Monday, May 13, 2013

Do you ever have one of those *ah ha* moments?  Last month when I was writing checks to pay bills, I noticed that our cable bill went up - for the second consecutive month.  What's up with that?  There are seemingly ceaseless commercials about what good deals they have for all sorts of plans.  Just give 'em a call to set it up and they will even give you a $200 Visa gift card!  So I called to see what I could do for my own pocketbook.
An hour and a half later, after speaking to multiple representatives in multiple departments, I came to learn that we did not qualify for any of the aforementioned offers for two reasons:  One - we are already customers, therefore cannot receive the Visa gift card.  Two - we cannot sign up for a better plan because we are currently in a 'Price Rate Lock' situation.  For those of you wishing for clarity, this means that the cable company is free to raise our rate on a frequent and regular basis; however, we cannot change to a plan that would benefit us or our budget.
Apparently we 'signed' a two year contract when we set up our account, though there is no physical evidence of this signing.  Are you as frustrated as I was?  The good news is that TODAY marks two years from when we moved into this home.  And cable bills are paid a month in advance.  So last weekend, Hubby disconnected the HD boxes, the dvr and gathered up the remote controls and headed to our local cable office.  As much as I wanted (and I REALLY WANTED) to just leave the company entirely, we do still receive our high speed Internet service from them as well as 'basic cable' which is the networks and about a half dozen other channels.
So far the hardest adjustment has been finding out what time it is.  I am so used to just looking at the digital readout on the cable boxes.  Now instead of just mindlessly turning on the TV, we have been taking an extra, after dinner walk, we listen to the radio, and I'm getting a nice mix of music on Pandora Radio.
We picked up some comfy outdoor seating to enjoy the evenings al fresco.
I've unearthed the hexagon stars.  They are easily transported in and outdoors for hand quilting and not so hot or bulky as to be bothersome to work on as summer approaches.  Seems like one way or another I am bound to finally get this quilt finished.  At least I hope so!

26 comments:

WoolenSails said...

Good for you, I think we should all boycott the cable services, lol. I watch tv while I sew, so it keeps me entertained;) I did notice that I had services I didn't use or more than I needed, so I was able to kick my cell bill down.

Debbie

Julierose said...

It is a nightmare dealing with these companies that are in reality a "monopoly". Our area has just one server!!
(Sigh, breathe...) I love your hexagon stars--Did you follow a pattern or just work it out yourself?
Either way, they look fantastic! Hugs, Julierose

julieQ said...

I think you and I have the same cable company, LOL!!! Love your hexies, every time I see them!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Good for you, really... GOOD FOR YOU! Enjoy your new-found time, sounds like you already are.

Julie in the Barn said...

I am envious. I sooo want to dump our Comcast but Hubby watches the golf on the weekends and would have serious withdrawal if deprived. I get my tv fix on the computer but he is old school & loves him some remote control action. Your hexie is beauteous. Of that too, also, I am envious.

Izzysquilts said...

WELL DONE! We have the "works" and only watch a childrens channel Hallmark and maybe 3 more channels . There are like 1000 channels we dont watch ! We live on the East Coast cannot change a thing .......

Quilter Kathy said...

So happy to see the hexagon quilt again...enjoy the hand stitching :)

Melanie said...

I so admire those that learn to say 'when'... Enjoy others things. You've realized your priorities... Love the project...

Jennie in GA said...

LOVE those hexagon stars. The cable company....I feel your pain!!

Dixie said...

Arghhh, don't get me started - what a racket. I would love to ditch the tv altogether, but hubby loves the reality shows on the history channel. He watches and I read my book...Your quilt is looking so great!

Dianne said...

Libby, I've been meaning to look into making some hexies and wondering what method is best to use...care to share how you do them?

Diane said...

I'm so glad to see the hexi star quilt-I L.O.V.E. it! When you finish post a hundred pictures or at least twenty!

Ruth said...

It is so annoying how they work there "deals." Years ago, cable was advertised as not having so many commercials, but that hasn't worked out. Why do we have to pay through the nose AND watch endless commercials? Plus, we pay for oodles of stations that we never watch - and would never be caught dead watching.

Sweet P said...

Recently I received one of those specials for our service. I was able to lower our bill by $20 a month. I have a land line phone now, but don't even have a phone! I asked the cable man how many people do that to get a lower price and he said that a lot of people do that!

Shakerwood said...

Oh, how I envy you! But as I said before, I'm not the only one that lives there and life (and a good marriage) is full of compromises ...

Lori said...

We have one company that provides cable service to my town....what a monopoly!

Tina said...

Amen to you and all the folks that have commented on the "cable racket". We, too, have many, many channels but only watch a couple (so many of these channels are downright disgusting and no, we do not speak another language so I don't need those channels either). It's just too bad that we have to pay for a "package" of 200 channels to get the ten or so channels that we actually do watch. My mother just dropped her cable for the reasons you mentioned and she just loves it!

Karen said...

I heard on tv yesterday that there is something in the works to try and make cable companies allow you to pick and choose and only pay for the channels you watch. Not bundles. But they said pay tv services said it would cost you more than bundles of service.
I remember maybe in the early 70's that there would be big advertisements at the drive-in theaters before movies were shown warning you to not allow pay tv. I remember remarking why would anyone want to pay for television channels when you get them free. LOL! We have a big cable bill each month.

Linda said...

Ever since our SoCal free TV ended we have not had television in our home.. I love it!! The computer and netflix keep us up to date and the Bose provides good sounds. When I was a little girl my Dad worked for Warner Bros.. we had the first TV on the block (7inch) so I guess I have paid my TV dues and can now "retire"... you will like it!!! Less distraction for your beautiful hexies too.

J Naylor said...

My cable sucks. We cannot get padre games. None of the other cable systems will put cable join at my area . but if I was in a different part of San Diego I would be able to get four different cable offers. I cannot get padre games either time warner is fighting with fox San Diego.

Beth said...

I hate cable companies, they really do rip people off. We have Directv, no way are we ever getting cable. If you have internet access, you could always get TV shows on Hula+ if you need a TV fix.

Carole said...

We have what DH likes to call "austerity" cable. It just provides us with minimum channels for around $12.00. Now, even that is bugging DH, so he googled how to make a reception antenna and guess what? It works. We are renovating this year and having our phone line buried as opposed to having a line run between two trees. Once the phone line is buried, he will call to have the cable disconnected and the line taken out. Myself, I am not a tv watcher. Never owned a tv in my life! ;o)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Oh I have to laugh because we have done exactly the same thing. We waiting until we were out of contract and got rid of the cable tv but kept the internet. Most stations have a catchup service on their websites so if there is anything I want to see I can still watch it. I think the days of cable tv are numbered!

Colleen said...

Same here! We actually were supposed to pay the 'disconnect' fee to break our contract. It was 150 dollars to do that, but I got lucky because the girl that talked to me, when I asked her outright, will we have to pay the disconnect fee for the DSL computer and just basic channels, said no! When I got the bill, I called, they listed to the recorded conversation and yep! I didn't have to pay! When my cable bill was approaching 200 a month, I knew it was time too.

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