I am going to be retired before too long. It is going to be about a year and seven months from now. I have already bought a really nice Recreational Vehicle. It is not enormous like a lot of the ones you see and it does not cost as much money as a new car. It is something that is just about the right size for Jean and I to travel around. I went to this site and got a Direct TV package. If I was willing to pay a lot of money I could get an antenna which works while you are moving down the highway. However now it only works when you park the RV and you set up the dish so that it is directed towards the satellite up in orbit around the Earth. All of that was quite easy to figure out. I got the package for the house too and in theory the box in the RV only costs me 5 dollars per month above what the home package costs.
What is not easy to figure out is how you get a good or even a decent internet connection out on the Interstate Highway system. You can get Internet, from HughesNet which is the company which originally founded Direct TV. In fact Howard Hughes was one of the first private citizens or companies to put satellites in to orbit about fifty years ago. However their product has a lot of problems and it costs a lot of money. In theory you can get wireless. In North Carolina you have a company called Clear which seems to operate in all of the populated parts of the state. However I do not plan on staying in this state all of the time or even most of it.
Of course there is this site where they want you to cut off your cable and switch to Direct TV, http://www.cable-tv.com/. I have been looking at that as an option and of course if you look at it says that for 20 dollars a month you get something called a Select pack for a year, but you are signing up for two years. Like anything else the devil is in the details and if you read the fine print there is going to be a good reason why you would not do it. My Dad showed me that a long time when he was trying to teach me one of those sage lessons about life and so forth. He pointed at some offer and showed me the great big letters that said 20 dollars a month. He said that when you see one thing written in big letters it is supposed to look really good to you, but there is something you do not see that is not going to look as good if you took the time to take a real close look at it.
Of course my Dad had a Little magnifying glass and he got a yellow highlighter and showed me where the math really took you on that offer. It was supposed to be something that I remembered because obviously you are going to have a lot of chances to make mistakes big and small. The sayings go on and on about how you should look before you leap, which is obvious and it means the same thing when it comes to buying a car or any major financial decision. This is a big deal over time. Each month it is 20 dollars, but that adds up. It especially adds up if they start tacking on charges.
When I lived in New York, getting power to my house was extremely easy. It was that way because there was only one choice, unless I wanted to live off the grid. I am in no way capable of doing that, so I went with the power company that supplied the entire region with electricity. Moving to Texas was a culture shock in that regard. I had no idea that I would have a choice, and when I saw a link with just how many different providers I could choose from, I was even more surprised.
I had not even heard of most of the different companies listed on this site that gives details about all the different energy companies. I did not let that scare me off though. I am the type of person who likes having choices, so I was going to make sure that I researched all of my options so I could make the best choice possible. I was able to read about the deregulation process that happened in Texas over a decade ago, and then I read about the different companies. One might think that these companies are all the same, but the only similarity was that they provide energy.
They are different in their rates, their plans and their different packages. Some have been around for decades while others were formed after the deregulation happened. Some give back to the community, and some offer green alternatives. There are so many differences that it really did take me a while to learn about all of the companies so I could make the decision on which one was going to supply energy to my home. While there were a few that were a good match, only one was able to provide me with the peace of mind in knowing that I was supporting the right company by giving them my business.
My mom told me she would never get satellite TV because of the dish. I looked up and down the street on her block. It looked to me like most of her neighbors already had it. She just did not want the dish on her house for some reason. Well, I did not have a problem with it at my house. I contacted Direct TV in Aledo months ago. That is what got mom talking about it. She looked at my satellite bill I had setting out on the table. It is less than what she pays for cable. She likes it better than cable. However, she had all kinds of worries about a dish being on her roof.
She said it might cause a leak or attract lightning. Never mind that old TV antenna that is still up there on their roof! I called Direct TV in Aledo again and asked them if they could put the dish on a pole in the ground. Mom paid a few extra bucks for that type of install, but it worked for her. The dish is in her flower garden surrounded in the back by field grasses from South America and Black-Eyed Susan’s and Purple Coneflowers in the front. She wanted to “camouflage” the presence of the dish. The installer showed her not to block the line of sight by not planting things that were too tall in front of it.
Mom is happy now. She has a dish you can barely see in her yard, and she has all the channels that I have at my house. All it took was not having the dish put up on her roof. DirecTV does all kinds of non-standard installations. They have solutions for flat roofs, ground installs and pretty much any other place someone might need to put the actual satellite dish for one reason or another. Just ask them.