Thursday, December 14, 2006

Back To the Future

I haven't posted much in the last few days because I've been trying to break into the 21st century, and there are a few glitches in my time machine. I was watching my new plasma TV the other night and reluctantly had to admit that I was just watching a bigger TV. So, I decided to do something I've been putting off for years, which is upgrade to digital cable. I had to get the box. I hate the box. So, I went down to Comcast yesterday and picked up the box. An extra $70 a month for digital, plus an extra $4 a month for the box. Took it home and hooked it up and got a bunch of new channels. But I noticed that some channels were in bold print and I couldn't get those. I also didn't get any HD channels. Called the cable company and found out I have the wrong box. I need an HD box, which is also a DVR and will cost another $5 a month. Of course it will. So, went to Comcast again and switched boxes. Oh, and one more thing, I'd need an HDMI cable to hook it to my TV. No problem. I went to a nearby CompUSA and found a four-foot HDMI cable -- for $101. It's a nice cable, but it doesn't cook, clean or sleep with me. Hooked up the new box and, SURPRISE! Not only do I not get HD channels or bold type channels, I get only about five local channels. So, I fiddled with it for the rest of the day, called customer service and all I got was an appointment with the cable guy for next Tuesday. Great, now I'll have to get off work and stay awake till he shows up. And then have a total stranger casing my apartment. I'll display my six-gun in a prominent place. Well, just about time for Bill O'Reilly. Guess I'll watch him -- only bigger.

Ohhhh, rats. John Kasich is hosting O'Reilly tonight. Good thing I have a Tim Holt movie on TiVO.


Tonto said...

Does Tivo change your life or what? Man I wish I could see your new TV?

FrenziedFeline said...

Comcast...the whole reason we switched to Dish.

If nothing else, you'll love the DVR. :)

Lone Ranger said...

Unfortunately, I live in an apartment where dogs and dishes are not allowed. There have often been times I wished I had a second DVR, so I guess that will be nice. But rather than paying $9 a month, I might just buy one.

FrenziedFeline said...

Perhaps it's a California thing. Apartment owners have to allow tenants to install a dish if they have the requisite exposure to the southern sky. I see quite a few dishes on apartment balconies and such.

Maybe you can start a movement to make it law there, too. :)