No TV is getting really old in a hurry

August 24, 2009

by Aaron Schultz

It’s been well over a month now since I have moved into my new place in Winsted, and it hasn’t been smooth sailing.

There have been issues with the pipes, hot water heater, and a few other small things – all things one might expect when moving into an older house.

However, there is one item that is driving me nuts, and has nothing to do with the age of the house.

As of today (Monday), I still don’t have any TV in my place, and I’m not too happy about it.

If it isn’t one thing, it is another dealing with the cable and satellite companies, and I think I’m losing my mind.

It started out looking like we were going to have to go two weeks without TV, which I wasn’t too thrilled about, but accepted.

See, I have had Direct TV for almost three years, and with the move, they were going to set us up at the new place for free, give us a few upgrades, and it all looked good.

The only problem was that it was going to take them two weeks after we moved in for them to get there.

No problem, I thought. It’s just two weeks, I could take it.

Well, when the installation date finally came, I was more than a little thrilled.

I just couldn’t wait to finally be able to catch the Twins again, along with SportsCenter, ESPNNews, Fox Sports North, and everything else I enjoy on TV.

As I sat on my couch that day, it was almost like Christmas morning as that Direct TV van pulled in front of our house.

I welcomed the guy, showed him where everything was going to go, and sat back down and waited excitedly for the magic of television to finally come into my house.

That is when the bad news started.

Apparently with all of the trees at our place, there was no line of sight to the satellite, so he couldn’t install the dish on our house.

“What?” was my first response, as my excitement quickly turned to frustration.

After nearly 30 minutes of walking around our property, the installer did say that he could install a post and put the dish on that, which should work.

But there was a catch. Our free installation was going to cost me an extra $100.

Despite not being too pleased about the extra expense, I told him to go ahead – I didn’t think I could go much longer without TV.

So he took off to try and find a post in town that would work.

After sitting and waiting for what seemed like forever, he returned and told me that he couldn’t find a post that would work.

You have gotta be kidding me!

He then told me to call Direct TV once again, and set up a new installation date.

At this point, my patience with that company had worn thin, so my next call wasn’t to Direct TV, but to Mediacom.

Actually, it was wifey Jody that called Mediacom, and they told her they could be out there in a week, and had almost everything we wanted from Direct TV, and at a lower price.

The only real thing that I was going to miss was the NFL package that Direct TV offers, but I didn’t care. At this point, I just wanted some kind of TV.

So we gave Mediacom the go-ahead, and waited another week for them to show up.

Exactly a week later, the Mediacom guy showed up, and it was pretty much a repeat of emotions for me.

He pulled up, I showed him where we wanted our boxes set up, and he went back out to start the setup.

And again, he was back at my door about 10 minutes later with bad news.

Apparently, we must be the only house in Winsted that doesn’t have a line that connects to our property for Mediacom – meaning he couldn’t set it up.

No way, no way! This can’t be happening!!!!

He said he was sorry, and would call the tech guys to get it set up since they had to offer it to us, but he had no idea how long it would take.

I was directed to call Mediacom and check with them on how long it would take.

So that is what I did. They responded by telling me that they would have someone call me back in the next 24 hours with a time frame.

Hmm, as I write this column, it has been over 168 hours and still no call. Thanks!

Jody did manage to call and get through, only to have the guy she talked to give her the run-around.

I guess Dish Network is my next call, but I am running out of options and patience.

Thankfully, the amateur baseball season is still going for me, which has taken up plenty of my time.

Meanwhile, the Twins haven’t exactly been playing good baseball, so I haven’t missed much of that.

But if I don’t have TV by the time college and professional football fires up, I might lose it.

I mean, really, I had to listen to the Brett Favre news conference on the radio instead of seeing it on TV, and Favre’s first game with the Vikings I had to leave my house Friday to watch.

Yeah, I know, in the big scheme of everything, who really cares?

Probably nobody reading this column, other than the guy who is writing it – ME.

I’m running out of movies to watch, so I hope the TV gods look down and smile on me in the next week.