This collection of entries is from May 07, 2004.
Carol got off work a little early and we packed up the car and drove to my sister's house in Michigan. I love going up here... just to get away. Diane picked-up mom and Melinda and got there about 5 minutes after us. Tonight we had dinner at the Red Arrow Road House. (Had a long wait - well over an hour just standing in one place, waiting for a table the seats 5 people to come open). I had the House-Made Blue Cheese Potato Chips
Hot, seasoned potato chips with melted Maytag blue cheese, sour cream & chives followed by the Stir-Fried Beef Fillet Mignon with Shiitake Mushrooms Shredded carrots, red onion, zucchini, tri-colored sweet peppers, garlic & ginger tossed in an Oriental hoisin sauce…steamed white rice. Pretty good for a "Road House"!
We had bought a new TiVo unit sometime last year. It's a Hughes DirecTV unit, so it has two tuners in it (a big plus). Well, getting both tuners online forced us to get a powered multiswitch for all of our cabling. I cheaped-out, got something cheap off eBay, and have been regretting it every day since. My crystal clear, stable signal now gets interrupted at least once an hour for no reason, or now gets affected if we turn off the lights in the bathrooms. This just sucked. Then the signal to the TiVo unit just would go tell hell in a handbasket, completely losing the signal about every 12 seconds for a hour at a time, making it impossible to record things.
I learned my lesson, and went back to eBay to find the switch that I wanted. I went there first because I didn't want to spent the $300 list price for the dam thing. Well, we got one for a fifth of the price and I installed it and have been in DirecTV heaven ever since.
Can't go wrong using the right equipment.