Thursday, June 25, 2009

What now?

This doesn't really have anything to do with horses, except that the government once again did not think it out. By now everyone is digital, that is if you bought a brand new HD TV. You may have sent for a coupon for a box as I did. Finally a government handout that I can take advantage of. I still had to pay the amount over $40 and buy a digital antennae. You only get half the channels without one. So what do I do with these? I can use them for lawn ornaments or I can dry socks on them. I have more in the house, these were my favorites. I pay for one TV to hook up to Dish. I really do not watch a lot of TV. When I do, I like to be able to see it as well as have a choice. I had them spread thru the house for when I use the treadmill or if I just need noise to fall asleep. So now I have to send at least 2 TV's to the dump. I wonder how many TV's and obsolete antennas will end up in a land fill. That will also cost, we pay by the pound in this area. Will they be dumped on the sides of roads like unwanted tires that are so hard to get rid of? This ends up back to horses that are no longer needed. What's next? Wait, I think they are starting a program for clunkers that get less then 20 or 25 MPG (I forget). Who's fault is that, the consumer or the government that allowed the manufacturers to produce them? Bottom line, all of us who work, pay for this. Over 30 years of paying taxes and I have a "free" converter box. I'm proud to be an American. I think I need some sleep, I had to get that off my chest!!!

6 comments:

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

I won't even start going there with all the government idiosyncracies...but it does make you wonder right?

Jean said...

Never thought of that. I have cable TV here and can connect as many sets as I want. Except for the digital cable which does require a special tuning "box." But the regular cable works fine under the new system, so I'm OK.

Kind of a landfill bummer when you think about it. Wonder if some of the parts are recyclable? I think around here they have recycling centers for electronic equipment. TV's too?????

Katharine Swan said...

Oh, I SO agree with you. We didn't upgrade our TV OR get a converter box. Screw TV and screw the money grubbing TV companies. We watch primarily DVDs (when we watch anything at all) anyway.

And yeah, I saw the program to get people to upgrade their low gas mileage vehicles. Couldn't agree with you more -- it's the government's (read: previous administrations') fault for allowing manufacturers to produce these cars, when we all know that there's no way technology hasn't advanced enough to improve gas mileage in 20 freaking years. (My 1983 280ZX gets the same gas mileage as my husband's 2003 Mazda 6.)

Callie said...

LOL!It is ridiculous when you think about it.........

Breathe said...

You could recycle your antennaes to be riding crops...

TVs you could gut and turn it into a trough. Or you could set them up in the field with a vcr so the horses would watch training videos (seriously, wouldn't it help?)

Ah, clearly I've been in the sun too much today.

:)

Twisted Oaks Quarter Horses said...

I have to thank Breathe for the laugh. I hate throwing out anything that may still have a purpose. You're ideas are much more interesting then mine.