Saturday, July 31, 2010

Modern Frustrations

Those people in the pioneer days may have had it rough, but they should come back to this electronic world we live in now. Sometimes it’s enough to drive you nuts. Something starts beeping and you have to begin a search to find where it’s coming from. Was it the microwave, or one of the phones, or maybe the battery in the smoke alarm died.

Or you decide to watch a movie that you have on DVD. I don’t watch many movies, so I forget how to get the TV in sync with the Video player (or whatever they call it). There is remote for each one, but what button do you press on the TV remote. Now I have to search the house high and low to find the remote for the DVD player. I finally find it, but it seems to be deader than a doornail, so I put new batteries in it and it is still deader than a doornail. I finally ask Kenny to come over and guide me through the procedure again, as I want to watch another movie.

He comes over the next day and decided the remote I am using is not the correct one. I still have not found the correct one. He showed me how to turn it all on manually. I had already tried  that alternative and couldn't get it to work.
Do you think that was a simple solution? Not at all, I was out of any mood to watch a movie so it was a day or so before I decided to watch that DVD movie. By then I had totally forgotten which button to press on the TV and after trying for half an hour or so I decided to watch it on my laptop. I know how to do that, but I like to use the earphones when I watch a movie on the laptop. I put the earphones on and as the movie was starting I could not get any sound to come through the earphones. After several minutes of more frustrations, I decide that must be the earphones for a special radio I have. For whatever reason they would not work on the laptop.

I have another set of earphones so I begin and all out search for those. They were finally found in a bottom dresser drawer. I plugged it into the laptop and a miracle happened. They worked and I watched, I’ll Walk the Line with Johnny Cash. No, I don’t mean Johnny Cash was here. I mean the movie was about him. And I have a remote control that belongs to something, but who knows what.


Mommy Of Two Little Blessings said...

That was a great telling of the truths about so many electronics for "enjoyement" these days. Sounds like your lap top will get you farther than your video players for the TV. Have fun remembering the bottons that you need to push to sinc your contraptions together the next time. *smile* Sincerely, Mommy of two little blessings & so much more!

Lorrene said...
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Cora said...

you are funny. It would have been cool if Johnny Cash was there to watch with you but then you would have needed another set of earphones, lol.
We have remote problems all too often in fact the TV in the bedroom no longer works with a remote control we even bought one it is not the remote it is the TV, hate it, but can't afford a new one. So we live with it.

Stephanie Frieze said...

I totally sympathize, Lorrene. Technology has far outstripped my ability to cope with it. Even our electric heater has a remote which I think a grandchild made disappear. The baby likes to pretend it's a cell phone and the amount of time her daddy spends on his, it's no wonder. And then there is the "on-demand" function on the cable. My six-year-old grandson knows more about how to get into it than I do. My husband save programs on DVR and if I'm around I'll watch them with him. If he wasn't around I'd make more of an effort to watch things in real time, but if I miss something I figure, "Oh well." Technology is wonderful in many ways, but I'm getting too old to figure it out!

FaerieMama said...

I have not been by your blog in awhile, and now I'm shooting myself for missing it. Your posts put a smile on my face EVERY SINGLE TIME.

God bless you, Lorrene!

Lorrene said...

Thank you all for the nice comments.