Original Publication Date: 8/17/07
It was the call no child ever wants to receive from his or her parent(s). Everything had been fine. They looked happy. They were healthy. They ought to be considering all the organic food they buy these days and how careful they are about they aren’t putting into their bodies. My mother’s birthday was fast approaching as was their 38th wedding anniversary. It was all going so well. And then the call came.
“We’re not getting any sound on the new DVD/VHS Recorder you bought us.”
I’d taken a few days off of work to finish up a project and this meant a major interruption. It’s not that I had to go over and diagnose the problem, it’s that she was going to want me to tell her every single button I was pushing, why I was pushing it and what was happening. I’m not good with that. I need to futz with things a bit, try and narrow down the problem and then once it’s solved, let her know what I did. It irritates her, but not as much as having the problem in the first place. I believe her exact words were “You need a f***ing degree in engineering to work these things.”
Yeah…a degree in engineering. Would you like to know what took me 2 hours to figure out after running through every diagnostic and plug I could find? Are you ready for this? Because, I mean this is something so absolutely technical and ridiculously unfounded that even Mr. Comcast himself would have been spitting nails at! Somebody muted the cable box. Nobody even knew the cable box had that function!
I’m considering applying for an honorary degree.
In the meantime, one week down, one more to go before I hopefully have that major announcement ready to…well, announce.
Classic Blog Posts are published every Saturday–mostly, unless I forget like I did last week–while new blog posts are (hopefully) scheduled every Monday and Thursday.
Kage Alan lives in a suburb of Detroit, MI with his partner, Pookie, and their fish, all of who are affectionately named and answer to the word “fish.” He is not looking forward to upgrading his parents to a Blu-Ray player and being asked countless times why it takes so long to load a disc. Kage is the author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins and Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell.