I DON’T HAVE CABLE

My wife and I are weird (insert your own funny joke here).  We grew up without cable AND we don’t have it now.  People usually think I am kidding when I tell them that or think that our rabbit ears on top of our television are just a joke.

Part of it is being a poor pastor, and part of it is living within our means (this crazy concept I am stuck on) but more than that we don’t want it to own us.  We had free cable in student housing while I was in seminary and all we did was watch TV 5 hours a night.  Before you go thinking I am amish, we have high speed Internet so I still get to watch ESPN highlights and Rob and Big episodes which is enough for me.  I know many friends who pick cable over the internet but I am the opposite.

Yes, there are times when I want to fall asleep on my couch watching Colbert Report and NBA Fast Break, but I have committed not to….for now.

More and More, I have realized that I am operating under an old paradigm where all the good shows are still on “free TV” on the major networks.   That is no longer the case. I think I will only get to watch 5 Buckeyes games in my own house this year.  First it was the NBA and baseball playoffs that migrated to Cable counterparts and now today’s’ announcement that the BCS games including the title game are not on local TV.

I am sensing the day I will cave in.  I don’t’ want to deny my children the joy of all American moments and sports classics. If March Madness gets bought out from CBS, or if The Housewives take their desperate game (PRE-syndication) to TBS it might be the tipping point.

So there you have it my friends, that is the kind of stuff that real men think about at 10pm at night.

2 thoughts on “I DON’T HAVE CABLE

  1. Mark, sports is seriously the only reason that Pete pays for cable. We often talk about cutting it, but when it comes down to it…the sports win. On the flip side, we often talk about getting rid of it when the kids get older–there is so much trash, even on commercials. We’ll see…

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