Being a retired and cranky old geek, TV tends to be a significant but smallish portion of my life. I’ve been with DirecTV as source since about the 3rd month of their retail existence back in 1994 – done the occasional bit of beta-testing – and have always appreciated easy access to movies and sports. The latter, in recent years, consumed with proper football, mostly the Premier League in England.
So, number 1 on my hit parade was the launch of D12, last night. I posted a neat short video the other day; but, last night was the big event with final separation of the broadcast satellite happening at 2:32:00 AM MST, this morning.
Number 2 on my hit parade was a service call from the sole remaining TV repair service in Santa Fe County – the nearest in 50 miles. Coca TV is near and dear to me – not because I’ve ever needed much work from them; but, Mr. Coca retired around the same time I did. And I did some work on his home when we both were working. Small world syndrome.
Anyway, Emilio cranked out dynamite service – arrived with the right tools and knowledge to change out capacitors on the power supply to my Samsung LCD-HDTV. A problem happening country-wide which Samsung has yet to acknowledge. Which is why [a] I will join whatever class action suit arises to recoup the cost of this service and [b] my next TV set – when I move to something LED backlit – will be LG and not Samsung.
Number 3 on my TV hit parade? Emilio’s new truck.
He rolled up the driveway in a shiny white Ford Transit Connect. Only 2000 miles on it, so far. Virtually all city driving and he’s averaging 24mpg. He loves it and I’m impressed. Beaucoup room inside – enough cubic space to compensate, frankly, for the bed of my pickup truck if I ever traded in on one. But, not until they bring them over with the small turbo-diesel.
UPDATE: The Class Action suit against Samsung for cheaping out on capacitors for some of their LCD TV’s has begun.