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6 months of cable = DSLR body, at least. Perhaps used, a body and a lens.

Every month a hundred dollars in the bank. More time spent doing productive things. Perhaps a better cushion if someday I go to school full time.

Hmmm. Has it been worth it to be able to talk TV with everyone, and to be able to turn my brain off and fill it with Miss Rap Supreme & The Soup periodically? How much would I miss it? Will Grey's Anatomy get better such that I don't want to wait for DVD? Would my friends get irritated at me asking them to tape things periodically?

Plus this icon could return to circulation. :) Thoughts, comments, self-righteous anti-TV rants and reactionary pro-TV hype welcome.

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peregrin8
Jun. 5th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
you know which side I am on!
well, Comedy Central and Cartoon Network stuff you can watch on the web if you really want it. Anything really good will come to DVD and you can Netflix it -- no ads, and then you can pause it, watch 3 eps in a row, etc!
snidegrrl
Jun. 5th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Re: you know which side I am on!
I kind of hate watching stuff on the web, it's uncomfortable, and I already spend too much time at a computer desk.

Netflix membership (which I seem to already redundantly have) is certainly cheaper, and a more worthy business to support (IMHO).

I will say that with the DVR I feel like in one way I have lots of freedom. OTOH I watch WAY more crappy shows than I ever would if they weren't there for me to have at a moment's notice.
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cheetahmaster
Jun. 5th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
We'd gladly Tivo whatever you'd like, and then you could come watch it with us!
snidegrrl
Jun. 5th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
You have good ideas.
tzel
Jun. 5th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Would that $100 really make it to the bank? Or rather, to savings instead of in and out of checking?
snidegrrl
Jun. 5th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
A very astute and realistic question.

If I can curb my bag habit, possibly.
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snidegrrl
Jun. 5th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Ironically, when I lived alone was a time when I felt freed from cable and when I started my no-cable career. I don't have many activities currently that I can do in front of the tv since I gave up on knitting and stuff. I'm likely to be in school until 2011 or more, so TV distracts me from homework.

But then I got an A in my last class even so.
p_sunshine
Jun. 5th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
See, I'm a tv void and probably not the best to answer this, but I think that cable is over-rated. If it were just me, I'd be fine not having it, as long as I had people I could bribe to tape Dr. Who and Sarah Jane (and the random Murder, She Wrote and Simpsons reruns;). I'd also be ok with just buying the seasons later if it came to that, though I suppose that throws off the cost-effectiveness of ditching cable.
If you did decide to do without, I'm sure we could tivo for you as long as yours don't compete with his shows.
snidegrrl
Jun. 5th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the generous offer! I am not sure I have enough momentum to really consider cancelling the cable right now but we'll see. I like that my bank balance has been going up and to see it go up more would be delightful.
life_unexamined
Jun. 5th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
It's funny ... I think it'd be much easier for Julie or I to do it if either of us lived alone. But between my sports needs and her drama needs, and then the things we like to share (and the question of how much we like them vs. how much we like watching them together is an open one) like BSG and Dr Who) it becomes that much harder to pull the plug. Plus we're paying for the internets anyway, so not having the teevee part of the cable won't save us that much, and ...

Well, you can see the rationalizations piling up already.

Oh yeah, and the fact that Declan would kill us in our sleep to exact his vengeance for taking away his Noggin.
snidegrrl
Jun. 5th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
It was really easy to not have cable when I lived alone.
examorata
Jun. 5th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
I may not be the best person to weigh in, because I have this entire set of friends I would not have met if I hadn't gone to a website to talk about TV...

The older I get the less I feel like I have to keep current, and sometimes I do feel like I could just get everything on Netflix eventually anyway. But, like you, I don't really like watching TV on the computer and there do remain a few things I like watching in "real time," i.e. along with/around the same time as other people I know. TV can be a unifier in an increasingly diverse and fractured society. Plus, all that stuff on the DVR for when you're sick! =)

I can see both sides, is the problem. If I were you I'd... be looking for other ways to cut a few bucks, probably. =) And if it's a time issue, weren't you wondering when you'd have time to really get serious about learning photography to make use of that DSLR? Er, I suppose with less TV one would have more time for that...

Sometimes I think you are almost too good at burning the candle at both ends and maybe the occasional "out" of a night of TV is a help, not a hindrance. As you note, the DVR is freeing - and you definitely do NOT strike me as someone who is a slave to her TV habits.
snidegrrl
Jun. 5th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
I do think that an "out" of TV is good, but I wonder if I couldn't have that cheaper just out of Netflix.

I may not be a slave to TV habits in the sense of a schedule, but what having cable does to me is gets me to watch lots of things I would never, ever miss if I didn't have them. (I knew this would happen when we got cable.) It's like candy, only stupider, because I actually miss candy when it's gone.
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snidegrrl
Jun. 5th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
we didn't even have that when we started this experiment... my problem is that i can't even really gauge how much i'd miss it. which probably means i wouldn't miss it that much.
frecklefaerie
Jun. 5th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Just My Thoughts
We do not have cable. I grew up in a house with cable (even HBO for a little while there!) whereas Andrew did not. Andrew also grew up as a non-TV watcher (limited to 1 hr/day or something). I was not really limited, despite my mother's ranting. I blame my inability to pry myself from the boob tube for every late paper I ever had in college. ;)

So, we do not have cable now. I do watch some TV with bunny ears behind my 46" LCD. My mom thinks that's funny.

Recently Andrew has been saying that he wants the whole FIOS package, cable included. He argues that we would have better reception and cartoons at all times for Maggie. I argue that I am powerless in the face of cable and the only way that I *don't* watch TV is by having only TV from the air. Besides, Maggie doesn't need to have cartoons at her command and has only recently not been glued to various movies. I also argue that in the case where I am able not to sit around like a lump with cable, what is the point of paying so much money for something that we'll use 12 hours a month. Thankfully, FIOS isn't actually ready in my hood yet.

What I guess I'm saying is that if you give up cable I would argue that even Kim, who loves TV, gave up cable so she would be more productive. I think this is a logical fallacy for my stance, but it sounds good. :)
frecklefaerie
Jun. 5th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Just My Thoughts
For the record, I do miss it. I miss it enough to spend more time than necessary at my parents' house when I'm catsitting. I justify it by saying that I'm keeping the cat company.
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sarahmarvelous
Jun. 5th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
We are on the brink of getting rid of Direct TV and Tivo too, to save some money and pay off our credit cards. I know we'll be fine, but I kind of love Tivo and I'll miss it. Oh, and I totally second ING for saving- they make it so easy!
snidegrrl
Jun. 5th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
I applaud your decision! And we do have an ING account which I should funnel more money to!
relativplacemnt
Jun. 6th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
I do the $10/month basic package that ensures I can get the major broadcast channels clearly. So I and can tape/DVD-R see Gray's and Criminal Minds (the poor-gal's TIVO). If I really want something more, I could ask a friend to TIVO, but actually haven't needed to - out of sight really is out of mind.

Additionally, I do rely on Netflix for previous season shows, and am happy enough with that. But that's me. Living alone I suspect I'd miss not having a tv at all but not having full cable does mean I read more.
professorbooty
Jun. 6th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
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OMG, I have strong feelings about this in some direction or another!!!
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