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Is Cutting The Cable, Still An Option


Is Cutting the cable, still an option?


It depends on what works best for you.


My View:

I am sure, this purchases (merge, buyout) has it advantages and disadvantages, however, as a consumer what do I get out of all this?  Will I get,

  • Better Savings
  • Outstanding Service
  • Better Channel
  • Excellent Customer Service
  • Great Package Deals
  • Convinience drop off or pick up locations
  • Faster Internet  Speed
  • No dead zone

Or will I get this,

  • No choices
  • Horrible Customer Service
  • Awful Package Deal
  • Paying more for services
  • No drop off services or pick up location
  • Dead Zone
  • Crawling Internet Speed

Honestly, I feel cheated. I have live in my same residence for over twenty years. I started with Time Warner Cable, when cable service was introduced to this area. My cable bill was $75 dollars back then, and I had dial-up for internet service. With time, and I moved my business to home, I paid $125 a month for my package when Brighouse took over. Great service. Having the luxury of Cable, Phone and Internet service was cutting edge.

Then, the fantasy of being at the cutting edge of technology wore off quickly, when the prices started to climb. Yet,I still had the option to bail out. I still had a voice. There was still a competitive market out there. Now, my bill is ruffly $160 per month, no phone service, no bell and whistle and a decent internet speed.

As a consumer, I have shown my cable company, stability, loyalty, good business ethics, reliable customer. Have I gotten a better deal for all these years of loyalty? No. Do I have to re-introduce myself again to this new company? Probably. Will I still be grandfather in, to a service close to what i have and pay more money? You bet.

Is it time to cut the cord. Yes it is. I stream more than I watch the TV channels. My children stream more as well. Paying for just internet service would be more economical and having a good stream like service (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, or even Droid TV) is a better deal.

I guess for now, time will tell. I might still have options, and I might still find a competitive market and a voice, it’s just harder to find.

What is your opinion. Please drop off a line. Tell us what you think?

Cristina Roskoff-Harris


The Poor American






Posted in Entertainment, Life Stories, Mad As Hell!, Series

Mad As Hell! The Series

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This is my “Mad As Hell!” pix my daughter Ana Rui, did for my new segment.

There is a saying, “Bad news comes in three.”….but let me tell you there are times, bad news do escalate to 4 or 5. You just don’t think you will ever get a break…………


You have your last twenty dollars in your pocket, payday is not for another three days or so. You will be okay for the weekend, you have some food, plenty of streaming videos to watch, your car has about a little over a 1/4 tank left. Just don’t answer the door or any calls. Your friends will think you went away for the weekend.

Instead you are home stressing about your financial dilemma you created when you had to be off work without pay for a week, because of that nasty eye infection you caught for keeping your  contacts on 24/7 when you shouldn’t.

Now you owe the hospital on your insurance deductible, had to throw away all your contact and solution, but the worst part is you are stuck using those old glasses you had put away in your junk drawer.

You are happy that you still had twenty dollars left on you, and you  rush to the store, to  get some smokes and some beer. You get your items and feeling very good at this point, when it time to pay for your groceries, you can’t find your money. You check every pocket in your jeans, you do a hard mental recall of all the things and places you have been since you had seen that twenty dollars in your pocket and decided against put in the in your wallet, feeling it was going to be more safe in your front pocket with the last crumble receipt you just threw away 10 minutes ago in the parking lot. Horrify, you quickly, explain to the cashier your situation, getting no petty from her, you dash away to look for your money.

You look long and hard at the ground, thinking a magical arrow will appear and point the way. Everyone in the parking lot look suspicious. You can’t just simply accused or asked anybody if they found your money. You know they will lie. You still look and look, with the sad conclusion your last twenty dollars are gone.

With shame and anger you head home. You didn’t even bother to go back to the store to explain. You are angry, “Mad As Hell”.

You feel you have been violated, cheated, single out and simply outrage with the bad luck you are having. It’s just not fair. You needed that money to past the weekend a little better and not cold turkey.

Maybe its a sign from God! Did you wrong someone? Are you being hex? Nah!

In the end you feel, maybe someone else needed it more….

Like the saying says…”Finders keepers, looser weeper……”


Tell us your mad as hell anecdote or story… to share it here.

Thank you,


Cristina Roskoff-Harris


The Poor American


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Enough with Electronic Cigarettes Nonsense

“Sorry folks, no cute little picture on this blog, at least this time”.……..CH

Having been a true die-hard smokers for 33 years of my life. I can’t say I pick up the habit because it was Cool, or because my friends were doing it back then. I can’t say that I was impressed when I saw a “classy” woman or a “tough guy” smoking either. In reality, I was curious, and I like the effect it gave me. It help me stay awake at college, it help me deal with people nonsense.

I never like smoking in restaurants, I never even liked smoking in bed. Yeah, I like a good smoke after sex, but who doesn’t?

What I am getting is, the freedom to choose and do.

I have chosen not to:

smell like smoke.

not to draw attention to myself.

not to burn my clothes.

and most important not to pay so much for a pack of cigarettes.

What I did chose to do, is smoke an alternative product, that would satisfy my craving, my addiction to nicotine, without disturbing everyone around me. That was the sensible and honorable way to go. I didn’t want to get into verbal confrontation, or arguments, didn’t want to be nasty with anybody, I just wanted to smoke and be left in peace.

That is when the electronic cigarette became an interesting option for me. Back in 2009, when I started “Vaping” you could only find these gadgets online or at the local mall. Now in 2014, they are everywhere. Major store chains sells them, your local convenience store sell them, and they are still sold on-line as well.

I am not expecting these electronic cigarettes to pop up at rest stops or even on vending machines, like the regular tobacco cigarettes where 33 years ago. What am expecting is for these electronic cigarettes to be accepted as the new norm for smokers.

Electronic cigarettes are not tobacco product because simply, they do not have any tobacco product in them. Out of the many ingredient a regular cigarette have, the electronic counter part only has 1. Just the nicotine and that is all. The nicotine  is  what makes many of us addicted to the habit.

I don’t care much about variety in flavors you can get out of these electronic gadget, since we all know that Nicotine is odorless and tasteless. What regular smokers and non-smokers have endure thru time is the horrible burn smell of paper and tar and other nasty chemicals that are composed in regular cigarettes with the hint of taste in the form of tobacco or menthol.

However, to make them more attractive and new, flavor have been added to the mix, you can still have your old flavors and spice your palette a bit with the new delight from coffee, mocha, peach, apple, cherry and so on. That is your choice.

What I am not liking from all these electronic cigarettes companies is the myth, these counter part are equivalent to a full pack of cigarettes. They are not. If I smoke a disposable of any brand out there and they are closely to over 200 companies making electronic cigarettes today, none and I mean it, none are equivalent to a full pack of smokes. So stop saying you are.

For me, I have to purchase and use 4 disposable for my daily consumption, at $6 per piece that is $24 per day, t I could do the same with just paying $7 for the analog. If I use the rechargeable (after the initial cost of the kits, since they are not interchangeable) then my cost will go down dramatically. Depending on the brand and price of the cartomizers, I would be spending $2 or $3 per day. However, even with the rechargeable, I would still have to use 3 cartomizers for my daily intake, but I will be saving tons of money.

Vaping is not a science and it definitely is not a life changing experience.  You are not going to like it over night and it will not take care of your craving in an instant. The speed that your body absorb and takes the nicotine is slower, by maybe 5 second. Enough for you to say, this is not for me.

Yet, we are all creatures of habits, and we do have the vast intelligent to choose and pick (free will). So for us, that like to smoke, I am sure there is an adequate brand out there for you. Just be patience, you will find it. The same way you found your favorite brand of analog cigarettes. For those, using this method to quit smoking, I congratulate you. I have tried the gum and the patch didn’t work for me either. Good Luck!

And for us, that still enjoy a good smoke, let not get discourage and continued to do so. I chosed to vapor with the electronic cigarettes. I will continued to do so and  I am very proud to be a “Vaper”.

Whats your opinion?