Cutting the Cord with Cable

When I am not intimidating big burly off-shore men as safety personnel by day, or out getting my billiards on at night, you can usually find me at home. More specifically in these two places:


Blacony sunset

I have composed a short list of things I do when I am at my pad: (Note: all of these activities are performed while listening to the radio, my Ipod, or Pandora and usually a combination of all three. There are many pirouettes, hair whips, and running sock slides accompanying these activities as well. I have all wooden floors, so it’s only fair to use them.)

1. Read, write, Reddit, Chive, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Basically I do the Internet.

2. Cook… or pull out every snack item I own in attempts to put together a quasi-meal instead of cooking. The majority of the time I actually do cook, but come on, even award winning chefs get lazy right?

3. Sit on my balcony drinking wine while on the phone for extended periods of time, usually with Booger. You see, all of my friends decided to abandon me simultaneously, like I am the riot gun and they are the rubber bullets, so the phone time is essential .

4. Clean.

5. Chase around this ferocious and boisterous beast that refuses to accept that my kitchen counters are not his personal play towers.


There is more, but those are the main events at club Becca. What’s the point in me telling you this? I had a revelation going through this list. I never watch TV anymore. Okay, maybe not never but certainly not nearly enough to be dishing out $60.00 a month for measly basic cable. I don’t even watch but maybe four channels anyhow. So, I have made an executive decision to discontinue my services. I have been considering this for some time now, but there was always a voice in my head telling me not to pull the plug.

Scumbag brain: “Probably shouldn’t. What if friends come over and want to watch something?”

Reality: What friends? Oh, the ones that don’t live here anymore? Yea, good thinking.

Scumbag Brain: “What if you get super bored, there are no movies out worth watching, and you are done with the internet for the day?”

Reality: That’s what bars are for.

After going back and forth about my decision for about a month now, I pulled out my calculator. I can save a little over $700 a year by nixing the tube. But, not completely. I can still utilize my beloved flat screen. I have an HDMI cable and can easily link it up to my even more beloved laptop and watch movies, TV shows, Youtube “Shit people say” videos, or whatever my heart desires.

If I am going to get out of Louisiana in a little over a year, it’s about time I start fiddling around with my finances. My savings account is looking pretty emaciated at the moment having just moved into my apartment, and I am fully aware that I spend money on things that are completely unnecessary. Hell, I buy a new pair of sunglasses every time I hit a convenience store like I’m stocking up for the invasion of Madeusas or something. So, I feel positive about my decision to take a break from cable. I only hope if I ever get a gentleman up to my place that he won’t head for the ESPN channel. See, there goes my scumbag brain again. It’s okay, the reality of that scenario is that I own a PS3 *wink*.

Anyone a big fan of Hitman like me?

About becca3416

Becca Cord is a twenty-something year old southern ballerina turned humor writer and video editor. Having lived in Louisiana her entire life, she is now perusing her travel dreams while starting her own free-lance Web Marketing business and organizing a nation wide blogging event, Blogger Interactive. She believes one of her callings is making people laugh, and she intends to do so. You can find Becca on her personal blog, Facebook page, or Twitter @becca25tofly.

Posted on April 2, 2012, in Adventures, Business, Experiments, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. That kitty pic has me freaking out…

  2. My only comment is that I’m very envious of your kitchen. Ours is a galley kitchen, only barely wide enough to open the fridge.

  3. I think that saving money is always a plus. I rarely ever watch TV anymore and most of my news, comes from Social Media like Twitter or Facebook. I’ll watch TV shows on Hulu, or even on Network sites. I wish more and more Networks would add more shows though. They could still make money via web advertising. Traditional TV is dying anyway. It’s all moving over to the web I think.

  4. It’s really hard to entertain ANYONE without a television, unfortunately. I never watch t.v. myself, but I’ve discovered that the rest of the world (besides you) does, and so I keep my television in the name of those sorry souls.

    • You do speak the truth. I remember a few years back I dated a guy who didn’t have cable and I immediately assumed he was going to put me down a well or something. Alas, times change and I obviously don’t find it so strange anymore. I can only hope the same assumptions are not made of me!

  5. I just watch TV on the actual websites (well, I should say ‘watched’ since they don’t play outside the US), but for outside the US I just find other streaming channels. So you don’t really need cable! Plus – there’s always netflix too – but that doesn’t save money :p

    I’ve never seen Hitman! But I fear that if I watch it it will become another show I watch… (I have way too many right now! For your none, I have a bazillion! lol)

    • Yes! It is amazing the options that open up. All you truly need is an internet connection! The only show I follow anymore is Gray’s Anatomy, and I too watch that online at Hitman is actually a video game turned movie. I used to play the game relentlessly and since I was bragging on my PS3 I thought I’d throw that link in there. 🙂

  6. You should sign up for Netflix if you haven’t already. $8 a month for tons of movies. And HD streaming via your useful HDMI cable.

    • Definitely thought of this as an option. I have a Red Box right down the street from my house, so I usually will opt for that when I do decide to sit down for a movie. The selection is not as great as it could be though. Thanks for reading!

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