John Scalzi: Cheap

But, and perhaps this is the important way to say it, Cheap, but Not Bored.

Being pretty nerdy, I’m fairly far into this territory to begin with.  No cable, and we don’t miss it, absolutely no plans to upgrade the idiot box at all, which is only turned on when watching movies (and, true, I could romantically watch them in bed using Mister Lappy’s wider-than-average screen and good-quality speakers.

On the other hand, I have a hobby, which tends to involve constructing sets of armor and the like, and sometimes using said material skills to make something with real-world payback.  But if you’re careful, I think that can easily get factored in.  Reducing “lifestyle fees” isn’t necessarily brilliance — but reducing unnecessary ones is definitely the bright way to go.

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  1. Amen to that. Although it is a bit odd when interacting with regular folks who drop references that one should get, when one explains not watching TV _at all_.

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  2. drteine

     /  February 3, 2009

    There is a certain truth to this – you end up missing out on certain aspects of pop culture….not that this is a bad thing though.
    Still – if you’re inclined you can get all that television on the net, you just have to pay more for high speed internet and for a good TV/Computer setup. Pick your vices.

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  3. controlledmess

     /  February 6, 2009

    Most of the stuff on television is crap anyway. The only thing you really need to know is what they say on the news and you can just get that from a newspaper.
    When it comes to sitcoms, all people are worried about, and are talking about, is who slept with who and, call me crazy, but I just really don’t care. Why should I worry about who a fictional character sleeps (or slept) with?

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