So over the last couple of weeks the wifey and I have been discussing the possibility of getting rid of our cable. It’s not the cost as much as the fact that between our laptops and the TV, the last two hours of every week night inevitably turn us into zombies, and by 10:30 we are communicating solely through a series of grunts until we lay comatose in bed. So on Thursday I finally called AT&T Uverse, our cable provider, to cancel. The conversation went something like this:
|Mad Men dominated the Emmy's and my weekend.|
Me: We’re gonna have to cancel our cable. I just don’t think we can afford it anymore.
AT&T Guy: I think we can upgrade you from the U100 to the U200 for the same price as you are paying now.
Me: Well, it’s just too much right now, I don’t think more channels would help the cost.
AT&T Guy: Well, we can also knock 30 bucks off of your monthly payment.
Me: Yeah, that would help, I just don’t know if 30 bucks would be enough right now.
AT&T Guy: Well, I want to do everything I can to get you more for your money. How about, in addition to what I already mentioned, I include an HBO/Movie package as well?
Me: Hmm. Yeah, that sounds pretty good but I just wish we could do something more about the cost.
AT&T Guy: Well I can’t do anything more about the cost—how about I throw in a sports package and free HD for the next six months also?
Me: Hmm. Yeah that would help, I just don’t know though...I think I’m still gonna have to cancel.
AT&T Guy: (thinks for a little bit)...Well sir, I want to do everything I can to help, so how about I wipe out all of your monthly charges for the next month.
Me: You’ve got yourself a deal.
So basically, we will remain zombies for the time being, except now that we have HBO, NFL Network, TCM, IFC, Sundance, and Cinemax, we will be like super zombies. Not just undead, but double-undead. Needless to say, my weekend in film turned out to be great—Funny People, The Informant!, (500) Days of Summer, Monster’s Ball, XMen Origins: Wolverine, Basic Instinct (more on this later), and The Hangover were all part of my weekend with HBO. Add on top of that The Kids Are Alright, which I saw Thursday night at River Oaks, and a great Sunday evening involving Mad Men and the Emmy’s, and you can guess just how often my butt deviated from my couch. In a related story, for any of my gambling friends, the over/under for how much longer my marriage lasts is 9 months.
Look for a glowing (and I mean GLOWING) review of Basic Instinct coming soon.