First, even though I really like and admire Valerie Harper and was sad to hear her devastating news, I hate the whole media exploitation of her illness. However, she was just on one of the Hollywood-type gossip shows and I stopped to listen to her. She has a fantastic attitude, but the interviewer asked her what is looking better and tasting sweeter to her these days. She said, "My husband's face" and it just moved me to tears. Her prognosis is three months minimum, but she could live a number of years more.
On more mundane fronts, I am leaving for Nashville tomorrow so you will get some hotel and travel reports. Weather looks OK for going and coming.
And now to bundling. I have resisted bundling, even as I cursed my bills each month. Right now I pay $49.99 a month (which somehow transforms to $75+ when the various taxes and weird fees are applied) for unlimited phone service, along with the usual call waiting, voice mail, etc. That's from Verizon. Happiness Rating: 9.9 out of 10.0 -- Every so often, and I mean two or three times a year voice mail gets screwed up, but service is fine.
I pay $50 a month for mobile wifi for Internet access from Sprint. Happiness rating: 5 out of 10. It's great when I travel, but the signal is really uneven at home and I can't stream movies, can barely see Youtube and then only if I'm patient.
Cable TV is from Time Warner and I pay about $108 for cable (which I have to have to have any picture and I pay for HBO). Happiness rating: 6 out of 10. The bill continues to go up. Reception continues to have so many little glitches -- frozen pixallation, if that's how you spell it, and recently a "Please wait a moment..." message when I'm changing channels -- not all the time but enough to be annoying -- at least once a day.
Today with my Verizon phone bill, there was a letter about checking your plan to make sure you're getting the best and I see they have a two-product bundle -- phone and a router for $49.95 -- the same price I'm paying now just for phone. Another reason I didn't want to add a router is that I didn't want to pay for both an at-home router and one for travel.
I'm thinking of doing the router from Verizon. The three-product bundle is cable from Direct TV and I really don't know much about Direct TV. I've had Time Warner for literally decades. Anyone have any experience with Direct TV? The three-bundle deal is $79.95.
One caveat is that these prices are good for one year, but I guess it can all be negotiated. Any thoughts?