Spectrum internet monopoly

The only option I have for internet is Spectrum (rhymes with rectum). To get a good deal I have to make the business and residential services compete with each other.

After getting locked into a “deal” for spectrum business class. They started offering lower rates and faster speeds. After several attempts they offered to raise my rate to $349 a month rather than the $100 I’m paying now. Not that good of a deal in my opinion.

So I decided to sign up for residential service at a lower rate and faster speed. But now the tech for business class came by and disconnected me at the street. They truly are separate entities because they don’t check to see if you signed up for another service, they just cut the cord. I called to see if they would come to fix their mistake and they said since I’m a residential custom they wouldn’t touch the line. I said it didn’t stop you from disconnecting my residential a few hours ago.

So now I’m at the mercy of Spectrum. The sad thing is if you are a business customer they will fix your problem within 4 hours, but now that I’m a lowly residential customer I have to wait for the first available appointment. Even though it’s their error.

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Is it time to stop owning your media?

For as long as I’ve had money and ears I’ve been purchasing music. I started with cassette tapes in the 80s and moved on the CDs in the late 80s.

Music

I have a disappearing collection of CDs as they have all been put in to apple audio or mp3 format. I rarely purchase a physical CD anymore unless I sign up for a KickStarter campaign and get the artist to sign it. I purchase soundtracks for my favorite movies and have the physical CD and the auto rip from Amazon. I’ve been tempted to subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited for some time. I don’t purchase as much music anymore, but I feel like the low monthly rate would allow me to enjoy music more often. And songs from CDs used to own

Books

I’m slowly removing all my physical books from my shelf and replacing them with their digital counterpart. I’ll keep a few on the shelf because I could never part with them. My Grandmother’s study bible and hymnal, and my personal bible collection, and a few Star Wars books. But other than that I have everything on my Kindle. Let’s hope Amazon doesn’t close it’s virtual doors anytime soon.

Movies

I still own many movies, I have VHS (but no VCR), DVDs (dwindling collection) and many Blu-rays. I also own the original non-special edition Star Wars films on Laser-disc (and a Laser-disc player). Blu-rays are superior in my opinion because they don’t buffer like streaming services. You get the highest quality picture and sound.

It’s a neat idea to have all you media in the cloud, it would put those time life CD infomercials out of business because you can dig in the virtual crates and find all your favorites, all for the easy payment of $9.99 a month.

Most Annoying Sounds…

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Crunching Ice

I used to have shared cubicle space with an ice cruncher. She even brought ice in from home to work, all day long, every day.

Shuffling Cards

I don’t even like the computer game solitaire because of the sound of shuffling cards. Shuffling cards once is ok, but when you get all OCD and start shuffling them over and over, that’s enough.

Popping Gum

Some people never learned how to chew gum and I’m assuming they are just as bad at eating food, or they crunch ice. Blowing a bubble then inverting it into your mouth as you pop is several times

Chewing Food

This goes along with ice crunching, but there are some people who sound like they are eating rocks no matter what the food type is. The sound rattles around their skull until it sounds like they are breaking off their teeth at the gum line. Sometimes, you can hear people eating beans and the sound of the bean paste sticking to their teeth.

Mechanical Keyboards

They have a great feel and feedback, but they sounds like marbles being spilled on a tile floor. It doesn’t matter if they are a great typist or a hunt and pecker, both are equally annoying.

Cotton Mouth

Hearing someone speak who has a dry mouth is probably one of the worst sounds anyone can make. It’s even more tortuous is the person is speaking in front of a large crowd and is using a microphone.

Roadside Watermelons

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Here’s how to get a deal on those roadside watermelons. You can get 1 for $6 dollars or 2 for $10. Buy two of them and then ask to return one of them. Since 1 watermelon is worth $6 dollars you end up paying only $4 for the 1 watermelon. It’s a great deal. If they don’t accept returns, just smash both of your watermelons all over the pavement so that the onlookers can see. It’s only $10, and how fun is it to smash a watermelon? Just ask Gallagher.