Starting tomorrow, I’ll have no cable TV or internet at home. This is the saddest thing.
Because my summer budget is extremely tight, and because I have decided that rent, electricity, and phone (not to mention wine and cigarettes and, oh yeah, food) are more important than TV and internet, though only by the narrowest of margins, I have had to cancel my service with Unnamed Cable Company. At least for the next three months, I won’t be paying them over $100 per month to provide me with TV, a spotty internet connection, and terrible customer service. Hooray?
I have, in the past, been able to somewhat reliably use my neighbors’ wifi when mine wasn’t working, but the people with the strong, unsecured connection seem to have moved out of the building. I can still connect to a couple of other signals intermittently, but not without getting dropped or disconnected every two minutes. This means that my formerly grand plan of keeping caught up with my shows via online streaming video will probably not come to fruition. Which in turn means…it means…oh, I just can’t face it!
It means, I suppose, that I will just not be watching much television this summer. Normally, in my lazy and indolent summers of unemployment, I spend my time alternating between stressing about money and lounging on the couch, no pants on, watching the tube. Whatever shall I do now? And will it have to involve pants?
I do have this class to teach through the end of this month, so there’s something to keep me busy, you may be thinking. I also have a few papers I am working on, which should occupy me for the following month or so. These things, however, do not count. They are daytime, office-type activities, not evening, relaxing-type activities. I suppose I may have to actually devote my evening relaxation time to — gasp! — reading, of all wretched things. Quelle horreur.
I have some business reading I need to do for various projects and papers (a little Faulkner, a little Nabokov, a little Raymond Chandler and maybe some Alain Robbe-Grillet), but, again, these are office reading and I’d also like to do some pleasure reading. I’m perfectly able to figure out what sort of reading I need to be doing professionally, as that is my job, after all. With my fun reading, though, I am feeling a bit lost and could go in a billion different directions. Here’s a list of some things I am either in the middle of or am planning to read this summer:
1. Dave Eggers – What is the What (currently reading)
2. Jon Krakauer – Into the Wild (currently reading)
3. David Foster Wallace – Infinite Jest
4. Cormac McCarthy – No Country for Old Men
5. Gustave Flaubert – Madame Bovary
What should I add to that? What’s your favorite book you’ve read lately? Tell me all about it, and I’ll put it on the list.