Thursday, May 13, 2010

I have died and gone to heaven

I watch television. A LOT of television. Glee, 24, Brothers and Sisters, Parenthood, Grey's Anatomy, Medium, V, to name a few. I wouldn't call myself a couch potato, per say....

You might say that is too much TV. Blah, blah, blah.

Get out an exercise. Yada, yada, yada.

I can't hear you because my fingers are stuck in my ears.

I mean seriously, what else do you want me to do? C'mon I live in a 400 square foot tin BOX candominium. I can sit and and stare at the walls, but they feel like they're moving in on me. Wait. They ARE moving. They are slide-outs.

We have a satellite dish. We had one when we owned a home in Illinois. So we took that one with us. After a month on the road, Jim said it was about time that we notified the satellite company of our new "address" - PMB box in South Dakota.

No problem, right? WRONG.

They couldn't quite grasp the idea that our house was on WHEELS. That we really didn't LIVE in their lovely state. That our name was merely on a FILE FOLDER at some mail service office.

Bottom line? We had to pay for "local" channels. Local being ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. I looked at this whole thing like we were being punished that we were gypsies. Talk about racial profiling....

Okay, so I accepted that we had to pay this extra charge, PER CHANNEL, mind you. But what I COULDN'T handle was that for some ungodknown reason, we could not get these channels for almost A WEEK! Say what?

We have satellites zipping around in space that can zoom in on a freaking ant hill in the Rain Forest, and I can't get ABC for a week? Does anybody else see the problem here?

That week in question was season finale week for many of the shows. Yep. I was upset. That's putting it mildly. Let's just say that nobody got hurt, but a lamp DID get broken.

I boo-hooed to my twin sister, Pam. Then she, in turn, called our sister, Linda.

Ring, ring.

Pam: "I feel so sorry for Patty! She's crying so hard!"

Linda: "Oh my God! What happened?"

Pam: "She won't have TV for a week and it's the season finale week."

Linda: *crickets* "You're kidding, right? She's crying because she has NO TV?"

Pam: "Yeah, and I can understand that. I love watching TV."

Linda: "I thought she was hurt, or something happened to Jim."

Pam: "No, just no TV."


Five years now of paying for local channels - it has its pluses. We get East Coast and West Coast stations. So we can watch things that are on the same time at different time zones. This makes me happy.

What makes me EXTREMELY happy? A DVR. For those of you who don't know what that is - it is the greatest invention since sliced bread. Forget the old VCR, setting up the timer, sticking in a tape (does anybody really do that anymore?) With the DVR you just press a button and wha-lah! Your program is recorded. Hit that little button twice? The program is recorded the whole season. And commercials? Thing of the past. Just zip through those puppies like nobody's business. An hour show takes about 40-42 minutes to view.

The satellite company told us that they have a new and improved DVR for us and since we were in SD recently, we had the installer come out to the trailer. He delivered the new baby. I am ecstatic. It's an HD receiver, stores 3x the amount of programs, and BEST of all? It can record TWO PROGRAMS AT THE SAME TIME and I can ALSO watch a program that I had recorded AT THE SAME TIME. It's a miracle.

Yep, I have died and gone to heaven. See my wittle wings?


BigSis said...

I am also an avid TV watcher and have just gotten my first DVR. Of course, my son has used it, but I haven't yet. Today could be that day. The local news is investigating whether those "shape up" shoes really work!

Steven Anthony said...

I watch a ton of tv too...sounds like we like some of the same shows;)

Brian Miller said...

i think they have support groups...

Brian Miller said...

we havent had tv in years...

Laura said...


misslynda said...

I'm impressed you know how to work the remotes - - - because our TV/Cable does a lot but I don't know what all the HD2 & HD3, etc. all stand for and those are only two of the 5 or 6 choices.

However, I agree that we do live in a phenomenal electronic age!

becky said...

Well you are high tech!! I don't have a tv, but occasionally watch older episodes @ free online episodes on my computer... the Series "Bones" is fun. Also, do you ever get on You Tube? If you search Georgia O'keefe, there is a super cool interview with here when she was in her 90's at ghost ranch~ you'd love it if you haven't already seen it!

Gail said...

This invention is right up there with the wheel!

SquirrelQueen said...

Congrats on the upgrade. I have a few shows I watch regularly but I'm not an avid watcher. I still haven't let the cable company install a DVR.

Donna B said...

From one DVR lover to another...I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND!!! Great post. Just LOVE your sense of humro!

Ruth said...

Sounds pretty sweet. Here in NYC where I'm visiting, my daughter and son-in-law love their DVR so they can watch their favorite shows whenever they want. We have it at home too. It's great to pause something and go to the bathroom or get a snack. Problem is, now I think I can do it on the car radio when I want to re-listen to what someone just said. Nah, no DVR on the radio.

I figure you see more of the country than most of us, so you deserve as much TV as you can stand.

Allen said...

Well I can honestly say I don't own a t.v.

I did have major withdraws from it though at first, but once I got away from it I never want to go back to it.

I enjoy the internet to much. hehe

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Between blogging, tv, and travelling - you are going to be doing a lot of sitting!!! How do you get some exercise? I know, you are going to say Jim ties you with a long rope to the back of the trailer and drives slow! :-D

Carletta said...

I know some bloggers who SAY they never watch TV! I love TV and watch some of the same ones you do and yes the DVR - it IS to die for!
I didn't know it was possible on the road however - you go girl!

Linda Pendleton said...

I love my DVR, too! I often record while watching Dancing with the Stars or American Idol, just in case the phone rings...and that has happened... so I don't miss a thing...

Great we have all this technology, isn't it?

Your photo on the edge is great, makes me dizzy... LOL

Betty said...

Congrats on the upgrade. Great images! That cat put a smile on my face.
I'm a big TV watcher!
Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Big hugs!
B xx

Nancy said...

I love, love, love my TIVO! DVR's are the greatest invention since laptops.