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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Blow Up Your TV

Image: John Prine

In accordance with immortal words of the great John Prine, “Blow Up Your TV” my wife and I took it to heart a couple of years ago and have had no regrets! Well, we didn’t actually didn’t blow up our TV but we did take the antenna—which never gave us any reception anyway—off the roof and canceled our satellite service.

We had over 150 channels with the service we had and it got to the point that there was never anything on we wanted to see. Then we remembered why we moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the first place, and realized that we were not getting out as much as we should be to enjoy our beautiful surroundings. In 22 years of living here there are still many interesting places and sights that we haven’t experienced yet, but we are working on it.

Image right: by D L Ennis, View of Arnold Valley from the Blue Ridge Parkway; it’s here for all of us so get out and see it for yourself!

Now, with that said, I have to admit that we do cheat a little. When we got rid of our satellite television service we decided that what we would do with some of the money we were saving is buy one or two DVD’s each month, that way, we could watch what we want when we want. Most evenings we watch a movie or read a book but on the weekends we try to get out and enjoy the beauty that is, the Blue Ridge Mountains.

So, not to be all preachy and all I’ll just say, heed the words of the great John Prine and;

"Blow up your TV throw away your paper
Go to the country, build you a home
Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
Try an find Jesus on your own"

The above lyric is the chorus of, Spanish Pipedream (AKA Blow Up Your TV) by John Prine.

Oh, we cancelled the newspaper too!

Visit the John Prine Shrine!

You can find the lyrics to Spanish Pipedream here.

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  • At Sunday, 21 May, 2006, Blogger Leslie Shelor said…

    Sounds like a terrific idea! I watch just movies, too, these days. (And have to love John Prine!)

  • At Monday, 22 May, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My Dad, also a John Prine fan, has lived without TV for nigh on 15 years now. He does have a DVD and online membership.
    He reads, gardens, works on classes, and watches movies of his own choosing.
    He loves his life without TV.
    My husband and daughter and I, however, are TV addicts. I am seriously considering going without when we move into our new house in a few months.
    I dare say we won't miss it for long.


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