I've been trimming some of those monthly expenses around here, getting things to where they can stay when I'm gone for a bit.
The last of the trims before I leave is probably going to be cable. Lately, though, I've been thinking I should at least just get the very basic stuff and not the expanded selection. I know, I sound like everyone's grandparent: there's nothing decent on TV. I just looked. Do you know 60 Minutes is doing a spot on a guy who has "an enormous sailboat"? Yes, that's hard-hitting, interesting journalism, for sure!
On the expanded selection, there's Miami Ink, a show I'm sometimes weirdly fascinated by, in the same way I'm amazed that this small city can support something like 10 tattoo parlors. Seriously. It's amazing. We can't keep two decent ethnic restaurants open in this city, but we have endless tattoo parlor choices.
I do like having reasonably fast computer access, but is there a different way to get it when I come back? (I have a cable package.)
And then there's the whole move to HDTV thing. My TV's something like 20 years old, and works GREAT. But the TV industry has convinced the FCC that I should get a new TV (or some transformer box) to see HDTV. On my 13" screen. Somehow, that just seems stupid.
I'm a child of the television age. I grew up on TV. My Mom will tell you that I barely watched TV as a kid, but somehow I can pretty much tell you the plot of every I Love Lucy episode, every Star Trek episode, most M*A*S*H* episodes, etcetera, etcetera. I didn't miss TV when I was in the Peace Corps, right, though, so maybe I'd just put on the radio and read more?
I could put the extra $100 a month to something more fun, more biking stuff! books! bourbon!