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Thursday, June 08, 2006

So a Muslim, a Christian, and Jew walk into an authentic 50's diner....

That title is just there to grab your attention. So now that I have you, let's dive into how I'm going to watch the World Cup this year.

I have not had a TV for over 4 years up until 2 days ago. This all began in university when I, and I'm not sure exactly how to word this, had no money. After a while a realized that what I had lost in hours a week of watching mostly rubbish, I had actually gained in time to pursue more worthy endeavors like how to move apartments 5 times in 4 years. In addition this afforded me the opportunity to inform 3rd year sociology major girls that "Oh, I don't actually have a TV.". I immediately became one of the coolest dudes in the class. Until I wrote this. Note the subject matter then just skip to my relevant credentials at the end of the article. Beautiful.

For the last 2 years I've been able to tell people we don't have TV when in reality we download many of shows we know we want to watch which makes it slightly better because at least we've deliberately picked our own poison. But then comes the World Cup and this time around I'm without a brother who compulsively tapes every game and snaps if he finds out the score before he watches it. So last week I poked around the web for a while I realized we are not at the point where we can subscribe and watch the games live online. After personally vowing to change this for 2010, I b
it the bullet and called up Adelphia (the local So-Cal TV provider in Van Nuys) and am now plugged into the highway. The information super-highway that is Cable TV. It's running into the back of our computer through a usb "thing" and I will be able to tape every game. And now that we have TV in the apartment you may notice my thoughts become more repetitive and my vocabulary a lot more....worse. After coming back to having cable TV, I've noticed that every show on every channel has worked a gay guy fixing something into the premise.

And what's a blog entry without me talking about the neighborhood. The image on the right is:
A) A Guatemalan farmer scything himself space for homestead on the outskirts of Huehuetenango.
B) A Mexican cowboy in 1425.

C) A guy in the empty lot across the street from us.

My next post may be about computers and how funny it is to Dayna and I that people can refer to any field in which technology is engaged as "computers". For example: "Dayna, what does your husband do?". "He is working for a health care company writing an online medical record system.". "O yeah, my husband is also in computers". What does that mean!? "He's in computers."
Ridiculous. He could work in a Radio Shack or he could be the guy who started Yahoo. Or better yet "He does computers". Again, ridiculous.

"What do you do?" "Computers." "Ok, here's a gun because that answer made no sense."

But what is amazing about living in California is that if we're looking for a product online we never have to wonder if they ship to California because chances are they're from California. And people here actually use Craigslist. It's quite amazing. On Ebay half the items I look at I can pick up in my car as opposed to haggling a $75 shipping fee to Winnipeg, Mb, Kanada.

So a Muslim, a Christian, and Jew walk into a Streets concert at the Henry Fonda Theatre this Saturday. Oh man I've got a Hackney accent already. Or is it Cockney?

11 Comments:

  • Gareth, just when I thought the time had come to start looking for another blog to serve all of my procrastination needs you came through and delivered the goods.

    By the way, the answer's B, right?!

    Check it out:
    http://songseek.com/picturenet/photos/San_Miguel/image40.htm

    By Blogger Steve & Gillian, at June 08, 2006  

  • You are correct sir! The answer is B. Shortly after handmowing the grass he got on his horse and left to kill some Aztecs. But he couldn't find any because Spain did the job properly years ago so he just ended up at the In and Out Burger.

    By Blogger Gareth, at June 08, 2006  

  • So you got a TV. I will avoid the impulse to comment. The fact you chose Adelphia as a provider is sufficient punishment for the transgression.

    If it weren't for the fact Adelphia was at one time listed on the NYSE (well, before their chairman was thrown in jail and they were consumed under chapter 11 by some other cable concern) any sane individual would arrive at the fast conclusion they had engaged a state owned Soviet concern. Just go to an Adelphia office and try to pay a bill; if you can accomplish that task in under half an hour you have magical powers. Score over 65 on an IQ test and you're out of luck on the Adelphia employment front. Not a word of a lie, the worst, and I mean worst, private concern I have ever dealt with. Hope the footie is worth it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 08, 2006  

  • I'd love to comment, but I'm so tired from doing sports and textiles that I should go to bed. Tamra's tired from doing school too.

    By Anonymous chris, at June 08, 2006  

  • Chris, come on, you've really got to learn computer.

    And regarding Adelphia from what I thought I learned from people like my apartment super was that it's the only provider we could get without getting digital (no nothing to do with fingers) satellite stuff, which would cost more than 30 bucks a month. We used to get cable internet from adelphia but since they literally couldn't keep it online more than a few hours at a time, we switched to a dsl provider. Anyway, we'll see. The games are recording as we speak. Word.

    By Blogger Gareth, at June 09, 2006  

  • Also, when we went to return our cable internet router to the local Adelphia office a few months ago the customer service people were behind what looked like 4 inch bulletproof plexiglass. Good thing too.

    By Blogger Gareth, at June 09, 2006  

  • Finally someone addresses the age-old dilemna of being referred to as the "guy who does computers"! Comments such as those you have described are the result of too many people being brought up in an environment of First World social politics (j/k).

    Actual conversation I've had many times:

    "What do you do?"
    "I'm an electrical engineer"
    (pause)
    "So you work with computers???"
    "Well, I do have a computer on my desk which I use in the course of my work, much the same as you do."
    (pause)
    "So you work with computers!!!"
    (a look of triumph)

    I feel your pain,

    Elwood

    P.S. Yes I should be more informative, but if you read the blog you would see that it does not change anything except for making this comment longer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 09, 2006  

  • That photo just SCREAMS Van Nuys.

    I lived in Sherman Oaks for five years, which was somewhat better, but I was still north of Ventura, so you can tell I wasn't in the GOOD part of Sherman Oaks.

    Anyway, my point is that I feel your pain. But, then again, I moved to Hollywood and then downtown Los Angeles in a loft just off Skid Row, so how sane am I? Answer: not largely. I guess what it all comes down to is that I'd rather die from stepping on a heroin needle on the sidewalk than from ennui.

    Peace.

    By Blogger Scott, at June 10, 2006  

  • For those of you who need help with that last comment...I did some English:

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=ennui

    Before I found this I thought ennui may have been some sort of strange suburban-dwelling man-eating animal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 10, 2006  

  • I had a bad case case of ennui last year. But I got rid of it with a special cream. Elwood you need to type your name in the "Username" field, then we know who your are even before we start reading your comment. I wouldn't expect that for someone who does computers for a living.

    By Blogger Gareth, at June 10, 2006  

  • Yeah, everyone needs to do names better. I don't know exactly how many people are posting as anonymous.

    By Anonymous Anonymous (chris), at June 11, 2006  

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