Anyway.... today's 10am wakeup call was from Comcast, from whom I buy extended cable. I listened to the pleasant woman for a few minutes; they're peddling an upgrade to digital cable + HBO, all for only $5.95/mo more than I'm paying now. Perhaps because I was still a bit sleepy, or perhaps because I have a low resistance to experimenting, but I said yes. I said yes to a telemarketer. Wow, will I be replying to SPAM next? Heh.
Anyway, it does sound like a cheap experiment: upgrade to digital cable + HBO, which should add around 50 channels, including HBO, of course, and some music channels, which I also would like (I don't have a radio tuner in my living room). And for $6/mo until the end of the year, and with no continuing obligation, even from the get-go, it sounds cheap enough.
So I'm a consumer. And I did nothing to help discourage the whole of the telemarketer and direct marketer world easy off their trade. But I am getting more TV, so it's about the right balance. 8)
I think it's time to get to work.