Going off the grid
Today I conquered a major antagonist in my life: my cable company. It may seem like a small feat, but it feels so good.
Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 20:32
Today I decided to cancel my traditional cable in lieu of the new Roku box. I have to say I am quite excited about this, because I have a major aversion toward my local cable company, and because I feel like I am taking a stand. When I think about the state of our nation, we need more people to take the risk to step away from what they are used to and comfortable with and be a little more adventurous.
Yes, it's true I will no longer have 435 channels of entertaining yet pointless television, but I will still have what I absolutely cannot go without: I am keeping basic cable, as well as Netflix, which will allow me to watch football games, the news and the occasional movie. I am saving about $100 in exchange for this sacrifice. Is it worth it? I think so, because I can use that extra money to get off the couch and go out and explore.
We are in the midst of a green movement but the high prices of most of the new technologies are preventing the mainstream public from jumping on the bandwagon. The fear of the unknown is also a major contributing factor. I canceled my cable because I felt I was being taken advantage of, which is one small victory, but I will remain a prisoner to oil companies until I make the larger jump to either an electric car or solar panels.
I will continue to try to do my part by recycling, being conscious of my driving and electricity use, supporting local organizations and working toward increasing the prevalence of solar power. Today, I feel I have taken a step forward and tomorrow I will continue to strive for more.