So what made me finally cut the cord? I think several things came together. We have Netflix instant streaming through our xbox, and the kids get most of the TV entertainment they have from there (or all of it, in Hank's case). Netflix keeps adding more and more stuff that's streamable. We never get actual discs in the mail anymore.
Actually, sometimes I've felt that having easy access to cable and network TV has kept me from watching better things on Netflix. Like, after the kids go to bed, I'll mindlessly watch an episode of "House Hunters" instead of mindlessly watching "Damages" on Netflix, which is way better.
Somehow, my having finished my Ph.D. also made me want to ditch the cable. It seems like I should be ready to watch more TV without guilt, but it's happened that there are now so many more things I want to read for pleasure, and TV is getting in the way of that.
And, finally, we played with an xbox Kinect the other night, and I said to Matt, "I want one of these." He was like, "Ugh, it's all too much with the stuff." I said, "How about if we cancel the cable? And he was like, "Deal." I made the mistake of letting that slip to Laura, so everyday since then, she's asked me, "Did we cancel the cable yet?" The girl wants a Kinect.
Matt was into the plan because he always loves to save a dollar, and he watches literally no TV besides the Celtics.
The only sad part of losing the cable and the shows we'd recorded with our DVR is that now I need a way to preserve my "FRINGE" fame. Did y'all know I was this famous? Last week my name was written into the screenplay. See here! The writers of that episode, "6955kHz," are two friends of ours from college, and they gave us a heads-up to look for a surprise in that episode. I thought it might be like, my name is given to one of the characters, but it's never spoken and would only appear in the credits. But no! Lance Reddick (who, to me, will always be Mr. Abadon in "Lost," said my full name, and then all the characters were like, Becky this and Woomer that. It was such a trip, I was giggling for two days.
I thought the actress who played me really got to the emotional core of my character. That part where the short wave radio transmission gives her amnesia and she pulls a knife on her husband? OMG, that's exactly what I would have done! And my TV husband Laird Woomer (our friend Glen said it was going to be "Matthew" but they'd had a Matt he week before) was a total hunk and obviously deeply in love with Becky. Fame! So I had it saved on my DVR to show my parents when they get back from Australia, but now I'll have to find it online somewhere.
So that's what's going on here. Have you guys cut the cords on your TV already? I mentioned it on facebook and everybody was like, "OMG, you are so two thousand late, none of us has watched TV on an actual TV since Howdy Doody." But I never claimed to be a digital pioneer.