Back on April Fools Day when I started this Transaction Cleanse, I said I wasn’t a big fan of traditional food-related cleanses because they have the unintended side effect of making the “cleanser” want to binge. Sure enough, a Transaction Cleanse can also lead to binging, although not in exactly the way I anticipated.
If it worked the same as a food cleanse, you might expect a Transaction Cleanse to result in a spending binge. Instead, it is prompting me to binge watch “The Good Wife”. Or rather, I should say it is prompting me to accelerate my preexisting rate of binge watching “The Good Wife”. Let me explain.
You see, I was already watching at such a blazing pace as to somehow have caught up with the current season in too short a period than I care to admit. Alas, the current season is the only one not free with Amazon Prime. Rather, I can pay $1.99 per episode or $40-something for the season. Hmmmmm, that’s seems like kind of a lot. Perhaps more importantly, it's definitely more than the $0 I’ve promised myself I would spend during this last week of the cleanse.
What’s an addict to do?? Obviously, find another way to get her fix. Oh, sure, technically I could just wait until post-cleanse and pony up the cash, or until post-season when presumably it will shift to free. But that would mean waiting the better part of a week or – yikes! – months for closure. To quote the dearly departed Prince, “It means forever and that's a mighty long time. But I'm here to tell you. There's something else.”
It seems that you can sign up for a trial week subscription to CBS All Access before it converts to $5.99 a month. So driven to great lengths by this Transaction Cleanse, I signed up last week and have been hitting it pretty hard ever since. If memory serves, I only have to watch about 6 more episodes before 6 AM tomorrow to polish them off and avert the disaster of an auto-transaction. As I write this, it strikes me that a behavioral psychologist would have a field day with this. And I’ll definitely have to go back and analyze it myself as part of the Transaction Cleanse post-mortem. But now if you’ll excuse me, I have a show (or 6) to watch.