Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Maddening Blip Across My Screen

Withdrawal begins as I wean myself from cable.

Funny thing is I bitch about there never being anything on. Nothing, nada, zip! I don't believe I've seen a new movie listed for weeks and for what I paid, I could have gone to a movie 2-3 times a week without reaching my monthly bill total. I have a few shows I watched regularly, only one on a premium channel. That's considering if you don't consider GSN, the Game Show Network, and Esquire TV premium channels. My cable company does and, so, there goes Skin Wars and American
Ninja Warrior which I did enjoy. Wait, I can catch ANW on NBC, hmm, I'll need to reacquaint myself with ABC, CBS, NBC, and for the hell of it - my Samsung remote! I'll miss the occasional Turner Classic Movie but I got a monster Bette Davis box set and can now afford a few others I've longed to own. Since Lifetime and Hallmark Channels are also considered premium, I won't have to watch all those weepy Christmas movies either. Yay! I know, I could have turned them off or scrolled on by but it's creepy how they pulled me in and, as if they were train wrecks, I gawked...and gawked...and then gawked some more. (Most of them are reruns too!) lmao

Weather has turned and I should be in my garden or at least raking the remainder of fall leaves. I could paint before those cans sitting at my front door wither away from old age. I could read more, write more, walk once the knee is totally right. So many wonderful things to do if I haul my ass from my seat!

According to the rep, I continue to have a plethora of channels to surf and things to see. Best of all, I still have Music Choice which is where I find myself most of the time listening to Soundscapes or Smooth Jazz because those channels are awesome to use for background noise. I've found really great sounds there by the likes of Jesse Cook, Andre Ward (you gotta hear his Marvin's Medley), and many other talented musicians. Hell, sometimes I find myself tapping feet to oldies but goodies.

I'll be okay.

As far as Cinemax, HBO, and STARZ go, I'd grown tired of The Knick, never did watch Game of Thrones or get pulled into Outlander. I count myself lucky. I haven't checked but I hope I still have Sundance so I can catch Hap and Leonard, if not, so be it. At last there's the one show I watch on a true premium channel - Ray Donovan and, yippee, they left me with SHOWTIME.

Right now, I'm thinking Club Evolve - wonder what I can get those guys up to in my next short story. And there are so many Dirty Rotten Vampires. Ahh, freedom!

Yeah, I'll be fine... once I pry this remote from my cold, cramped fingers!

Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out.-jhalisteele

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