May 23, 2004

I’m talking about drawing a line in the sand, dude.

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomemos @ 10:58 am

Okay, this deserves an entry of its own. Mere hours after posting the last entry, I found myself waiting for my friends to pick me up. Having a few minutes to spare and almost no patience, I decided to see what was on TV. What was on TV was…a bunch of blocked channels. ESPN was blocked. The channel before ESPN was blocked. Basic cable, network TV–everything blocked, “by parental controls.” “Press Enter to un-block channels,” so I pressed enter, and it asked me for a PIN. I don’t know the PIN. Presumably, the only person who knows the PIN would be whoever set up the parental blocking. Round up the usual suspects.

I called my roommate right then and asked him for the PIN, but before he could give it to me my friends arrived. When I got home and asked him about it, he said that he had blocked it for my birthday party (six days previous, note), because, and this is as direct a quote as I can remember, he “didn’t want people ordering a lot of shit,” by which I can only assume he means a lot of channels.

This one is too much. This one needs a confrontation. (I should have confronted him then but I didn’t have the courage saved up.) First of all, his reason is total bullshit. Raise your hand if you’ve ever been at a party where people were eagerly signing up for cable channels. And plus, and this is the most important point, I ALSO PAY FOR THE CABLE. So it was my right to watch cable at my party (and the rest of the week) if I wanted to. If I invited some fictional friend who ordered another channel, I would have paid for it. If sanity prevailed, there would have been no consequences. We weren’t going to track mud all over his nice clean cable.

Basically the pattern is: he wants me to be responsible for the common areas, both financially and in terms of upkeep, but he gets annoyed whenever I take advantage of those common areas and takes whatever steps he can to keep me from doing so. And he doesn’t tell me about it, because up until now I’ve just quietly taken it. Well, enough of that. Here I go.



  1. as long as you’re name isn’t on the cable bill, stop paying it. let the asshole pay for it himself. but it sounds like you do need to have it out with this guy. cause he thinks he can keep pushing and pushing and that you’re too nice or reserved or busy to push back. so make some time in you schedule to give him a nice asswhopping! (verbal or otherwise) wish i could be there to see it all. πŸ™‚

    Comment by ariela — May 23, 2004 @ 11:33 am

  2. Pay your share of the bill. and by share I mean calculate what you would have owed for those six days your roommate blocked you from using the cable, and subtract that.

    You might want to start fining him for every dick head act he pulls. You know, something like $5 per rude note…or a buck every time he hides his blender without telling you that it is no longer part of the communal domain.

    Comment by AM — May 23, 2004 @ 6:58 pm

  3. Man, your roommate sure had my number. I was all sidlin’ over to the TV real sneaky-like, with a JONES to frivolously order me some channels, but then when I got the TV on, I was horrified. From my lips dribbled a defeated “Awww shit”, because that man outsmarted me! THAT’s why I drank so much! He foiled me. The better man won. He is much man.

    Comment by Pat K. — May 23, 2004 @ 9:58 pm

  4. Report him for keeping an illegal tenant. Don’t even threaten to report him, just go ahead and do it and get him kicked out. Problem solved.

    Comment by kindle — May 24, 2004 @ 7:38 am

  5. Problem solved…replaced with new problem of having a $1365 rent check to deal with all by my lonesome. But yeah, at the darker times that’s nice to think about.

    Anyway, I talked to him. Like all such confronatations, at least when I have them, it was anticlimactic, but things seem more relaxed between us now.

    Comment by Tom — May 24, 2004 @ 10:23 am

  6. Tom, where have you been? It’s the new ‘party fad’ to order several pay channels during parties. It gets you really high.

    Comment by Bret — May 24, 2004 @ 11:07 am

  7. Be the broomstick.

    Comment by Andy — June 1, 2004 @ 12:17 pm

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