Heard on Q-104 tonight while going to the doctor's office. (nasal stuff, I'm ok):
40 years ago today was the famous Jets/Raiders Heidi Bowl Game
where NBC cutaway from the game with 2 minutes left to show the movie Heidi
. After the cutaway, the Raiders scored two touchdowns and went on to win! The story that was being told (which involved a station engineer's father) was that there were so many phone calls protesting the decision that the Bell telephone switchboards couldn't handle it - short ciruiting). So no one could put the game back on until someone personally went to 30 Rockefeller Center and told them about it - but it was too late!
In 2008, people would have simply been texting and e-mailing NBC while trying to find the game on the internet (and being annoyed about not being able to use their huge, fancy HD TV's to see it!
Time Warner did come by today and hook up my TV. They claimed I had to set something on the box to get the sound to work. Suprisingly the tech on the phone didn't tell me that (nor do they give you instructions with the box). I did manage to get 1 month free as a credit. I do hope however when 2009 comes around that I won't have do go up to channel 700 to find the real HD broadcasts for the local channels, it's confusing.
My call with India went fine and I was able to help them. But from what I've seen of the issue I was helping them with, I think it would be faster to call in a programmer and debug it rather than waste more customer service time reproducing it. (I was a programmer in a long ago life...sometimes I wonder if I could do it still.)
I've got a few things I'm looking for lately that I can't find or don't have time to find:
- A dummy cigarette lighter for DH's car. I have one on mine (the 2004 Cavalier) that covers the cigarette (err accessory) outlet - so it does exist. I've also seen them with no smoking symbols. But autoparts stores and ebay haven't helped :(
- A key cover/cap. I have almost identical keys for both cars with black rubber tops. I was looking for one of those cap things so I can tell them apart on my key chain (unless I paint my top with pink nailpolish).
- Recipies for a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic friend - so I can make/have something for him to eat when he comes over.
- Snow boots for Alan (size 1, preferably black). They seem expensive in Target, can't find second hand ones (not much on eBay), and even though it's mid November, Walmart still doesn't have any althought they have lots of winter stuff like boots, hats, gloves, snow shovels etc.