Life Without Cable

Day 122/365: I do own a TV, but for different reasons…

About 18 years ago, when I was 7 or so, I remember the cable guy coming to our little village and installing our very first cable service. It used to cost more than all of our current mobile, data, cable and land internet subscription we pay now. But those first years with cable were amazing!

Before

We got to watch Fox Kids, a channel devoted to nothing else but cartoons. Good cartoons. Great cartoons, to be more precise. The stuff on there was so much better than the crap kids get to see these days, it makes me want to cry.

Life with Louie, The Kids from 402, Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow&Chicken, Courage the Cowardly Dog, What’s with Andy, The Flintstones, and others.

My childhood was so much better because of those shows, and they would’ve never been possible without that first cable subscription. But things change. Nowadays, having a cable subscription is almost useless. I never turn on the TV to watch cable. I always watch some shows that I put on a USB drive.

After

Cable serves me when I watch a football game, a Formula 1 or MotoGP Grand Prix and a show about cooking. That’s it. I don’t watch the news, I don’t watch any TV shows, I don’t do movies on the TV. It’s simply useless for me and if it weren’t for the sports shows, I would simply not need it.

But there is life without cable out there. There is a good life, the greatest life you can possibly dream off. You don’t get ads, or movies you don’t want to see. By timing your preferences and only watching stuff you really want to see, not mindlessly browse cable and land on a promising, yet crappy show at the end, you do yourself a service. You do your eyes and mind a service.

Life without cable is good

You just need to learn to let go, and then spend your time wisely, and only on the shows that are really important to you. If you do that, you simply don’t need other TV entertainment. For the rest of it, simply get dressed, put some shoes on and go for a long bike ride.

As for the cable, something definitely went wrong with it at some point. I’m not going to investigate on the how’s and why’s, but there’s certainly a lot of factors as to the people going further and further away from it.

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