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'F' as in Frank

No remote control

Click. The other day the remote control for our cable channel service broke.

Since then, we haven't watched as much TV because it means getting up and walking across the room to change the channel each time we want to see what's on. I know, that makes it sound like I'm kind of spoiled or lazy...but I guess technology can do that to a person.

At any rate, we still keep track of the few shows we really like. But the TV is on far less.

It's causing us to consider experimenting of going without a TV for awhile. It would be a time saver and it would be a moneysaver in our household.

I've noticed something else without a remote control. Without the easy channel surfer I tend to be more picky about what I watch, since I'd rather find a show I like and stick with it for a half hour or hour instead of getting up every few seconds to scan through stuff I'm not really interested in.

Don't get me wrong. I do miss the clicker when it comes to watching football. It's great to be able to flick from one game to another during timeouts. But that's about the only time I really miss it.

There is another solution, of course, and that's just simply order another remote. That is an option, but the longer we go without living life by remote control the more it seems we're taking control of what time we have together at home.

So, we'll see what happens. After all, before going completely without TV there's still the matter of a few Walton episodes to catch up on.

Click.

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