Tuesday, October 07, 2008

We MUST have 3 heads?!?!?!??!

So as we are in the process of building our house, the question from my mouth that issues forth is

"Are these TV hook ups going to be compatible with ANALOGUE TVs with a DIGITAL CONVERTER?"

I see about 10 pairs of eyes staring blankly at me. TOTAL silence. I thought maybe I sprouted another eye , three heads, or that my skin had turned some shade of neon orange.

"....You mean like...Dish? Yeah that will be compatible" says our realtor.

"No," say I, "I mean like just REGULAR TV. Nothing fancy - just the normal channels."

Again 10 pairs of eyes staring blankly at me. I felt like I was in one of those Super Mario Brothers Warp Zones.

"...Oh, you mean like Comcast!" Says the building manager with a look of relief she had figured out my question.

Brian and I say in unison, "No, we mean like channel 2,5,7,9,and 32. The basic channels."

SILENCE continues. 10 pairs of eyes with the deer in the headlights look. Finally after about 30 seconds of agony - they because they couldn't figure out what I was talking about, and us because we thought it was so ridiculous that no one knows what NO FRILLS TV is and that no one had apparently ever asked them that question that was building in the neighborhood.

Are we the last people on earth to know no HGTV, Food Network, Biography channel, TLC, History Channel and the like? Are we the ONLY people left that do not have cable? How is it that when I talked with the electrical supervisor on the construction crew that even HE did not know the answer. He asked me as well, "You mean like Comcast right?"



Cami said...

Well, now, to be fair, Comcast DOES do the no-frills package, it just costs less. Otherwise you just use bunny ears. You do have to pay SOMEONE for TV, so maybe that's what they meant.

Still, it is pretty funny that no one understands "basic cable" nowadays. We used to go back and forth a lot, but now we are addicted to HD channels and the like.

Brett and Kasia said...

ps--I LOVE the Twilight books! I hope you get to read them soon ;D

Tami H. said...

I don't think bonnie is talking about basic CABLE, but basic public television broadcast through yes, the ancient antenna.

We don't have cable either. Us and the Moncadas seem to be the only ones going to the stake center for things like the Christmas devotional. So, we must be one of the last ones.

The Jones Family said...

funny!and you're not alone. we don't have cable, not even the basic channels!

kelsey said...

Sounds hilarious! I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for that one!

kelsey said...

p.s. You need to update our link sister!!!

marianne007 said...

Maybe the word "analogue" just flew way over their heads. You do have a great vocabulary, you know. Even if you only have free local stations to pick it up from. Thank goodness "The Office" is on one of those freebies. :)

Jasper and Holly said...

yeah, we don't even get the free channels where we are. oh well. we do love watching online, though. did they ever figure out what you were asking?