Friday, April 27, 2007

Good Bye, History Channel

Went in to the Suddenlink office yesterday to downgrade my cable TV service. I couldn't afford the [whatever it was called?] basic(?) cable for $55 something a month so went for the $16 a month package. I guess that gives you just a few channels, mostly local ones and FOX.

What a shame. I'll miss my History Channel. I probably watch that more than anything else. Then again, most of the time I fall asleep on the couch watching TV anyway. I probably won't miss it all that much.

I was kind of surprised with all the complaints Suddenlink keeps getting the customer service rep didn't even ask me why I was downgrading. You'd think she'd at least ask if there was a problem.

45 Comments:

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did they charge you a fee for downgrading? Cox used to do that.

 
At 11:09 AM, Anonymous RMostranski said...

Fred, basic channel TV is free. You get cbs, nbc, abc, pbs, and cw. All you need is a pair of good rabbit ears and away you go. And no $16 per month. What a deal....

 
At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're missing great shows on HBO.

 
At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, playing $16 just to watch CNN isn't worth it. You'll be far better informed by reading online news. The only reason to stick around is if you can't get DSL.

 
At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Fred, now that you can't afford to heat your place, and you've downgraded your cable (What great priorities) will you now admit that just perhaps you need some assistance? Government assistance?

 
At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad. Fred has the typical assho*e's attitude that he's always right and understands how things really are. In reality, he's a pitiful, desperate person, living on the edge. Its people like him who snap and go postal or worse. I just hope Fred can't afford a firearm and ammunition, Lord only knows what he'll do as he sinks further into abject poverty.

 
At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:47 is close to snapping and going postal.

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:56, you would be well advised to go back to some of Fred's early travelogue's and understand a bit more about his situation. You will sincerely regret your snide remarks. You creep.

 
At 4:16 PM, Blogger Hayduke said...

I am with Fred. Very few us are so flush we can afford to spend money unnecessarily. I think 11:09 may be right and an over-the-air antenna might work just fine. I am not sure the public service channel is over-the-air which broadcasts the city council meetings, but other than than that I would not miss much.

 
At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Fred, seeking government assistance is not such a bad idea. You're in need, and I think you ought to be helped.

 
At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I can afford cable on more than one TV -- but have an issue with Suddenlost. I don't get cable on one TV and they can't figure out why. They told me they would not give a credit as I have two other TV's that I can watch cable on (that sometimes work). I don't think I should have to pay for a TV that cannot get cable and they think I should. I pay for quite a few movie channels so I don't have a "little bill".

I don't understand the attacks on Fred for going back to basic TV. Agree that 1:47 is over the edge. Maybe Fred should be armed and waiting for some of the threatening trolls. He might be able to run over them with a lawn mower or hit them with a rake and that could be "armed" instead of a gun. But some of them in the past have sounded like they need real mental health (5150) and should be seriously looked at by a mental health professional.

 
At 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:47 is the assho*e !

 
At 7:52 PM, Anonymous mresquan said...

I'm a bit worried about someone who has to sit in front of a television to get enjoyment out of life.Quit knocking Fred just because he prefers to save his money and he happens to prefer reading,gardening,hanging out with his wife,or doing the other things in his life which he may enjoy,which don't involve watching TV.

 
At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be nice if he put the $16 towards heating bills, or cleaning his place up. His wife doesn't even want to stay their anymore. Shouldn't that be a bigger consideration?

 
At 9:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go back and read Fred's early travelogues 8:44. You really need to understand what is going on before you make hurtful comments. He explains exactly why they have to travel to the Bay Area. You will regret your cutting remarks.

 
At 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you 9:10, but I think that makes what I said all the more relevant. It has nothing to do with hurting Fred but encouraging him to seek help. There is no shame in that. Even for a Libertarian.

 
At 10:54 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Geeze Fred! So many people ready to run your life. Maybe you should let them take over while you take a vacation!

 
At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, you're really missing out on HBO. The final episodes of the Sopranos are playing right now.

 
At 8:16 AM, Blogger Fred said...

5:51 wrote, "You're in need, and I think you ought to be helped.".

Not to worry. We should be back on MediCal by the end of May.

9:47 wrote,"Did they charge you a fee for downgrading?".

I didn't notice. I suppose I'll see when I get my next bill.

Probably worth it, even if they did. The guy that came by and did the change on my cable was interested in the lawnmower I had sitting in my front yard. It was an old commercial Toro I was hoping someone would steal.

No one ever did but the Suddenlink guy wanted it so he took it off my hands. Saved me the hassle of taking it to the dump.

Monstranski wrote, "Fred, basic channel TV is free.".

I'll have to try that. I might have one of the old antennas laying around.

1:47 wrote, ". I just hope Fred can't afford a firearm and ammunition,".

Start worrying, 1:47. I own a number of firearms, and lots of ammo.

Back in the early eighties I owned around forty different guns. Don't have anywhere near that many now, though.

 
At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Fred do you see how government programs are not all bad? If anything Medical and Medicare need to be strengthened in this country, not weakened. But see Fred, that takes taxes. This country spends more per capita and as a percent of gdp on health care than other industrialized nation. Yet the poor can only rely upon Medicare. Why? The system has unevenly distributed access to services. Fred, whether you care to admit it or not the only way to distribute access downwards is through these programs. One day you might understand.

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

Hopefully he's still getting that free illegal feed of the Spice channel. That'll keep him calmed down long enough for his with to sedate him and hide the guns.

:p

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

Wife. Not with. Damn these cheap keyboards!

 
At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not funny dickbreath

 
At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over the air antenna broadcasts are now digital and sometime in the next year local affiliates will be broadcasting HD too. I paid $99 for an excellent digitial antenna and stuck it in my attic. Since all transmitters are in the same general direction I get everything at 90% plus signal. I have heard you can get by with a cheap VHF antenna and perhaps even rabbit ears. Funny... back to rabbit ears for HD.

 
At 6:43 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Nick: Knock it off. You seem to have no understanding of how to make a valid comment.

You've done it before, and by that I mean making useful comments. You're not doing it now.

You've got some good things to say. Say them. Stay off the attack mode.

 
At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee Fred, so you're going on Medi-Cal. You know that's a Government Welfare program that taxpayers like me support so that bums like you who won't get a job can sponge off the system. I'd say you're no different from those Arcata homeless protesters, wanting someone else to pay for your livng costs. BTW in that picture you post, I can see the messy room behind you that shows you live in a sh*thouse and don't have the honor to keep it neat. Blame it all on your povery if you want, but you're no Libertarian, just another tax sucking sponge.

 
At 11:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The truth has come out about you Fred. Just another lazy man on the public dole. So are the taxpayers supporting your internet mumblings and heavy gin drinking? Glad to see this is where my tax money goes, an able bodied mush head.

You are a hypocrite Fred.

I expect this out of Partain, Rodoni and Neely. But you Fred? You of all people? You have no shame.

Forget Fred being a closet Republican. He is just a sissy liberal, speaking big words but taking no action. You disgust me Fred.

 
At 11:20 PM, Anonymous mresquan said...

I see Fred has a new friend. If you actually read some of his past postings he'll tell you that he supports responsible and reasonable taxation and is a critic of taxes which are not necessary.
If we didn't have tax dollars wasted away on things which continue to not work,we'd have more money to put into useful programs like Medical.
And please,relax.

 
At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon, EVERYBODY supports the tax spending that pay for projects THEY say are worthy. However the taxes Dennis Mayo supports are very different from the ones Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap supports. But they both personally exemplify their positions by "walking the talk", building the organizations that benefit from the tax spending they each promote. I respect them both.

Fred needs to get a job and join the tax paying folks BEFORE he complains about any taxes that I pay. Unfortunately for him, he's not the sharpest tool in the shed and his best efforts aren't worth more than minimum wage. So, he qualifies to collect welfare because he'll never be able to get promoted to a living wage. I'm happy for him.

But, rather than supporting Government programs that help indigent but capable people get out of poverty, Fred would rather put 'em all to his level, penurious and desperate.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Fred said...

"his best efforts aren't worth more than minimum wage.".

I'll bet I make more per hour than you do, 12:06. I just don't work enough hours.

 
At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, Mowing your mother-in-laws lawn every two weeks doesn't count!

 
At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this time Fred has used deception, standing firm in his conservative views. Allowing criticism of a mother on public assistance whose boy was killed. Critical of government waste on those to stupid to take care of themselves. Bellowing his righteous indignation at those who can't support themselves and start up their own business. Distrustful of education and vicious towards his own family members who attend college supported by loving parents. Angry at the governments passive allowance of illegal immigration.

Fred has been criticized as being a Republican. How funny now, we find that Fred's words were false. He is a degenerate alcoholic liar!

Now we find out he is on public assistance. Is unable to support himself. Feeds at the same public trough of those lowlifes he backstabs. Is jealous he never got a shot at educating himself. Maintains a filthy homestead. Owns fewer guns than he did 20 years ago.

So you're a democrat now Fred? You're a degenerate lowlife. Stop supporting yourself with my money! Go out and get a job. You could be a greeter at Target. Anything. Learn to support yourself Fred!

 
At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, you owe your readers an apology.

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

Why all the picking on Fred? He's in his 60's. Leave him the hell alone. It's friggin pathetic how so many of you anonymous trolls go all over the humboldt blogosphere to spew your hatred. You are ADDICTED to your own hatred!! Get help.

 
At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny coming from you Nick. You have a sense of humor after all.

 
At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure Nick Bravo is behind many of the nasty anonymous comments against Fred on this blog.

Bravo loves to do that. He'll make abusive anonymous comments, and then he'll post under his own name sounding reasonable and fair, even defending the person he just attacked anonymously.

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

Anon 12:21, I'm certain you are one of 3 trolls who consistently attack me. Just because you have a blog (Humboldt Resident) doesn't make you any less of a troll.

 
At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now wait a minute, don't forget Nick Bravo is a recognized political figure. In 2004 he received 1031 votes, 4.85% of the vote, dead last out of 10 candidates. Back again in 2005 he received 26 votes a whopping 0.85%! Like a Timex watch, he takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

More people were planning to cast votes for Bravo but unfortunately had already taken their meds those days.

 
At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 1:11 PM, Anonymous mresquan said...

Fred,consider getting rid of these past few posts here,what a waste of space.

 
At 1:17 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Agreed.

 
At 3:26 PM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

Maybe I should run again when there aren't so many other candidates.

Maybe against Chesbro.

 
At 3:27 PM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

Course if I do it'll be easier since I don't have fatty little Chuckie to weigh me down and fill my head with mush.

 
At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you should just run, period. As in far away. Your pudgy head is already so full of shit there's no room for anything else.

 

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