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18 June 2009 @ 07:02 pm
It's official.  
I'm an idiot.

I know, I know, I've said it before, but this time it's true.

We're having lots of thunderstorms and nasty weather here in the Texas panhandle, and I've been opening the wondows in the house so that I can listen to the rain, because seriously? It doesn't rain here, like ever. So when we get it, it's like a treat.

My internet has been kind of spotty due to the storms, and so I didn't think anything of it when I turned on the TV to get the weather and all I got was snow. I thought, "Huh. Channel 7 must be having issues."

Not so. It was me. I'm the one having issues.

It wasn't until I was having a lunch meeting with my employer and fellow teachers this afternoon that I realized... television went digital here in the states SIX days ago.

We don't have one of those box thingys or cable, and our TVs are both over 12 years old, so we get nada. Zip. Zero.

That's how much TV I watch.

So. The dilemma? Do I get cable? Or a box converter dealy? A new, fancy flatscreen? Or do I just download what I want to watch and squint at the computer screen? Decisions, decisions.
I hear:: Scooby Doo 2
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Celtic Heartjandjsalmon on June 19th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)

Well, I'd say just download and burn to a disk and watch on your spanking new flatscreen, but I know your history with problems so I say upgrade with a boxy thingy. :D
Carrie Leigh: Meh dead like mecarrie_leigh on June 19th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
You're probably right.

(And I've got a BIT better at downloading. Not much, but some.)
Brendan: Chuck - Nerd Herd Deskbrendanm720 on June 19th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
You can always get one of those new-fangled DVD players that play all sorts of things (Phillips makes the fanciest, and oddly enough, highest quality models) and hook it up to your old-assed TV and watch the stuff that you download on that.

I have both an old-assed TV and a new-fangled DVD player that plays all sorts of things.

I also have Cable, but that's not here or there.
Carrie Leigh: john cusakcarrie_leigh on June 19th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
I'm telling ya. There are lots of ways to go.
Brendan: HP - Moody - Mentosbrendanm720 on June 19th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Also, I do believe that you are the first person that I've heard of under the age of 80 who had no idea that the transition was happening.
Carrie Leigh: don't give a damn windowscarrie_leigh on June 19th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
I heard about it. It was supposed to happen in February, right? I knew, I just didn't care enough about television to be proactive.
dragonsangel68: TW - Rob Wetdragonsangel68 on June 19th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Flatscreens are pretty *g* But box converters work just as well for normal tv viewing :)
Not a lady at all: comic: gaspcosmo_jenny on June 19th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
When they went digital in Germany, we didn't bother.
We can't get a signal because there is a hill/mountain between us and the broadcasting tower.
We started investing in DVD and DVD rentals.

The only things I miss watching are news and international soccer.
tracyj23: Cartoon - magical Mickey Mousetracyj23 on June 19th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
*hee* Thanks for my smile of the day. If it weren't for the fact that I live with Mr. Technology, I'd probably be exactly the same way! Of course here in Canada they've only gone digital in the big cities so far so no worries for me.

We watch all of our TV from itunes or from DVD's. If you don't watch much then it's cheaper to go that route than pay for cable.
O Demanding One: Express: Oops!  Poohheyurs on June 19th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)

*joins you on the red couch* *g*

I say cable. Squinting isn't good for your hair. ;D You can get a nice little package deal, no doubt, since you will be a first time customer. The deals usually last for 2 years. You can get cable, phone, and DVR all under one deal. Now! Truth be told I LOATHE our cable company, but *shrugs* they have the market cornered in the triangle, so I don't have a choice. Hopefully there are more cable companies where you are so that whichever you choose, the competition forces them to provide good service. Our service lacks sometimes and you have to let them know. I only have it for the clarity of the television. Reception has always been poor around here unless you invested in cable.

Now. What's for breakfast? *g*
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on June 24th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
I love that we're all cuddled up on the couch!
O Demanding One: Express: Grin X)  Snoopyheyurs on June 25th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)

hehe! Me, too. x)