In November 2010, I made the big break. I cut the cable cord. I was moving into a new apartment in the River Oaks area and I had high aspirations of becoming more active, reading more books and getting away from my screen addiction. I even wrote a guest post about it for the Houston Chronicle Techblog.
I remember I had all these plans to keep up with all my shows online. I even made a little chart with the different places I could find them. But it didn't take many months before I fell impossibly behind on current shows and fell in love with Netflix, specifically Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I don't know why I missed this show the first go round, but I would watch hours at a time. I watched all seven seasons in a period of a few months and I never looked back. I didn't miss cable and it felt so freeing.
Then in the summer of 2013, I moved out of the Inner Loop and down to the Clear Lake area. My apartment was not as expensive as my previous one, and thinking I wouldn't get a good signal since I now faced a building, I went back to cable. For a time it was nice. It was nice to have a DVR. It was nice to easily record shows. It was nice to easily watch cable news.
But something had changed. I had changed. My TV watching habits were not the same as they were before the first cord cutting. After a while shows would pile up on my DVR and I would ignore them in favor of Netflix. I became more interested in watching a show all at once and on demand than waiting weeks and months. Cable news was terrible. Soon, I was ignoring the TV all together, thanks to a ferocious return to reading books.
Today, I am once again a free woman. This afternoon I turned in my cable box and cancelled cable service. Unlike the first time, I have no doubts, qualms or concerns. It turns out that I can receive a signal with my HD antenna although I have to move it different directions for various stations. Considering how little broadcast TV I watch, this is not going to be a problem. It feels like a giant weight has been lifted off my shoulders, not to mention my checkbook.
I felt like a pioneer when I cut the cable cord four and a half years ago. Now I'm just one of the crowd and how happy I am to be a part of the flock.