What Iâ€™m about to say is apparently shocking. Although Iâ€™m not so shocked and I imagine that most of my blog friends wonâ€™t either.
We donâ€™t have cable. And we donâ€™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 weâ€™re still alive.
Listen, if you have cable or satelliteâ€”fine with me! I donâ€™t think youâ€™re evil for having it. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s wrong to watch TV. I watch a fair amount myself. But for us, it just wasnâ€™t worth it. We donâ€™t much care for the cartoons on the kidâ€™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. Hereâ€™s the first one:
Him: This is blah blah from Dish Network.
Me: Iâ€™m not interested in Dish Network.
Him: Why not?
Me: Because we donâ€™t want satellite.
Him: Well, who is your current carrier?
Me: We donâ€™t have one.
Him: Well, who provides your cable?
Me: We donâ€™t have cableâ€¦or satellite.
Him: Well, what do you have?
Me: We have an antennae.
Him: A what?
Me: You knowâ€¦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! Iâ€™m looking for Mary Doo-rAm! (Thatâ€™s how he said it.)
Me: I guess thatâ€™s me.
Him: This is John with DirecTV.
Me: Oh, weâ€™re not interested!
Him: Why not?
Me: We donâ€™t have satelliteâ€¦or cable.
Him: You donâ€™t! Why not?
Me: Weâ€™d rather not have it. Itâ€™s not really something we want to spend our money on.
Him: We have a great deal.
Me: No thanks. We donâ€™t really watch TV.
Him: Well, what do you do, then? (Iâ€™m not making this upâ€”you can ask Jason. He actually asked what we do besides watch cable)
Me: You knowâ€¦we go to the park and play board gamesâ€¦
Him: (shocked) Board GAMES?!?
Me: Yes. Actual board games.
Him: But we have a family pack!
Me: I donâ€™t want a family pack. I think the board games are better.
Him: But the family pack has cartoon channels.
Me: (sigh) Surely you canâ€™t think that it would be better for kids to watch TV?
Him: But itâ€™s a FAMILY pack.
Me: Thanks anyway.
You think Iâ€™m trying to be funny again. I am not exaggerating.
Are we strange? (Please, only answer that in the context of this blog.) I donâ€™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 heâ€™s with usâ€”just not all the time!
So back off Dish network/DirecTV guys who call me while weâ€™re eating dinner together!