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Old 03-26-2010, 01:33 PM   #21
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I had to nix a small town. For my interests, a major metro is all that will do. Don't mind living outside the city, but gotta have my activities that only the bigger cities provide. What can I say? And, again, that's why God invented both chocolate and vanilla...sigh.
So true! You say tomato, I say to-mah-to (not really, but that's the way the saying goes). As long as we both know what we want, and I think we do, then we'll be happy.
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:44 PM   #22
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Hadn't really considered just using the antenna. I've had cable TV for just about forever and always assumed you needed it for any kind of reception. But I was pretty surprised when we fired up the TV in the RV to see how excellent the picture was. Maybe I'll try the campground cable / OTA TV for awhile and see if I can get DW to go along.
Yep. That's the only way we get HD in the motorhome. We have an HD receiver, but we don't have the proper satellite dish for getting HD satellite.

But we sure enjoy getting the off-air HD programming - especially the PBS nature shows.

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Old 03-26-2010, 02:48 PM   #23
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Yep. That's the only way we get HD in the motorhome. We have an HD receiver, but we don't have the proper satellite dish for getting HD satellite.

But we sure enjoy getting the off-air HD programming - especially the PBS nature shows.
I put up a couple of nice, big antennas up against the side of our garage for over-the-air reception and added a modest preamp on the mast, and I'm simply amazed at how good the picture is -- consistently -- even 60 miles away (as the crow flies) from the Austin broadcast towers. It usually has a better picture than satellite, and I put them up for two reasons: (1) as a backup if the dish fails or loses picture in a storm, and (2) as a fallback in case we decided to ditch pay satellite TV at some point in the future.
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Yep. That's the only way we get HD in the motorhome. We have an HD receiver, but we don't have the proper satellite dish for getting HD satellite.

But we sure enjoy getting the off-air HD programming - especially the PBS nature shows.

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You can get a card and/or software for your laptop that will allow you to record those HD nature shows and watch them later - on your schedule (the true essence of being retired).
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I put up a couple of nice, big antennas up against the side of our garage for over-the-air reception and added a modest preamp on the mast, and I'm simply amazed at how good the picture is -- consistently -- even 60 miles away (as the crow flies) from the Austin broadcast towers. It usually has a better picture than satellite, and I put them up for two reasons: (1) as a backup if the dish fails or loses picture in a storm, and (2) as a fallback in case we decided to ditch pay satellite TV at some point in the future.
I think off-air HD is generally much better than satellite HD because it is not nearly as compressed.

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I just purchased a Samsung Blue Ray player that , among other things, plays Netflix Now on the TV. I lowered my Netflix account added Blue Ray and still pay less and I can watch an almost unlimited supply of movies.
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That reminds me of a cost cutting tactic I have employed since I ERd 5 years ago. I cut my own hair by hand with a pair of barber's scissors. Saving is probably around $20*12 = $240. No one notices much difference between my hack job and the professional job.

Yup, came to the same exact conclusion: I could screw-up my bangs just so well as the beautician, so I watched a YouTube video and learned how to cut my own. OK, so they did look like cr@p the first 5-6 times or so, but I "think" I got it down pretty much now. And who could tell if I did them those first times or not since nobody else was doing them well here, anyway.
My ponytail is mid-back and I even cut that. Thank heaven for wavy, thick hair that can hide the boo-boos...ha!
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A few weeks ago on the HLN (Headline News) channel, they had on the consumer tips guy, Clark Howard. He said that you could make a pack of razors last 6 months simply by drying them off after each use. Apparently the water corrodes the finish which works to dull the blade.

So... I wanted to try this. Razors are way too expensive in my opinion, anyway.

I have an average beard thickness and typically replace my razor once per week. I know it needs replacing when I start to get nicks and cuts.

I found that my razor lasted about twice as long, before needing replacing. It's easy enough to dry off the blade with a towel after shaving. I won't get 6 months from one pack of razors, but Clark just shaved my annual razor costs by 50% - thanks Clark.
I saw that, too. After drying the blade, I spray a little generic baby oil on it. Bought a small sprayer bottle at a dollar store. Fits in the medicine cabinet.

I've been on the same blade at least a month. Lost track......
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I just purchased a Samsung Blue Ray player that , among other things, plays Netflix Now on the TV. I lowered my Netflix account added Blue Ray and still pay less and I can watch an almost unlimited supply of movies.
Same here. We used to go to the movies for about $100 per month. With Netflix, we're down to $13 - unlimited and at any time we want to watch them
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