Life without a tv; being less connected

15 Apr

(This happens Seven months ago. I hear a knock at my door and I go to open, I find John and Wambu, my Six and Three year old friends)

John: Hi Mackel?

Wambu: Hi Mackel

Me: Hi Wambu and John (High fives both of them).  Karibuni, go wash your hands in the sink and take a banana from the rack.

John and Wambu: Asante, and we also want to watch Tom and Jerry.

Me: That’s okay (I turn on Gee and put on Tom and Jerry [Yes I have cartoon in my computer, can I continue?]) First finish up your bananas, then come and watch. John leave my skipping rope alone.

John: But I want to show you that, I too can skip a rope!

Wambu: Me too can skip a rope!

Me: I do know you can skip a rope, but you will show me another day for now come and let’s watch Tom and Jerry.

(John spots my Ab Wheel and takes an interest in it and starts playing with it, well he is rolling it even on the walls, the landlord will sure make me pay for new paint when I move out… Kids!)

Me: John, let me have that (I take the wheel and hide it)

John: I really love Tom and Jerry

Wambu: I love Tom and Jerry too.

Me: Me three, yay (A series of high fives)

John: Mackel, let me tell you something, you see that guy who lives on ground floor?

Me: Yes I do

John: He works at night but he is not a thief!

Me: Okay (Trying really hard to keep a straight face and not laugh)

John: Mackel?

Me: Yes John.

John: Why don’t you have a tv, couches and a bed? Are you that broke? You know us we have a tv with a remote and pay tv. If you are broke I can talk to my Dad and he can lend you some money to buy these things.

Week one after moving!

Week one after moving!

Me: (Laughing now) Yes John I am broke, moving out without a good plan does things to you, especially when your money gets tied up in uncertain investments and you don’t want to borrow, but you are still young, you will understand these things someday and hopefully I will be around to remind you of this conversation….


After we had this conversation, things would change gradually; first that blue plastic chair you see broke on the first week

Picture from the internet

Picture from the internet

(one of my motivations to lose weight hehehe, now you know), I got a bed and a couch, but never a tv. Well at some point I bought Dstv walker just to keep up with the news, then I realised the resolution or picture quality was shabby, how could one watch anything on a resolution of 340 x 240? Even Chinese phones (not the HTCs, I’m referring to Sumsungs, Nookia, you get the drift yes?) have higher resolution than that. I never bothered renewing the subscription, so if you are looking for a Dstv walker and are ready to put up with the shabby resolution you can talk to me nicely.

Being an indoors person, I can comfortably stay indoors the whole weekend without feeling like I’m missing anything, Henry wonders how I survive, especially that I don’t have a tv. He has a tv but he still has to go watch our team Arsenal get beaten on a bigger screen, apparently anything less than 50 inches takes away the flavour from the game, his words not mine. I never get football, I am the guy who will cheer as long as the ball gets into the net regardless of the team of the striker and since all my friends in high school and college were Arsenal fans I got assimilated, that way all I had to do during debates about the game is nod and be a decibel addition when arguing with loud mouthed Manchester Fans, this will get me into trouble but what the heck, Bernard,Eric, Denis etc you know yourselves hehe. I digress, so where were we? Yes, since I have Gee I spend my time with her, reading, watching or listening to something. Music then becomes the one thing I will indulge in a lot as I go about other things, since it does require my active involvement as say reading and watching a documentary. So Gee has become my alternative to having a tube. Sometimes this year I took Gee for a software upgrade and other checks, for over a week when she was away, I would just get to the house prepare my supper and take my kindle and read something. I never felt a void like I was lacking anything, its other people who come over and like little John, they wonder how do I live without a tv, they tell me how I must be miserable and my life boring to death. I normally just smile it away because it doesn’t bother me. I actually see it as a blessing in disguise; If I had a tv and I receive guests most probably we would just watch it for the whole visit, now I am learning how to have conversations, because if you don’t talk to them the silence becomes super awkward, that forces both of us to talk (mostly me) before my guest decides, “fuck this shit, I’m going home”. My mother doesn’t understand why I can buy a stupid home theatre and not buy a tv, “that money you should have bought a tv and a radio, I don’t understand what that theatre thing is for, can you see news on it? No? Then that was a waste of money my dear”.

As time goes by I don’t see myself getting a tube, several friends have put conditions not to visit if I don’t get one, but I wouldn’t care less the ones who matter started visiting from the first weekend when all I had is a lot of space and newspapers (not cushions, seems John had a valid point concluding I was dead broke in need of his father’s help, no wonder his mom always smiles when we meet, the “broke guy”) to sit on haha. Maybe time will change me; I do miss Trace Tv, Top Gear, Shark Tank and Dragons Den though, these are simply awesome. I don’t see myself suffering any deprivation signs so I guess I am okay. The only bad thing is, news items tend to pass you and you have to rely on the print media and internet. It’s an awesome way to wean some species from telenovelas also ey? Okay let me keep quiet before I write myself into trouble.


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14 responses to “Life without a tv; being less connected

  1. mwenda

    April 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    hehe..john is the little one ama? his dreams are valid.he doesnt want to be like you when he grows up.

    • mackel9

      April 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Yes he is the Chatty little guy. His dreams will require a whole new post, especially now he joined class one, the stories never seem to end! What do you mean, he doesn’t want to be like me? I am turning out alright albeit few struggles here and there hehe

  2. Savvy Kenya (@savvykenya)

    April 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    So have you finally bought seats?

    We have a TV at home but I hardly watch it, so like you I wouldn’t miss it. Bur sometimes I’m glad we have it because I can catch up with the daily news when I haven’t had time to read a newspaper

    • mackel9

      April 16, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Yes I did :-), the floor was not too welcoming, plus I don’t know yoga hence it hurt my behind…

      Oh Yeah, news is another thing you miss, the news highlights on the FM stations are not comprehensive enough unless you tune Dira ya Citizen or BBC World Service (Survival skills,to think of it I should try KBC too) haha and that leaves the internet as the only option of knowing what is going around oh and the papers.

  3. woolie

    April 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    You have spoken some true words here Mackel9. TV is a definitely conversation killer. I have read and re read this entertaining post and I loved it. However I cannot pretend that I am not a bit disappointed. You see, I thought you were a Radio fan, like me. You don’t mention wireless at all!


    • mackel9

      April 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      The radio we have over here is majorly crap, Maina Kageni and the likes they irk me; but there are some when the mouths of the presenters are shut the music makes me happy, Xfm, capital fm and Easy fm try them when you jet in. There is lack of serious dialogue in the radio stations… That’s why I have a collection of music to last me Two months without repeating a song non stop, wait I should open a radio station right? Any takers for this investment idea? 😀

      • KuiwaNjuguna

        April 27, 2014 at 8:02 pm

        Funny kids. TV is definitely a conversation killer like woolie said – and also a social life killer. On opening a radio station – count me in. Where do we start?

      • mackel9

        April 27, 2014 at 10:42 pm

        They are, the make my weekends worthwhile when I decide to stay indoors [I also have someone to send to the shop :-), fourth floor is a hustle for me but to them it’s fun taking 80 flight of stairs back and forth]. On where to start, a market research would be the first some SWOT and PESTEL analysis 😉 that way “our investment doesn’t drink water”.

      • KuiwaNjuguna

        April 28, 2014 at 5:09 am

        Haha nice! Kids can be fun – especially at that age.

        Yeah, researching would be crucial. No one wants a “thirsty” investment lol. So when and where?

      • mackel9

        April 28, 2014 at 10:10 am

        This one may be thirsty till we get the advertisers, but lets put some thought in it and deliberate.

      • KuiwaNjuguna

        April 28, 2014 at 1:21 pm

        Sure 😉

      • mackel9

        April 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm


  4. woolie

    April 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Very true Mackel9 Tv is definitely a conversation killer. I enjoyed this entertaining post immensely. I must say I always thought you were a Radio man like me. Don’t you like Radio?



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