I finally took my own advice.
Unplugged the TV and carried it out into the garage.
Disconnected the DVD player, VCR, and antenna.
Now, where the TV used to be, there's a vase of flowers.
As I've mentioned in the past (two years ago, actually), my wife and I don't watch much television. Maybe an average of an hour a week.
The challenge is the kids. It's way too easy to use the TV as a babysitter when you need to get ready to go out or get something done.
So I decided today would be the day. In fact, it's been on my mind ever since listening to James Brausch's Life Management 101 CD.
It's a good feeling to ditch the TV. I encourage you to get rid of your TV too. There are a lot of reasons why. Increased productivity. Better health. Improved sense of well-being. Etc.
Back in 2005, I wrote a brief article based on The Plug-In Drug by Marie Winn. You might want to read it.
If nothing else, remember what Jim Rohn says about television viewing: "Rich people have big libraries. Poor people have big TVs."
P.S. Ever since canceling my magazine subscriptions (another of James Brausch's suggestions), I've been reading more books, which is great. I imagine the same thing will happen now that the TV is gone.
P.P.S. I wrote a poem a long time ago about television called "Satellite Gods." I'll post it here in a few days.