Spent the evening last night unplugging, boxing and storing the televisions, DVD players, VCRs, ReplayTV and the Xbox. We’re going cold turkey.Watching the boys beat on each other with light sabers all day and play superheros “killing” each other was a bit too much. It’s not so much that we’re against this kind of play, it’s that it’s pretty much all that they do right now in the house. Outside it’s more of the same (with quite a bit of baseball thrown in). We’re going to get out more and stop using the TV as a crutch around the house. We figured it’d be a lot easier to do it this way than have to legislate when TV was OK. We’ve tried it and it doesn’t work for us.
School is starting, Ang will have her hands full with that during the day and taking Microbiology at night. I’ve got a million projects around the house I need to work on and some programming tasks I’ve been putting off for months. We also want to read more. I don’t like the idea of getting dumber as I get older and this is a good step.
It’ll also give us a bit of a shot in the arm financially as we’ve cancelled the digital cable and netflix and a few of the pieces we have will bring in a few bucks to help with Owen’s tuition.
If you’re interested in a gently-used ReplayTV (5040) with commerical-skip, internet-sharing (two features no longer available anywhere) and an included lifetime subscription, I’ve got one available for $300. I’ve also got an Xbox with a ton of games (Halo 2, Rainbow Six 3, NFL 2K5, MLB 2K5, Lego Star Wars, the GTA double set – GTA Vice city unopened, a bunch of other Live games — in the neighborhood of 30 or so) for $400. I’ve not a “gamer” and apart from a month of Field playing Lego Star Wars last spring, this is a lightly-used box and works great.
We also have a 27″, 20″ and an inexpensive 19″ TV if you need one.