Ter­ri­ble tele­vi­sion trou­bles

Record Observer - - OPINION - Dan Tabler

NO TELE­VI­SION When you are used to pick­ing up the re­mote and turn­ing on the tele­vi­sion, it is mighty dis­con­cert­ing when the darn TV doesn’t come on right.

This hap­pened Sun­day as I wanted to see the Ravens game, but I must have hit a wrong but­ton on the re­mote and my trou­bles started. Thank good­ness, we were able to go across the street to Ruth’s sis­ter Eve­lyn’s house to watch the great game that we won. But back to the house and calls to At­lantic Broad­band, had a lot of trou­ble get­ting through.

Fi­nally, I spent a fu­tile half-hour or more with a tech­ni­cian who said he was out in West­ern Mar yland, but was do­ing the best he could to get me back on sched­ule with the re­mote. He had me push­ing the but­tons, but none would work prop­erly and the TV failed to work prop­erly. He said he would get a tech­ni­cian to come and I said I was near Gra­sonville’s of­fice and maybe they could send some­one. He said it would be Wed­nes­day be­fore we could get some­one.

When you are used to hav­ing the TV on daily for fa­vorite shows, you can imag­ine how we were feel­ing. Any­way, we were in­formed Mon­day that some­one would be here Tues­day, so I’ll hope for the best and let you know how we made out.

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We did get to see the New York Macy’s big Thanks­giv­ing Pa­rade be­fore all our trou­ble with the TV. I am sure many of my reader-friends spend time on Thanks­giv­ing morn­ing watch­ing the col­or­ful pa­rade. It seemed to be more col­or­ful and longer than usual. A lot of high school bands from all over the na­tion, but I don’t re­call see­ing any from Mary­land.

The big pa­rade was fol­lowed by the na­tional dog show in Philly, and it was fun to watch. Mar yland’s own Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Re­triever won first place in the Sport­ing Group; while a Pem­broke Welsh Corgi won tops in the Herd­ing Group. We had a won­der­ful Welsh Corgi many years ago. A real beauty. You could not ask for a finer dog as a pet. • • •


I am sure most of my reader-friends get those same robocalls we con­tinue to get al­most daily from the peo­ple that want to re­duce the in­ter­est rate on your credit card.

It is an au­to­mated voice and we usu­ally hang right up, but I fi­nally got a hu­man be­ing on the phone one day and told them we did not need to have our in­ter­est rate re­duced as we never let our bill go over a month and we pay it on time. I said please take our phone num­ber off the call­ing list, but ap­par­ently that is eas­ier said than done as the calls keep com­ing.

Do any of my reader-friends have a bet­ter idea to stop those calls?


I sure hope it will be a nice day on Dec. 8 when they hold the Hol­i­day Can­dle­light Tour of His­toric Homes in Cen­tre­ville.

It will be­gin on Court­house Square, ac­cord­ing to what I read, at 1 p.m. and goes through

6 p.m. You can go to www.qa­clf.org for tick­ets, or call 410-671-5317 for more in­for­ma­tion.

I am sure the old homes will be dec­o­rated beau­ti­fully for the Christ­mas sea­son.



This foot­ball nut is es­pe­cially hope­ful the TV is work­ing Sun­day to be able to see the Ravens as they head for the play­offs. It is tough to have Joe Flacco out with an in­jury, but this young­ster, Lamar Jack­son, is cer­tainly do­ing the job as Joe’s backup quar­ter­back. He can­not pass as ac­cu­rately as Joe, but he can do a heck­uva lot more run­ning than Joe. And Ed­wards, an­other young­ster, is do­ing a great job of get­ting the run­ning game un­der­way. I’ll cheer them on to win the re­main­der of the sched­ule.


I am glad I am able to call Sonny Schulz a good friend. He was one of our county’s lead­ing cit­i­zens with all the ex­tra time he spent on or­ga­ni­za­tions out­side of his restau­rant. Ev­ery time Ruth and I had din­ner at Fisheran’s Inn, Sonny would al­ways stop by the table years ago.

He will be missed by the many groups he was in­volved with over the years. My sin­cere thoughts go out to Jody, Andy and Tracy and the rest of his fam­ily. RIP, my friend.

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