When I was growing up, we had a large weighty console type television that took up real estate down in our family room. This was back in the day when there were only 3 television stations, you could trust that your anchorman was feeding you unbiased truth, and if you wanted to watch your stories, you needed to allow an extra 10 minutes for the TV to warm up.
Positioned atop the cabinet was an unsightly antennae. Certain times during the year our rabbit ears sported strategically placed pieces of tin foil. And if we were feeling particularly classy, a wire coat hanger rounded out the ensemble.
Coming from these humble television beginnings, it amuses me to no end when I see television sets that I can pick up with one hand which are no thicker than a picture frame.
For the last number of years we have spoiled ourselves by having cable piped into our house, so that I might have the option of watching whatever I chose from a vast array of nearly 90 channels.
We have been in discussions for some time about how to trim our household budget, and it was decided that the cable needed to go. Fiddledaddy did the necessary research and decided that we would invest in an antennae, so that we could receive the major channels FOR FREE. And free is good in this economic climate.
However, our intrepid homeowners association states clearly in Paragraph 47, article 256 that no homeowner shall have attached to their dwelling an antennae. But satellite dishes are okiedokie. I’m guessing that whoever wrote this amendment prefers a satellite dish for their entertainment needs.
Fortunately, Fiddledaddy was able to procure an antennae that disguises itself as a dish. But to be safe, he decided to attach the thing to the back of the house. After acquiring all of the necessary tools, he set about the task of aiming the antennae in the general direction of our nearest major city. After a number of failed attempts at getting at least the 3 major networks, he decided that he needed to go higher.
And so here is my handy husband straddling the rooftop, while I take photographic evidence, in-between hand wringing. We now are able to receive 37 FREE television stations. Of course we can’t understand the language of more than a few of them, but free is good.
Fiddledaddy’s selfless act of technological heroism is saving us $50 a month. And btw, we’ve gotten rid of our landline and are instead using MagicJack.com which is a system wherein you are able to connect your phone via the computer. And it only costs $20 a year. Plus for another one-time $20 fee, we were able to keep our old phone number. This is saving us another $50 a month.
But the day would not have been complete without at least one mishap. Fiddledaddy inadvertently tried to access the interior of the porch with the business end of an extension ladder. But not to be discouraged, he was able to patch the unsightly tear in the porch screen.
Using silver duct tape.
Which sort of matches the screen. And is a good deal less obvious than the RED duct tape used to fix most of our other mishaps.
Really, it’s hardly noticeable, don’t you think?
I’m pretty sure that the homeowners association board members that live within rock throwing distance are going to see this as some sort of incomplete message aimed at them.
But for me, it stands for FREE IS GOOD.