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No TV, Day 1

June 3rd, 2010 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal

Last weekend we handed in our PVR and cancelled our cable. They told us we would still be paying for 30 days, which makes me very angry, but we still had basic cable for a few days until they actually sent a worker to flip the switch on us (which I think they should have done after the 30 days we’re still paying for, but I digress).

So as of yesterday we are without any kind of cable. I came downstairs with the baby this morning and didn’t flip on the TV to watch the news or Canada AM. I sat in silence for a few minutes, and then started streaming the radio. I think the most difficult thing for me will be not having the news on at any given time, and not being able to flip to the news when I see on Twitter that something interesting is happening. I am now even more removed from my job – my office has four TVs in it, each one tuned to a different news station, so that there is no point during my day that I don’t know what’s going on.

I am concerned that I will be too far removed from my job by the time I get back now that we don’t have a TV – even though I know that I can find all of these clips and all of the news online.

On the plus side, I knew that I was going to have to turn the TV off at some point because I didn’t want the baby watching all the time, and this will mean that it won’t go on as a reflex. I also think she’ll do better having the radio on as background noise (with CBC and NPR as the main soundtrack to our days) than she would if I continued watching Dr. Phil and Say Yes to the Dress.

Realistically, I know that I’m not going to miss any one the shows I really love. Everything is online these days, and Joe has hooked up cables that allow us to plug in our computers and stream things straight to the TV. (He’s already been watching the Stanley Cup finals this way). Anything that I really, really don’t want to miss (once the seasons start again in the fall) I can download from iTunes and it will be much less expensive than cable.

As Joe says, this is an experiment and it will be good for us. If we don’t like it, we can always get it back. But for someone who has always had TV, someone who, admittedly, has used TV as a crutch, it’s still scary.

That’s why I wanted to do it.

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