I haven't had television service since I moved here three years ago. I've enjoyed not having my time possessed with commercials blaring at me, insisting I need things I have no use for. Anything I've wanted to know was prompted by something I heard on the radio or read in the newspaper. Those would send me to the Internet to get more of the story.
Without a tv, I avoided being dragged through most of the political mudslinging from last year. Nor have I had to endure the "news" of how badly people can treat people, i.e. shootings. I hear about it and pray for those affected, but honestly, I live "lighter" by not getting pounded by news of global interest.
But the other day, I discovered some news that has turned my world upside down. "When did this happen?" I kept asking myself, when I learned this new information.
I last had tuna sometime before I moved here, which would be pre-2014. Not that I dislike tuna- I just haven't thought of it. I purchased this a few weeks ago at Safeway, and didn't pay any attention to the can size. Just threw it into my basket and moved on.
When I pulled it out of my kitchen cabinet, the lighter weight can was noticeable. I took a closer look.
"When did the tuna can go from 6 ounces to 5 ounces? It's so small now, it feels like I'm opening cat food!"
I can't tell you how much this bothers me. Probably because now I realize I paid twice as much for less tuna. More than that, however, is that I missed THIS news- news that really matters.
I need to reconsider my non-tv lifestyle.
A 50-something woman comes home to a place she's never been before.