Thursday, April 05, 2007

The New House

Hey everyone. We closed on the house on Friday. I spent the next two days rolling up carpet, digging up tackboard and getting rid of carpentry staples while my lovely wife painted, painted, and painted. Then we spent a lot of time moving crap from the apartment to the house. Luckily, we had enough money to get moves to move the furniture for us because if we didn't, we'd never get anything done.

Homeownership is so stressful. Every night, I lay down and just have a running checklist in my brain of things that have to get done -- replacing the molding in the back bedroom, buying a new mattress, fixing up the basement, etc. It's overwhelming. Then something strange will happen -- the furnace will make a noise or the toilet will run for no reason and thena bruptly stop -- and I have mild panic attacks where things like "Oh crap, how do I fix a hot water heater?" run through my head. It's worth it, though.

The one thing that, so far, has made it worth it more than anything else has been the move from cable to Direct TV. This was done solely so we can get the Extra Innings baseball package (aka "heaven") but the whole thing is waaaaaaay better than Comcast. (Even though something like "urinary tract cysts" is also better than Comcast.) The guy from Direct TV came, installed the dish and equipment, and away we went. I needed to call them for something yesterday, I got a woman on the phone in about one minute and she handled our issue in about 45 seconds. Pretty easy.

Verizon, on the other hand, is really starting to get Comcastic in their awful customer service issues.


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