Wednesday, July 1, 2009

RANT TIME....Did I ever mention how much I hate TV



WARNING ...this is a Rant...not for the faint of heart . Sometimes a person just has to let loose....this is my time. I have at times been compared to a Sailor on Leave with all the... shall we say 'Colorful' expletives I can use in one sentence...some of which are still hanging heavy in the air just above my house... (by the way....no offence to all the sailors out there in Bloglandia actually I consider it a compliment) ...Having said that... I will spare you any of my colorful phraseology in this Blog Rant....


Have I ever mentioned how much I HATE TV's... I know I know ...they are a necessary evil at times...and they do offer a wonderful window to the world in your very own living room...so I should preface this rant by saying I don't hate the BOX itself...but rather the 'system' in which the TV doo hickeys have to travel to get to the box.... I.E. the DREADED Cable Company!!!!! This has been a long time coming and last evening the proverbial Ka Kee hit the fan.

VERY long story shortened to just this side of War and Peace.... recently Richard and I purchased a lovely 42 inch High Def TV... we were livin fat....had nothing more than a used funky tube for many years...this was just fine with us.... But they had a sale we could not turn down...Happy Happy.... BIG Picture....cool right!! Not really... seems our cable service is from the dark ages with few if any upgrades a year...so the wonderful picture we should be getting on this new (hardly could afford) TV was minimal at best ...as I stated earlier we were fine with small and easy...but when reaching for Higher Stars in the sky one must always risk getting singed a little....I can still smell burning hair...need I say more!!! So our service has been sub par at best...then yesterday we started losing our channels (HBO...and I can't Live without my True Blood) ....sorry I digress.... we called the Tech office for repair info...listened to the entire musical renderings of "Les Miserables"....5 TIMES before finally getting a bubble gum chewing really 'put out and bored with it all 16 year old that could care less....her most intelligent remark was "hmmmmmmm"....

She 'supposedly' made some in house adjustments, said turn it off for 20 minutes and like Magic...all will be fixed...and surprise surprise...it was.....for now!

We thought what the heck... few more 'stars' out there need touching so we 'upgraded' ourselves to a HD Cable Box to get the full effect of our New TV.... we hooked it up and readied ourselves for a night of amazement.... not only were the channels 'blurry' but we had only 3 of the 20 HD channels and no HBO...again I called ...again with the Musicals (this time I swear it was West Side Story) and it was 7 repeats.... another dopie girl...same answer of let me do some button pushing from my end....wait 20 minutes...MAGIC!!! Only the magic was somewhere else because now we had NO TV PERIOD!!!!! ...4 more phones calls and nothing better than we are having issues MA'ME ...NO &*$@!!!!!! They have finally deemed our plight worthy of a service call ...today.


Richard and I both agree we would be fine without a TV...probably get far more work done on our dolls and the stress level would be down I am sure....but now it is the principal of the matter... almost like a YOU WON'T DEFEAT ME!!!!!

Let them Make the Service Call, give us the excuses that we know they will and when he leaves Speed Dial DISH TV..... we have had it.


One more thought...remember the days when you were a kid...and your parents brought home the new 12 inch TV, a set of $1.98 Rabbit Ears and a 15.00 TV antenna.... Dad , Mom, and a neighbor or two would set it all up...like a relay, Dad on the roof, Mom at the window listening for directions, the neighbor making adjustments via turning the rabbit ears this way and that...and sis and I sitting patiently waiting for anything to come on the screen....and then with tears of joy a very fuzzy Milton Berle would appear...flickering light across the room ... relay from neighbor to mom to dad would announce that all was well.... then we would all sit and watch as if we were seeing life being born...wide eyed and totally engrossed.... lets face it, the picture was crappy...but we were happy.... ahhhhhh!!! those were the simple days...bought and paid for in one fell swoop... TV basically was free back then and we were just happy with what we got....OH...and back then we had neighborhood gatherings,the family took walks together, played games around the table, ate together and always shared the TV experience....good or bad...we were in control. Life then was simple...and I really really miss it a lot.
Thanks for letting me Rant a Bit .. I feel ever so much better
Jodi

18 comments:

Tabitha Corsica said...

ROTFL....that's why I no longer watch TV. I use the box 42" box only for DVD's......

A. Wright said...

Oh my gosh. Adding to your rant: We "upgraded" our service and TV right before they were supposed to go all digital in Feb 2009 and add a pile more HD channels and so on.

(1)that never happened. (2)the upgraded box does not allow us to change to channel 1, which is the cable company's on demand movies/shows. LOL the "On Demand" button on their remote won't even change to the on demand station!

At least our Netflix movies look nice on the set and cost less per month :D

*joins you for some very topic appropriate sailor lingo*

LDWatkins said...

ROTFLMAO...Yea! Jodi! I hate TV. If I lived alone, I would never have it on. People say they leave it on for company...for company??? Good luck with the cable bunch.

twinklescrapbooks said...

Hope it gets better! We just bought a new 42" today so I hope we don't have issues! I remember I was my parent's remote control before they had them in houses..."Tina, run and change the channel!"
That's how we stayed in shape as kids in the 70s/80s! LOL
tina :)

tarapiglet said...

Ditto

I only use my tv with my dvd player!

TV is too emotionless for me.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/iownyouturnitoff/668379759/

Judy C said...

Hey, I was done with cable years ago. Got Direct TV. With both of us out of work and worried all of the time it provided some totally(I mean totally) mindless things to watch to keep the worries away.
By the way, I love TV. Not very artistic I know. But my mind is very easily distracted and I use TV and video games to practice focus.

I set up the studio and alas no TV. But soon the computer will be there and I can get some shows on the net. I like to have it in the background when I'm working. Frustration level stays way down that way.

I hope you get everything fixed. It is hard when you are frustrated by something you don't like anyway. Like my EX is for me.

Caseymini said...

I am one of the complainers about the companies raising rates every time we turn around. More HD channels...Bah humbug!
Jodi, you have an award waiting for you at my blog. Please come and pick it up.

Creager Studios said...

Hi Tabitha...

We are SOOOO headed in that same direction....

Hugs,
Jodi

Creager Studios said...

WOW April...sounds as if we are in the same #@&* Boat!!! I have been saying GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR a lot lately!!

Hugs for Better Times

Jodi

Creager Studios said...

Hi LD...

I am with you.... would never ever have it on....beside...when I only play 'music'...I dance around too...better exercise than sitting like a lump on the couch!!

Hugs,
Jodi

Creager Studios said...

Hi Tina...

Yes indeedy...we kids were GREAT channel changes... of course when I was a kid...there were like 4 channels...big choice!!LOL...

Not everyone has the problems...you might sail right through it all...heres to hoping!

Hugs
Jodi

Creager Studios said...

Oh Tara...

Truer Words were never spoken...thanks!
And I LOVE the TV Art Work.... says it all

Hugs,
Jodi

Creager Studios said...

Hi Judy...

Well we considered getting Direct TV...but after much talk last evening...I think we have decided to just say Bye Bye to TV all together....will be new for us...but we feel we are making the right choice

Hugs,
Jodi

Creager Studios said...

Hi Casey...

I am sooooooo with you...just had it up to here...if I had a tall building window to shout from I would say..."I am mad as hell and I won't take it any longer"

An Award...WOWIE ZOWIE.... I gotta go check this out...thank You So So Much ... I have the Perfect spot for it on my mantel!!

Hugs

Jodi

Kate said...

Well, Jodi, I found out that we never needed the digital box with TV, so I had brought that back. With your digital box and an antenna you would at least have local and PBS FREE... I love my PBS, but I hate the cable news, it's all propaganda and stupidity. It's as if today we are all watching the National Enquirer! We never get intelligent news except from PBS. Then don't get me started on the drug commercials and repeats of shows at least a billion times! What are we paying for? The cable TV and others pushed this digital TV, lobbied the Congress and got it made into law! And no one is outraged- the public airways are free and always have been! We pay for them through our taxes. Now we pay some more, and no one says anything! I say we all revolt! Got a laptop? Hook it up to your big screen and watch most anything for free with DSL! I do it every time I miss something I had wanted to see- If you're paying for DSL use it! No sense in paying for both when you can use the cheaper of the two. Then the cable people can whistle Dixie! Revolution! Yeah!

nikkinikkinikki72 said...

I hardly watch tv and don't much care if a picture is sharp or fuzzy.
I'd watch in black and white like the old days and still be happy.
My husband on the other hand almost has a stroke if something happens to the tv or we dont have a connection.
Nobody is allowed the controller.
When we moved his only concern was the tv and there i was unpacking an entire house while he fussed around the box like it was a God.
Hope you get sorted soon. Such things can drive a person insane.
Nikki x

Creager Studios said...

I am with you Nikki...would ALWAYS rather watch black and white...forces me to mentally paint in color!! My Dad was the same way as your hubby....loved his TV... I told my Mom we were booting the TV cable to the curb and she said "How can you live without it"? My answer..."Quite well...thanks for asking"

We are at last fixed...only to shut it all down...this coming week...
Have a Wonderful Weekend
hugs,
Jodi

Creager Studios said...

Oh katilla ...my little revolutionary friend...what would I do without your rants...LOL!

See you figure a way around the system...I on the other hand just drop out from it all...
Say girlfriend...you feel the 60's coming back into your soul??? OR...did it never leave and was just masked all these years by the 70's,80's,90's and 2000's?

L.G.
Jod