When my ex-wife and I were together, we had cable television for about ten years, primarily because she liked to watch movies on cable. I have never been a movie buff. After we parted our ways, cable also went by the wayside for me, and I have not see cable television in ten years.
I was in the hospital recently for about ten days, and the hospital had cable television for the patients, and each day that I watched, I was getting hooked on the History channel; Discovery and so forth. So, much so, that when I was discharged from the hospital, I called the cable company to arrange to have cable put in. "What could it hurt?" I thought to myself. After being away from cable for over a decade, I thought I would give it about four months as a trial, and if it was going to be a distraction to my work and projects, I would get rid of it, etc.
But, I didn't like the $60.00 a month price tag, and I wasn't going to go out and find something to watch just to justify the cost. I, did, however call the cable company and make an appointment for the cable guy to come out and install the cable the following week. My television watching has been cut down substantially because of the following reasons.
* Sports: Growing up as a kid, sports was always in my life, and I played sports and I couldn't get enough sports on television, etc. I thought I would grow up and be the greatest coach that ever lived, and lead my team into the Super Bowl, and win one super Bowl after another! (you're dreaming, Jer!) But, later in life, I got into the art and writing world, and sports began to fade in my life. Another reason I drifted from sports, is all the cheating that's going on today, in almost every sport. I'm also appalled at the salaries they pay these crybaby millionaires to play baseball; football and basketball, etc. And, the strikes that went on in the earlier years, as arrogant and greedy players wanted more and more money. STRIKES! Millionaire owners fighting with millionair players! I was turned off with all of it!
Today, what college football and basketball coaches are paid, usually in the millions, is OBSCENE! College football and basketball all are big money sports, and the cheating and scandal that goes with them. The headlines in the Albuquerque Journal of September 15, 2007, reads; "Trouble in Loboland." An NCAA investigation into the University of New Mexico's grade issues of student athetes. At this point, these are all just allegatione, etc. Another reason not to watch sports anymore, and I have not watched a college football or basketball game in over 3 years. Why should I pay the $60.00 a month in cable costs to watch these greedsters and cheaters?
In the NFL, a scandal broke out and the New England Patriots were caught cheating by way of video-taping the opponents signals. The coach, Bill "Bellicheat," was fined $500, 000 and the team owner, "Mr. Krafty,: was fined $250,000, which is peanuts to these cheaters. This team has won 3 Super Bowls in 6 years, which leads one to believe that they may have cheated to get all those Super Bowls wins! Another reason for me not to watch these over-paid greedsters and cheaters.
In the year 2007, I have not watched a Major League baseball in over ten years; A NBA (National Basketball Association) game in over ten years; nor have I watched a World Series or a baseball All-Star game, either. For, me, the NFL (National Football League) is hanging on by a thread, and I'm still a Charger fan (barely) but my viewing of all the over-paid crybaby millionaires is way down.
A study was conducted recently, which said that it took $150.00 to take a family of four to go to a New Youk Yankee game...another disgrace! There's a sucker born everyday...and who pays for all these obscene salaries? The stupid fan, who else? The best thing the fan can do, is to stay away from the arenas and stadiums, and show these pirates who's the boss!
* Soaps: I've never been a soap fan. I don't see anything entertaining about deceit;
adultery; hate; jealousy; betrayal; gossip and so forth.
* Who Done it? I have never watched a cops and robbers show on television. Another
mindless wa to wast time. There all the same...somebody gets killed in the beginning
of the show, and they have to find out who done it. (Excuse me...Yawn!)
* Game shows: If you have nothing to do...tune in. And, since I can never answer a
question on Jeopardy, forget it! I've never claimed to be the fastest horse in the race,
* Talk shows: I think everybody in the country has had a talk show except me. I think
some talk show can be informative and educational, but they can also be addictive
and a distraction as well.
* Sit-Coms: I've been in the humor business most of my life, and some of these so
called sit-coms I've seen on televison are...well...a way to fill a time slot by the
executives in television. These so-called sit-coms don't measure up to the classics of
old like All In The Family; The Jeffersons; Sanford and Son; MASH, etc.
* Local news: In the year 2007, I haven't seen a local television newscast in more than three years! It's the same old broken record...murders; rape; scandal; corruption; robberies; perverts; pedophiles; hate, etc. I've never seen much positive in a local newscast, so why should I watch? To be informed? How many times can they show a U.S. troop kicking down a door in Iraq? NEGATIVE SELLS! The national newscasters are paid millions of dollars...and just like the over-paid crybaby football, basketball and baseball player and movie "star" they're aren't worth what they get paid either! I've got "late-breaking" news for them...GOOD BYE!
* Movies/television: These so-called "stars" in Hollywood aren't worth what they get paid, either. And, the Oscar and the Emmy is not worth what they think they're worth. In a recent survey, the Oscar was voted last by the public, in importance, of the major awards like the Nobel and the Pulitzer. Recently, it was reported that the 2007 Emmy Awards, drew 13% fewer viewers than the year before, and the viewership was down 27% since 2005. So, I see the public getting smart and turning off these arrogant so-called "stars!" Why should I waste my time, with these snobs, who get paid more than they're worth?
Like anything else, watching television can be addictive! My mother spent a good part of her life watching television, and I don't think she got much of anything else accomplished. And yes, I still do watch SOME television like the news; some documentaries; specials; certain things on PBS, etc.
About two days before the cable guy was to install the cable, I called and cancelled. I think my first year has been productive and successful because the boob-tube has not been a distraction in my life!