History of TV Reception

When TVs first came out, the TV antenna soon followed. After just a short time, a person could pan the rooftops and see the antennas sticking up from most of the houses.

Some had to settle for rabit ears. Some, me included had broken antennas and settled for wire clothes hangers. My clothes hanger worked very well. I wish I could say it was because of my great knowledge of electronics but, in my case, I had a good picture without having to alter the hanger at all.

On the other hand, some needed 40, 50, or even 70 foot masts to receive signals from a 100 or more miles away. To complicate matters, some received signals from 2 or 3 different directions. To do this, they had what they called rotors and they worked well. It was a tad on the pricey side though. Not only did one need the equipment, but it also had to be installed.

I don’t know who first thought of the idea of cable, but I noticed it being installed in rural areas in the late 50s and early 60s. It was good for the stations and sponsors as it increased those receiving their programming and ads. There is no need to say it was good for those receiving cable. That’s obvious.

Over the years, those selling cable found more customers and types of customers. People in apartments and folks who hated ugly antennas sticking up all over the neighborhood. Also, the reception quality improved.

Perhaps one of the main reasons the cable idea spread so rapidly was the increase in channels available. People in San Diego watched L.A. channels, for example. In addition, what I call pseudo-stations started popping up.

Then, to improve reception and increase features, they went to digital. I never liked that much in the past, even less now. What started out to be a way to receive a good picture for 15 or 20 a month has turned into a huge conglomerate (if I may misuse the word) of sations, most of which are mental wastelands that I spent 226 a month. That is a big bite from my social security.

I just had my cable disconnected and I am now aware of why I don’t like digital TV. If a person buys an expensive antenna, after spending hours adjusting it and fussing with it, it almost works, almost doesn’t. Mostly, gone are the days of using a hanger. Now we must use 39.95 antennas that I can’t even receive all the local channels I received just fine in the old analogs. Moreover, I keep losing the picture into wild pixelations.

I guess the FCC had us in mind as they made the decision to digitize broadcasts, or at least I hope so. Then again, maybe it would help if the 39.95 antenna worked better than a clothes hanger.

(Does anyone know where I can get a metal clothes hanger? )

For Those Interested

About 5 or 6 months ago, I bought an Epson ET 2750 (I believe they call them Ecco Tech). It printed very nice. Then, about a week later, I tried to print something with it and I first had to clean the jets.

After a while, realized it was going to be a common problem. I realized, if I didn’t print daily, it was going to need cleaning before using it.

Frequently, it discouraged my using it because I knew I would first need to to wait for it to finish cleaning itself. This was made all the more frustrating as sometimes it needed 2 or even 3 cleanings.

At any rate, I made the switch back to laser. It’s more expensive and they use more power, but they work, even when there are a few weeks between uses.

Then too, the Epson always concerned me. Would the cleaning continue to work or would I have to get another printer anyway?

I guess that will teach me to believe TV ads, even the ones with famous basketball players.

As an aside, maybe Epson should have the things clean themselves every 12 hours, whether it’s used or not. Just a thought.

Where the Money Is

I don’t know how true it is, but I was told that when Willie Sutton was asked why he held up banks, he replied, “That’s where the money is. “

Recently, I heard a commercial on TV that somewhat reminded me of the Sutton quote. Though the lawyer was approaching it from a more legal approach, I found many similarities. Still it seemed just as selfish.

I the commercial, he assured his potential clients that there was no need to feel sorry about those he would sue. “We only go after those who are insured or have plenty of money. “

Now let me see. That does seem to be parallel to Sutton`s idea. I mean, if you expect the lawyer to represent you, you need to make sure you are going after someone with deep pockets. If you are going to go after some little guy like me, you will need to find another mouthpiece.

Then again, it does sort-of make sense. I mean, if the lawyer’s fee will be 40%, why in the world would he have any desire to go after someone who has little more than pocket change and without insurance. I mean 40% of nothing is still nothing. Leastways, that was the way it was last time I checked.

It does make a person wonder why the commercial. Apparently, the lawyer realized it too. It was the last time I saw the ad.

Well, at least you need credit the guy for truth in advertising.

Me Thinks Someone Turned on the Part C Spigot

I can’t remember exactly when it is that we started being able to change our Medicare options, but I am pretty sure the insurance companies know. The ads started and they don’t stop; one ad after the next. If I hear, “It’s free,” two more times I will go nuts. I hear the ad on one channel. I change channels and it is over there too.

It would seem to me that one and all is trying to convince me that theirs is the best. One thing I do know. Those that display the ol’ AARP logo can forget it. I will never have anything to do with that outfit after they backed Obama care. That stunt cost me 30,000 dollars, maybe more.

I have my Medicare set up as well as my wife’s. Since then, though I have had several doctor visits and a couple of hospital visits. I haven’t been billed for one of them. All I do is check the EOBs to make sure no one is charging for something I didn’t get. On the other hand, my wife has had to pay a little. Even so, she has had a cataract surgery and will have another without us having to pay a dime.

I don’t think I like that plan C. I have the sneaky suspicion those outfits are trying to separate me from what little retirement I have and I don’t like that. My spidy senses tell me, they more they advertise, the more money is at stake, my money.

Just Wondr’n

For a few weeks now, I have been seeing an ad on TV picturing a dog and a man with The Statue of Liberty in the background. Something is said about look alikes and I must admit the man and dog do bear resemblances to each other.

The one thing I keep wondering is, which one is most intelligent?

The Good and the Bad

As some of you may already know, about the only game I play on my computer is free space. I find it a very challenging stimulus for my mind. However, before the more recent versions of windows, they did not have ads between games.

They now give us an option, pay or put up with the ads. I have found ways around the ads but here lately I have been watching them, but not listening. Many of them are very noisy. My dog does not like the noise. For that matter, neither do my wife or I. I found a simple solution. I turned off the sound.

As I look over the ads, I have found many of the ads have some very nice art work, some which I would pay for. Maybe they are missing the boat. They might make good wallpaper or screen savers.

On the other hand, some aren’t so great. I don’t know if you could pay me enough to take one of them. Indeed, I wouldn’t play the game even if I might think I might like it.

If I Were Suddenly a Rich Man

To paraphrase the once famous song from “Fiddler on the Roof,” If I were suddenly rich, the first thing I would do is to hand over my cell phone to an aid whose main job would would be to screen my calls.

Besides the inconvenience, it just gets under my skin that people would be able to use my phone for advertising. I mean, on the radio and TV they pay for virtually all programming, not me. Therefore, I do somewhat put up with their ads. (except for the highly repetitious or stupid ones) On the other hand, I pay for my phone. I pay for my air time. The robocallers don’t care. As long as they have one successful call out of a hundred, they are happy.

It is more than an inconvenience. Twice now, when I was visiting my internist, he had to stop to reply to a robocall. That is not just inconvenient but it also digs into his valuable time. He doesn’t have the option of ignoring the calls. The one he ignores just might be an important customer, or maybe the hospital.

Somehow, they found out I am retired. Now they are trying to sell me health insurance…twice a day. For those that might be reading this, don’t waste your time. I already have insurance for my wife and I. Since, we had it, we hardly paid a dime on doctors or hospitals. No need trying to sell anything to me.

One day a fella called, implying that I was under investigation by the FBI. (These guys get very inventive.) FYI: I called the FBI and they said they don’t do things like that. The agent said that if they wanted to talk to me, they would come out to my house. Also, the agent was more than happy that I had the phone number of the the guy that called.

I really don’t know what one thing had to do with the other, but I have never received any more calls like that.

Getting back to my point, it would just really be nice to have someone screen my calls. Also, if Biden were to call me, it would really, really be nice to put him on hold. It would be sort of be like the thousands of calls made for help from Afghanistan while he wonders the halls of The White House trying to figure out where the oval office is.

Also, I would really, really like it if the FBI would make one of those house calls on Fauci.

Orange County Housewives?

I have seen the show advertised on TV a number of times. I really have no interest in the show or anything like it. However, it did draw my curiosity in one respect, which Orange County?

As a boy grew up in Garden Grove, CA, a city in Orange County. If you check the map, you will find it is just down the road from Disneyland. Then, I noticed a mechanics show on TV, which took place in Orange County. I assumed it was in CA. Surprise, surprise. It was in New York State. I had a hard time wrapping my head around that one. I didn’t know they grew oranges in NY…maybe they don’t I don’t know why the county got its name.

Then one day, quite by accident, I found out that there is an Orange County in FL. That does make sense. They do grow oranges in FL, though they are nowhere near as good as the ones from CA.

Then, about a week ago, I found out there is an Orange County TX. I have no idea if they grow oranges but I suppose the they might. I guess they have the climate for it provided it is not too far north. Oranges are very subject to freezes. One cold winter can kill off all the trees. It doesn’t do the crop any good either.

So now here I am, trying to figure out which Orange County the show is about. Oh by the way, I looked on the internet and there are apparently also Orange Counties in Virginia, Indiana, N.C. and VT. In addition, there is an Orangeburg in South Carolina. I don’t know for sure if I included them all here, but apparently there are nine altogether when Orangeburg is included. That is just almost one tenth of the states. It is over one tenth if you only count the contiguous 48 states.

At any rate, I watched the show for about 15 minutes. I did not find anything that truly told me which of the Orange County housewives they were referring to. There was neither a description in the program nor within the little bit I watched.

I did come up with two conclusions about it. First, it had to be pretty much south as the season was Christmas and no one was was wearing any coats. Second, if you didn’t watch the show, you haven’t missed anything, that is unless you are the type who enjoys watching grass grow.

Home Shield Advertising

I just saw the advertisement for Home Shield advertising for the ten thousandth time. (I might be off ten or twelve times but who’s counting.)

In the ad they speak of all sorts of things working improperly or not working at all. I find the ad not only ridiculous but downright juvenile as well. I have no plans of paying for repair of products before they break down.

On the other hand, if they are selling the self-powered chairs that can just roll down the sidewalks, I’ll take two. Make that four. My dogs would just love them too,

Wendy’s, Are You Listening?

I suspect not. It think it would be more likely that Dave would hear me than the staff he left behind.

Just the same, if you are listening, you just lost a customer. I just finished a game of Free Cell and clicked on ‘New Game.’ Almost instantly, without warning, I heard this loud voice accompanying a Wendy’s add. I jumped three or four inches out of my seat. Once I recovered, I muted the sound and waited until the add was done. Learning my lesson, I think I shall mute the sound before clicking on new game again. That really was quite a start and it didn’t do my ears any good either.

Anyone else listening, you might take this as a warning. You pull this one on me and I won’t be your customer either. I will also have a tendency to speak badly of you as well. Maybe it won’t make any measurable difference but I think Dave would be ashamed of this add, especially if it happened to him in his later years.

Shame on you for scaring a man out of two years of his life, especially as I have so few left.