Now that Marc turned 62, he has claimed early retirement with Social Security. The checks start next month, and their splurge was to get Dish. The package comes with an option for up to four rooms. They only have two, so they offered to have cable installed in the house.
Frankly, we were weirded out by the idea. As you all know, we’ve been very happy with Hulu Plus — as has our bank account — and have been big proponents of the switch. The idea of going back to cable, left me kind of cold. We weren’t opposed to the idea, per se. But we weren’t excited either.
That said, it didn’t make sense for us to turn down free cable.
We ended up just getting it in our bedroom. To get it in the living room would have meant drilling a hole into the house for some reason I don’t understand. Point being, we wouldn’t have done that for something we actively wanted, let alone this. Anyway, it got installed in the bedroom and… and we’ve used it once in the two weeks it’s been there. And that was only because Tim had run through everything on Hulu and YouTube and couldn’t find anything he wanted on Netflix.
I feel almost actively wary of the thing. At this point, it feels alien to me. Or maybe it’s just that I feel like a bit of a hypocrite for having it. I know that’s silly. It’s not like we’re paying for it. But after having constantly stumped for Hulu, after having said how few shows we were really missing… Well, I feel kind of like a diet guru who goes home and stuffs her face with Oreos.
I’m sure it doesn’t help that we got the thing about a month too late for the cable shows we would watch. Walking Dead had already started, as had Sons of Anarchy.
Mainly, though, there’s just not a lot on. It’s irritating to page through the guide and see all the shows we’re not interested in: Sirius (which takes up some ungodly number of channels), sports, cooking, etc. So we just leave it alone for the most part.
As Tim found, cable might be useful when we’ve run through everything on Hulu and YouTube for the day. But it’s fall now, and there are usually several shows a day to watch. And last season’s stuff is quickly coming out on Netflix. So how often will we be out of things to watch?
But when that does happen, I suppose cable’s a good safety net… Assuming we could find things we were interested in. Tim could watch certain cartoons. There’s the Cartoon Network, and Amazing Spiderman is actually very funny. or maybe we’d magically catch something in Starz that he hasn’t seen. Or maybe there will be some Cash Cab reruns. But otherwise… meh.
I guess this is just further proof that we made the right decision.
To those of you who cut the cord, how would you feel if you randomly acquired free cable?