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30 May 2008 @ 12:27 am
Can't stop the signal. Except when you can.  
The Really Painfully True Story of How I watched the Lost finale on the lowest definition screen you can possible imagine...



So, we've been having these cable box issues the last few days, where inexplicably some of our lower tier channels, including abc, wouldn't get a signal. But we could reboot the box and they'd come back. As long as we didn't change the channel or turn the box off, no biggie.

And, of course, no signal right before the Lost finale, so I rebooted the box and we got the picture and all was hunky dory.

For about ten minutes. Then there were a whole bunch of dropouts and the picture went black.

Hubby and I looked at each other and I might have said some bad words.

So I rebooted the box AGAIN. it takes a few minutes each time, so we wait.

No signal.

Well, fuck. Rebooting didn't work. We tried again. Nothing. So we futzed around with the t.v. trying to get a picture off the antenna. Except there's no antenna hooked up to the t.v. dumb ass, that's not going to work.

Hubby goes off to find the earthquake kit and the emergency tv in it.

I plug the cable box in again to reboot it. PICTURE IS BACK! \o/

Twenty minutes later, picture goes dead. AGAIN.

This time we turn on the emergency t.v. my PHONE has a bigger frakkin screen. My phone is also COLOR, and this is black and white. Off an antenna. VERY LOW DEF. Beyond suckitude.

This continued the rest of the show. During commercials we reboot the cable box, get the picture eventually, watch for a little while, lose the picture again and turn to our trust portable etc. This kept happening all the way to the end of the second hour. I mean, thank God, we HAD the little t.v. or it would've sucked even more, but man. That's one horrid screen. How people watch movies on their ipods or PSP's I got no clue, because that was rough going. Squinty-vision for realz. "Who is that? Is that Jack?" At least the sound was okay, so we got all the dialogue.

FEBRUARY! GAH.

WHY DO THE NETWORKS HAVE TO TORTURE US?

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Telstelscha on May 30th, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
swap you a tv with a pink picture. Not that it matters cos right now its 24/7 hannah montana which gets repeated every 4 hours.
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on May 30th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
You are like my early warning system of the horrors to come. Endless Hannah Montana? That's like... hell. eek. poor you. *pets*
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lizardbethlizardbeth_j on May 30th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
yeah, it's a conspiracy! Keeping us away from our genre t.v.!

Heh, I love that icon. Jennifer Connelly is so YOUNG.
mrsdrjackson: That's not fair!mrsdrjackson on May 31st, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
Conspiracy. EXACTLY.

:D So young and so pretty in that movie. I love it!

I have no idea how it happened, but I think I deleted my other comment. o_O *confusion*
lizardbeth: Baal eatinglizardbeth_j on May 31st, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
how odd. I thought maybe I screened it by mistake, but no, it's gone.