“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Watching the new weather program channel on Direct TV.

There is a new weather program channel on Direct TV, right below Weather Channel on the guide. My wife and I have watched Weather Channel since it first came on line, back in the days of the old G band satellites, where you had to have a huge dish. Every time there was lightning it blew up your down block converters and you had to send them back to Uniden for repair, so you kept a shelf of spares.

We remember when Jim Cantore had hair.  Seriously.

But the Weather Channel lately isn't about weather. They have stupid shows like "prospectors" where they expect us to believe that some busty woman works her claim on the mountain in a red bustier. Or "Coast Guard Alaska" things like that.  This new channel just has weather and their coverage is good.

My wife got in Friday and is leaving in the morning for Cincinnati. I spent most of today getting her car checked out, tires aligned and balanced, oil changed, and in cleaning the car up.  I have never seen anyone in my life as bad as she is about letting her car get nasty, full of old coke bottles, tissues, McDonald's bags, that sort of thing. I wouldn't even get in the car until I cleaned it out.

There is a huge storm coming in tonight, and she will be driving in rain all day tomorrow. I asked her to wait one day and go Monday but she is too anxious to get up to the kids to wait.  She's a grown woman and I can't make her do anything, but I think this is unwise.

Just as an aside, the new premier date for Survivor Man, the new series , is now Tuesday, January 7th, 2200 (10 pm) on Science Channel.

18 comments:

  1. Surely your wife snaps to attention when you put your foot down doesn't she? I know mine does. All I have to say is I forbid it! End of discussion! HAHAHA!

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    1. My wife does just exactly what she wants to do. Any husband that says his wife does otherwise is probably not telling the entire truth, unless he's a brute and beats on her. I doubt either of us fit into that category. ;-)

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  2. LOL I can't fault her on the messy car mine are always like that too. Well not my truck but my car is.

    I had the same issues of driving in bad weather with the wife. I took her keys :) Then again I was the one that kept having to go rescue her and the last time was almost a huge disaster. Taking her keys was a matter of my survival as well.

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    1. My wife would be furious if I did something like that. As it turns out, the weather last night and today is so bad she stayed home and is leaving tomorrow. Everybody has to find their own comfort zone with how the ship runs. My wife came from a traditional Southern Baptist family. They believed in the "submissive wife" teachings in the bible. Her dad was a good guy but he was a tyrant in lot of ways. I think she decided she didn't want a husband who was a carbon copy of good old dad. From the get go, when we got married, it was pretty clear that it would have to be more like a partnership than a dictatorship. For instance, she wanted me to stop going to the club every Friday and staying for six hours. She wanted me to stop bringing home all the hard corps drunk who were still at the club when it closed. One or two guys there on TAD , home for supper , was ok but not the company grade officers borracho club. She wanted me to get rid of the corner bar in the living room and we put a china cabinet there. So if you start out realizing that you have to make accommodations, it just goes on that way. It was worth it to me, because she's a good wife and we are a good match. I knew that married men had to change their life styles some anyway.

      Some women want the husband to make all the decisions and that works for them. Whatever works for both of you, I say.

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  3. quit watching weather channel. used to have weather maps and real meteorologists. now have people apparently paid to gibber and obscure any maps. women wearing the worst fitting short dresses i have ever seen. if i wanted to hear blather i would watch regular t.v..
    djh

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    1. I like Stephanie Abrams and Jen Cargafno, but primarily I want weather information and The Weather Channel has really fallen down in that regard the last few years.

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  4. p.s. to your wife. 60 hear in north ohio tomorrow but 30 tomorrow night. not good travel weather.
    stay home. if you can.
    djh

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    1. She left at 0500 this morning and she's up there now. She said it got consistently colder as she went North. However, it's pretty cold here tonight too.

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  5. In the overall marriage co dependency it has become my job to take trash out of vehicles. If I am gone or otherwise occupied soda cans, fast food wrappers and receipts will continue to accumulate on the floorboards until I take them out. Over the years I realized it is easier and better for us that I just take them out instead of picking at her about it.

    Also it's the same with putting fuel in vehicles. She is happy puttering around on a quarter tank while I prefer being above 3/4's and anything under half gives me anxiety. So it's become my job to keep her vehicle full.

    This generally works well though last time I went out in the field she almost ran out of gas. Turns out after the light is on for awhile it starts making a beeping noise. Apparently the SUV didn't magically fill itself up.

    Sort of like you said neither of us can live without the other for different reasons.

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    1. It's a symbiotic relationship. The husband has skills, the wife has capabilities, and as long as you are both alive it works out. I worry about what happens when I die. I tried to teach my wife how to pay the bills and reconcile the statements years ago. I still feel faint when I think about how that worked out. Or didn't work out.

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  6. I'm with you, Theother, on the gas. I don't typically go below 1/2 and if bad weather or price increased are mentioned, I fill up regardless. Since I fill up a lot, I throw anything out that I have in the car, plus we have trash cans in our parking garage so an old cup is easily thrown out when I go in the building.

    I hope your wife gets through her travels without incident. I am a chicken, I'll stay put rather than drive in bad weather.

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    1. Kathy, the weather is so bad, with thunder rumbling overhead and rain just pouring down, that she decided to wait a day. I got up at three, drove the jeep down the trail all the way to the hard surface road, and cleared all the fallen branches, etc off the road. It was pretty bad, and she decided to wait 24 hours.

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  7. Harry,

    (captaincrunnch)

    I met Jim Cantorie in Port A. (Port Aransas, Texas) during one of the hurricanes years ago after I as done surfing for the day. My friends and I are 'hurricane addicts' (a similar illness to 'storm chasers' that chase Tornado's)
    I was one of those idiots that drove up on the beach and watched as Jim Cantorie did a live broadcast about how bad the hurricane at the time was (overly dramatic) blah' blah' blah'.
    I love for hurricanes for the surf. Hurricanes are a way of life down here like icebergs and sunken Titantics off the coast of Nova Scotia:)

    My favorite hurricane was Ivan in 2004. Biggest wave I ever road, 12 foot (we call those 'double overhead' The Gulf Coast ain't Hawaii but still try looking over shoulder at a oversized big rig coming at you at speed and your laying down in the road in front of the big rig on a skateboard, hoping the big rig can push you down the road at speed.
    That's a pretty fair indicator of what its like.

    Getting back to the Jim Cantore and the Weather Channel, they all freak out (The sky is falling, the sky is falling) everytime something happens. Category one hurricanes (80 mile and hour winds) are nothing. In West Texas we got 80 mile an hour winds and dust storms from January to May. They just try to amp things up for the ratings.
    I do remember when the Weather Channel started back in the 80's. It was very interesting. What happened is NBC (National Bolsevik Channel) bought out the Weather Channel a few years back and ruined the Weather Channel. NBC also cancelled the original Star Trek back in 1970 and ruined the Sci-Fi Channel a few years ago too.
    On a side note; do they have a Weather Channel in Canada? I bet the even have a 'Polar Bear Channel' to warn residents of dangerous rogue Polar Bear's. Maybe they (researchers) should hook up a Go-Pro Cam to a Polar Bear as they blunder their way around Nova Scotia, wrecking havoc like Germans marching through southern Europe in 1939 and put the video footage on youtube.

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    1. I didn't know somebody bought the Weather Channel, that explains a lot.

      Kymber might know about a weather channel in Canada, but I don't remember her ever mentioning that they had television out at their place. I'm always surprised how many people just decide to do without tv, but it makes sense really. You can get the news off the internet or the radio. I like some of the shows on tv so I keep paying for Direct TV.

      You're going to get drowned one of these days. You know that, right?

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    2. Harry,


      (captaincrunch)

      I'm attached to a 9 foot, six inch piece of reinforced, foam, fiberglass and plastic by a 'leash' that can be used as a tow strap on a four wheel drive truck.
      I have been held under and I know how to pop back up again. I breathed in seawater and hacked my lungs out many times. If you spend enough time out their like I do, you will develop and uncanny knack for survival at sea.
      I am not indestructible, I realize that. However I take calculated risks based on experience and other factors. If I don't feel comfortable, I don't do it.

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    3. Uh Huh. Just spell my name right in your will.

      I may go first. One good header off the roof and I'm chicken food. Literally.

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  8. hello, mr. flashman.
    have thought about yr. wife's bronchitis. had a friend got it every winter, all winter long.
    turns out allergies. not bad in summer but when in enclosed building at school all winter allergens too concentrated.
    now much better with proper treatment.
    it got past the bronchitis stage and other symptoms cropped up. that's when doctor finally caught on! took him years.
    good idea to test now before wife gets worse. symptoms don't go away just get worse. nip it in bud.
    our friend had to rid house of air fresheners, perfumed soaps, aftershave, anything with scent.
    now has to be careful at teachers' conferences and so on where lots of people have perfume, hairspray, et cetera.
    just a thought. could save a lot of agony.

    rain here and 60 degrees but 30 degrees tonight-black ice! n. e. ohio
    djh

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    1. My wife thinks this is allergy related as well. This summer she is going to take a series of tests to determine what the issue is. Has to be something at her mom's or at school, since she seems to be ok at home.

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