Saturday, December 26, 2015

Cheap Ways Bite Ass

Pulled the plug on my television four years ago but left the DVR player hooked up. Don't play video games. Rarely watch a movie. 

My gripe with TV is the 50% content, 50% advertisement, ratio. I'll be watching something that interests me when the ads start. By the time the program resumes I've lost interest.

Comcast is doubling (nearly) my high speed internet cost. In my little city, and old apartment building, options are limited. Not to mention I'm cheap. The greatest compliment my ex gave me, while living with my youngest, was to say, "You are cheaper than your father!"

So today I met the "bundle". For far less than I pay for Internet alone, I now get cable TV, "free" HBO, etc. Fuck me running!

The equipment is sitting in a spiffy red canvas bag next to the dusty TV. Hooking it up will mean reading instructions, putting batteries in a controller and bending, kneeling, finding tools, and where is the long power cord? Then the dreaded call to get everything "activated". Maybe I'll just put the spiffy red bag in the closet. 

Amazing, isn't it, that is cheaper for me to pay for stuff I don't want, to get what I do want, as a stand alone service. Wonder how many meeting hours were spent devising these plans?

In fairness, the young man who waited on me was professional, helpful, not full of himself, and didn't try to b.s. Were I still in the car business, I would have hired him away.

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  1. When I run into stiuations like this, I get my step-son to do the bending and stretching. And he 'don't need no stinking instructions.' All I have to do is make the phone call to someone who can't speak English to help activate the system. It is an electronic world and it is for younger minds than mine.

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    1. Can't argue with your points. Did suck it up and got'er done.

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  2. II have a friend who refuses to get 'the bundle,' even though it is cheaper than paying for only what you want (hell of a business model...).

    As my father used to say, he's cutting off his nose to spite his face.

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    1. There is that. Resemble that remark.

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  3. LOL. What to do! What to do! Catch up on some Homeland, The Killing, and The Blacklist. Good ones.

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    1. Youngest son advise TiVO. More damn instructions to read.

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