When we bought our 24′ Arctic Fox fifth wheel we laughed at the two tiny spaces devoted to holding a television in place. Both TV spaces consumed valuable space that we could use for our laptops, so we dumped our TV addiction in favor of the scary unknown.
Now that we’re sitting here at my folk’s place in front of the Ravens and Niners game, watching TV commercials referencing crap shows that we’ve never seen before, we’re certain of one thing: giving up television was the best thing we ever did.
Sure, we’re completely out of the pop culture loop. But not only do we have more time to devote to our hobbies and fulfilling our dreams, but we don’t feel like we’re trapped in the consumer void of paying someone to spoon-feed our brains excess garbage. It’s a lot easier to live your dream life and stay debt-free when you’re not inundated with the latest and greatest must-haves every time you “relax” in front of the boob tube.
All around us the smell of barbecue permeates the air as suburbia gathers for parties and Superbowl drinking fun. Grownups screaming at the TV, kids playing in the street. Just another day in the life of consumer America.
12 thoughts on “TV Free and Not Missing Much”
I’ve been reading your blog for several months and especially liked your posts as you traveled Texas last year. After being inspired by your blog, and others, I decided to publish my own modest blog, AdventureDavid. I recently posted “Jeep Mitzvah” which recaps the favorite places my Jeep Wrangler has taken me over the past 13 years. Many are from the Big Bend, Big Bend Ranch State Park, and Black Gap WMA areas, and I thought you might like to see the photos. We’ve visited Stillwell Ranch several times, and miss Nan very much.
David your blog is so cool! You’ve been to so many of the places we love to visit, I DO love those photos. Thanks for reading and letting us know about your adventures, count us in as followers.
Were you aware that Stillwell Ranch has been sold? The new owner is reportedly going to keep the Store and RV Park open.
Holy cow! No we weren’t. I’m going to contact the Whitfords and ask them. Wow!
I hear ya about the T.V. Sitting hear in Niagara falls in a hotel room with that thing on and i see not much has changed on the basic cable…blah blah. Sure looking forward on getting home (5th Wheel) but that won’t be happening for a bunch of weeks…
Kale I hope you get back to your home soon! NY this time of year? Sorry! And yeah, nothing changes on TV except it gets dumber and dumber with each year that goes by.
Isn’t that the truth! I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie Idiocracy, but I feel like we’re already there when I see the commercials and TV shows out today.
By the way, I posted a very long comment on this post yesterday, and it wouldn’t go through, so I tried again, and it still didn’t. I just wanted to say Hi, and introduce myself. I’m following your blog now that I am a fulltimer also. 🙂
Thanks for the comment, nice to meet you! Great looking site you have, we look forward to following your adventures too. Thanks for the heads up about your previous comment it was blocked as spam by mistake.
If you haven’t already joined, be sure to check out NüRVers and the NüRVers Facebook group to meet plenty of other like minded folks.
I’m going to facebook the group now and add them. Thanks Jim!
Doh! I don’t know why we didn’t see your comment come through but we just approved it. I’m sending you an email, watch your inbox. And thanks again for reading!
I love the sentiment of this post. My wife and I haven’t had a TV for about 4-5 years now. We have also lived in an RV for about 7 months, and love everything about it (almost).
Also, we too love the fact that we don’t have to be force-feed excess garbage by watching TV. Heck… I still have a 9-5, and while driving the 30-40 minute jaunt to work, I listen to podcasts related to my hobbies and business.
I’m a 32 year old man, and didn’t even know who was in the Super Bowl this year until it was over.
Great site, I have subscribed via RSS! Our website is BRAND new, and going through a lot of changes while we figure this out, but check it out sometime.
Hey Branndon, thanks for finding us. You’ve given me reassurance that not all people in SoCal are lost in the machine! Thanks so much for reading and following along, we look forward to watching your journey unfold. Congrats on livin’ the real life!