It always stinks when you have to pay more for the same thing you paid less for just yesterday. This is doubly true when you are working for the same amount you always have. What it amounts to at the end of the day is that your dollar is worth less.
So here I am this morning at cable office, standing in a long line that serpentined out the door and down the hall of the small town office. I felt like I was standing in line for the new iPhone 6 or something. If only that was the case. Instead, I’m standing to waiting to willingly pay more money for something I didn’t have to pay for yesterday. It seems my cable provider has figured out a novel way to make more profit. They do this by requiring cable boxes be placed on every television in your home. This morning, me and many Warren County residents awoke to dead air. This required us to suck it up and do the dreaded march to the cable office.
This is very annoying since I got the “cable guy deal’ when I first hooked up seven years ago at my new house, well, it’s a new house to me anyway, The guy who hooked me up went ahead and made all the outlets live so we could get television in any room we wanted. This was both a good thing and a bad thing. It was good due to the convenience but bad in that it spoiled us where all four of us Sherrills have our own televisions. See where I’m going? It’s like giving away welfare checks, you can’t just take back a benefit when it’s given so I have to rent three boxes. This is money I wasn’t paying yesterday.
And, to pour salt in the wound, I had to stand in line just for the privilege of agreeing to this extortion. I was among a angry mob of other irritated cable subscribers. We would have been carrying torches if the law would allow.
Of course this is just the beginning of the extortion. As you cable people know, prices sky rocket every year once your introductory agreements expire. That sends us groveling to the cable office where we beg for a new special deal – a deal the lady behind the counter said will no longer be offered.
Perhaps one day I can cast off my addiction to cable programming and internet. In the meantime I’ll need to sell more books to pay the cable bill. Make sure to take pity on me and buy Red Dog Saloon, Average Joe and my new short, Fatal Vision, on Kindle.