Saturday, April 10, 2010

By Remote Control

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Remotes It's a running gag on commercials, TV shows, and in comics that men hog the TV remote.  We buck the trend in this house.  The truth is, we don't watch all that much network TV.  I'm pretty sure my husband has no idea which remote even turns on the TV.  That's not surprising, since we have five remotes sitting on the coffee table.

FIVE? 

Yup, five.  One is for the TV. One is for the DVD.  One is for the DVD/VHS machine.  One is for the DVD that we use as a CD player, and one is for the amplifier we use WITH that DVD player.  Three of them are black, and two of them are gray.  I must admit that on more than one occasion I've picked up the Doh wrong gray one trying to get the DVD player to play, only to discover I'm using the wrong one.

Talk about a Homer Simpson moment!

I pretty much take care of all of these machines. (And hook them up as they come and go.  For some reason, we have gone through a LOT of VHS and DVD machines.  And it's not like we jump on them or anything.)  Some of these remotes are really cool, and one of them (the newest one) doesn't even have a power button.  (What's with that?)  To turn on the machine, you have to bend down and press the power button--not easy to do when you have two artificial knees.  (That's where I come in.  I'm really good at pressing buttons--no brag, just fact.)

But lately I've noticed that the TV remote is getting cranky.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised.  We bought the set soon after we moved into our house, so it's at least 16 years old.  It's a Sony and the picture is just as good today as it was when we bought it.  (I still have my first Sony TV and only stopped using it when digital replaced analog TV.  I should hook it up to a DVD player and watch movies while I cook.  Hmmm...yet another remote?)  When flipping channels, you can go from channel 3 up--but you can't go from channel 23 down.  You can punch in any number you want, but that gets to be a pain after a while.  (Gosh, am I spoiled, or what?)

Anyway, I'm concerned that the TV will far outlive the remote--then what will we do?  Will I have to actually get up and cross the room to change the channel one day, or will I have to get a universal remote that I can't figure out how to use?

I think we should stick to watching DVDs.

What's your remote situation?

16 comments:

Dru said...

I have three - one for the cable box and TV; one for the stereo and one for the DVD recorder. Oh wait, there's one in the kitchen and two in the bedroom.

I just bought a universal remote for my old Zenith and the only button I use on that one is "power."

Have a good weekend.

Andrea C. said...

Having tons of remotes is a joke in my house too! You may have to give in and get a universal remote or you may have to buy a new tv. YOu will find the new tv will have all the hook-ups and connections (that the old one didn't) so you can connect everything and use just one remote..this is the discovery we made when we replaced my old tv that I got in college with a snazzy new one!

signlady217 said...

We have two in the living room (TV and DVD player) and two in my office (TV and DVD player/recorder).

I think my father-in-law has three or four. I don't even try to watch anything when we visit because I'm too afraid I'll mess something up!

What a hassle!

Vicki said...

We have 3 for the living room, and 2 for the big screen tv in the basement. The irony is we do very little tv watching in either of those places, since hubby tends to dvr our shows on his computer.

Lorna Barrett said...

Oh, Signlady, I forgot about the three in my office (which often take a walk and then I've got to search through the piles of paper to find them. (One for the TV, one for the DVR, and one for the stereo.)

WonderBunny said...

I think we have two. I don't know, I rarely turn the thing on personally. I know we use the xbox controller for everything but turning on the TV. We watch DVDs on the xbox since the quality is better then the DVD player we had. Also, we don't get network TV so I can't remember the last time I watched TV because it would have to have been somewhere else.

Although we probably make up for watching all that TV (sort) of with the fact that we do have both an xbox and a wii.

Kaye said...

It's an unwritten law of the universe that at least one member of the household needs to know how to work, hook up and trouble shoot all these devices. Luckily for me, in our house it's The BIg Guy as I am technically unsavvy. One of our remotes can jump channels until we get to 56 and then we have to key in the number. Is there something intrinsically significant about the numbers 57 and up?

Gert said...

Well, front room...TV (my husband normally has that one) DVD player (me since I know how to run it) Bose (me and I have the remote on my table!) The rest through out the house depend on who is doing/watching what...

have a blessed day!

xoxo Gert

Laura Hinds said...

We have 4 or 5 in the living room for various and sundry electronics. We both have a general idea of how to use them all. Also a stash of old ones "just in case". Best remote story ever though is when we woke up at 3 am one morning and heard the tv on. The Flintstones was playing. Both cats were sitting on the loveseat sort of watching. The bigger boy cat, Batty, was sitting on the remote- mostly on the "power" button!

Lorna Barrett said...

Laura, I love your Flintstones story! Our cats take turns sitting on our laps while we watch TV. We treated ourselves to all the Midsomer Murder episodes and last night I had Chester on my lap and Hubby pouted because the other cats were around doing other cat things.

Lover of Books said...

We have way too many remotes but now we've switched to the universal ones. It makes life so much easier. I'd get mad if we lost them.
Krista

Anonymous said...

We also had a Sony remote that gave up long before the TV. So we visited Sony online and ordered a new one. A bit pricey, but it was better than fighting with almost invisible buttons to make the TV work.

We have 5 remotes here. One to my radio, one to my iMac for iTunes, and 3 for TV watching (TV, DVD that we record on, and the movie player). Two of these remotes are from Sony and look very similar and are supposed to work 'universally' -- but they don't. Between hubby's brain and mine we can usually figure the darn things out. HA!

Kim

jbstanley said...

I saw this hilarious universal remote this weekend that was the size of a shoebox! (so it never gets lost). It also came in bright pink.

I was VERY tempter...

Jan said...

I'm glad my Directv remote controls the TV too!

Rural View said...

I have purposely not taught my husband how to use the remote and since he hates any technology more recent than the 19th century, I'm in charge. :-D

Knit Twit said...

Universal remotes are awesome, once you find the right codes to make them work with your devices. We have one that runs the TV, VCR, and DVD players. No idea what happened to the original remotes that came with each device, they wandered off like remotes tend to do in this house.