September 13, 2003 - Saturday
During our fist 8 or 9 years living in
Sherilton Valley, we had no television. We are too far to receive
local TV from San Diego and I didn't want to install one of those huge
satellite dishes that were so popular at the time. Finally a company
called Primestar came along and they put out a dish that was small enough to
not overwhelm the landscape. They had few channels but the signal was
digital and I enjoyed it a lot.
A few years back Primestar was bought out by
Direct TV and they provided a much smaller dish with hundreds of
stations and even local channels to help me keep up with the San Diego
I'm tempted to go into a diatribe about the
poor programming available but I'll save that for some other time. For
now, I'll provide a photo of the old Primestar dish turned on its side and
serving its second life as a bird bath. The birds love it and lately
even the bees have have been visiting in large numbers.
This time of year our area is desert dry for
miles around and we leave out water in several spots to provide for the
local animals. Wild turkeys come through every day along with coyotes,
bobcats and raccoons. I'm still hoping to see a cougar some day.