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Who else has no tv?

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by Cabin Lady, Dec 26, 2016.


  1. Cabin Lady

    Cabin Lady Monkey

    Living off grid and not much power yet, I live for over 1.5 year in my cabin without a tv. I listen to music on the radio. Mostly oldies from 50s to 80's. I read a lot too. I love being outside a lot, taking walks with the dogs and be with my horses. I do crafts / art when I have time. And of course trying to improve my cabin and yard, building a shed and wood sheds, dog pen and putting fences up for the horses so I can rotate them during grazing season. Sometimes I coach online a student for clicker training horses. That's what I do. I'm a horse clicker trainer, which is a training methods using positive reinforcement. It's my passion. Love the hard to catch horses and the very shy or scared ones. Clicker training never failed me to win the trust of the animal. :) In April I bought a very shy untouched pony and she is my project. She loves clicker training and is so smart. My other two horses help me by showing her I'm really not a monster. Lol.

    Of course I have to go to the well and get groceries and in between I try to keep social life going. I love my friends and it is nice to go for supper or a play with everyone. My son comes for a visit regular too which is great. Wonderful kid. Hard worker too. Always helps me out when he can
    Days are too short. I have so many interests . But I don't miss tv. I do watch movies sometimes on my phone but only have 15 GB. Once I reach that it will slow down like dial up. So I try not to use too much data.
    Anyone else with no tv and because of that, doing other things? Who else is by him/ herself living off grid?
     
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  2. RightHand

    RightHand Old Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    I gave up TV about 15 years ago. I don't miss it in the least. If there is something that is of particular interest to me, I can watch it online. Once you have broken the TV habit, if you happen to watch it again, it seems like such a waste of time, humorless, juvenile "humor," unbelievable "drama" and reality shows that ar so far removed from reality that they could be more aptly titled fiction.
     
  3. Gray Wolf

    Gray Wolf Monkey+++

    I gave up on TV over 30 years ago. I watch the occasional movie on my computer, and almost any from the B&W era are better than the garbage they have now. Actors had to be able to act. There had to be a plot, they did not rely on special effects
     
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  4. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Monkey+

    But....But....How are you going know how big the Kardashians butts are getting? :)
     
  5. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    What's a Kardashian? A new type of primate?
     
  6. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    We have an Antenna (Yoka style) for OTA digital far ranger .
    ahh say we used that in 2014 & saw BS with BUY BUY BUY crap.
    Kicked the cable to the curb in 1993 (Leaches )
    use Internet for all now & i watched Survivor last week ? & all my International F1 racing live without crap .

    We have cable folks who spend 230-250 per month for tv & internet , They are NUTS paying that .
    Sloth
     
  7. Cabin Lady

    Cabin Lady Monkey

    I never liked tv that much. Got sick of all the commercials every 5 minutes. I like nature programs or a good movie or sit coms but it's nicer to watch online without all the disturbance of what I really should buy, eat, watch,do, not do etc.
     
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  8. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    We haven't had TV for a few years, and I did miss it at first, but eventually I grew to prefer it. All I really did was use it for background noise. Now I just download vids from YouTube or buy DVDs of shows I like, so I can watch them on my schedule, not the stations', and no stupid commercials. The newest show I really liked was Leverage. But generally speaking, 'modern' shows I find stupid. Of course that's why I watch them, to point and laugh, mainly reality shows that are meant to portray stupidity, like World's Dumbest or Judge Judy.
     
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  9. Oltymer

    Oltymer Monkey++

    I have a TV but hardly ever watch it, I can receive 5 channels when the weather is right as I am kind of remote. I did catch a movie while out of town visiting my daughter for Christmas, it starred Audie Murphy and was called Fort Petticoat. Murphy played a guy with military experience who trained a bunch of women in tactics, firearms, and hand to hand combat to enable them to defeat a roving band of Indians intent on doing them harm.

    Great movie with many parallels to a SHTF situation where you might have to organize a group of people into a fighting force for self defense.

    Tv's are like guns, and can be good or bad, just depends how you use them.
     
  10. GhostX

    GhostX Monkey

    Well does a laptop or smart phone count as a t.v., technically? It's the same basic concept, there's just more interaction to view the content you want. Personally, I've seen no need to own a TV since I got my laptop and smartphone. If I ever want to project it on a larger screen, I have an hdmi cord to do that with.

    But to be honest, I think TV's are a bit out dated in this modern age. I think this item is a very suitable replacement and would likely be much easier to carry.

     
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  11. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Monkey+

    Given the name and populous of this site, I'm going to say no! Perhaps large, walking, slutty bacteria!
     
  12. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder

    I dunno if I could say I don't have TV, period. I gave up cable back around 2001 or so. We do have Netflix and Amazon Prime so we watch the occasional movie or a few seasons behind series (Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Vikings), and Netflix has started developing some pretty good series, like House of Cards, that we watch.

    Other than that, we don't watch network programming, which IMO has been shallow trash written to entertain the lowest common denominator ever since MTv started the unreality TV style of shows with Real World. Most of the time if the TV is on, it's on for a video game or Spotify.
     
  13. Cabin Lady

    Cabin Lady Monkey

    In a way a smart phone or laptop is a tv but without commercials. I think it's more peaceful to watch something on that then tv.
     
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  14. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    But isn't Judge Judy being recommended for the Supreme Court?
     
  15. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid God Bless those who have served. Site Supporter+

    I removed the last television from my home early in 2007. I had two helpers (maids) watching television and not paying attention to anything but what was on that ZOMBIE box. After I had enough of trying to pry them away from it, while they were supposed to be carrying out other duties, the television went out the front door - by way of express handling. I haven't had another one in it since. One of the best decisions I ever made in my life. (I rarely watched it by that point in my life, anyway.)

    If there are movies or series I wish to watch, I stream them from sites or download them as torrents. (Not sure how difficult this would be in today's US / Canada?) Living in a Third-World Country has some great allowances. Illegal in these countries is little more than a sick bird, in most cases.

    Anyway, I find all I wish to watch, advert and commercial free. It's nice to watch series without the commercial breaks I experienced when I lived stateside. (But, when I returned for a short visit last 2014 / 2015, I was trapped again in the world of ads and commercials. I couldn't wait to return home again, regarding movies and television series, for sure.)
     
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  16. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    Oh Judge Judy ain't stupid, the plaintiffs/defendants are. One of the cases, the plaintiff was suing a (former) friend for wrecking his motorcycle after taking for it a ride without permission, and the defendant was counter-claiming for his injuries, because it was the plaintiff's bike he was riding when he crashed. Or the defendant in a dog attack case, saying the plaintiff instigated the attack by trying to get her dogs away from the pitbull.
     
  17. john3kbs

    john3kbs Monkey

    Around 2010 we got rid of the TV for several years. Now we have TV as the package with cable is actually less expensive than internet alone (go figure). We dont watch it much - we never got back in the habbit. Too much life to live, no time for junk...
     
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  18. Cabin Lady

    Cabin Lady Monkey

    Same post showed up. Hmm. Strange so I deleted it.
     
  19. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid God Bless those who have served. Site Supporter+

    I agree. Here's another view. Days are long past, where we had to wait for the 6 O'clock news to hear of the day's events. Now, as I am seated at my computer (desktops here), I get instant news notifications for anything I particularly am interested in. I don't have to filter through mess that doesn't interest me.
     
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  20. Legion489

    Legion489 Shining the Light of Truth

    Didn't have a TV or phone in college. Wanted to make a phone call there was a public phone two blocks away. For the next ten years I had a small portable B&W TV, but that was not what I used it for. Now I have a TV but it is not hooked up to anything and used mostly for CDs from the library. There were only so many shows I like anyway, Red Green and McLaughlin Group (and he died), so not much I want to watch. After a few days you don't miss it, much, if at all.
     
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