Disneyland and Tivo

So I went away for a little vacation. Down to the OC. Disneyland. Anaheim. My first trip to southern California. We went with some friends. I’m not sure if they invited us because they like us or because they needed some extra hands with the kiddo.

I’ve never been to disneyland, but I did go to disneyworld when I was a little kid. It was actually a really good time. Disneyland was really crowded, but downtown disney was nice and I really liked the new California Adventure park as well. It was also gay day at disney, so we wore our obligatory red homo shirts. Photos here.

We didn’t head outside of the park at all. I was too afraid we might be accosted by republicans trying to get us to vote for Ahnuld. Ugh.

In other news, I got a new TIVO. I got the hughes HDVR2, which circuit city had on sale for $49. I think my first walkman was more expensive. I then upgraded it with a new HD so it has 120 hours of recording time.

A few notes:
- use a newer computer to do the drive swap. My laptop (obviously) couldn’t accomodate any fullsize ATA drives, so I had to use an older box from 1997 running NT 4. The firmware wouldn’t recognize the new drive, so I spent five hours in futile battle with the fucking firmware. Once I borrowed a friend’s computer, it took less than 45 minutes start to finish. These are the instructions I followed.

- The video image quality on the DirecTvTivo is much, much, much better than on our older tivo. At first I didn’t think it was that much different, but after watching for a few hours, there is a noticeable difference in quality.

- For some reason, with our old tivo our monthly subscription rate was $12.99. With the new DirecTivo, it is only $4.99/month. What a freaking deal!

I’m itching to get back to surfing, but it doesn’t look like my next lesson will be until next week at the earliest. Drat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going to buy a wetsuit, though. It’ll be my first big surfing purchase. My surf coach will lend me a board until I decide what kind I want to buy. How cool is that? It’s cool.

And, oh yeah, a major THANK YOU to this guy for helping to walk our dogs while we were gone. You rock.