All I wanted was cable in the kitchen………..

May 28th, 2009 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow wanting what you want lovers: This is totally off topic, but I had to share. I am addicted to basset hounds, the internet, and TV! Well, the later is the subject of this blog. I love TV. Good TV, bad TV, and just the glow of TV. I am addicted. Since I am adverse to vacationing without the hounds, (plus I cannot afford a vacation), we watch TV or they watch me on the internet when I am not working.

So, I have been saving up for years to get cable in my kitchen. As of this morning I had a black and white TV from the late 1960s as my kitchen addiction. I could get 2 local channels, one of which was fuzzy but buy George, I still had TV. I could kind of see Judge Judy screaming at the cowering podium people. I would feed the kids and hold the antenna and get some good laughs.

Well, a few days ago I bit the bullet and bought a 19” flattie. My old friend, Mr. Black and White was on his way out with only days to spare with the digital transition looming large. I was so excited. I called the cable company and had my appointment all set up. The installer arrived with a huge scowl on his face. How could he not be happy for me? I had to drag him to the kitchen and within seconds he said, ” I can’t put cable in this kitchen.”


I was none to thrilled. No one ever tells me “can’t”. That word does not compute. So, I asked the scowl faced installer to leave, made a few phone calls and before you can say…..ON DEMAND!

I have cable in my kitchen.


I also wanted to point out that if I had listened to this installer’s suggestions I could have spent close to a thousand dollars to have cable in my kitchen. He told me I needed a hole drilled through my granite counter top. Of course, I would have never done that.

Call the company back and talk to a supervisor. Have another installer come out and look at it. Not just with cable but everything. I never take NO or CAN’T for an answer. You know your home better than anyone. The expert installer that came out followed my suggestions along with his knowledge. I heard him tell his boss that the job was a piece of cake.

Now, I must go eat cake while I watch cable in my kitchen.

More loving TV later…….Cat, Chaps and Emma

P.S., hey what’s on tonight?


  1. May 28th, 2009 | 7:56 pm

    Why must we be driven to having to be crazy women just to get simple jobs done.

    Regarding what’s on tonight, Hannah and I are watching the National Spelling Bee, though we do not know any of these words. Oh my!

  2. Cat
    May 28th, 2009 | 8:11 pm

    I know Kerry – I could not believe it. How one installer could come in and say a flat NO in seconds and direct me to spend mega money. If that had been my MOM, she might had listened to him. I am so mad. I knew it could be done. Why did that guy just admit that he did not know how to do it? Companies are laying off workers due to lack of business and then someone like this comes along?

    I love the Spelling Bee! I just turned it on! It always reminds me of when I was in a spelling bee in about 5th grade. I had a paper dress on. Does anyone remember those? I sat down and my paper dress ripped. Thank Dog I lived across the street. I was changed and back on deck before my next word, which I misspelled! LOL!


  3. Trisha, Brutus, Lulu, & jaws
    May 28th, 2009 | 8:16 pm

    I am a definite TV in the kitchen lover! When our schmuck told me it was impossible I used a dvd player to watch office re-runs(a repeat tonight by the way) Good thing my Dad is low voltage contractor, he sent two guys on a 5 hour drive to my house and had the whole house rewired-TV possibilities in every room! Plus, Brutus really likes listening to the disney channel when Mommy is gone! Lulu tries to eat the TV’s so she remains outside when Mommy is gone!

  4. Cat
    May 28th, 2009 | 8:26 pm

    Trisha – I hear ya sister! Love the Office! OMG! Gotta love a Dad like yours!

    LuLu! don’t eat Mommies fun TV! hehehehe

  5. May 28th, 2009 | 8:37 pm

    when we moved to Michigan a few years ago, the cable guy came and said “nope, can’t be done”. My husband (the general contractor) said “sure can”. About 30 minutes later my husband was under the house and installing the impossible. The original “installer” called his boss while my husband was working, fussing that this guy was doing his job (even though he said he couldn’t do it). The company sent a different employee, looked at the work my husband had done, said it looked great, activated the cable and went on his way.

    Cable companies are at the bottom of customer service.

  6. May 28th, 2009 | 8:38 pm

    what the heck is a “paper dress”?

  7. Cat
    May 28th, 2009 | 8:53 pm

    Kerry (OM) – I am so mad at the cable company because so many folks believe what they say. I really makes me crazy. Just look at what it took you to get the job done. I try to always insist that a company person comes and not a contractor. Which I did today. However, they sent a contractor who claimed he was an employee! When the actual employee showed up, the job got done!

    Like you said, you husband had to do it! It just makes me so mad.

    Cable companies are at the bottom. But folks, don’t give up. Keep fighting to get what you want!

    Good advise OM!


  8. Cat
    May 28th, 2009 | 8:59 pm

    OM – Kerry

    OMG! I have 2 sisters and my Mom and Dad were up on fads. They bought us paper dresses!

    Just googled this…….

    In 1966, Scott Paper Company invented the paper dress, intended as a marketing tool. For one dollar, women could buy the dress and also receive coupons for Scott paper products. The paper dress, shapeless and unattractive, wasn’t an invention meant to be taken seriously, but women surprised the company by ordering half a million of these dresses in under a year. It might sound surprising to us, but when you remember that this was a time in history that had just gotten used to disposable cutlery, plates and diapers, this new fashion was appealing. People were demanding more convenience and instant gratification. What was more instantly gratifying than a dress you could hem yourself with only a pair of scissors, or a dress that could simply be thrown out if it got dirty?

    As the trend took off, companies began to experiment with style and fabric, adding other materials to the paper to make a sturdier garment that could even be washed. Mars Manufacturing Company invented a wide range of paper dresses, from a basic A-line style to a paper evening dress to a full paper wedding gown, all for under $20. Other companies followed suit, inventing such things as paper slippers, paper bell-bottom suits and waterproofed paper raincoats and bikinis. There was even a paper dress invented that grew herbs when water was added. In their short history, paper dresses became more stylish than the original, patterned with ’60s paisley and psychedelic prints. Some paper dresses were sold that could be decorated by the consumer. Even Andy Warhol got in on the trend, creating a design based on his famous Campbell’s soup can print.

    Paper dresses sounded like the next great invention – convenient, cheap and fashionable. So why aren’t they around today? It certainly wasn’t for lack of marketing. According to a Time Magazine article from 1967, “Sterling Paper believes in paper resort wear, the idea being that vacationers could buy paper clothes at the hotel when they arrive, throw them away when they depart, thus eliminating packing and carrying heavy luggage.” Paper dresses were also lauded in fashion magazines of the times. However, the physical limitations of a dress made from paper were too great to large up to critical acclaim. Despite efforts to invent a durable paper-based fabric, the dresses ripped too easily. Also, though some dresses had chemicals added to prevent them catching fire, repeated washings removed this protection.

    Only a few years after the invention of the paper dress, the fad had become obsolete. It remains, however, a testament to the innovation of the ’60s, a period in history known for its willingness to take risks and be daring.

    Sources: Time and Vintage Connection

    End of article///////

    Hey Kerry – did you notice that they said that the dresses ripped to easily? LOL!


  9. May 28th, 2009 | 9:14 pm

    I’m curious about the chemicals to keep them from catching fire which were removed with washing? Washing?! A paper dress?

    They still have paper dresses, it’s those dreadful things they give you to wear at the doctor’s office. Might as well give you a paper towel to wear.

    (in the spelling bee, I’m rooting for the kid in the yellow shirt … the last homeschooler still standing).

  10. May 28th, 2009 | 9:18 pm

    I am really digging my kitchen cable! I just had to make some of you laugh that are reading my comments. I know someone who has cable in their walk in closet and bathroom! OK……….I admit it, jealous! LOL!

    Speaking of bad TV – I was watching Tori and Dean last night and there was an altercation between them about TVs in every room! OK – I sided with Tori! She wanted TV inserted on her preggers belly! She had me cracking up!

    Remember, bad TV!


  11. May 28th, 2009 | 9:18 pm

    oh well, the homeschooler came in 2nd. Amazing job, all of them.

    Here’s a paper dress from the 60s on ebay. Item number 330333581420

  12. Cat
    May 28th, 2009 | 9:21 pm

    LOL Kerry – You just threw the paper dresses away! It was kind of like a Hippy thing. I even had paper dresses we could draw on with markers! We made our own designs. It was totally Groovey!


  13. Cat
    May 28th, 2009 | 9:23 pm

    Kerry – Yeah! for the Homeschooler! Good job speller! I was pulling for the HS!


  14. May 28th, 2009 | 10:30 pm

    Cat – in the info you gave on the paper dresses, it says:

    “Also, though some dresses had chemicals added to prevent them catching fire, repeated washings removed this protection.”

    That’s what I wanted to know about “washing” paper dresses.

  15. MaureenandSlinky
    May 29th, 2009 | 9:52 am

    I was always a good speller and once I made it to the last two on stage (this was a local school spelling bee). The word I missed was “sarcophagus”. How many times do you think that word comes up in life.

    Cathy, do you remember the word you missed?

  16. Cindy, Jethro, Rugby, Ozzie and Harriet
    May 29th, 2009 | 12:47 pm

    Ok, about the cable issue. Trust me, it’s not just cable. It’s any utility company you call. Especially if they’re the only one that offers services in your area. I could tell some stories but I’d have to write a book. The thing I hate the most is when you call up a utility company and the person on the other end can’t even speak english!!! Now, I’m not prejudice at all. I don’t mind a little accent. But if I can’t understand them I get so mad. I ask for someone who can speak english. Ha! The utility companies hate me. And it just boggles my mind how they can keep their job if they have no enthusiasm to do it! What happened to customer service? We are paying their salary and they need to get the job done! I’ll quit cuz I could go on and on with this subject.

  17. May 29th, 2009 | 2:47 pm

    Maureen, I do not remember the word. I was an awful speller and I still am.


  18. kipandgus
    May 29th, 2009 | 6:44 pm

    Good for you Cat. We are so glad one of your dreams came true. Enjoy.
    Kip, Gus, Bonnie and Charlie Bear

  19. NIN
    May 31st, 2009 | 9:02 am

    You are tooo funny! I remember my paper dresses! I loved them! I think I even had one that was a mix of newspaper articles from The New York Times. I never washed mine….too afraid nothing would be left!
    What an incredible experience with the cable company!! Wonder how many people would have just given up or tried to pay for needless work??? Probably most!
    Wonder if they would toss in the job for free or a free month of cable?

  20. May 31st, 2009 | 6:12 pm

    Nin – I got a 70 dollar credit. I think. Somehow I think that it will not show up on my bill!


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