What I’m about to say is apparently shocking. Although I’m not so shocked and I imagine that most of my blog friends won’t either.
We don’t have cable. And we don’t have satellite. We have an antennae on top of our television. We get like 7 channels and 3 of them are really fuzzy.
And we’re still alive.
Listen, if you have cable or satellite—fine with me! I don’t think you’re evil for having it. I don’t think it’s wrong to watch TV. I watch a fair amount myself. But for us, it just wasn’t worth it. We don’t much care for the cartoons on the kid’s channels and Jonas would rather play with toys than watch TV. We also have better places to spend our money. Apparently, however, this is very countercultural.
See, in the past week, I have had two similar conversations with satellite sales people. Here’s the first one:
Him: This is blah blah from Dish Network.
Me: I’m not interested in Dish Network.
Him: Why not?
Me: Because we don’t want satellite.
Him: Well, who is your current carrier?
Me: We don’t have one.
Him: Well, who provides your cable?
Me: We don’t have cable…or satellite.
Him: Well, what do you have?
Me: We have an antennae.
Him: A what?
Me: You know…it goes on top of your TV. Helps the channels come in.
Then tonight, we had a call from DirecTV. I decided to be a bit more direct:
Him: Hi! I’m looking for Mary Doo-rAm! (That’s how he said it.)
Me: I guess that’s me.
Him: This is John with DirecTV.
Me: Oh, we’re not interested!
Him: Why not?
Me: We don’t have satellite…or cable.
Him: You don’t! Why not?
Me: We’d rather not have it. It’s not really something we want to spend our money on.
Him: We have a great deal.
Me: No thanks. We don’t really watch TV.
Him: Well, what do you do, then? (I’m not making this up—you can ask Jason. He actually asked what we do besides watch cable)
Me: You know…we go to the park and play board games…
Him: (shocked) Board GAMES?!?
Me: Yes. Actual board games.
Him: But we have a family pack!
Me: I don’t want a family pack. I think the board games are better.
Him: But the family pack has cartoon channels.
Me: (sigh) Surely you can’t think that it would be better for kids to watch TV?
Him: But it’s a FAMILY pack.
Me: Thanks anyway.
You think I’m trying to be funny again. I am not exaggerating.
Are we strange? (Please, only answer that in the context of this blog.) I don’t know. But I do know that right now Jonas is playing with a huge box of legos that he has dumped all over the living room floor. He is a great reader, he loves to play outside, and he has a vivid imagination. He does watch some TV when he’s with us—just not all the time!
So back off Dish network/DirecTV guys who call me while we’re eating dinner together!