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30 August 2013 @ 08:31 am
(Lack of) DragonCon  
So i ended up deciding not to go to DragonCon this year =/

Between the usual procrastination plus dealing with other things i didn't get around to checking for plane flights until the beginning of this month, at which point the prices were in the $400-$425 range. Which wasn't impossible, i've paid $300-$350 for the tickets before. However i'm _also_ strongly considering going to WorldCon and/or the JoCo cruise next year, which means i really ought to be saving money. So $425-$450 (after fees) for tickets, plus however much i'd have ended up paying for part of a hotel room, adds up to a significant chunk of a WorldCon or cruise trip. It does make me rather sad though since, if the current plans work out, my next chance to go to DragonCon will be in 2015 =/

In related news i'm thinking about dropping cable, or at the very least HBO and the rest of the higher tier channels. Having cable was pretty important to shelleycat, aside from dialysis she spent most of her time at home and watched a fair bit of TV. When we first started dating she had moved back to her parents' place, and they had HBO as well as regular cable. So when True Blood was announced we were both pretty excited, and started watching it together right from the start. When we moved to the current apartment together Game of Thrones had just been announced, and i was really excited about that one and shelleycat was willing to give it a try as well, so we added HBO to our cable. Shelleycat got addicted to Game of Thrones as well, and the new True Blood season was starting just after GoT ended, so of course we kept HBO going. Then when True Blood was over we decided to just leave it in place for the rest of the year. It was a little less hassle, and shelleycat liked having the movies available.

Then the next year, shelleycat died the day of the season 2 Game of Thrones premier. Needless to say i wasn't in the mood to watch it that evening. In fact i didn't really feel up to watching any of that season of Game of Thrones without shelleycat there to watch it with me. Or any of the new True Bloods. I do use the regular cable channels, but nowhere near as much as they got used when shelleycat was around. There will be the occasional evening where i will turn on the TV and get stuck on some NCIS or Castle or Futurama reruns, or other Cartoon Network stuff. However that's maybe one night or two nights a week on average? I used to watch Daily Show and Colbert Report on a daily basis, but i've kind of fallen behind on that. I generally watch Mythbusters if i remember when new ones are on, but i've totally lost track of that. Likewise with the Great Food Truck Race.

So if i cut back to basic cable i could probably save a decent amount of money per month, and if i just turned off cable entirely and went to just internet i could probably save a lot of money per month. I'm still not sure which of those two i want to do.
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
Pava: Osaka Sez!jmpava on August 30th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
The only reason I have cable at all is for a) internet (or rather, I already have it for internet, obviously that would need to be SOMETHING) and b) sports that would wouldn't watch. I would have no need for it otherwise between netflix, hulu, amazon, etc...

Edited at 2013-08-30 08:05 pm (UTC)
受け継がれる意志doctorskuld on August 31st, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)

I think my life is better for having cut out broadcast television entirely. the whole distribution model is migrating towards internet delivery anyway, anything you really want to watch will be on Hulu or iTunes, and you'll save a lot of money without it. I don't miss cable TV at all.

Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on September 3rd, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
Ben and I went to no cable a couple years ago. We don't miss it. We still get basic cable for free over the air, but we honestly watch so little TV (we don't have hulu or netflix, either) it doesn't matter. (And we can download shit later anyway.)