Snapshots in Conversation

Dec 17, 2008 | Snapshots in Coversation | 7 comments

Free at last, free at last!  

Automated Operator: For English press…
If you would like to add services or have a question about your existing service press 1, to inquire about your scheduled appointment press two, for all other inquiries press 2.
Crappy “on hold” music…
Treena:  Thank you for calling Comcast how can I help you today?
Me:  I would like to cancel my service.
Dead air.  Dead air…
Treena:  Ugh, May I ask why?
Me:  We don’t watch it.
Treena:  Well, what about in February…you will have to have a digital converter or a digital t.v.  You won’t be able to watch…it won’t work.
Me:  But, we don’t watch it!?
Treena:  Ugh, O.k.  Angela, you service is cancelled and someone will be out tomorrow to disconnect your outdoor line.  Is there anything else I can do for you today?
Me: Nope.
Treena:  (Still very confused) Thank you for using Comcast, please remember us in the future.
I was thrilled when we went to $15 basic cable but our T.V.s sit around covered in dust, especially during the downseason for Nascar.  Now, our evenings are without “surfing” temptation, if we want to watch The Office we watch it on the laptop without being subjected to pornographic “Desperate Housewhores” commercials.  I’m feeling a little cocky and I will frankly confess to you, self righteous (which I don’t like about myself and I KNOW is wrong)  when I see the blue glow in someone’s living room.  But I tell you, this is an opportunity for more conversation, more creativity, more board games, more books, I am beyond blessed to have a husband who thinks this is as cool as I do -Joel’s been reading his Bible every night…I think this is going to be a very good thing for our family.  


  1. cityfarmer

    I applaud you my dear.

    It’s hard, very hard to take a stand.
    D. was even feeling this way when we watched Christmas Vacation…his convictions compared to a year ago…changed and ever growing.

    Sometimes the commercials are more insulting than the actual programming.

  2. Parisienne Farmgirl

    ‘Fraid I’m not THAT convicted yet – I probably laugh in my sleep over Clark Griswald. But yeah, the commercials are what bother us the most.

  3. Lady Laura

    Good for you! We don’t have cable or dish and haven’t purchased a converter box yet and might not. We’re still discussing it. So what? What’s the worst that can happen without a TV? There’s still newspapers and radio for the news and so many programs can be seen on the computer.

    Our little city aired a commercial for the converter box that showed an elderly woman sitting in a rocking chair looking confused when her TV no longer worked. It’s really not funny to think that not everyone will be able to make the switch and some people (who would like to be able to watch TV) won’t be able to.

  4. cottage remnant

    Great For You….. because good for you, just isn’t saying enough. :0)
    I wish I could convince my family to lose the satelite…there is just WAY TOO much garbage filtering into our homes….

    I’m with you in spirit :0)

  5. Victoria

    Good for you. We don’t even have a tv (I sold mine before I came to MI). There are some good shows, yes, but now that there is youtube who needs all the rest of it on regular tv?

    You won’t miss it. In fact, you’ll wonder why you were so enamored of it in the first place.

    We can still watch extras with you, too!

  6. Faith

    I could not take it that far, but for quite awhile now there has been no TV during the week for the kids and it is the best thing I ever did. Their creativity comes out so much more and they always find things to do insted. It’s been great. As for me, I like to unwind with a good show after they are in bed.

  7. kansasrose

    We pulled the plug on satellite in August! What a wonderful blessing it has been! We actually talk as a meals together, kid does homework…and READS! amazin…my nerves are calmer. Good for you!


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