Thursday, March 19, 2009
Eight days without television, and I'm still living well; it's amazing what you can do without
It now has been eight days without television in my home besides no internet connection.
I'm not going to give in to my cheap landlord who doesn't believe that cable and the internet are basic utilities in today's technological world. I don't live in Grinder's Switch. I'm two blocks from Vanderbilt University, the state leading center of learning.
But El Cheapo Grande won't pay the bill to install the needed wiring even though there is a cable outlet in the place.
This is a sign of the times. I believe everyone is seeing landlords, retailers and other businesses taking the cheap way out in this economy. Integrity be damned. But this kind of practice is the quickest way to lose customers.
With the weather, I spend most of my time outside and watching Vandy baseball games anyway. The libraries are a wonderful resource in providing free computer use. And NPR on radio does a most thorough job of covering the days events globally, nationally and at the State Capitol.
Perhaps this period has taught me about how much each of us can really live without. It is much more than we believe. And my carpal tunnel in my right hand is much better now that I don't have the remote control in it all day long.