Don’t know what to call this post

I’m rambling again. It’s okay, we all need to from time to time. I just do mine in public.

I probably ought to be writing, but Old What’s Her Face is off today and tomorrow. Mondays is looking like my best opportunity right now.

Serang has been on the shelf long enough to start my word searches. Probably not long enough for my first editing pass, but there is always the wrong word that sneaks in somewhere. It’s-its. There – there – they’re. That kind of thing. Somehow, I just haven’t gotten to it.

I ought to be reading. I’m so horribly behind on that it isn’t funny. Several of my friends have released books, and while I’ve purchased them, I’ll wager they would appreciate some reviews too. I’ll get there, I promise.

Instead of that, I finally got around to watching “Thinner,” again. It doesn’t completely fit the fairytale mold, but several of the elements are there. Obviously the curse. The use of the number three is rampant. More rampant than I’ve ever used it.

  • Family of three
  • Three people get cursed
  • Encounter the Gypsy king three times. (Middle one is a beatdown)
  • He loses three pounds per day. (Most days)
  • Three acts of revenge against the Gypsy king.
  • Many more.

There is a neat parallel too. In order to remove the curse, the main character has to curse someone else. Love the idea of a curse pie.

Then there is Dish Network. My wife has no idea how to get rid of door-to-door people. This includes religious cults, salesmen, Girl Scouts, and others. Some kid has been stalking her and trying to convince her we need to switch to Dish.

I just bluntly tell them to peddle their wares elsewhere. If they still persist, I get rude. They have no problem interrupting my serenity, so why should they deserve any? I think the next time I deal with one, I’ll wipe the back of my hand across his/her cheek and say “Thinner.” I even have a cool witch hat I could put on first. Might not work, but I could freak someone the hell out.

This kid from Dish was supposed to come back and talk to both of us the other night, but managed to show up at 8:50 pm. He came back today and it looks like we’re switching back to Dish Network.

Old What’s Her Face has been talking about this for months to give her a fair representation. The kid is just someone I get to make fun of along the way. There was a time when all the providers were the same, but that isn’t the case anymore.

To get Dish, we have to give up HBO and Cinemax. They simply don’t have them available. As a packaging choice, we are giving up Turner Classic Movies. It comes in a bundle that costs too much for one decent channel. I watched all these channels. Game of Thrones is over, so that helped with our decision, but you know they’ll have the next big deal very soon.

The biggest loss for me is called Warrior. It’s based on some loose writing by Bruce Lee, and is set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the 1800s. I’ve enjoyed it, and the first season ended last night. I just won’t be there next year when it returns.

I am picking up a sports package that will include Major League Baseball. This means I’ll get some games, but not all of the games the Extra Innings package provides. I can live with this, because I’m getting none of them currently.

The biggest factor for me is the price. We are going to save EIGHTY dollars per month. We can use the savings around here. That’s enough money for a nice date night, maybe a couple of movies per month. It buys a tank of gas so we can take the camper out this summer.

So, here I am, goofing off and not getting down to business at all. I’ve hit it pretty hard lately, and expect new words of fiction before I go back to my work week. Today just isn’t the day, and tomorrow might not be either.

PS: The new hazelnut M & Ms are awesome.


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46 responses to “Don’t know what to call this post

  1. You had me at Hazlenut M&Ms. I used to have Dish and hated it. I had Direct TV and hated it. I guess I’m not a satellite kind of person. I like my 100 meg internet and TV bundled so I use a service provider who has internet service. I hear you on the savings.

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  2. I kept meaning to check out Warrior. Never knew the channel, but now I see I couldn’t watch it. For some reason, I want to say the Cinemax stuff shows up on streaming things. Might be wrong there. I hope you find a way to see it eventually. Maybe the local library will get it on DVD?

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  3. I hated Dish and DirectTV too. Of course, Spectrum not all good but they’re more affordable.

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  4. Sounds like you hate change as much as I do, Craig, but that is a good saving! We pay through the nose for Sky, but love the choices!

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  5. Here in Canada, Bell offers something called the “Skinny Package,” however the progarm avialability is so sparse I call it the “Starvation POackage.” We tend to watch alot of NetFlix.

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  6. D.L. Finn, Author

    We had to go to dish its the only thing our trees allow. Our internet is so poor its hard to use it for netflix or anything. It was a challenge to use HBO through Amazon for GOT. The sports side of dish is great though, I agree. Hope your writing goes well Monday.

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  7. I LMAO about giving the “Thinner” curse to the Dish people! LMAO!
    We’ll probably keep Hulu/HBO again until we realize no one’s watching it. That’s how we do.

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  8. I love that you owned not having a title for this.

    Glad you’re saving money. It comes with a tradeoff, I know. Meanwhile I’ve been considering adding Epix, which Directv just got. I’ve wanted it since I learned The Expendables were only airing there. I’ve seen all three in the series several times now, but there’s still that voice nagging me that I don’t want to miss the movies they have. In reality, I’ve probably seen them all, anyway, and it’s not necessary. Pretty sure I won’t bite the bullet, but I’m still mulling it over.

    Good luck on a good writing session tomorrow.

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  9. There are hazelnut M&Ms??? Where the heck have I been? I’m not much for sweet snacks (I like the salty stuff) but I might have to hunt those down.

    Glad you saved some bucks on the switch with Direct TV. I’m convinced the big boys (Comcast, Verizon, Direct TV) are all in cahoots. We recently ditched a a bunch of cable boxes, switched to Roku sticks, kept Comcast, and reduced ourvbill by $50.00 per month. Anyway you can beat how they gouge you for $$$ its a win-win situation in my book.

    Wishing you happy writing. Lately, your muse is on steroids 😉

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  10. Emegherd!!! Hazelnut M&M’s? … I wonder if they’re in Canada yet? 🙂

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  11. We’ve had DISH for the past several years, and have no complaints – so far. Hope it works for you. Didn’t know hazelnut M&Ms were a thing – but now I’ll search for them.

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  12. We just switched to DirectTV with ATT, and so far, we’re happy with it, but we don’t watch a lot of TV. We have Netflix and Prime and BritBox–I’m rewatching the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice AGAIN–but we had to give up HBO and Hallmark mysteries to get a decent price break. We went with Frontier for our phone and internet, and it’s fast–200/200. So far, so good. Good luck with your writing Monday!

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  13. 🙂 I wrote about salespeople last Wednesday; pesky little buggers. Take some of those M&Ms on your campout!

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  14. I laughed out loud at your P.S., Craig! It’s the little things. I gave up any kind of cable or satellite years ago, but I do get some extra channels off my kid’s subscriptions. 🙂 Good luck with the switch! And congrats on the savings!

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  15. I’m good at making sales people go away. For example, “I’m not interested in reading it, but you can see if the dog wants to shred it… Or maybe the degu would like some new nesting material…” works well for persuading people not to push random leaflets or religeous texts on me.

    That’s a great saving. I could save some money by switching my TV package. But doing so would cost us a couple of channels we have on a lot, so we won’t do it. It is tempting sometimes though.

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  16. I enjoy the mint dark chocolate M&Ms. Yum. Craig, I agree. There are just days you don’t get things done. I have those days frequently. And as for the title, they are the hardest things to come up with.

    We have Dish Network, but I have a higher package because I insist on having Root Sports. They carry my Penguin hockey and Pirate baseball. We ditched the second and third receivers and went with Amazon sticks. Saving a bundle.

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