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I was talking to a colleague the other day and he asked me if I'd seen a particular TV show. I said, no, we don't have a TV. He was appalled. What do you do?! he asked.

Well, lots of other things, actually. Chat, read, listen to music, go for walks, errands.

What we don't have - and don't miss very much.
* TV (though we did bring back our multisystem DVD player!)
* car (MB would like to buy one though - once he gets his driver's license)
* computer (then I would really become addicted!)
* no debt - except for my student loans

ETA: I forgot to add - no digital camera either!

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On February 24th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
You're doing very well. I wish I could say the same!
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On February 26th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
We'll see how long this lasts...Little Rock is very inexpensive but I took a big salary cut for this job.
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On February 24th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC), kafechick commented:
I was just talking to my officemate about this the other day also.

Colleagues here sus you out and often make their (at least intial) opinions about you by what shows you watch on the TV.

I've turned my TV on once since I came back from the Phils .. wonder what that says about me! hehe
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On February 26th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Isn't that crazy? On the other hand, I spend so much time on the internet that I could plausibly fake a lot of knowledge of TV shows.
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On February 25th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC), mokey4 commented:
I'm with you on the TV-thing. I own a TV, but don't have cable and don't enjoy watching TV programs. I do watch DVDs occasionally. My roommate watches TV a lot, and before she moved in (when it was just me & Damon) we never used the thing. I actually have lost the attention span for TV- commercials bug me, and I don't have the patience to sit through anything I find stupid, and I find most of it stupid.

As for the other things... it's hard to imagine living in Little Rock without a car! But I have never been there, and I suppose if you live near work & groceries it's ok. I only got my first car 2 years ago, and it's a total luxury item. I don't need it, but I like it. I do make the most of it- there are things I just wouldn't do and people I just wouldn't visit without a car, and I do & visit all now.

And I'm most certainly not debt-free in any sense. I'm considering taking out a loan against my TSP (gummint version of 401k) to pay off some debt, cuz i'll get a much better rate and all the interest goes back to me.

I do have a computer at home and i spend far too much time on it. if it weren't for the computer i know i'd read more. but i love my internet scrabble and i'm not allowed (my own rule) to read my f-list at work.
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On February 26th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
One of the reasons I decided to stay overseas was to pay off credit cards. It was hard but worth it. Now I'm scared to use them again.

Somehow we manage in LR without a car. We live in a really central area on a bus line and within a couple of blocks of a commercial center with a grocery store and post office. It's really the social life where being car-less sucks.

I'm sure once MB starts grad school we'll get a laptop but I can see both of us bleary-eyed from too much internet fun!
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On March 1st, 2007 12:26 am (UTC), mokey4 replied:
That's the really tempting thing about going overseas- to pay off my debt. it wouldn't be any easier in Paris (even with lots more money debt-free), but it would be muuuch easier in Africa. hmm.. i should definitely be looking for an africa job. though i think damon would have a hard time with that. he'd rather go to asia.
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On March 1st, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Yeah, Paris would be a serious spending temptation!
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On March 1st, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC), mokey4 replied:
Yeah- big temptation.

And I meant to say "even with lots of money tax-free" not debt free.
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On March 3rd, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC), vodun commented:
No lack. Don't have a car. I just realised the other day that the TV hadn't been plugged in for days. A few years back, I didn't even have a home phone, let alone internet. Of course, work and hefty bandwidth were just a few minutes walk away, and I had a mobile phone. At the moment, I'd probably wither and die in days without my computer and net connection.

So I suppose it's just a matter of which particular modern things you choose to let annoy you and destroy your time.

These days, I have a kitten for that. Speaking of which...
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On March 5th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Wish I were not allergic, otherwise I'd get a pet as well....
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