That was my dads philosophy, and it did pretty well for him. He was the son of a Chicago industrialist brought up on a Montana cattle ranch, and preferred spending his summers as a fire spotter for the forest service to the hustle and bustle of the big city. An accomplished chemist with his own business, he was still more comfortable in a pair of button fly Levis than one of his three piece brooks brothers suits.
Recently my wife decided that we needed a blue ray player to stream our Netflix movies. Im not quite sure why the little red envelopes we get in the mail twice a week aren’t good enough, but it might have something to do with the scratched ones we get every now and then that we can’t watch. I prefer sports and with our Comcast deluxe pimp package I get just about every channel and game there is.
I decided to order an LG entry level player($89) for her Christmas present. Getting around to hooking it up I noticed that it is a hardwire only version. I ask tech support at LG what to do, and they tell me to get a router. I asked Comcast what to do and they told me the same. I told the girl at Radio Shack exactly what I needed and she sold me a router for another $84. Coming home I tried to set all of this up and although there was internet connectivity at my desk, and my computer recognized the router, it kept saying “no internet connectivity.” Being an internet marketer, and social media buff, I knew it was not anything to do with my internet setup. This is where the real fun begins.
I called Comcast because they are my internet provider, and TV cable provider. One might assume that they could help me with this issue. Being that the router I bought was at their suggestion (if I understood the barely intelligible tech support non-english speaking person) and I was not familiar with setup steps. After explaining that I was following their direction to several other not native English speakers, it was related that my issue would require being transferred to the “extended tech support service” that was offered by Xfinity. This is now a half hour into my third call. Xfinity has a menu stating that if you wish to discuss a plan with a sales person press 2…. I did not wish a sales person so I did not and my call was dropped after a half hours wait. On the next call it was obvious that the sales person was the only route available, so #2 was pressed. The line was answered by an obviously bored but seemingly intelligent person that actually was able to communicate in the language of the country that I was calling from. That seemed nice so I explained again (for the fifth time) what it was that I was trying to get accomplished. She understood and assured me that if I bought a service plan from them a tech support specialist would get on my computer and effortlessly correct all of my mistakes miraculously rendering my blue ray television stream operational.
After one minute the little badger was making noises like they had misunderstood my requirement and could not really help me, but he kept asking questions and extending his time like he was attempting to justify charging me for his time. After a half hour of bull, he had me out in the livingroom looking at screens and configurations, the wonderful line I have on my iPhone from ATT went dead and I lost him.
Having left him my phone number (God forbid the spam calls I will be getting now) I waited for his callback. AT&T was not cooperating and it was 3 minutes before I got a signal back at my home (near downtown of a major city). I called back and finally got an older gentleman who had some actual knowledge of the technology and to whom English was his native language. He listened for about 30 seconds and said “you can’t do that.” So after 8 phone calls, one router, one service contract and Blue Ray that wont work, I’m back to square one. I get to spend the whole next day trying to get all of my money back.
Moving forward, I noticed on my Netgear swag that they have a “Wireless solution tho make your tv a smart one. Wanting still to get my wife her movies, I order the damn thing only to read the reviews and find out it doesn’t have a great reputation on for linking to Net.flix. On further review, it also doesnt have an interface that will hook up to my older (6 whole years) television. Now I get to try to cancel or return that freeking thing too.
I am now ready to yank the freeking home entertainment center out of the living room and replace it with a fire circle. We have room for a few granite boulders and some sand, and I can take the furniture out and replace it with larger granite boulders to sit on. Id have to cut a large vent in the ceiling, which might be problematic during the rainstorms we apparently are not going to have this year, but what the heck.
How did we ever manage to entertain ourselves without constant input from electronic devices. Did we actually have to talk with each other rather than texting across the table? When I went camping with my kids for some 20 years we often didn’t even bring a boom box. What happened to sitting around the dinner table with the family and talking? Being an internet marketer and social media “expert” I spend 9 hours a day staring into this freeking screen, but when my girls are over we talk for a couple of hours and they are off to the next spot to text from.
Give me a horse and a dog.