Sometimes, I Hate Technology

21 Aug

My brother-in-law insisted on purchasing a huge home theatre surround sound system, and has a huge TV.  He also decided that he only needed one remote control, to rule them all.  Anytime I go over there, it takes me 15 minutes to figure out how to turn on the receiver, TV, and cable box.  It’s confusing, requires a manual, and a freaking flow chart.  You can imagine my horror when my mother called me this morning to ask me how it worked.

  • Mom: I can’t get the stupid TV to turn on.
  • CS: Which remote control are you using?
  • Mom: What do you mean?
  • CS: Out of the 4 that they have, which one are you using?
  • Mom: The silver one.
  • CS: You need to get the big black one with the big blue button.
  • Mom: The one that says Sony on it?
  • CS: I don’t know what it says, it’s just big and black with a blue button.
  • Mom: Okay, I have it.  Now what?
  • CS: Did you turn the cable box on?
  • Mom: I don’t know, there’s no picture on the TV.
  • CS: Walk me through what you did.
  • Mom: I pointed the silver remote control at the TV and turned on something, and they I grabbed one of the other remotes and turned something else on too.
  • CS: That doesn’t help me.
  • Mom: Why is there no picture on the TV?  It’s just a blue screen.
  • CS: I don’t know because I’m not sure what you did. I need you to walk over to the cable box and power it on.
  • Mom: Which remote do I use?
  • CS: No, you don’t need a remote, you need to walk to the box to turn it on.
  • Mom: Oh.  Okay.  Where’s the button?

This lasted for 20 minutes.  It was really good times.

9 Responses to “Sometimes, I Hate Technology”

  1. [Cherry] Ride August 21, 2007 at 4:20 pm #

    My father doesn’t know hoe to use a cell phone.

  2. Mister Underhill August 21, 2007 at 4:37 pm #

    Just wait til she gets a computer.

  3. Slick August 21, 2007 at 5:03 pm #

    You gotta love’em.

    Funny post!

  4. pistols at dawn August 21, 2007 at 5:37 pm #

    Mom: “Now the house is on fire. I can’t understand why they have a remote for that as well.”

  5. Princess extraordinaire August 21, 2007 at 5:45 pm #

    This post cracked me up as i totally relate…

  6. catherinette August 21, 2007 at 5:46 pm #

    [C]R: My mom can only make, and receive calls. Anything else is beyond her.

    Mr. Underhill: Oh, she has one. It took me 6 months to teach her how to send an email.

    Slick: They’re magical, they really are.

    pistols at dawn: Are you insinuating that I would set the house on fire with her and the childrend in it? Or is this your way of giving me a very clever idea?

  7. Recovering Overachiever August 21, 2007 at 8:50 pm #

    Wow, that sounds exactly like my mother!

    She still will manually type in numbers in her cell every time she wants to make a call because she can’t figure out her speed dial or contact list!

  8. CinnKitty August 22, 2007 at 1:03 am #

    Ha…ha…ha!!!! Oh yeah, the overwhelming panic one experiences when faced with 5 million remotes and one big bad ass remote the others all call “Master” 😉

    I finally found a remote that put to rest all the jitters…. it has a little light up face and asks you if you want to “Watch Television” or “Watch a DVD” or “Play X-box” etc…etc… push one button and watch all the little gizmos dance to life. God forbid something doesn’t work just right though…then it takes a team of specialized NASA technicians to reprogram the darn thing! ha!

  9. The Duchess August 22, 2007 at 3:15 am #

    So did you eventually get it going??

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