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Friday, 14 September 2018

Nothing To Say - The Death Of Television




I was unsure about posting today. I do not like posting, unless I feel I have something to share with my readers. Nothing out of the ordinary has happened this week. I am still keeping an eye on the finances and things there are progressing nicely.  The more mindful I am, the easier life and its tribulations are.

But as I pondered what on earth to write about and how much impact mindful living is having on me, a recent event popped into my head.


A few weeks ago, I received an email from my television and broadband service provider. They were putting the price of my package up, again. I have come to expect price increases; the cost of everything has gone up in recent years. I usually sigh and tell myself, ‘it is just one of those things; there is nothing I can do about it.’

Not this time, however.

I immediately phoned the company and told them I wanted to reduce my package and go for a broadband only deal. The guy put me on hold and when he came back he told me he could give me the package I already had at a reduced rate. (It is amazing how they can cut the cost when they think they are going to lose your custom.) I politely declined the offer and told him I would prefer to go for broadband only.  He made all the necessary changes to my account and informed me that I would have to keep the T.V package until the end of the month, but after that, I would be on the broadband only deal.  I thanked him for his help and hung up the phone.

The next day I got an Ariel installed that receives 90 channels free of charge.  The price of the installation will be covered, in a few months, from the savings I make by not paying my service provider for the television part of my original package.

Despite how it may appear, I did not make these changes on impulse. I had been considering ditching the T.V part of the package for months, the price increase just made my mind up for me.

As a family, we do not watch television that much and when we do, we watch the channels that anyone can get free. So why pay for a service we do not even use?

I worked out; in an average month, we watch television for approximately 40 hours, less than half the national average. Of those 40 hours, I probably watch about 10. Sometimes I watch less. I find very little to interest me on television and I tend only to watch movies or the occasional documentary. I do not watch the news, the soaps or any of the so-called ‘reality’ T.V programs.

Television has become a marketing tool. If you watch it long enough, you become convinced that you actually need all those ‘life changing’ gadgets and gismos, potions and creams you see during the ‘commercial’ break when in reality, you do not.  The news programs focus, solely, on the worst side of human nature. If you watch enough of them, you will be convinced there is little goodness in humanity. I used to think I needed to know everything that was going on in every country across the world. I do not. I can get all the news I need from a quick glance at my phone.

I prefer reading. There are lots of awesome books out there. I prefer doing something creative with my time, such as drawing, painting and writing. I have not missed having all those channels I never watch, and neither have the rest of the family.

With all the time I save not watching television, I have ample time to draw stuff like this. 

Hope you like it.

Have a great weekend and a super PPF. 



This post is linked to Paint Party Friday.  

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    1. Thank you, Clare, for visiting and commenting.

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  2. Oh wow this is beautiful John! Glad you can save on TV costs.

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    1. Hi, Christine. Thank you. Yes, it is good to save a few pennies.

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  3. It's good that you post today as you have much interesting to tell us. And your doodles are always wonderful.
    Happy PPF and weekend xx

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    1. Thank you, sirkkis. Glad you enjoyed my post and my drawing.

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  4. Good Morning John.
    I totally agree with you about the high cost of these so called movie channels and such. On many of them, you still get commercials so you are paying to watch a commercial...ridiculous!
    I am a big time reader of books...on many subjects, fiction, non-fiction and no commercials :)
    Your intricate drawing is beautiful...love those spiderwebs!!!

    Happy PPF and Have a Great Day~

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    1. Hi, Jan. Thank you. The spiderwebs were fun to draw. I love to read to. I will read almost anything. At the minute I am going through non-fiction books at such a pace I can not remember how many I have read this month. Probably 12, at least. It is absurd that they expect you to pay for watching commercials.

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  5. I completely agree with your thoughts on television and how providers can manipulate. We are currently trying Hulu and Netflix hoping to get rid of our completely ridiculously priced cable. As you said, most of the channels are junk we don't watch anyway. We also much prefer movies and documentaries. Your doodle art is brilliant as usual-well done John! Happy PPF!

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    1. Hi, Linda, and thank you. I am glad I am not the only one who thinks this way. I told a neighbor what I had done and he looked at me, open mouthed, as if I was a lunatic. I have though of trying Netflix. I have heard there is some good stuff on there and I can get a months free trial.

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  6. Lots more time to produce your stunning doodles.
    Happy PPF Tracey.

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    1. Thank you, Tracy, for visiting and commenting. Lots and lots more time.

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  7. I'm with you there about TV, I have a receiver which gets me more programmes than I ever have time to watch, wthout monthly fees. Great doodle, too. Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Hi, Valerie. Thank you. Yes, we get more channels now than we will ever have time to watch, without having to fork out a fortune.

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  8. Isn't it crazy that you can get discounts if you threaten to leave or reduce. The same thing happened to us. I was fed up with our cell phone provider so went in to cancel our services and ended up with a deal that was almost half of what we were paying before! Happy PPF, hope you have a great week.

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    1. Thank you, BrownPaperBunny, for visiting and for taking the time to comment. It does seem a bit odd how quickly they can reduce the price and still make a profit. Just goes to show how much over the odds we are actually paying in the first place.

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  9. That photo is amazing! We moved over to Roku and have Sling on it, Netflix and since I already had Amazon Prime, we kept that too (mostly for the free shipping of pkgs). It all costs me about half what my TV service used to cost and we get almost everything!

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    1. Thank you, Colorful World. Woah, that sounds like too much for me personally, but the shipping comes in handy I am sure.

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  10. Hi John, I enjoyed reading "About me" and was with you til you said little tv! lol

    For what it's worth, I say post... you never know how some small thing you say or show will touch someone. I find that part amazing about blogging. The comments show me, that each person takes something different away when they visit.
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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    1. Thank you, LeeAnna, for visiting and commenting. You have a point there. I do like pushing the 'publish' button, but I still prefer to publish only when I feel I have something to say or share that will interest my readers.

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  11. That was smart of you, Good.
    I luv the zentangle
    Happy PPF

    much love...

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    1. Thank you, Gillena. Glad you like my piece.

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  12. Often we pay for things that we don't really use, just out of habit. It's good that you start thinking about what you really do need and want, and adjust accordingly. It saves money, plus you get to produce beautiful doodles: a win-win situation, right :-) Happy PPF!

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    1. Hi, denthe. Thank you. Yes, I think it is good to separate 'needs and wants.'That way we can see what really matters to us. Since I started doing this I found that I can perfectly comfortably with less than the advertising companies tell me I 'need.' There is a great sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in living this way.

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  13. Hi John, I thing you always have good things to say on your blog. I also think you did the right thing with the TV. You are right everything is going up. I received my garbage bill yesterday and it went up $5.00 making it $70.00 for the quarter. Geeeesss. Anyway I am glad you have more time to read and of course to create your beautiful art. I am so happy to see it every week.

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    1. Hi, Nicole. Thank you very much. Luckily we do not have to pay for garbage collection, yet. It is covered by the other taxes we pay. Any kind of financial saving is worth the effort these days. Everything has become so expensive! I am getting more and more mindful of where the money goes and how to save a few pennies here and there.

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  14. Very creative and lovely Zen tangle ^_^

    Bravo to you on getting rid of all the 'junk' on tv packages !

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Feels so good to rid of all the rubbish.

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  15. how great you could make those changes. I can´t as the tv comes with my appartment :(
    I can´t draw or scribble like you but have sime fun with photography and lately, painting :)

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    1. Thank you, NatureFootStep. Every positive change is another step forward.

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