I just made a comment about an article presumably written by the former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch. I've always wondered about the responsibility of boards to hire and fire CEOs, and this article gave me the opportunity to ask it in a public forum.
Interesting how the comments were overwhelmingly against the ideas in the article.
Went out to the truck this morning to fetch my sunglasses. Sometimes I forget to lock the cab and it sits overnight unlocked, but I've never had a problem in my driveway, even back in the days when we had the neighborhood drug house going full bore.
As I opened the unlocked drivers side door, I noticed that the glove box was open and all its contents were spilled all over the passenger seat and the floor. At first I thought that Rita perhaps was looking for something, but she wouldn't make then leave a mess like that. Also noticed that the ash tray was left open. Only thing I keep there are toothpicks.
I asked Rita if she had been in my truck and she said no. The only conclusion I can conceive is that someone paid a visit to my unsecured truck and checked it out to see if there was anything worth taking.
As far as I can tell, nothing was missing. My CD case was there, the Rush CD in the original package/case was present, the registration papers, the owners manual (including the spare key to the truck!), everything was present and accounted for. Even the three hundred dollars worth of child seats.
Rita's vehicle was locked last night, with the Garmin GPS unit stuck to the windshield in obvious plain view. That tells me this must have been a complete opportunistic ransacking. And now I know better.
No, I'm not so worried about the switch to DTV for my set up since we've had cable TV through Comcast for several years now. But my mom, on the other side of town, still gets her signal via an old rooftop arial that's tucked precariously in her townhouse attic.
I went a couple weeks over there with the new converter box to check out her configuration, the config that my dad had hacked together decades before. What I found was the lead from the antenna, a 300 ohm VHF flat cable spliced to a cut-wide-open coax cable that's plumbed through the house. Couldn't believe that hack. I mean, it was literally the conductors from one were twisted around the coax conductors without tape or a converter to 75 ohm, or anything. Surprised that the signal still found its way past this junction, but not surprised to learn this is why the signal's been so bad all these years.
There's a lot more to this story, but in the end, after experimenting with a lot of different things, we finally decided to get mom onto a basic cable deal with Comcast. Fifteen dollars (US) a month is worth it and she can afford that.
The antenna in the attic will be abandoned, a testimonial to my parents' thrift ways during my childhood, and my dad's stubborn resistance to paying money for a signal that he can presumably get for free over the air.