Dark In The Computer


Sky fire.

This is just plain greed. It’s bad enough that my local NFL football team is the Washington Commanders. I wasn’t the biggest Saints fan, but at least I knew most of the players. I couldn’t find any local channels a few weeks ago, but I didn’t think much of it because we barely watch network television.

They say that you get what you pay for. We certainly did. A few years ago we bought a bunch of Roku monitors for different rooms. They were on sale on Amazon. Sometime earlier this year they scooped up every broadcast from everywhere, seemingly from around the world. They own the rights to about 400 stations. There are no local offerings even with digital rabbit ears.

The only way to watch any football game is on your computer. Or, your portable. Even then, you must have a streaming connection. Luckily, HULU is one of them. We only have that because that’s how you subscribe to Disney+. If I dropped it I’d never hear the end of it from Shrek and her brother, The Hulk.

The whole thing is just BS. It’s greed at it’s finest. You know, in New Orleans, the folks rely on local stations for weather news like the hurricane rolling into the gulf as I write. I suppose most people don’t use Roku, but still their televisions are inexpensive. So, off to Wal Mart they go. You can connect local station apps for news and weather but they are loops. Nothing is live.

Here’s the irony of ironies. When I finally was able to watch the NFL on Fox Sports just guess which game I watched? The New Orleans Saints v The Carolina Panthers. Either we are centered enough between two NFL cities or Fox doesn’t know what they are doing. We are just over an hour’s drive from Washington so I think it’s the latter. Fox Sports was confused. Besides, I just checked on Gurgle Maps. One hour from D.C. . Four hours from Durham, NC.

Although, when I lived in New Mexico we had our choice of teams. Denver is about five hours away and we could watch the Broncos. We could also watch the Cowboys. Dallas is about nine hours away. I guess anything is possible.

Wanna know about this picture? I made it at about five o’clock in the afternoon. The sun was shining. The sky was blue. The scene looked nothing like this picture. I went to work, first on Snapseed and then on OnOne to complete it.

Now it looks like the sky is on fire.

Trust me. It wasn’t.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

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