We reached a compromise in a matter of seconds (a $400 check for her, a house key for me) but it didn't take more than two days before I heard from her again. This time the call was to let me know that she had moved her things out of the house, her brother had moved his things out of the house, and the television was gone for good - which meant no World Cup games for me. Yet, oddly enough, when I stopped by to drop off my check her brother was still living at the house and the television was still in place. What am I supposed to think of that?
Usually I have the set to myself for most of the morning, but near the end of each match rurisue's brother comes out after getting ready for work - which has also caused a few problems. I certainly don't mind sharing the experience with others (in fact, there are a couple of people on my friends list who I would love to be with during games) ... but this guy keeps talking and talking. If it were about statistics, understanding the rules, or asking about team backgrounds that wouldn't be so bad, but instead he drones on about why rugby players don't like gridiron tackling styles, how he can't believe they don't 'call plays' in the World Cup like they do in American sports, and mindlessly repeating the garbage aired on ESPN Sports Center.
I try to help when I can and ignore him when I can't, but it's hard. I'm contemplating death threats to shut him up, but keeping to them would require taking my attention away from the game. Next time I'll know better - order cable, if only for two months. It's worth it.