We recently switched from Dish to Direct TV. I was loving the change until a couple of days ago, when recorded programs would freeze up and it took ten seconds to switch channels after I pushed the button. Hmmm. Then the receiver reset itself, and I called the guy who installed this stuff.
See, he asked me to call him, rather than Direct TV, if a problem arose, because he didn't want them on his back.
I told him if this resetting thing was an isolated problem, no biggie. But this is what my Dish receiver was doing for the last year, and I had hoped to see the end of it with Direct TV.
This morning, the only thing that showed on my television screen was "searching for signal". I called my installer again, and he's supposed to come tomorrow and check things out.
I missed "Raising Hope" and "Lie to Me", so I made myself comfortable in Cliff's easy chair, opened up his laptop, and went to Hulu.com to catch up on what I had missed.
That's when I noticed that there's an option for captions on the full-length episodes online. That's great! Now when Cliff misses a show, he can enjoy it on his computer.
This whole business of Cliff having a computer is still very strange to me. He used to walk past my computer shaking his head, saying, "I don't know how you can spend so much time on that thing."
Now he's on the Internet several times a day, checking out Craigslist and watching videos of tractors doing what tractors do and reading his email. I can always tell when he's reading his email because I hear him laughing out loud. He loves the jokes, jokes I've seen multiple times over the years, but they're all new to him.
And I can't help but recall how, back in 1998 when I'd be chatting in the chat room with my friends ("tatting in the tat-room", as my little granddaughter Monica put it), the conversations would be so hilarious I'd laugh out loud. Cliff would say, from the other room, "Sometimes I worry about you."
And now the shoe is on the other foot.