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Futility [Dec. 24th, 2015|09:18 pm]
I'm not even going to bother setting the elf and reindeer traps tonight. The moon is so bright the elf would undoubtedly spot them. Besides which I'm displeased with the past performance of products from ACME, and that seems to be the only company that makes elf and reindeer traps. I'd switch to a shotgun, but I can't afford the dental bill that would be likely to result from biting down on a piece of buckshot while eating my Christmas roasted elf and reindeer dinner. I guess I'll just heat up a frozen lasagna again this year. Too bad this town doesn't have a good Chinese restaurant, so I could go out and eat as well as John Stewart does on Christmas.

But, boy, is it cold out there tonight! It dropped below freezing shortly after sunset. When it gets this cold it seems the furnace doesn't work as well as it does on milder nights, so I'm uncomfortably chilly even in the house. I'm thinking of having a can of southwestern corn with potatoes and peppers soup for dinner. I was intending to bake a couple of potatoes but totally forgot to put them in the oven, and now I'm too hungry to wait for as long as it would take for them to get done.

The late storm turned out to be puny, and after dropping only a little bit of rain overnight it cleared out and left a sunny afternoon. The shortage of clouds is partly why it has gotten so cold tonight. Currently no rain is predicted for the next week, though the forecasts have been so unreliable this year that it could change within a couple of days. But it does seem likely we'll be having cold, dry weather from now into the new year. I do hope the rainy season doesn't peter out as it has for the last couple of years. An occasional rainstorm reduces the monotony of winter.

Now I'm going to go heat my soup and tortillas and watch television. I'm going to watch as much as I can because the cable company is raising its rates next month, and I'm seriously considering just dropping it. A few other things are getting more expensive this year, most notably the water bill, and something has to go. I'd really miss some of the stuff I watch, but I can do without cable more easily than I can do without water. Besides which I really hate Comcast, and no longer giving them money will itself be a bonus. But we shall see. I don't have to decide until next year.

[User Picture]From: forioscribe
2015-12-25 12:16 pm (UTC)
Sign up on the internet with Netflix, $7.99 a month. An amazing array of stuff, like weird Scandanavian movies, Dexter, Breaking Bad, etc., etc. And the very best part is NO COMMERCIALS.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2015-12-25 11:34 pm (UTC)
Sadly, to stream video I'd need to upgrade my Internet to broadband, and Comcast is also the only broadband provider here— and they'll only discount broadband for cable subscribers. It's Comcatch 22.
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[User Picture]From: forioscribe
2015-12-26 01:51 pm (UTC)
Cable is doomed, which is why they're desperately bleeding customers dry, but then that's how Big Business works. Always.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2015-12-27 12:00 am (UTC)
I don't have a tv, as I'd said before, but I pay Comcast for a tv package because it's pretty much cheaper than just phone + internet. Gotta have internet. I can't imagine living without it now!
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