The cable man laughed at me. It seems people don't NOT (I know, double negative) have cable or some other television service- according to the cable man.
After reviewing our television viewing habits, and noticing that the only cable channels we watch are Disney and Noggin (I believe you have heard me mention this before. Somewhere. Can't find the posts, however. Sorry, no link.), we decided to cancel our cable TV service and pocket the savings. A good savings, might I add. $70.00 a month. Afterall, we originally began our cable service in honor of the Summer Olympics so we could get multiple channels for viewing. Oh, and because of my love affair with the Olympics. (You can read about that here and here.)
When I requested the change, cable man asked if we were switching to a satellite service.
Pink is for me. Blue= cable man, of course.
"Nope, we're not."
chuckling, "Well, Ma'am, no one does that. No one cancels their service without replacing it with something else."
"Well, Sir, we do."
"What about your sports programs? How will you get your sports?"
"We don't watch a lot of sports. We just don't have time for that."
snickering, "Ok, what about your movies? People are saving a lot of money these days by staying home from the theaters and watching movies on the movie channels."
"Well, we don't have any of the movie channels anyway."
"You don't have any of the movie channels?! Ma'am, you do realize you have HD service right now, what if we just downgrade?"
"Yes, I realize that. Thank you very much. No downgrade necessary. We just want to cancel."
"Ma'am, let's see if we can work out a package for you. What does your family watch?"
"Really, the only television we watch is children's programming. And we can get that from PBS from now on. The rest of our shows are on network channels- and we don't have to pay for those."
chuckling, again, "PBS? OK. But what about-"
"Please, just cancel our cable. Thank you."
"Sure. I just haven't heard of anyone doing this before."
"We want to keep our internet and phone. Can you tell me what my new bill should be?"
"It looks like you should be saving about $70.00 a month."
So, please tell me I'm not alone. I'm pretty sure other people watch *Gasp!* ONLY network television. Right?
And let me just report, we have been watching ONLY network television for about two weeks now. I think we are OK. I haven't noticed any strange side effects oozing from our little deprived bodies. No plagues, poxes or diseases. Yet.
It has been nice. The husband and I still record (through our computer) any of the programs that we watch and save them for after the children are in bed. And we're not suffering because that cable box has been removed. I believe we will survive. But I do miss the digital clock display on that box. So, that tells me I was paying $70.00 a month to know what the time was. Time is money.
The cable man laughed at me.
And I don't care.