I'm actually glad that I've had to go through the process of converting my own television. It has given me first hand knowledge of what our viewers on the eastern side of the region are dealing with. I live in the Lynchburg area, roughly 60 miles from WDBJ's broadcast tower on Poor Mountain in Roanoke County. From my home, it would be nearly impossible to pick up WDBJ's digital signal using a set of "rabbit ears" on my TV.
I ended up spending 30 extra dollars to get a special antenna that hangs on my wall and connects to an amplifier. By positioning the antenna next to the ceiling and near a window, I am able to pick up WDBJ's digital signal, along with all of the other Roanoke TV stations, without digital "break-up." It's a crude and somewhat unattractive set up, but it's allowing me to continue getting free television.
Now that I've made the switch, I'll have another option to recommend to my fellow Lynchburg residents. I have spent a lot of time researching the best antenna options so that I can offer recommendations to people who call me. At least now I know it can be done, so my advice won't just be an educated guess.
December 23, 2008
While many of you are exchanging gifts on Thursday, I'll be getting gifts of a different kind.
Christmas Day is my birthday. When I tell people that, the first question I generally get asked is "do you get double gifts?" - meaning, do you get fewer presents because people combine your Christmas and Birthday gifts? The answer is actually no. My parents have always made sure to give me a separate birthday present. I generally receive it on Christmas Eve, so that it feels more like a birthday gift than a Christmas gift. It also gives me a chance to open my gifts at a time when everyone else isn't opening their gifts too.
My siblings always make sure to give me a separate birthday gift as well. Their birthday (they're twins) is less than a month after Christmas, so if they ever try to pull the "double-gift" trick on me, I'll just tell them their Christmas gift is for both occasions too.
I've grown to like having a birthday on the biggest holiday of the year. No one ever forgets my birthday, and I feel like people generally make a bigger deal about it than they would otherwise. The only drawback: I can't really celebrate the occasion on the actual day with anyone other than my family. Friends are off with their own families.
The only time I ever really felt like I missed out on a right of passing was my 21st birthday. You can guarantee I didn't spend that Christmas with family doing what most people do on their 21st. This year I turn 28, so I feel like I'm past the days of wild birthday celebrations anyway.
Happy Birthday to all the Christmas babies out there (including News 7's Brent Watts, who also celebrates on the 25th) - and here's hoping you don't get double gifted this year!
November 11, 2008
Target practice at the Lynchburg Police Department Firing Range
Leaving your comfort zone can be fun and rewarding. How else can you grow as a person if you don't attempt to try new things or experience unfamiliar aspects of life? Over the last few months, I've been slowly pushing myself to do things I wouldn't otherwise do and I'm happy with the results I've seen so far.