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Crossed wires and other notes

Due to a misunderstanding, we no longer have a t.v. aerial. It was taken down by accident this morning. Ahh, the hazards of home ownership. If only we had no television, this would be no problem.

Poor C. is sick. He came home midday, unable to run a conference call once he lost his voice.

My favorite news article of the last week: Rock painting reveals unknown bat

In case you've missed it everywhere else: Pride and Prejudice as if on Facebook.

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makyo
Dec. 8th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
Due to a misunderstanding, we no longer have a t.v. aerial
Ours blew down in a gale several months ago and we watch so little television that we didn't notice for about three days.

It was splendid to see you and C at the weekend - I'm sorry to hear C's not well, and hope he gets better soon.
owlfish
Dec. 9th, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
We don't watch much television at all - but at least once a week we'll use it for something. It's more KNOWING it won't work that's the issue, not the fact it doesn't work.

That, and the fact we lost the aerial due to a misunderstanding, not due to a freak of nature or the aerial rusting away.

We had a loose wire on the roof. It blew in the wind and we could hear it in the loft and it was annoying.
We thought we should hire someone to cut it, so we could pull it down and deal with it that way. It only went to the satellite dish, which we don't use. It seemed less work than getting someone up there to tack down the wire.
Next door is having his chimney redone. People on the roof! We asked them to cut the wire. They said the neighbor was having a t.v. aerial guy in to do his work and he could cut our wire.
Yesterday morning. Doorbell. He suggested he could just take the whole satellite dish down for a modest fee. Excellent! Even less unsightly than a randomly cut wire. It would deal with the problem.
15 minutes later: It becomes apparent that he thought - and had double-checked - if we wanted EVERYTHING taken down, not just the dish. The aerial is broken up for easy transportation already. I heard what I was expecting, not what he was saying.

So - one annoying wire blowing in the wind is leading to a new t.v. aerial, thanks to crossed wires.
retsuko
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Great P&P link!

Get well soon, C.!
owlfish
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
Poor boy. He's all stuffed up and tired today.
tanglewitch
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC)
You can get indoor aerials that you put up in the loft quite easily and cheaply from DIY places - we have one of those as our proper aerial is shared by 4 houses and we didn't get a good enough signal to get Freeview. However our £30 'put it up in the loft' aerial gives us a decent Freeview signal. It was easy to feed down to the TV as well - Jon just cut the old lead from the roof, tied the new lead to it, came downstairs and yanked on the old lead coming out of the wall till the new one came through! *grin*
owlfish
Dec. 9th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
This is good to know for future houses. We have a fully converted loft, so it's living space. In fact, it's where the t.v. itself is located.

Signal strength around here is pretty bad, based on the towering height of local aerials. Another complication in dealing with it externally: We don't have a ladder long enough to reach the roof!
rhiannon76
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Austenbook is fantastic! Thanks for sharing it.
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