About five years ago, Katie and I finally made the jump to owning a TiVo. Well, two of them actually.
Now, we can't imagine our lives without them. I can't even remember what it was like to constantly set our VCRs for shows we wanted to watch and constantly swapping out tapes and trying to remember what was on each of them when we wanted to go back and watch them.
Life was so primitive.
But the best part of owning a TiVo, or any DVR for that matter? Fast forward!
Sure, we could fast forward through recorded shows on our VCR, but being able to do it during semi-live TV? Ohmigod. It's so fantastic! We will intentionally not watch a show when it airs live for about 15 minutes on a half hour or 30 minutes on an hour show. Why? So we have enough gap on the airing so that we can fast forward through all the commercials.
And during campaign season, it's an absolute sanity saver!
We have a couple of particularly heated battles going on right now in the State of Illinois for the Governor's mansion and one of our U.S. Senate seats. The two running main candidates for Governor are Pat Quinn (incumbent, somewhat) and Bill Brady while the two vying for the Senate seat are Alexi Giannoulias (sp?) and Mark Kirk.
These candidates are fighting tooth and nail and pulling out every stop in the book in their quest to make the other look like a complete assclown by dragging their name through the mud and slop and excrement and any other nasty substance you can think of. You remember how dirty the 2008 Presidential campaign was? Compared to these two races, that was a gentlemen's duel.
Guess what? It's working. I think all four of them are jackasses and I don't want any of the four of them in office.
Sadly I have little choice in the matter. The two-party system that exists in this country makes it impossible for any third-party candidate to be a viable option. Hell, in most cases, we never even hear of their names.
I wish just one of them would come out with a simple, generic ad in which they say, "Hi, my name is Bobby Dunleavey [not a real candidate... I think] and I'm not Bill Brady or Pat Quinn." Honestly, at this point, that might be enough to sway me. I seriously don't want any of the available candidates to take office.
Or maybe I'll just start a write-in campaign for Dave2.
At least I know what to expect from him...
Katie and I are signing up for our first ever fun run!
It's the TriCity Family Services Second Annual Snowflake Shuffle 5K Run & Walk on December 4, 2010.
Why are we doing it? There are several reasons...
- It's scheduled for the day before my birthday.
If I survive, I can really celebrate my birthday feeling like I've done something cool. If I die, I never have to turn 36 years old. Yay!
- It's a mile from our house.
I don't really have to worry much about travel or parking or lodging or anything. And it's so close, we can actually practice on the planned route.
- The route map, oh the route map.
Speaking of route, if this route map (PDF) doesn't sell you on the race, nothing will. C'mon, is it seriously that difficult to create a Google Map Mashup and make it publically available and link or embed it on the site?
Wish us luck!