We’re a little slow when it comes to some things. Take the internet. It was introduced to the world years before we decided to give it a try. The idea of email and searching was so foreign to me, it took a while to get the hang of it. (I have since mastered it, and no longer know what I would do without it.)
And when cable came along, we continued to use our big whoppin’ antenna, never thinking twice about how bad the picture looked. At least not until my neighbor commented on it. Something like… “You don’t have cable? My gawd, get with the times.” So we succumbed to peer pressure and hooked up to cable. And she was right. American Idol was SO much more fun to watch without all the squiggly lines.
But then cable became outdated and more people switched to dish. So whenever our cable went out, it would take days for someone to “be in our area” to fix it. And why not? We were the only ones to have it.
So we made the move to dish. And at first, we were in awe! So many channels! Home and Garden TV? Loved it! The Food Network? Addicting! The History Channel? Learning has never been so fun! We soon realized, however, that those channels aired the same shows over and over again, and even if it wasn’t the exact same show, all the shows seemed the same. Soon we’d spend our evenings flipping through hundreds of channels and not find anything to watch. Our laptops and iPads became our evening entertainment.
This month, we’ve come full circle. We’re back to the antenna (which is now a flat square that’s taped to our wall), and we’re disconnecting the dish. To appease Mario, we’ve agreed to sign back on with Netflix. For some measly change, she can stream any videos, TV shows, etc that she wants. Through her phone! And now we’re doing the same. We can actually pick what WE want to watch, not what the dish company decides to air.
It’s a cleansing feeling – not having the clutter and weight of hundreds of unwatched channels. We actually feel lighter.
First, the land line. Now the dish. Could the internet be next?
Ha. Not likely.