May 18, 2004

Cable Woes

When I left the house this morning, two Charter technicians were trying to drill a hole in my wall, with a drill bit big enough to give a brontosaurus a tooth canal. I couldn't watch.

This was the third day I've had cable folks milling around my house. They come in, they poke around, and then they leave, telling me they need more time and tools to get cable up and running in my home. I'm thinking of making a bedroom for them, so they can rest up between their periods of accomplishing nothing.

The first day they arrived, Thursday last week, a solitary individual entered the house and, after 15 minutes, announced that my house was not up to code to allow cable. My home needed much updating before cable could be snaked through its innards. No problem. It would cost me nothing to have this done.

Unfortunately, the original cable guy was in no way prepared to do the job. Instead, he set up a time on Monday for two top of the line crack cable technicians (or was it two cable technicians on top of the line crack) to arrive and update my home. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. they labored, and then they announced they would have to come back the next day (today) because they didn't have the necessary tools on hand to complete their work. How could they not have the necessary tools on hand? There were two freakin' vans parked outside! What? Were they empty!!?

So, they assured me they would be at my house at 8 a.m. sharp, and that the work would only take an hour. At 8:50 a.m., they pulled up outside, and once again they entered the house as if it was an alien environment to them. I had to provide a flashlight, which you would think they'd at least have on hand, but no.

I sit here now, with the vision of two cable technicians randomly drilling holes in my freshly painted walls, waiting for one of them to call so I can leave work and inspect whatever it is they've done to my home.

You'd think cable installation would have improved somewhat in the past 30 years or so. You'd think.

Posted by Ryan at May 18, 2004 10:08 AM

Stay with the labor, Ryan. TV is worth the effort! Though I'm wondering why you didn't consider getting satellite since it would be bolt on simplicity.

And yeah, it was with some trepidation when I watched our cable guy get out that freaking huge bit and put a hole all the way through my wall, twice! But it was well worth it to have cable in my office as well as moving the plug in the living room from thirty feet away to right next to the tv.

Posted by: Johnny Huh? at May 18, 2004 11:34 AM
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