Netflix, weather, other weirdness

Seen on another blog:
GOLD is the money of the KINGS,
SILVER is the money of the GENTLEMEN,
BARTER is the money of the PEASANTS,
but DEBT is the money of the SLAVES!!!

Netflix has, IMHO, decided to shoot it’s feet off.  Both of them.

I can’t be the only person in the US who uses Netflix Streaming service as a total substitute for watching live TV or cable programming – but people like me are exactly the people Netflix has decided they can live without.  In a recent article on the BBC news service, Netflix announced that it is not renewing the contract with a content provider which allows access to the very types of shows my wife and I watch the most. They would rather focus on creating their own original programs – which so far have not included any titles I care to watch.

We’ve talked it over, and for us I think we might be alright if we change to disc-only service, but we’ll have to see what happens when the Epix contract expires.  Read more here:

In other news – this has been one of the weirdest “summer” seasons I’ve ever seen.  Normally in Kansas (and I have spent most of the last 53 years here) the grass is turning brown by early July, and doesn’t start getting green again until mid September.  This year it NEVER turned brown at all in our yard, and I didn’t give any supplemental water.  If the weather had cooperated, the city could have gotten most of the sidewalk done outside in a few days – it took over a month!  In fact – they still aren’t entirely done.  There is still grass seed to put down for the areas they stripped for construction.  They might have done it yesterday – except that it was rain or storms all day long, which also means that the ground is still too wet for them to put it down today.


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