So I get to the end of the week, a long one during which I was sick for most of it and just exhausted by the end, and all I really want to do is collapse on the couch in front of the TV and watch the Flyers-Sabres, which as I write this is entering overtime, but I can't watch it. Why?
Cable's out. Partially. Only many of the channels I want to watch.
Verizon FiOS is generally a pretty good service. The Internet speeds are great, and the channel selection is OK; they could add more HD channels, but they'll come, and in the meantime, the picture quality's fine and I'm happy. But today's the day they chose to screw up. I discovered it first at lunchtime, when I popped the TV on in the kitchen, went to channel 86 for MLB Network, and got a "Channel Not Available" screen. I thought it was a temporary thing, changed to the news on channel 9, and didn't think anything of it.
At dinnertime, I decided to check in on the start of the Flyers game, and it took me a few minutes to remember who'd be carrying the game. Ah, right, Versus. I went to that channel... nothing. I tried NHL Network -- not there. MLB was still gone. TBS, TNT, even KOCE-TV, the local PBS affiliate, all gone. I tried the HD box in the living room. Nope. We get some channels, but not all. I called, and it turned out that there's an area-wide outage with estimated repair time at some point on Saturday. Maybe.
So I'm going to miss the hockey. At least ESPN's coming in for basketball. And, yes, this is definitely a First World Problem. But I don't ask for much. And if I'm paying what I have to pay for FiOS, I want what I want, especially at the end of a week like this. Harrumph.