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I was visiting with my brother over the Holidays, who happens to work for a major cable company. He happened to mention I might want to think about upgrading to a HD-DVR, since I've had an HDTV for what, a year now? Me, who has to think about everything interminably before I can make a decision, finally decided this week that he might be on to something. So I called said Cable Company, and upgraded. Bless his heart, the little rep on the phone asked me if there was anything else he could help me with, at which point I asked if they had any special deals going on. Turns out there were! He offered me a package upgrade to the Digital Preferred package for a much lower rate, with a zillion more channels (including the HD channels and some movie channels), for an entire year. Ask me how long it took me to say yes. We arranged everything over the phone, and he told me to bring in the old cable box to the local office, and they would give me the new one. Seriously - how simple.

So I go home, get the old cable box and take it to the office. Who knew that the cable office is just like going to the DMV or Social Security office, only with less chairs. About an hour later, it was finally my turn. I went up and gave the clerk the old cable box and he gave me the new one (which by the way had never even been used by anyone else before), along with the HDMI cable to go with it.

I get home, scrub my hands and change my clothes (it was like a DMV office after all), and put everything back together again, only to find out that the channels have not been turned on yet. Not only that, but the HDMI on my TV doesn't work and I need a different kind of cable. Thankfully, it wasn't a big deal. The channel issue was quickly taken care of with a call to the company, and the new cable arrived yesterday courtesy of my brother. This just in time to watch Iowa play in the Orange Bowl last night. I got to see the Hawkeyes win, all in the wonder of HD. Delightful.

Those of you who know me are aware of my "slight" obsession with all things TV and movies. And you probably know that it might not necessarily be a good thing that I now have TCM. I'm just saying.


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