SoBo Mama's Tips & Tricks

{October 22, 2017}   Doing (away with) the Dish

The House of Cheaptitude has multiple man-sized televisions.  They’re wall- mounted and all fancy.  One came as a barter Grizzly did for a remodel and one came with my living room furniture, so we’ve had them for almost ten years.  They’re starting to get funky but I refuse to replace them as long as there’s a little life left in them.

Last spring, we started doing family movie night on Sundays. I have a DVR/VCR hooked up in my room that was just collecting dust.  It gave us time to unwind after busy weekends, reconnect as a family, etc.  We’d go to the nearest Redbox, pick a movie, then go to the dollar candy aisle for popcorn and snacks.  It was a nice thing while it lasted.

A cheap night is a good thing. I’ve been working on tightening our financial belt for a while now.  Our satellite bill is disgusting. It was over $100 a month and we didn’t watch half the channels.  I downsized our package, which only saved $8, and there was only one channel left I liked (Discovery).

With our Central Air kicking the bucket, satellite started looking like an unnecessary extravagance.  So we’ve let it go.  Grizzly hates it.  He’s always had cable or satellite, except the early years of our marriage.  The kids hate it because they can’t watch wrestling and their teeny bopper drama shows.  We’ve seen almost everything in Redbox and purchased all of the good DVDs in the clearance bin.

I think, although it’s unpalatable, they’re adjusting.  Monkey #2 is working a lot more on her animation and Monkey #1 has been working his first job, so he doesn’t have time for TV.  Grizzly goes to the pool room or BWW with Dimples to watch football.

And I’m rediscovering movies I have not watched in years.  Last week I read 2 books I never had before.

How far will you go to save a buck?



{October 18, 2017}   Of Butthurt and Billiards

I’ve been playing pool for almost a year now, but I’ve been watching for a few years.  Grizzly, his brother-in-law, his sister, many of our friends all play.  For me, it gives me something to do with my husband.  I’m not good, at all, (comfortable 1 in 9 ball and 2 in 8) but I have a good time. And I’ve gotten to know some really fun, really wonderful people.

And I win occasionally.  And I like it when I win.  But I’m not that competitive.  I really don’t care about going to Vegas in August.  Pool, for me, is entertainment and a way to unwind.  It’s definitely stress relief.

My Facebook feed has been flooded today by butthurt pool players and their significant others.  And, not breathing pool, I just don’t get it.  Apparently there was a big tournament out of town and our local people were up against “severely underhandicapped” players.  Seriously?

Sweet Grizz has been a 4 forever in 9 ball and fluctuates between a 3 and a 5 in 8 ball.  He’s constantly called a “sandbagger,” someone who loses on purpose to maintain handicap.  So if people in our region do this, than it makes sense for people outside our region to be guilty as well, right?  Except I know what Grizz does.  He can do things he “shouldn’t know” because he’s played for years with amazing upper handicaps.  He gets bored and experiments with the balls and what they’ll do on the table, testing his own skill.  And he enjoys his adult beverages.  I explain my theory on the regular to a lot of gripey players.  It’s not sandbagging.  It’s creating a new challenge.

I think my Grizzly is a pretty smart man, but no way is he Einstein.  And if he’s figured all this out, couldn’t people in other places?  For that matter, couldn’t it happen here, just with players being a little more slick about it?  Let me start listing names…just kidding.

I commend Fluteman’s Girl for being so defensive of her man – I’m the same way.  But losing in a tournament isn’t affecting his reputation here.  Let it go already.  Don’t get so butthurt over a game.

et cetera
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