Confession: it is just as easy to get sucked into too many hours in front of the set with only Netflix and Amazon Prime. At a monthly cost that is a fraction of what the local cable monopoly wanted, we have access to movies, TV shows, and original programming - and we indulge ourselves. It is a constant battle to keep the binge viewing under control.
In a move that defies common sense I have recently committed to satellite TV for a two year deal. Now, I have about 175 channels, again the vast majority of which I could care less about. How many jewelry channels does someone need? But, there is a very definite purpose behind this odd move for someone trying to control time in front of the television: increased family time.
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The attraction is one of those fascinating stories that makes life so interesting: while growing up Keith was captivated by anything to do with tigers. Since the Cincinnati team's logo is a Bengal tiger he became enthralled with the team, and has carried that interest into adulthood.
Keith's home is like ours: no cable TV. The only way to see his favorite team play is on Direct TV's NFL Ticket channels. So, Betty and I decided to give the family a perfect reason to gather at our house throughout the fall: add satellite TV so we all can watch the Bengals, eat and play together, and spend quality time as a family enjoying each others' company.
Since the Bengals' games usually start early in our time zone, I added a DVR to our package so I can record the game while we are all at church. By the time we actually start to watch the game in real time it is already over. So, we are very careful not to look at anything that might spoil the experience by revealing the ending before we see it. On the plus side, we fast forward through all the commercials so a full game can be seen in under two hours!
Often we will add a family game or movie everyone enjoys after the football game. As the weather cools down I imagine games of croquet and lawn darts in our backyard will keep us occupied. With a large dining table on the back patio and a handy grill, dinner will become a festive family affair.
Satellite TV is an expense that would normally never be part of our lifestyle. But, in this case it is the perfect use of part of our budget and our satisfying journey through retirement.
Family time makes it all worth while. Oh, and at the time of this writing the Bengals are undefeated with a very solid 4-0 start to this NFL season.