When we moved further East ( this was 10 years ago) we found out that to get even the basic TV channels we had to get either cable or direct TV. We went for the latter.
We got the basic package. We didn't need or want HBO or Cinemax.
I think we have over 200 channels.
Last week a direct TV representative called to offer us a "great Deal" his words.
"Pray tell Mr. Representative, what is the great deal of which you speak?" Sometimes I like to think I'm in medieval times....
anyhoo....he said for just an extra $4.95 a month I can get access to a slew of new channels.
"Why kind sir, I am much obliged" Yep, I just saw the movie A Street Car Named Desire. I have it on DVD.
"That's right" he said. "And to make the offer sweeter, I'll throw in three free months of these extra channels."
"Why Thank you." I answered, "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." Yep, I'm still in Blanche DuBois mode.
Then I started thinking....(Yeah the New yorker in me crept back in.) What's his deal? Free channels? I've got 200+ channels now that I don't even watch!!!! Seriously people have you seen the crapola on TV lately? It's all reality TV nonsense. It's so bad their trying to GIVE it away? Well, not really, they are offering free trials so that we end up spending more a month.
Do I really need to watch more shows about drunken 20-something-year-olds who's private parts need to be blocked throughout most of the show because they are too indiscreet to even care?
I find myself watching old shows and old movies. Very few things currently on TV have captured my attention. I'm not saying it's all bad (There are a few shows I like) but a lot of it is and quite frankly even the news has gone the trash route.
A few nights ago after the kids were asleep I turned on the TV and looked for something to watch. I clicked channel after channel and even the DVR proved unfruitful. Drats, now what?
I'll tell you what....I held the remote and Click...off went the TV.
The sweetest sound ever!
"No Mr. Direct TV rep. I am not interested in extra channels."
"But, Mam, you're getting three months free! How could you turn that down?" I could feel his shock. He went on and on about this great deal and how I shouldn't pass it up. I think he was questioning my sanity...He wanted to know why Why WHY! "Do you really want to miss out on all these great Channels?"
"Frankly Mr. Representative, I don't give a damn." OK I said "darn", but you get the gist .
Rhett Butler would have been so proud