Parting is such sweet sorrow. Or so they say. Contrary to all my fears, the hardest part of cutting the cable cord has been losing the one clock I had in my living room. I am apparently OBSESSED with the time because I can not break myself of the habit of glancing at the black hole under my TV every half hour.
Caveats, caveats. Of course I did wait until the 201-2017 TV season had ended to pull the plug. I was down to just one show airing (Fargo) with only one other (Orphan Black) on the recording horizon. Both I can get via Apple TV if I decide I can't withstand spoilers long enough to wait for them to show up on a streaming service. I know it'll be harder in the Fall when everything picks back up. Even with my emaciated TV schedule, I still have multiple favorites I won't want to miss.
So why did I do it? Money, money, money! I like television as a medium and I obviously enjoy my stories. I am happy to contribute to the pool paying people to tell them. But I was paying over $150 for pretty basic service. I had no pay channels, etc., and, once I cut down on my viewing schedule, I couldn't stand how much I was putting out each month just for the convenience of maybe watching a show a few times a week. I reached out to my local cable provider to see if they had any deals or cheaper packages but no such bargaining.
It took me a few months to follow through and, yet, the immediate reduction of my bill was totally worth it. We'll see if I stay strong in the Fall but I do have some plans lined up to help me cope. If nothing else, I'll buy season passes on Apple TV. It'll force me to be even more brutal at cutting shows but I've gotten pretty good at it for someone who used to call herself a TV whore.