Thursday, September 15, 2011

No DirecTV for me

**an update**
The senior tech came and said that we can get the satillite connection off to the side of our house.
So...disregard anything you are about to read.

We have too many trees!
That's what the DirecTV man said when he came to install our satellite yesterday.
Too many trees and we can't get a signal.

I wanted to cry.
Okay, not really cry--that would have been dumb  (crying over tv)
But, I was really disappointed for a short while.
I want HDTV.  High Def.
I don't care about a gazillion channels....I just want them to look really good when I do watch them.

Our house sits facing north.
The satellites are in the south.
Our house is not at an angle at all.  It sits directly north and the trees are directly south-- in the way.

On one  hand I'm okay with it.  I don't want to be tied to my TV. 
Neither does the Handyman.( But he was looking forward to the free season of the NFL package.)
We don't want to be constant TV watchers.

On the other  hand....ARE YOU FRICKING SERIOUS???!!

Everyone around us has satellite TV!!

I live in the high desert...I'm NOT cutting down a tree.

**for the sake of full disclosure, the TV man was very nice.  I might not  have liked what he had to say, but he also said,  he didn't want to lock us into a contract and then we couldn't get most of the channels.
Fair enough.
They are going to send out a 2nd opinion man tho.

**and--my trees look very overgrown, as does everything in my backyard.  It's been a busy and hectic summer.
River Rafting with my parents (and all their friends)
Trips up north.
Trips to the cabin.
Trips to California.

This isn't even pretty anymore.
I'm still not cutting them down.

This is 'the' tree, that they can't get around.

I just threw these in, because I was walking by...
dying sunflowers.

And the two big trees come together in the middle almost.
and there is that little hill or inlcine they are up on, so they end up being higher than my house.

HELP!  It's really overgrown.
I need to trim and prune and clean things up.

Taken from 'up on the hill'
oh..and the Handyman blows the leaves down from the rocks and rock garden each week.
Silly Poplar trees lose leaves all year it seems.
Wait until they REALLY start falling!!

I have Japanese lanterns hanging in a tree.
They look pretty at night.

This is 'the' tree again.  Taken from up on the hill.

It has  a horrible, big, fat trunk.
and you can't really see....but I have some chairs there, with alittle flower pot and I sit there and read sometimes. 

This is  pretty much my view, looking down into the yard, when I am reading up there.

It's hard to see....but there sits the Handyman at the patio table, reading his book.

Even at the tip top of our roof, the satellite cannot get a signal thru the trees.!

I wonder what the 2nd opinion man is going to say?


  1. I love your backyard. I got fed up with all of them, traded my 24 year old tv in for a new one, cancelled cable and got an inside antenna. Seems to work okay.

  2. Wow, I knew you had a big backyard, but these pics really show how big it is! What a job to prune those trees... ugh! I think the 2nd opinion man is going to say the same thing the first guy said, but I also think they should give you 3 months free so you can see just how many channels you get - you might be very happy with what you get... ask them! LOL We were thinking of getting DISH so we can get new TVs. I said to my gardener the other day "We need to get some new TVs so we can be in the 20th century with everybody else." He said "Uh, this is the 21st century." I said "See how far behind I am???" LOL I watch Frasier for a couple hours every night and occasionally a Dr. Phil show... other than that, the TV is hardly on, but I want new TVs!

  3. You are so lucky to have all those trees!!!!!
    Glad the "senior tech" knew what to do so you can have your tv and your trees!