Monday, July 22, 2019

Direct TV and CBS

Direct TV subscribers (like me) are no longer receiving CBS because of some dispute between the two mega corporations.

It appears to have reached a stalemate as, effective last Saturday, it's down.

I am not happy because I missed my favorite show:  CBS Sunday Morning...and 60 Minutes.

What to do. What to do.

After tinkering with it, I discovered that I can view both show -- 24 hours later.  And I can livestream the local news and CBS This Morning.

I'm hoping this will be resolved as I enjoy the CBS perspective and include CBS in my news watching.

I've heard that CBS wants to force viewers to pay a subscriber fee and that the stalemate is rooted in greed.  This appears to be an overreach as CBS local's ratings are in the toilet and the newest face of CBS News- Norah O'Donnell -- has not been received well, as evidenced by the plummeting ratings.  Even CBS This Morning has the lowest ratings when compared to the other network's ratings.

So, this doesn't help CBS.  If advertisers are not able to get viewer eyeballs this could end the impasse.

I hope so.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Just like Forrest Gump

When I first traveled to the Grand Canyon, I was totally blown away by its grandeur, majesty and the fact that it was God's creation.

I stood on the South Rim in total awe.

From that point on, I started going there every year.  I went by bus, plane and helicopter.  I stayed at the iconic El Tovar and at other hotels in the rim's area. 

I gazed as the sun set and the Canyon went totally black.  Then, I grabbed clothes and ran out to see the sun rise over the Canyon.

It is a sight that is etched in my memory.

I met two women on the Rim --one a professor at Harvard and another at graphic designer for the State of Rhode Island. We became such good friends that I visited them in Boston and we went to Martha's Vineyard for the weekend.

I went to the West Rim and donned footies to walk the glass enclosed walkway.

And, just recently, I went to the North Rim...with its rugged terrain.  

But I made it.

Suddenly, I decided that after 14 years, I'm not going back.  I feel like Forrest Gump who jogged all over the world and, one day, decided to stop.

That's where I am.

I have a wonderful bank of memories that I will always cherish.  But, as I age and my time on earth gets more narrow, it's time to see other wonders and bask on the memories of the Grand Canyon.