It has been more than three months since I cut the cable... television, that is.
The decision was made for several reasons.
One was financial. Like most other folks today, I am looking for places to cut costs while paying $4 or more for a gallon of gas. When I thought about the $40 per month I was spending for cable, it made me consider what I was watching.
Reruns and sports was the answer.
Reruns were shows like "Friends," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "NCIS" and "Criminal Minds." When it came to first-run television programming, the only shows that were even semi-regular on my 2011 viewing schedule were "Glee" and "NCIS."
Sports, well, that was more of why I "needed" cable, with hockey being my No. 1 winter-spring addiction.
But in balance, trying to be realistic, it wasn't worth the $40 a month to watch a couple of hockey games a week.
The other reason for cutting the cable was to discover for myself if television was a habit or an addiction. Did I turn on the TV on just because that's what I always did or would the quality of my life diminish if the cord was chopped?
Three months later, what's the answer to that question? And how, some other TV junkies will ask, how did I make it through?
My quality of life has been just fine, thank you. Actually, it has been better than fine. Now that the TV isn't always on as it had been in the past, I have re-ignited my passion for music, rediscovered my love of crossword puzzles and resumed my reading hobby.
Movie rentals have become a new mainstay. The great deal I get at my town's rental place hasn't totaled $40 for the last three months and there have been TONS of great movies I have viewed.
Plus, being a fan of some particular TV shows, renting those on DVD and borrowing seasons of my favorites from friends has become another fun thing to do. Heck, watching the one and only season of "Freaks and Geeks" in itself was a treat.
Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals? Watched it on the big screen at a local watering hole while listening to my favorite Upper Peninsula band play. Nothing better than that.
Let's be honest here: TV was never the problem: TV can be fun, educational and thought-provoking if used wisely. It was how I used TV that was. It was a constant background comfort. Now, the sounds of silence are an appealing change of pace.
Of course, others have given me all sorts of ideas for alternative ways to view programming in the future, from online freebees to the variety of services that have sprung up in recent years.
But for now, I am content with how things are. If there is an NFL season, however, things will change again. "Glee" I can do without but the Green Bay Packers... that's another story.
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is rprusi@miningjournal. net.