I have an idea for saving money, one to propose to my cable provider. I would like to have the option to choose just ten or just twenty channels, and only receive these channels. I would then pay a price consistent with these ten channels. For instances, if I now pay $50 per month for 70 different channels, I would like to pay $10 or $20 per month to just have a select few. This way, I could afford to have cable with my tight budget.
I also think this would work for other areas of life. As an example, when you go to a restaurant, you should have the option to order small portions. Most of us never finish a meal at a restaurant (well, at least I don’t), and we end up taking half of it home. Then, often the leftovers make their way to the trashcan a week later, or perhaps the dog. Instead, restaurants could offer half size portions, that cost significantly less for those of us with smaller appetites working on a strict budget. One restaurant, TGI Friday’s, has begun to offer such smaller portions ( http://nlittlerock.myfridays.com/ ).
If I had to keep just ten channels on television, which channels would I pick? Which television networks to me rate the highest?
1. FX. This would hands down be my first choice of what network to keep. FX has all the new provocative shows, ones that challenge our viewpoints and stimulate our minds. Some of these shows include , The Riches, Rescue Me and Nip Tuck. In the show The Riches, there is a family that is living in a dead man’s house, and the Father, Eddie Izzard, is pretending to be Doug Rich, the man he accidentally killed. The family has set up a home for themselves that is not theirs and they are attempting to live the American dream- someone else’s American dream. They have even gone so far as to bring home the dead man’s mother-in-law from the nursing home (who has Alzheimer’s) to pretend she is their grandmother.
In Rescue Me, you will find issues such as dealing with the death of a son hit by a drunk driver, handling a wife deteriorating from Alzheimer’s disease, and questions of sexual identity. Nip Tuck introduces interracial adoption, working through issues surrounding disfigured children, and a teenager winding up with an older woman who was previously a man. I consider these to be provocative issues of our time…
2. Lifetime. Lifetime makes it to number two on my list. Why? The movies shown on this network are about women who have gone through trying times and have made it through to the other side. I know this may not appeal to many men, but watching this network helps motivate me in rough times. It also helps me to see that other women have similar experiences as I do, and so I feel a deeper connection to other women and a sense of friendship. Finally, it sends a warning to women of certain things to watch out for, such as people who claim to be someone they are not and who are attempting to manipulate or cheat them.
3. ABC. ABC is a joy to watch. Many of my favorite shows are on this network. These include Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, and Lost. To me, this network provides great entertainment, but also insight into the world. Dancing with the Stars is incredibly entertaining. When I watch it, I become entranced in the dances and think about how nice it would be to actually be one of the dancers. I also learn about each dance, and how the stars improve each week in their dancing. With Desperate Housewives, the show is just outrageous. However, we get a glimpse into what goes on in the lives of housewives, even though some of the ideas are a bit over the top. Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) wrestles with boredom in her marriage, and although she would never cheat on her husband, she fell for the chef she hired for their restaurant. (Marcia Cross) has a pregnant daughter, and to hide this, Bree makes herself look pregnant, and tells everyone her daughter is overseas, while she is really in a convent during her pregnancy! Once the baby is born, Bree will say it is hers!
Lost needs a story to itself. This to me is the best show on television. Lost is like a reality show where each week we find out what it’s like to be stranded on an island after being in a plane crash. But the island has more to offer, and we find out bits and pieces of what is going on. There are surprises around every corner. The characters are all worth watching as well. My favorite overall is Sawyer (Josh Holloway). He is the most developed character thus far. We see his good and evil, and his wishes and desires. Other great cast members complete the show, such as Matthew Fox (Jack), Terry O’Quinn (John Locke), and Evangeline Lilly (Kate).
4. HGTV. This is the best network to watch to learn all about how to fix up your home and yard on a budget! Every time I watch this network, I find a new way to design something in my living room, or how to makeover a bedroom. There is always something new being created, and inspiring me to creatively uplift my own home! HGTV is truly inspirational in this regard. Two great shows on this network include Designed to Sell, in which a complete makeover is made of house so that others will buy it, and Design on a Dime, where a room is madeover with a very small budget.
5. CNN. I pick this channel because I like to know about the news. Anytime you turn on this network, you will find the latest news. When the presidential elections take place, you can tune in all day and night to watch election coverage. When there’s a hurricane in Florida, you can find out all the details. It’s great to be able to find out all the world news all the time!
6. Travel Channel. Watching this channel, I find out about destinations I would like to explore. I get a first hand account of what to know about a place I might visit someday. This also fulfills my fantasy of seeing beautiful places I may never get to visit. One worthy show on this channel is Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown. She visits places like Scotland, Germany and London, England, and converses with the locals to give a taste of what each area is really like!
7. History Channel. I was never really great with history as a child. I can’t say that I really remember much of anything that I was supposed to learn. Watching this network gives me the history lessons I always wanted, now that I have come to appreciate such information. I love to find out about what it was like to live in history, and I appreciate this channel giving me all types of news about the past.
8. TBS. TBS has some great movies. The movies aren’t always the latest blockbuster, but most often they are blockbusters from one time or another. There is always a movie showing that I used to love, and I can’t get enough of these great movies!
9. A & E. This network gives us deserving movies too, but generally they are older movies even than on TBS. Watching the two together, I can make sure to catch probably a 50 year span of great flicks! I happen to love watching movies, because I always learn something. I get some life lesson or some new viewpoint, every time I sit down and watch. I couldn’t do without having two movie channels such as these.
10. Discovery Channel. I am all about discovering! On this network, it’s all about finding out about man, nature, and animals. Two tops on this network include Man vs. Wild, in which Bear Grylls is put in dangerous wilderness destinations, and forced to get back to civilization. He goes up against anything from quicksand to sharks. Bear Grylls has a real-life past that includes climbing Mt. Everest and crossing the Atlantic in a small open boat!