I canceled Netflix.
No, I’m not mad at them. This isn’t some political protest.
I was reading a book early this morning (part of that waking up around 4 a.m. thing that plagues me) and I realized I hadn’t watched anything on Netflix in months. How silly, I thought, that I’m paying for something I don’t use.
At one point in my life, I went to the movie theater at least every week, seeing dozens of movies annually. Even when I hit that curmudgeonly stage when I couldn’t stand the talkers and cell-phone-users in the theater, I still watched movies at home. My old Blockbuster video card was nearly worn transparent from overuse.
At some point, though, I stopped watching. I haven’t seen any Star Wars since the original 3 (now the middle 3). I watched The Walking Dead up to the episode they killed Glenn. Watched the first two seasons of Mr. Robot and never cared what happened next.
For those of you thinking this sounds so sophisticated, I admit to wasting ridiculous amounts of time watching YouTube and Vimeo (especially the talented people on Vimeo). This isn’t about quality or anything snooty like that.
Somehow, I lost interest in TV and movies. I would rather curl up with a good book and paint the characters in my head as they go through their travails. I couldn’t tell you of any current TV show on any of the networks, major or minor. I simply don’t turn the TV on.
And, so, I canceled Netflix, the last remaining bond I had to the televised world. I’ll be back, I’m sure, but I’m not sure what it will be. In the meantime, I’m curling up with a good book.
Books I’m Reading
For fifteen years, Kit thought her sister was killed in a terrorist attack, but when TV news shows images of Josie Bianci stumbling out of a disaster in New Zealand, Kit leaves the security of her California life to uncover the lies and trauma she and her sister share.
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What could possibly be a better use of the internet than a Calvin and Hobbes search engine? Proof I can find ways to spend time without TV.
Gratuitous Dog Picture
Based on the smile plastered on the Little Prince’s face, nothing makes him happier than walking backward on the twice-daily strolls on the local greenway. Hu-Dad said long ago he stopped trying to understand or explain the ways of a Siberian Husky, but simply agree to accept them.
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