This weekend, I found myself to be pretty handy.
So the weekend before this past one, I got fed up with my digital cable. See, it has been acting badly for a while, but I knew several others who were also having trouble, so I just thought I would be patient until they got it worked out. Well, my patience ran out. So Saturday I called the cable people and they said someone would be out on Tuesday between 8-11am. Super. So- then on Sunday I got an automated call saying that someone would be there on Monday between 8-11. Now I was confused. So I had to call the company and ask which day were they planning on coming, Monday or Tuesday? So it was confirmed that they were coming on Monday between 8-11.
So then on Monday, by 12 nobody had shown up so my mom came over to stay at my house so that I could go back to work. The guy finally showed up in the late afternoon- after approximately 500,000 phone calls to the company...
He declared the problem to be a crappy installation job with old wires and that someone would come out on Saturday to install new wires between 11-2pm. Sound fishy yet?
So then on Saturday morning after my morning exercise (which I haven't done in a long time and almost was the death of me- but that is another post) I still hadn't gotten a confirmation phone call. So I called around 10:30 and the lady informed me that I most definitely did not have an 11-2 appointment, but instead a 8am-7pm appointment. To say that I was less than pleased is an understatement. I was one angry lady. I was sure that I was going to have to sit in my house until 7 at night and still they might not show up. My bad attitude was (temporarily) short-lived though, because the guy showed up at a little before 11. Then, he told me that he was pretty sure that the problem was not the lines, and that he was wasting his time and mine, but since they told him to run new lines, he would run new lines. Great.
So then the guy runs the lines and guess what. Still doesn't work. SO then I was like well what do I do now? And he had the nerve to tell me to call the company and set up a THIRD appointment to get a new cable box. Are you Freaking kidding me?!?!?! He said that he didn't have an extra box in the truck so that is why he couldn't do it right then and there. So I asked if I could just go to the store and get another one from the company, and he was like, Well, you can try but they usually won't give you one.
Well I took my frustrated and slightly pissed off self down to the store. The guy told me to tell them I wanted an updated box because if I told them that this one was broken, then they wouldn't believe me or give me a new one. So I tried that, and the lady at the store told me they didn't have any updated boxes. I was like ok, well I don't care- how about just giving me a different old one then. She wanted to know why, and so I told her my "symptoms" and she tried to tell me it was a line problem. I just about blew a gasket then. Ok maybe not, but I was certainly not leaving there without a new box! Turns out, they did have some updated boxes, and I got one that day.
Then I came home and hooked it up. It didn't work at first, but I guess it just needed a little time to warm up, because now it works like a charm. I must say though, that the next time I have problems with my service, I'm switching to a new provider unless I get a really stinking good deal.
Also on my fix-it list this weekend was my printer. I got this printer about 2 years ago for free with my laptop. Right there you should know that it is top quality! ha! I have never used it because I have always been able to print other places and didn't need to worry about it. So I finally needed it a week or so ago- got it out to install it- and guess what! Half of the power cord was missing! I mean, really?!?! Luckily my mom had the (matching) missing part from one of her old printers and gave it to me. So then I resumed the process, only to discover that I was missing the USB cord. So a long time and a trip to Walmart later, I had an up and running printer. Woo-hoo!
And then after all that- I caught the stomach flu or something and puked all night. Lovely. Aren't you glad you read all the way to the end? :)