The big purchase turned out to be a Samsung Plasma HD TV, but it didn’t come without some aggravation. In order to get the most out of the new TV, I had to order HD service from Directv, which costs an additional $9.99 per month. This also required installation of a bigger dish, with two choices for receivers, HD or HD DVR. The HD receiver has an up front cost of $99. The HD DVR receiver has an up front cost of $299. Originally, I decided to go with only the HD receiver. So I called Directv, ordered the receiver, and scheduled an appointment for Saturday, September 8th. After thinking about it for a few days and wondering why I didn’t just pay for the HD DVR reciever, I decided to call Directv and upgrade the order. Little did I know the hoops I would have to go through in order to make this change. First, the customer service rep informs me that we will need to cancel the original order and then create a new one. At the time, I didn’t think much of it. Well, as she enters the new order, she tells me the earliest appointment for an installation is September 10th. Dumbfounded, I ask her what happened to the appt. for Saturday. Well, apparently, that was cancelled along with the original order and is no longer available. Without thinking, I asked for a manager, which proved to be worthless. At this point, I was so aggravated, I just decided to cancel everything. That includes the HD DVR for $299 and NFL Sunday Ticket at $250. By my calculation, Directv just lost $550 plus additional monthly fees. As for me, I now have a sweet HD TV with no HD. It’s my way of sticking it to them. Add the fact that I’m not going to be in town during the next 3 weekends, I can easily wait until October to make the order. Eventually, they will get their money, I just can’t rationalize giving it to them now after getting lousy customer service. If it didn’t cost over $150 to get out of my contract with Directv, I’d seriously think about going to Comcast, who don’t make you pay a large up front cost in order to lease a box.
On to some better news, the Mets magic number is now 16 and they seem to be hitting their stride winning 7 of their last 8 games. With the Rockies only 4 games out of the wild card, there is a slight chance the Mets will be playing here in Denver come October. No doubt I’ll have to find tickets to that game. Although, in a be careful what you wish for scenario, the Rockies did sweep the Mets earlier this year when they played here at Coors Field.
The photo albums are coming along. As I noted in a previous post, the first floor of my townhouse was painted various shades of green. Well, now there are before and after pictures to see. The new TV can be found in one of the pictures. In addition, there are pictures of the loft area, where you can see the new desk and shelves that I put up last weekend.
Well, I think that’s it for today. Time to start watching some football!