How do you know someone doesn’t have cable? They’ll tell you.

We’re back on the cable wire.

We cord-cutted for a couple of years and went through a number of services including: Aereo, NimbleTV, USTVNow, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Plex, HBOGo with a borrowed password, Amazon Prime, HitBliss, and probably others that I don’t even recall.

But, to watch live network shows, sporting events, and news, cable is kind of what you have to have. We spent so much time and energy trying to find out how to get around restrictions to watch what we wanted to, we decided to go the opposite direction.

We are now proud owners of a new six-tuner TiVo Roamio and hundreds and hundreds of channels. I didn’t have much planned for the next few months anyway.



Happy 2015: Back In The Future

Dear the Internet,

I’m Chip and I used to be a blogger. Then social media happened and instead of writing long posts here, I just got to click buttons that tweeted links and shared posts and the most creative thing I did was tweak word choices until my tweets came under 140 characters. But, I’m still paying for the domain name so I might as well use it. So, I’m blogging for the first time since 2012.

It’s 2015. Welcome to the future.

To usher in the future, I spent last night on the couch with a fever which has now gone away. I finally learned how to read a glass thermometer today, so check that off the bucket list.

We’re cooking chicken and brussel sprouts for dinner. I know your saying, “Chip, it’s 2015, just take a food pill.” What can I say, I like to do things old school.

That’s enough for now. Don’t want to blow a fuse. (Do we still need those in 2015?)

Bye for now Internet!



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Party Like It’s 1959

So, we’re having an electrician come over today to help install a new TV antenna in our house. The hope is that we will be able to get more channels out of Atlanta, Greenville, or Augusta. I still have not figured out the rotator thing yet so that it a project for today.

My iPhone Knows What I Did Last Summer

So, I read today about the fact that my iPhone has been tracking me for a while now. Thanks, iPhone! Yeah, I should be bothered by this but instead, I downloaded an app to parse the data and posted the results to Flickr and my blog.

In the first map, we can see my trip to Lake Tahoe, our honeymoon in Vegas, some time spent in Texan airports, and travels north to Amherst, VA and south to Sapelo Island, GA. Lots of spots in Athens, Atlanta, and interstates.


A close up of Lake Tahoe, Reno, and other spots around the California/Nevada border.


A close up of the east coast.
East Coast

If I go anywhere else exciting, my iPhone will be sure to let you know.


Soul Pizza. Oh my.

hey y’all,

Happy Valentine’s Day and all of that.

Beth and I ended up having most of our Valentining done yesterday because she was incredibly anxious to give me my awesome present which was a Roku box. It has been a lot of fun so far and I have only hacked it a little.

I got her “You Don’t Know Jack” for the Wii and a promise of a massage at the massage place of her choice. The decision is a lot harder now that Happy Spa has been shut down. It’s just as much fun as it was on my little Toshiba laptop. Best game ever.

We had lunch at Transmet but did not get the soul pizza. Gravy, fried chicken, collards and potatoes. I wonder if anyone has ever really ordered one.

That is all for now. Just checking in.

Oh yeah, Swiffer turned two today. Still acts like a puppy. When does that stop?

Ending January Awesomely

So, we bought a Ms. Pac-Man.

Driving her home

Did we need one? No.

Do we have anywhere to put it? No, not really.

Is it really cool? Why yes, it is.

The Heritage Amusement Company was going out of business (I assume) and was getting rid of all their stock. This is the place that was behind the Nite Owl Lounge on the Atlanta Highway. It appeared that people came from all around the area because it was crowded. Crowd Crowd

Pinball machines, slot machines, juke boxes, cars, cigarette machines, video games, and video poker machines. If you could stick a quarter in it, it was for sale.

We got there early and looked around. Immediately, I wanted a video game but I had no idea how much they would go for. When the pinball machines started going for $2000 – $3000, we decided it was too rich for our blood. But, a Star Trek one would have been pretty sweet.
Star Trek Pinball Baywatch Pinball

We left and went to La Parrilla for lunch, bought some crap at Target, and got comics at Wuxtry. We got home and had just settled in to watch “Heavy” when @millia13 called to say that they had just gotten to all the video games and that there were some deals.
We got back in the care and drove back out there to check it out. What I really wanted was a Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga but those were all going for $500-$800. I happened to be standing by a Ms. Pac-Man that was a little beat up when the auctioneer got around to it and nobody was really bidding. I bid $150 and ended up getting it. We stayed a bit longer hoping to get one in better shape but nothing else went for as cheap.

Of course, the next challenge was getting it home. We borrowed Keith’s truck the next day and Scrappy and I went to fetch the new baby.
Picking up the new toy

Our neighboor helped us unload it at home (thank goodness we have nice neighbors). At first I was annoyed that the sound didn’t work, but thanks to the 1982 Ms. Pac-Man service guide we discovered stuffed inside, I learned how to turn up the sound and set it for free games.
Ms. Pac-Man at home

Now that we have Skee-Ball *and* Ms. Pac-Man, I think the next step is either :

1. Outdoor wooden roller coaster
2. That game where you shoot water and make the clowns hat go up high

Y’all let us know when you want to come over and play.