Sunday, July 12, 2009

Snip Update

Well, it's been over two weeks since I cut the cable, and I'm happy to say I'm still here. Life goes on without television.

So far it hasn't been much of a hardship. I realize now that I didn't actually watch much of what was on TV; most of the hours it was on I was just using it as background noise. It's quieter in my house now, but that's about the only difference.

I'm getting a lot more done. I'm tackling some landscaping in my front yard that I've been putting off for years, and I'm drawing more too. And I've finally going through my "to watch" DVD pile when I have the urge to watch TV.

There was a time in my life when the thought of living without television would have been inconceivable to me. It's amazing how little I miss it.

A week or so ago I tried to see if I could get any over the air broadcasts, but all I got was static. I bought my TV around 1995, so I'm pretty sure that was before they built them with digital tuners. So I sent for a coupon to get a digital-to-analog converter box. I got the $40 coupon last week. I went to Target to pick one up, and they were on sale for $40! So I got the box for free. Can't beat a deal like that.

I brought the box home, plugged it in, it began scanning for channels and found... nothing. Apparently I live in some sort of TV No-Man's Land where reception is non-existent. I guess that means I need an antennae. That's not in the budget right now, so it looks like I will continue to be TV-less. Honestly, I don't mind a bit.

If you've been on the fence about cutting your cable cord, I wholeheartedly recommend it. You won't be missing anything you can't live without.


  1. I coughed up about $40 for a nice indoor or outdoor antenna from Amazon. I live in a row-home and am surrounded by bricks and steel, but I drag in about 29 stations. About a third of them are religious stations, but I was surprised how well it's all coming in.

  2. I guess I could manage $40. I've seen Youtube tutorials where they show you how to make antennas out of wood and coat hanger wire. Maybe I'll try making one (if I can find a wire hanger--you don't see those much anymore).


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