Time Keeps on Slippin’, Slippin’, Slippin’

Today is not such a lazy Saturday around the ole Riggledo homestead.

I slept late, because I stayed up late (where have we heard that story before), because I stayed at work late, because I got there late, because….  Well, you get the idea.

Actually, I stayed later than I would have, because I had a couple of things I wanted to do and I had a huge chunk of my productivity time stolen away when IT came to my office to try to install my new printer, only to have the driver not work and the printer and computer not talk to each other (except for the printer to spit out 20-30 pages of error messages – six separate times) and not get resolved.  The IT guy has to try again on Monday, with the in-house Lexmark technician in tow.  (Karin, you’ll be glad to know the IT guy kept putting the papers back in the tray so he didn’t waste as much paper as he could have.) 😛

Anyway, I’ve been behind on my blog reader, spending more time on the writing than on the reading recently, so I was trying last night and this morning (afternoon) to trim that number down.  But I’ve also got four and half hours worth of TV shows on my DVR that need to be watched with another 90 minutes scheduled to be added tomorrow and those all need to be watched before bed tomorrow night, because on Monday, I finally have an appointment to have new TV service installed.  I’ve absolutely had it with AT&T U-verse and it’s finally going away.  If you’re one of the very few people who were around here long enough ago to remember my rant/diatribe about my previous attempt to replace U-verse with DirecTV and how I swore I’d never use DirecTV again…  Well, let’s just pretend that never happened and be happy for me that I’ll be having DirecTV installed in my house and all will be right with the world. (Hypocrite.)

It’s only 3:15 in the afternoon, so that probably doesn’t really sound all that stressful, but it is.  Here’s why:

Today is my friend and Michelle’s sister, Monique’s birthday (you might recall she’s the one that made this)  and there’s a party in two hours and fifteen minutes.  I have to buy cat food today and I have not yet bought her a birthday present or even a card.  I really wanted to got to Target today to make a semi-significant (to me – and probably only me) purchase.  Also, I have yet to take a shower or brush my teeth today.

Plus, tomorrow is my day to hang out with Lil’B.  Much of the day is taken up with that, not that I mind in the least.

AND, I need to clean (organize, dust, sweep around) my entertainment center, and my dresser, where the second TV is, not to mention clear a path to the dresser…

Crap!  I’ve got a lot to do.

Gotta go!

5 thoughts on “Time Keeps on Slippin’, Slippin’, Slippin’

  1. Your day sounds kind of like mine. (Except I didn’t sleep late this Saturday – for a change!) I didn’t get in the shower until 2:15 at which point I was panicking because I needed to be out the door by 3:15!

    Enjoy your time with Lil’ B tomorrow!

  2. I must say that your day has been much more productive than mine.

    What’s up with U-verse? I’ve had a lot of people recommend it to me.

    1. Really? I’ve had it for nearly two years and never liked it. I’m thrilled to finally be getting rid of it!

      The thing that finally instigated this, though, is that last summer they did a software upgrade that jacked up the system. The remote controls were unreliable after that, but even more of a problem for me, was that the to do list in my DVR didn’t have any programming information in it, beyond “today”. I liked to go through and read ahead what was upcoming in my to do list and see if there were things that were re-runs or that I didn’t really care to watch. But since last July, I’ve been unable to do that. I assumed it was a software glitch, that they knew about it and it would get fixed.

      Eventually they did do a software patch that fixed the remote control problem but the programming information was still not there.

      In November, I was trying to watch Castle one night and the receiver kept seizing and freezing. Then it would skip minutes ahead. I couldn’t even watch the show because I had no idea what was going on. I didn’t think much of it because these things occasionally happen with digital broadcast, but then it happened again the next week and has happened every week since. Always on the same network in the same time slot so it’s not the DVR. I always had to go to my friend’s house. She has Comcast, and I’d watch Castle On Demand. (I really dislike Comcast, though.)

      Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I got around to calling AT&T. They had no idea why either problem was happening. They put in a ticket with the network engineering folks, and whatever the problem was, for the last two weeks, Castle has been clear and uninterrupted. But they have no clue why the programming isn’t coming through. So they sent me a new DVR. Didn’t fix the problem. So when I called back they said it was probably the gateway and not the DVR anyway, so they sent me a new Gateway.

      Now, I’ve replaced the DVR and the Gateway and I still have no programming information AND the audio WON’T sync up with the video. So, I’m just done giving them second chances.

      Of course, I realize everyone’s experience is likely to be different, but that’s mine! So my advice is…. DON’T DO IT!!! 😉

      1. Haha… glad I asked. Sounds like a headache.

        We have Charter, and although they have a reputation for abysmal customer service, I’ve never had a problem with them.

        1. AT&T has fairly lousy customer service too, but my philosophy is, I shouldn’t have to call customer service since your product should kick ass, and therefore, I will never know if you have bad customer service.

          DirecTV on the other hand has kick ass product AND really good customer service… most of the time, anyway.

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