coke vs pepsi
and so it is that i've endured billing errors, service outages, slow, rude and otherwise unhelpful "service" personnel, and the supreme insult of having to pay a ridiculously large sum of money for the "privilege". fios would be better, they say, except for yah cahn't get thayat from heeyah. the comcast bundle price looks attractive, except you can't qualify for that if you're already paying them waaaaay too much for cable already. (what the f*** is up with that--i'm a customer, so i get treated worse than any yahoo on the street???)
well, anyway, last night, before taking TWO very long and very hot showers to try to get the feeling of disgust off, i shook hands on a deal from cokecast to move my 'net and home phone to their network, which will both save me maybe $5 a month overall, as well as theoretically speed up my net connection. the cost to me is an extra set of boxes between wall and tv, which i couldn't have avoided anyway, because in their quest to "serve" me, cokecast is changing their whole system around so that it wouldn't work for me without them, and an extra layer of complexity while running my video life through a tivo box. (if they told me i couldn't use my tivo, i think i would have said "screw it" and resigned myself to watching all my bruins games from the bar(s) across the street).
veripsi, if you're wondering, your "one bill" option that isn't, and the colossal screw ups that surrounded trying to extricate myself from the marital account were strikes one and two, and your repeated insistence on wiring everywhere else but here for fios was the third. good riddance.
yet, for all that, i'm still nauseous this morning to have entrusted everything to the cokecast crew, who have previously enjoyed various pranks like dropping my cable connection for days, insisting that it couldn't possibly be their fault, until, of course, they discover and admit that it is, or sending me forests-worth of junk mail offering me sweet bundle pricing deals, until, of course, i call in to inquire and they admit that i never qualified because i already send [too much] money to them for video services. oh, and while we're on the subject: the main box, as you learn in the fine print, is complementary only for the first year, after which i'll be on the hook to them for another $4 a month in perpetuity, which isn't so much a large number, as an insulting one. (don't tell me my bundle is $115 a month when it's really more like $130 all-in, and due to be more like $134 this time next year).
i get to work from home
i get to watch all the bruins games i please
soon i'll be playing gran turismo on the 10-foot screen in my bedroom. (long story involving the return of marital property now that she's "repo'd" an HD flat screen from her most recent b/f).
harpoon ipa still tastes as good as it ever has
some day, someone will figure out how to offer more for less, and i'll be the first one in line to cancel everything else i've got.