Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cable Television

Brownie by CaptPiper
Brownie, a photo by CaptPiper on Flickr.

When I was a little girl, my father told me that someday we would have to pay to watch TV. I envisioned us paying for each individual program. I envisioned me wanting to watch TV and my dad saying couldn’t because he wasn’t paying for Lost in Space or Gillian’s Island. But above all, I just couldn’t believe that some day we would have to pay for something that was free, but he said that pay TV wouldn’t have any commercials. But he didn’t foresee the greed of big business.

Finally, years later, cable television became a reality. As an adult, I resisted. Analog TV was fine; I refused to pay for cable, satellite, anything. I saw families, people I respected, falling, one by one, for the cable TV. Still I refused. I told the telemarketer that I wouldn’t get cable even if it was free because I already spent too much time in front of the boob tube. But they found a way.

A couple of years ago, analog TV was ended and all signals became digital. I naively believed that the $20 converter would work. But when we plugged it in, our reception narrowed to two and a half channels. We could get channel 4 and channel 7, and 11 came in – kind of. So, if we wanted to have any kind of choice at all, we had to get cable.

So now we pay about $60 a month that we weren’t paying before for many channels, most of which have commercials, just like always, and about half of which are just ONE BIG COMMERCIAL. I’ll admit that the reception is great. Also, I love the DVR that seeks out and records my favorite shows. Television is better. But if I could go back, I would.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Necklace

The Necklace by CaptPiper
The Necklace, a photo by CaptPiper on Flickr.

While wedding shopping last spring, Emily fell in love with these Nadri earrings we found at Von Maur in Briarwood Mall, but they were very expensive. Eighty bucks for high-end costume jewelry? Not happening. Then I told my sister about the earrings and her friend Dorthy overheard. Dorothy generously gave Emily the money as a shower/wedding gift to buy the earrings.
Emily found a pendant necklace that kind-of matched the earrings on the clearance table (same store, same brand) and bought it. But I found a necklace (pictured) on sale in the display case that matched even better. It was the perfect wedding piece to balance the simplicity of her dress. The regular price for this necklace was $145 and it was on sale for $80. I really wanted to buy it for her, but what with paying for the wedding, even on sale, I couldn't find a way to fit the necklace into my budget. I asked the lady working that counter if the price might go down further. She said it might - that Friday was the day further markdowns happened. I gave her my number and she agreed to call me if the price was reduced. The lady's name was Jan.
Faithfully, Jan called me for the next four weeks. Each week, the necklace was still there, but the price was still the same. I went on vacation out West and still received the calls. Finally, as we were headed back home, she called with the exciting news that the necklace had been lowered to under my price point target! She agreed to hold it for me until I could come pick it up. That night we arrived home, and the next day I drove to the mall and purchased the necklace, just in time for it to be Emily's shower gift. What a great sales lady! If you are ever purchasing jewelery at Von Maur, be sure to ask for Jan!
(Emily gave me her pendant to go with my dress and earrings. Perfect!)

The Necklace

The Necklace by CaptPiper
The Necklace, a photo by CaptPiper on Flickr.

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Pie-Making 101 - the dough

Pie-Making 101 - the dough by CaptPiper
Pie-Making 101 - the dough, a photo by CaptPiper on Flickr.

Making an apple pie for Sam's b-day:
Acquire ingredients. Fortunately, Tim went to the store to buy everything. Unfortunately, he forgot the apples. Go to store, buy apples. Get ingredients for crust on counter: can't find the pastry cloth - anywhere. Fortunately, I recently purchased a new one. Unfortunately, it hasn't been washed yet. Wash pastry cloth. First, remove and dry last load of laundry. NOW wash pastry cloth. Start to make crust. The recipe, which is always on the back of the Crisco can, is not on the back of the Crisco can. Can't remember precisely how it goes: go look on the internet.
At last - the pie is put together and in the oven.
Going by the test crust, this could possibly be the tenderest, flakiest, most perfect crust ever! As long as I don't burn it.
For the complete instructions on how to make a pie, go to my Flickr stream and click on the set "Making Pie".