“Bestow thy flickering light forever.”
– Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
You haven’t heard from me much, piglets. Shall I tell you why? And shall we agree that you won’t judge me about it – at least not very much?
Well, as you may recall, J. and I canceled our cable. Our cable company, being the dirty rotten sort that they are, was going to hike our monthly fee to over a hundred dollars! Outrageous! If you haven’t noticed, you can watch most shows online these days (completely legally, even!), so paying $100 for something you can get for free is ludicrous even by cable companies’ skewed logic. We gleefully turned in our modem and bade adieu over a lunch break.
We were sheepishly astonished at how much free time we had after severing all ties. Embarrassed really. J. missed his sports channels, but he has several friends in the area to watch sports with at their houses (his own loving wife having still not quite learned to love ESPN). The real blow for me was giving up PBS (love of my life). However, using our TV just for movies was a good choice in a lot of ways, and I still had the internet to indulge in this Masterpiece Mystery – speaking of which, have you seen Sherlock yet? No?! Find it and watch it at once.
But then. Then.
J. bought me a digital antenna for Christmas. I now have not one but five PBS channels plus several others this magical little box sitting on our TV stand plucked out of the ether. I like that guy so much.
And thus, I am as good as dead to the word.