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I want to go out on tuesday and eat corned beef and cabbage. My boyfriend is out of town, and I don't want to spend St Pattie's Day alone, so I'm trying to find other people to do fun things with me!

Chad and I were talking about it, and he can probably join me, but now we are looking for others to join me/us for dinner -- I'm not planning on partying, just dinner and maybe a drink or two. Last year I went to Diamond Jim Brady's in Novi, and it was quiet and yummy. He also found a place via google: John Cowley & Sons / Coolhenry Restaurant & Irish Pub in Farmington. I've never been there though.

Anybody want to join me? You don't have to eat corned beef if you don't want to, but you will have to tolerate me eating it. Yum! For me it's comfort food, and a tradition that my mom kept every year throughout my childhood memory. I used to go over to her house every year for the holiday, and now that she's moved away I always try to go out somewhere for it.... but it's no fun alone.

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Also, totally unrelated but also directed at local people, I am thinking of switching cable/tv/internet providers. Right now I have Comcast for tv and internet. My ReplayTV is tragically dying, and I'm not happy watching live television. I've been thinking about getting a DVR through a my cable provider, and once I started thinking about changing things around, I started wondering if I should switch providers, or switch to some other form of service (dsl?) altogether...? So I'm wondering what others use, and if they like it!

[Edit: I currently have basic cable tv and internet, plus my ReplayTV. I watch very little television, and I keep it in the basement in front of my exercise equipment where it's cold and basementy. I sometimes go a week or two without watching it at all, or sometimes I watch an hour or two a day when I'm exercising indoors a lot. Every now and then M and I will curl up on the couch under blankets and watch a movie or something.

I don't want to hack or mess around with my tv at all, I just want a handful of shows and movies that I like to be recorded for me. Then whenever I feel like watching tv or exercising, I can turn it on and find several somethings that I can choose between without having to watch commercials.

So my requirements aren't fancy: reliable internet, cheap tv, and a dvr that I don't have to mess with.]
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From: bloggingchick Date: March 15th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh, I'll go with ya on Tuesday. Let me know where you decide. I'll even eat Corned Beef and cabbage. It's been ages since I've some.
From: bloggingchick Date: March 15th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Oopsies. That's supposed to be "since I've had some. And actually anywhere you decide I'll meet you there. I'm currently in Farmington Hills. Lemme know, if ya want. Also, time?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 17th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Sweet! I'm happy to have you join!!!

Chad and Brian and I are meeting up, the current plan is that we're meeting in Royal Oak, at Pronto's, at 6:15. I hope that still works for you. They're doing a corned beef dinner, and it's not an Irish bar so hopefully it won't be too crowded and smoky.

http://www.prontos.topcities.com/NewestPronto/ProntoSpecialsMenu.htm

Let me know if you can join us! (:
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 17th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Hooray!
From: bloggingchick Date: March 17th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Cool, I'll be there!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 17th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Great!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: March 15th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
i've been to Cowley & Sons, but only for a beer tasting, not for food. it's a neat place - you'll have a blast (:
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: March 15th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
The Comcast DVR my parents have really sucks compared to the DirecTiVo service we've been using for the last few years (until we turned off the satellite recently to save money). The DVR DirecTV developed themselves is probably no better, though, and the TiVo-powered ones are unavailable new until the HD verion comes out around the end of the year.

Stand-alone TiVos can take CableCards, now, so they get the advantage (unique to DirecTiVo when we signed up) of being able to just directly save the digital signal, instead of taking the analog output of the digital cable box and digitizing it again in the DVR.

Or you're technical enough to seriously consider MythTV.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 15th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Hm, I should have clarified my desires in the cable question.

I currently have basic cable tv and internet. I watch very little television, and I keep it in the basement in front of my exercise equipment where it's cold and basementy. I sometimes go a week or two without watching it at all, or sometimes I watch an hour or two a day when I'm exercising indoors a lot. Every now and then M and I will curl up on the couch under blankets and watch a movie or something.

I don't want to hack or mess around with my tv at all, I just want a handful of shows and movies that I like to be recorded for me. Then whenever I feel like watching tv or exercising, I can turn it on and find several somethings that I can choose between without having to watch commercials.

So my requirements aren't fancy: reliable internet, cheap tv, and a dvr that I don't have to mess with.

I should edit my post! :)
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: March 15th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
i'm really happy with our internet/cable/dvr (and phone) service through our cable company. i don't think Charter serves your area, but check with Dave & Angie - i'm pretty sure they have DVR (i vaguely recall backing up/fast forwarding during the super bowl party).
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: March 15th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, you can get TV for free.
bwittig From: bwittig Date: March 15th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good point. New HD signals are awesome and you are in the right area to get all of the major networks. Even if you have to put an antenna up on your roof it will be cheaper after a month or two. (And for less than a years worth of cable bills you can have a very nice Linux MythTV which will record your TV for you...)

Then get ATT DSL for $30/month with your local phone.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: March 15th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I believe the latest TiVos include digital tuners.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: March 15th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Comcast DVR works fine for your purposes. It's not featureful like Tivo, but it's workable. I'd just call up Comcast and get the upgrade to the latest and greatest Internet and TV offers -- they probably can upgrade you to a higher speed of internet for zero cost, and the DVR-equipped receivers similarly should be either $0 or really cheap.
aiela From: aiela Date: March 17th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seconded. If we can manage the TV habits of three tv addicts on a comcast dvr, you should be more than fine.
ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: March 15th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I really like the new AT&T digital cable. It's easy to use, has a good selection of channels and speedy internet.
larcb From: larcb Date: March 15th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have WOW, and we like it. It took awhile to get used to the interface on the dvr, since we had a Replay, too (I love replay!). But, now I like it!
sandygood From: sandygood Date: March 15th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
We like HULU. Limited commercials. Shows when we want to watch them. FREE!
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