It seemed a bit strange that a small block of channels disappeared from my television. Having never really heard of this happening and since I don't watch that much television to begin with figured who cares, its not A&E the History Channel, The Food Network, Bravo, any of the Sports Channels or the Networks so its all good.
Slightly over a week went by and a poof, a few more stations were gone. Oh god am I going to have to call Time Warner was all I could think. I don't have a week to stay on hold and another week to wait for a service man. I was in no hurry as the stations were not really on my radar, Tara did start to complain about missing some of her animal stations. I started tracing cable around the inside of the house, checking everything I could think of off the top of my head, the back of the box, checking for loose connections you know the things that inept unqualified guys do when they are to lazy, busy or just plain to irritated to call someone to fix the problem.
Finally the problem started to get bad, in other words the block of channels that included Bravo, A&E and the Food Network was gone. What the hell was going on, I surrendered and made the call to Time Warner
No shit, I called on my cell from Anaheim Hills...I was still on hold when I walked into my house in Huntington Beach some 45 minutes later, I had this pulsing in my neck. I swear to god my carotid artery was about the size of your average garden hose. Finally someone picked up. I explained my dilemma and of course was told to reboot the system. I tried to explain that this was already done but being the first line of Time Warner defense they insisted and I acquiesced. When nothing happened, they tried to reboot from there end.
Then the rep. wanted to know what stations where missing in detail, I turned the television on and started going through the stations, well it looks as though most everything above the networks and HOLY SHIT everything just went blank....
I turned towards the windows throwing my hands into the air preparing to unload on the person on the other end of the line and that is when I saw it, or should I say her.....Santi our 65 pound American Pitt Bull Terrier, she looked like a Marlin that had just hit the bait.
I was staring through the open hurricane shutters in my family room looking out on to my side yard and there she was, standing on her hind legs, almost moonwalking with the cable in her mouth like 30lb test line, she was some 20 feet or more from the corner of the house where the cable runs...I stood motionless looking out the window, all I could say was "I think I know the problem".
Time Warner showed up the next day, the service man thought it was funny as hell. They didn't charge me a dime but he did make me promise not to let the dog watch TV for a week...?