Quick Hits

Late to bed, early to rise. Post like hell and publicize.


I have to admit that I do like some of the benefits of the FCC’s push toward HDTV. A few months back, I looked at ways to save money. I looked at how many non-broadcast stations SWMBO and I watched and compared that to the amount of money we paid for satellite service. It wasn’t a difficult choice, especially considering how many times storms blocked reception. I fashioned an antenna for less than $20, based on instructions I found online and mounted it in the attic, out of sight. We pick up all the major stations of our metropolitan area, except ION, which doesn’t broadcast from the same vicinity as everybody else.

SWMBO was not happy at first, but she does appreciate how sporting events and shows about blowing stuff up don’t dominate the TV like they used to. Another benefit is that the TV is usually off on Saturday and Sunday mornings because of all of the infomercials on then.

big yard + laser pointer + dog = great family fun

I know SWMBO really needs me when she says those three little words,
“Where’s your wallet?”

Much as Pavlov discovered with his dogs, She who must be obeyed has found the key to getting me to do household projects. If a simple request does not spark me into action, she does not resort to nagging. She simply gathers the tools she deems necessary and starts about doing the task. I have been conditioned to respond to certain magic words such as “Oops!” “Man!” (said as two syllables) and “Awww!” At that point I have confirmed that my assistance is needed immediately, lest I procrastinate and allow the damage to accumulate.

My father and I weren’t very close, but he did leave me with some good things to remember including…

You can justify anything you want to yourself.
You can only spend your money once.
Don’t pay interest if you don’t have to. (In other words, be patient and wait until you have the money.)
Don’t buy a house on the low ground or near creeks/rivers/streams. (I’m glad I paid attention to that given all of the flooding in Georgia lately.)

Yeah, I could get this, but I don’t think the wife would be amused.

Of course, on the flip side, maybe seeing a woman carrying a chain saw and reaching for a shot gun might give her ideas that would NOT be beneficial for my longevity.