‘The Strain’ Of Dealing With Cable Companies


While what constitutes “sex” may differ from one person to the next, the thing is, when most of us see it, we know it.  I bring it up because for the past few months I have been watching television shows that I wouldn’t normally have access to, online.

Sure, part of it is because I am unemployed, and can’t afford cable.  But you know what?  Even if I weren’t I wouldn’t pay for TV.  My viewing habits are pretty locked in at this point, and I like what I like, and what I don’t, I don’t.

For instance, I am not particularly into sports, so for me to pay for a channel that broadcasts them is a waste.  The same thing for the various flavor of reality shows out there.

Unless you’re talking about those that deal with tattoos.  Tattoos are awesome.

And I live in reality everyday.  I don’t need a television show to remind me how dull it can be when you don’t have someone editing out the slow spots

(Unless they revolve around people with tattoos because, as I have already stated, they’re awesome).

And do you know who’s to blame?  How about the cable companies themselves.  If they weren’t hoarding their programming as if it were gold (and in a sense it is.  Shows can cost millions to develop) then I wouldn’t have to find other means to watch them.

And I understand that the problems start with you start multiplying the amount of people that are doing so.  The thing is, some networks get it.  They understand that there will always be people who will watch their content using methods other than those that they would prefer.  Because, in this instance, HBO understands that they are creating a product so popular that people will go through all sorts of means–other than actually paying for it–to watch their programming.

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Lock ChangeThis heavily redacted document is what I received from the management of my apartment building last Friday, and I admit that it scared me a little bit.  You see, I lost my keys last week and so I had to borrow another set from the Maintenance Department, which is located in the Rental Office.

It bothers me because the tone is way so punitive, when the only reason that I hung on to them in the first place is that I needed to get into the apartment I have been renting for 14 years now.

I dropped back to the aforementioned rental office today, and learned that they would copy the keys for me–which is the first time that I am hearing this, by the way–for $5 a key.

For some reason I thought that keys, especially apartment keys, were three or four times more expensive than that.

Though something is rotten in the state of Denmark because the Maintenance Department also charges $75 for plastic entry cards.

And since the last place I worked for used similar cards (they come in lots of 100, and while I didn’t purchase them, I know that there’s no way on earth they cost $7500 a box; especially at the rate teachers lost or broke them) I know the management company must be making an absolutely obscene profit on each replacement card.

So, if they were willing to scalp renters for an entry card, why wouldn’t they do the same for keys?

I called my local hardware store, and learned that they charge only $2 per key.

I think that it goes without saying that I am going to head to the hardware store in a bit.