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The Long And Winding Road Of Getting Cable

As you might know Gentle Readers, I'm moving in a couple of days. I'm getting things done-packing books, sending people my new snail mail address, figuring out my new room. However, there's another thing I'm trying to figure out: The Cable.

Before I moved to Lafayette, we always did Comcast. It wasn't perfect, but it was what it was. We had a VCR, and it was pretty much 1996 technology wise in my house. Then we moved here, and we found out we could have a Dish. We looked into it and we found out it was cheaper to have a Dish than it was for Comcast. Sign us up, baby!

Soon we had the Dish. I had Turner Classic Movies and SoapNet.  Plus we had a DVR. This actually made me watch television less, because I could just watch the shows I wanted, fast forward through the commericals, and then I could go write or read or add plants to my little garden patch on Facebook.

However, all things must come to an end.  We're moving, and then suddenly we remembered the Dish. Now the Dish people wants us to crawl up on our roof, take the dish, and bring it to our new place. However, I have balance issues and I'm worried I'll fall off the roof. My mother? No way is she gettng up on that roof. So this got us to thinking.

1. Do we really need cable?
The answer-yeah, we do. I love Turner Movie Classics. Yeah, you can get the movies on DVD, but what I love about it is how, like Frank Coniff once said, Turner Movie Classics doesn't get worse with time like other cable channels. It gets better. Plus I can't give up the urbane trivia and wit of Robert Osborne!
That, and my mother needs her Young and Restless fix.

So I decided to see if I could start the Dish again with my name. I looked up the Dish's webpage and selected a package, then they told me that my new landlord has to sign a paper saying it's okay to have the Dish. No problem, only a catch: He doesn't want it on the roof. Well, the Dish people are smart! They can figure out something!

I started filling out the online form and then it asked if we had a clear view of the Southwestern point of the sky. Oh, dear. I'm not good at geography. I have no idea if we have a clear view of the Southwestern sky. I mean we have a view of the sky, but is it Southwestern?

Okay, don't panic. I know! Look up DirectTV! Sure!  I look it up and not only would we get more movie channels (HBO, Starz, Showtime) it's twenty dollars cheaper for the installation! We still can have a DVR!  Thirty dollars a month less for the bill!  Sweet! Sign me up!

However, they want to do a credit check on me. I looked at it and thought, huh? What? I'm no deadbeat, but there have been times when my bills have been a day or two late because I just didn't have the money. Plus I have to consolidate my student loans, and I have no idea how that has affected my credit. Also, I feel like getting a credit check is a invasion of privacy. Yeah, I know they are a business, but that's how I feel.

We then decided to see how Comcast is doing. They must've improved through the years, right? Right?  We look them up. Yes, they have a DVR. Yes, they have Turner Classic Movies. However, it costs eighty-eight dollars a month. Eighty-eight dollars! Dear God.

I know my problems sound so trivial. With lines going down the block at Glide for a bag of food and children being told that Santa's having money problems too so no presents for them this year, me trying to get cable are problems people want to have. However, sometimes it feels as if there are situations or things in my life that are more complicated than they have to be. This is one of those times.

Half an hour later...

Well, it turns out that the Dish allows one free move a year. I almost wanted to fight with them, say "I'm sorry, that's just too easy!" So yes, we are keeping our dish. One down, a millon more chores to do.

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Good luck with the move! 

Good luck with the move!  It IS annoying to have to change things like cable, and to have to deal with the bureaucracies that go along with them.  Just make sure someone else goes up on the roof to get the dish.  Susan

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thanks, Susan..

we're lucky the DISH guy will climb up and get the DISH, one less thing to worry about!

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Moving is traumatic

I don't think your problems sound trivial, Jennifer. They say moving is one of the hardest things people have to do. You're going through a lot of changes nowadays, but I know they bode well for the future!

Huntington Sharp, Red Room

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thanks, Huntington!

I should get some David Bowie for my ipod. Ch-ch-changes....time won't change me...

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Jennifer, I had to laugh

Jennifer, I had to laugh reading your story. We went through the same thing when we moved up into the mountains ten years ago, the same geographical issues. (I didn't do the girl scout thing.) And the same confusing package after package. My big hope was that they would give us only the channels we need. I don't want to have to buy 50 football and boxing channels alone with my movie channel. I just want the movie channel, the discovery channel, the history channel. That's it. Sorry, that would be way too easy.:) Hope the rest of your move goes smoothly.

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Thanks, Jana!

I ended up getting Comcast. It's a long funny story that I will tell soon. But you are so right-I don't need fifty sports channels! I just want my Turner Classic Movies, darnit!