I am sitting here listening to the rain pounding on the window awning. It's a quick shower that has sort of snuck in off the ocean. Those are my favorite kind because they usually blow in, drop a quick deluge, and then disappear. I hadn't been able to enjoy listening to the rain for the last seventeen years. That's because I had DirecTV, satellite television, and satellite television cannot cope with rain. Instead of enjoying the patter of the rain drops and the fresh smell of it all, I saw the rain as an intruder. Invariably it would rain right in the middle of something I was deeply interested in and block the satellite dish. Nothing worse than missing thirty minutes of American Pickers while I waited out a rain storm. I don't have that problem anymore, I now have U-Verse. It's not the best system, but at least it doesn't go out when a pigeon pees. The funny thing is that DirecTV is begging me to come back. Every day I get a new offer in the mail. They have promised me everything including offering to pay the penalty fee if I break my U-Verse contract, giving me the NFL Ticket for free, and giving me a very attractive rate for everything else. Exactly what I had asked them to do before I cancelled them. Dumb asses.