Re: Living Below Your Means (was: Re: The Pause that Refreshes)

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Sat Jun 17 2000 - 13:07:28 MDT


> > This has ended up saving us tons of money. First the cable bill
> > for programming that I hardly enjoyed anyway). I have also found that
> > out of the loop in terms of current cultural trends has saved me bucks
> > [snip]
> > Suffice it to say that, even if they gave it away for free, I'd never
> > cable TV hooked back up. Plus, I spent the money I'd otherwise be
> > on TV on a high-bandwidth net connection, which I also find more useful
> > enjoyable than I ever found TV to be.
>There is some price you pay for this choice. I don't think I lose much by
>not watching network TV, but we watch a LOT of movies on cable. Although
>there are a lot of truly terrible films made, there are also many, many
>worthwhile ones. Film has been the hallmark art form of our age to date.
>acts as a powerful lens through which some of the brightest minds of our
>have expressed themselves.

What I forgot to mention is that we still have and use our VCR and DVD
players and a very well used Blockbuster Video account. You don't need
cable to watch movies at home. And, as I remember, the cable channels
rarely showed the movies I wanted to see; and when they did the would replay
it over and over as if I really wanted to watch the same movie 5 times
within the same week.

>Oh - and fashion can be fun, too, you know. It's nice to get dressed up
>put on a show every once in a while. We are monkey-men, after all, and
>display and pageantry are also important means of expression. Those great
>Texas philosophers, ZZ Top, were on to something, I think.

To each his own. I was thrilled the day I walked out of my office job,
leaving my suits hanging in the closet at home. They rarely get use
anymore, and that "suits" me just fine. My idea of fashion is comfort,
read: jeans, T-shirts and running shoes.


"I like dreams of the future better than the history of the past"
--Thomas Jefferson

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