As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve never had cable TV (with the exception of the few months of free cable when we first moved into this house and the cable was still connected). A few weeks ago, on a snowy day, a Time Warner rep stopped by our house and offered us a deal we couldn’t refuse. For $15 less than we currently pay for phone and DSL service (that we’ve NEVER been happy with!), we could have digital phone service, high speed internet AND basic cable television (enabling us to ditch our rabbit ears and pick up NBC and FOX). Clearly, this guy had me hooked at hello and I signed up for the service. Less money + The Office…who could say no?
After a number of failed attempts, Time Warner finally installed all of this technological goodness today (the fact that most of this service has been available since the 90’s is not lost on us). Instead of the 12 cable channels we thought we were getting, we’re now back up to 80. Did the installation guy think he was doing us a favor? Was he not familiar with the Red Dawn experience of 2005? I’m just not sure we’re capable of responsibly handling that much television at our house. We’re already seeking ways to block out Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel from the kids, as well as a good 80% of the rest of the channels from our own eager eyes. We’re weak, I tell you, weak!
I have to wonder why I fear cable so much. Will it expose my kids to more commercial television, causing them to ask for stuff like Lucky Charms and burn-your-hands-off Easy Bake Ovens? Will I get sucked into remodeling shows on HGTV that will cause me to despise my home, attempt to gut it and start from scratch? Will Carter be lost forever to ESPN 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5? Yes, yes and yes! We’re powerless to the hypnotic glow of the television and are surely better off without it. I’m giving us 30 days to see how we hold up, and if all of the above come true, I’m cutting the cord. Please hold me to it!