Only one thing stands between the Sandy Cove's basement and a watery doom from the Great Missouri River Flood of 2011...LeakFrog!!!
Coming Summer 2011.
See what I did there? I made a completely non-HT related post feel like a movie trailer, and thus tied it in to home theater. I am a cunning linguist.
So yeah, high water again this year. But I really can't complain. We're going to end up very lucky even if it does make it to the house. So many people haven't been so lucky. So if you're able, do what you can to help everyone affected by this flood.
Yeah, we were lucky. We had way more than enough time to get everything out of the basement and out of harm's way. And there's been plenty of time to build a berm or sandbag or whatever else we wanted... we didn't do it, but there was time. Probably still is. When all this started, I was expecting 5' in the basement for weeks, maybe months.. and that would've been thousands of bags to block that. But somehow our main water source, the Platte River, hasn't really backed up from the Missouri's massive amount of water, so we were actually holding steady from the beginning of the spring until about 2 weeks ago. But now some heavy rains have fallen on us and to the west, and the Platte has come up. And probably more importantly the water table has been rising, bringing our lake up.
You might think this is just a recycled picture from last year, but as you can see we chopped down the tree. Half of it was dead and hanging over the theater. (Hey, I got it back on topic again!)
If my measurements are correct (and nobody's moved my stake), once the water is over the top of this thing (about 13"), the lake will be at the same elevation as the basement door.
And I guess I haven't updated our HTPC adventure either (and again, back on topic
) We did have a bad cable card, and once that was replaced (which Cox had to roll a truck to do
), everything was rock solid. After we went for about two weeks using it exclusively, I sent our two Cox DVRs back. And all hell broke loose. Nothing worked. Subscription Required on everything!
Apparently when they took the DVRs off our account, they managed to un-pair our cable card. Fortunately it was a Saturday and we didn't have anything due to record until Monday, which was the soonest they could get out here. So I sat around all morning waiting for them. About 20 minutes left in their 2 hour window, I called and they told me that they called to see if I was there, and I said my cable was working. Yeah, pretty sure that was a wrong number. I was seriously pissed! But the customer service guy was awesome and gave us a nice credit and nabbed the first cancelled slot for us. And low and behold, who shows up, but TheCableMan! He recognized the place from this thread (not sure if that's cool or creepy
). He was also awesome and we got it all fixed that night just in time for our 3 or 4 Monday night shows to start recording. If you're still paying attention CableMan, thanks again!
And we've been running great since then. We ended up getting a 4gb XBox360 for the living room, and that's been great as an extender. It makes for a really slick whole house DVR. We occasionally get Subscription Required or Recording Restriction messages, but it still records everything (as far as we know). We also still see some barely noticeable video glitches when watching in the theater, but there's still some tweaks I can try, and I can always get a different video card. I'm almost completely satisfied with the setup. I still want to play around with some of the plug ins, and I'll probably start ripping some movies (especially the 2yo friendly flicks), but other than that, I think it's done. And given how little time I have available, it's probably done.
So that's my update. Hopefully I won't have any more pictures of the water to show off. But if you've been following the thread from the beginning, I do have one more picture to get everyone through the holiday weekend....
Happy 4th of July!