn’t educate America if they started at 6:30. –Groucho Marx
Change. TB spends a lot of time thinking of things that ought not be like they are. Politically, socially, in sports, but most of all in my personal life I am constantly aware of what needs to be tinkered with and made better. Unfortunately, my ability to visualize the paths which must be taken in order to effect change are inversely proportional to my ability and willingness to set off down them in the first place.
The deficit? No problem. I can pontificate for days on what we need to do. Poverty? I can fix that once and for all. Getting Mississippi State to the Sugar Bowl before I perish? Well, that one might be a little harder but I could do it with just a little cooperation from the right quarters. But modernizing, simplifying and economizing my own life? That’s a little more complicated.
I’ve been agonizing now for months over such a life change. I know what needs to be done, but I am afraid. What if it doesn’t work? What if it causes me too much stress? What if it doesn’t save enough money to be worthwhile? Am I missing a pertinent factor that should weigh in to my deliberations? This is my life, after all, not merely the future of mankind we’re talking about!
They say it can be done. I speak, of course (in writing that is), of dumping cable. My fingers tremble at even typing that aloud, much less taking the leap.
A hundred bucks a month and all we watch is Disney Jr., DVR’s of Charmed and the first fifteen minutes of SNL about twice a month. I long ago swore off anything newsish related. No time for movies. Jeopardy is no fun without a couple of ARB’s to beat up on. Yes, there is the college football season to think of, but they say I can catch just about every game online now and the ones I can’t are available at Buffalo Wild Wings down the street. There is Netflix and Hulu, but what if I hate them as much as I do Comcast? And I can’t even get rid of the cable company because I need their precious speedy internet service. On the other hand I often think of a friend who dumped cable and told me awhile back that his kids don’t even know what a commercial is.
What it really boils down to is that I am in the habit of turning on the TV for the noise. Like an addict, I need the nightly fix. The morningly fix too. And my folks will go crazy if they come to visit and there’s no noise box for them to, like me, mostly just complain about.
Typing it out, it seems obvious which way to go here. Then again, there are a lot of good excuses. I probably won’t do anything. It’s much easier just to do things the way I’ve always done them.
Maybe I’ll grow a mustache or something.