February 23, 2010

“And Timing, as they say, is everything.”

Posted in But I am... le sick, I need a helmet, Nerdiness, The Aaaarrrghhhhh!, The Gnomes, The Small and Petty, The WTF at 9:40 am by Dagny Taggart

~ The Hour of the Octopus, Joel Rosenberg*

(1)  I decide to give up cable television, retaining only my internet connection.

(1)(a)  I have an absurdly easy time doing this at the cable retail location, and return home to find the things working that should be, and not working that shouldn’t.

(1)(b)  I am subsequently billed for all of my previous services, instead of just the one that I’ve decided to keep.

(1)(c)  I plot revenge.

(2)  My television decides to be cranky, making an odd, high-pitched noise when I turn it on, and refusing to keep the screen functional for more than a second or two before blinking off.  Note that the television is still ON at this point, it’s just a blank screen emitting that flourescent-bulb whine.

(3)  I mention this to my parents, who inform me that they have an exact replica of my television, save that their copy works!  And since they’re giving it away, I’m welcome to it – so long as I let them know, since they were thinking about donating it soonish.

(4)  I remember to email them 5 days after this offer is made.

(5)  They reply, informing me that the television is now gone and I really should have gotten back to them sooner.

(6)  I decide to accept that there must be some logic in their thought process, and that a call to my cell phone prior to actually giving it away would have been entirely too taxing for them, and that this is, in fact, all my fault.

(7)  I also wonder if said cable company has messed with my non-functioning unit in an effort to get me to see that unless I have a television that works, one that is fully supplied with all of the cable it could ever want to keep it happy and healthy, I will be cranky and miserable.

(8)  I decide that my workout DVDs will play just as well on my laptop, and extend my longest digit in something of a salute, in the general direction of said cable company, which will be getting a phone call later to confirm my decision and ask for my refund.

(9)  I also decide that if I ever go back to the land of small-screen pop culture, I’ll see about Fios or satellite.

*For my fellow fantasy lit nerds, if you haven’t read this guy yet, DO.  He’s not George R. R. Martin or anything, but he’s good, and original, and limits his recaps of previous works to a paragraph or two here or there, instead of letting it take up close to 55% of subsequent books (I’m looking at you, Mssrs. Jordan and Goodkind).  This book isn’t connected to his other big series, but is dryly amusing in its own right.



  1. Lemon Gloria said,

    Um, grr to your parents for giving it away without a call asking if you definitely don’t want it.

    Also, blog the hell out of the bad experience with the cable company. Use their name and describe your service. If it’s anything like our experience, they monitor the Web for bad PR and will supply you with someone to contact to fix it. It still might take you 54 tries, but you will eventually get it taken off your bill.

    Also, hugs.

    Also also, the Shred works just fine on my laptop. I like it there very much.

  2. vvk said,

    Argh on the TV and cable problems…

    Also, I’m disappointing in the LOC. They don’t have The Hour of the Octopus… nor it’s prequel (per wikipedia) D’Shai… Blah.

  3. Alex said,

    I made the leap from cable to internet-only a couple of months ago… it hasn’t worked out that well overall, but at least I’m less of a couch potato than I used to be.

  4. Lemon Gloria:Compared to your cable woes, this is merely a minor hiccup. I’ll get to it just as soon as I’ve submitted my Manifesto on why Hedgehog Ownership should be permitted throughout the land. 🙂 Glad to hear the Shred is working for you!

    vvk: Well, now I’m disappointed in the LOC, as well. I haven’t read D’Shai, but enjoyed the first 5 (what I consider the “core”) books of the “Guardians of the Flame” series.

    Alex: Hm. Why hasn’t it worked out that well? I just did this a few weeks ago, so I’m curious about other people’s experiences with it.

  5. Alex said,

    Dagny, the main problem is that although there is a lot of content online, there isn’t all of it or even most of it. Also, sometimes things don’t stream as well as one would hope, even with a high speed connection. Finally, after getting used to skipping commercials with my DVR, I’m finding that for streaming content, they’ve set it up so you can’t skip. So once again commercials have entered my life.

    All that being said, I’m enjoying not sending $85/month to Comcast.

  6. Alex: Oh, I see. I haven’t really tried to watch the shows I followed, even semi-regularly, online yet, so that’s good to know. Then again, my taste in television wasn’t necessarily sufficiently highbrow to justify online pursuit… (/rueful grin). Thanks for following up!

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