Dust my broom

The Mount Dog Ski Area.

Another “snowstorm” blew through town last night.

Didn’t need the rooftop laser cannon for this one. Five minutes with the pushbroom and our north-facing driveway is open for business.

It’d be a fine day for running if I still did that sort of thing. Instead I burned a little frosty daylight puzzling out the Apple TV HD Herself and I gave each other for solstice.

It’s been “improved” since our third-generation model, which means a remote that’s less intuitive and a box devoid of apps. We’re not big TV consumers, but still, I had to download and do the who-are-you/prove-it tango with the few apps we use, fencing with iTunes and the App Store and keeping one eye on Apple’s support site for tips on how to make that remote hunt.

You can use Siri, of course, but with my predilection for coarse language she’d probably be downloading porn 24/7.

“Siri, I was speaking rhetorically. I didn’t actually want videos about motherf … oh, just forget about it.”

I should have contracted the kids next door to handle the job. Their brains are all fresh, not clogged like a bus-station toilet with old usernames and passwords. They’d have had us up and running in no time.

Well, maybe not running running. …


7 Responses to “Dust my broom”

  1. Pat O’Brien Says:

    We also are not big TV consumers. The PBS, TED, and YouTube are the most used apps on our Apple TV box, which I really like. We use the voice control for YouTube and movie searches. Not sure what generation it is, but we bought it about 2 years ago.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      It’s gonna take a little getting used to, I think. We watched a Marc Maron standup on Netflix without issue, though I’m a tad spastic with the new remote.

      We got a free year of Apple TV+ with the new box, so yay. We already had a Netflix account. Also Amazon Prime and HBO Max. Herself signed us up for Hulu for reasons that elude me, and I don’t think that one will stick.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    We got the new Applebox and it has a button where you can tell the Box to go find something. I’m tempted to say “I want to watch the goddamn motherfucker” and see if it directs me to a Donald Trump speech.

  3. Herb from Michigan Says:

    Looks like the telemark skiing would be tough at Mt Dog. If you hit a bare spot it’s ass over teakettle. But you could be a good sport and ice over your driveway for the neighbor kids. Make a helluva bob sled run into the street and down into Duke City.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That driveway looks like The Deplorables had a go at it. Beat to shit, it is.

      But the kiddos like tearing up and down it on their bikes. The cul-de-sac slopes down to our house from Comanche, so they can get a bit of speed going, coast right up to the garage door, then wheeeeeeee back down and up their own driveway. Repeat as necessary.

      I think it would be a rougher ride on the old Fischer Revolution shorties.

      • Shawn Says:

        That detailed description of the dynamics of your street and driveway makes me “thinks” that the POG has experienced the thrill himself. Wheeeee !

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