We recently had a problem with our cable service, and the company dispatched a person within hours to check it out. I can’t really remember the issue, something to do with missing channels or somesuch. But I recall being impressed by their quick response.
Unfortunately, we’ve had fresh, new trouble ever since that visit. The picture turned horrible on the Big Ass Television (BAT), channels were disappearing and reappearing at random times, and everything just seemed generally unstable.
But since I’m the Head Complainer (Bitcher in Chief) at our house, and don’t watch too much TV, there wasn’t a lot of urgency to get it corrected. The rest of the family just accepted the sub-par quality of the picture, and soldiered on.
And that’s simply not in my nature…
Toney finally called the cable company again on Sunday, and they sent a guy yesterday to “look things over.” And he was a bit of a walking orifice, if you know what I mean.
Everything the dude said was tinged in sarcasm, and exasperation. He acted like he was better than us, possibly because of his kick-ass utility belt. I’m just not sure. But I fought an urge to kick him full in the cockal region, almost from his first sneering words to me.
He was thorough, though. I didn’t like his attitude, but believe he did a good job. He crawled around our house on his knees, went inside the garage, walked around outside, climbed to the top of a telephone pole, etc. They don’t usually possess that level of give-a-shit. Ya know?
And it appears everything is fixed. The picture is now better than it’s ever been. He switched out some of the connector cables, and gave us a new DVR box. Our old DVR was reportedly on the verge of melting down, and was the source of most of our problems, he said.
Yeah, that’s fine. But what about Field of Dreams? I recorded it off HBO about three years ago, and was planning to watch it within in the next half-decade, or so. And now it’s gone! The bastards took my movie!!
I also had Damnation Alley recorded on that thing, and it’s not available on DVD (as far as I know). And a great documentary about the Brooklyn Dodgers, too.
Oh well. What are you going to do? We can’t very well watch Wipeout (Fatties Sliding Off Balls) in anything less than pure 1080p high definition, right? I guess the tradeoff is worth it…
And since we’re on the subject, is there a greater piece of technology from the past ten years or so than the DVR box? I can’t really think of anything better, it’s changed my life! What do you think? Also, if your DVR were to catch fire this very minute, would you lose anything gut-wrenching? Tell us about it. We’ll be your shoulder to cry on.
Please note: I posted something new and stoopid at mockable this morning, which renders my second update questionable today. I’ll try, but am rapidly running out of time here. It might appear at 3 am…
See ya next time!