02 October 2008

TiVo...OH NO!

Last Saturday, it was a nightmare.

There I was trying to finish homework for the week for my online course Leadership Innovation. Suddenly, my son says to me "Papa, the something's wrong with TiVo." The infrared on the remote just shone red. The TV kept making that electronic thud sound. TiVo would not advance correctly to any of the right menus nor would it command the cable box to turn to the channels I chose. After consulting troubleshooting guides online and after calling tech support, the answer was to order a new remote control, as this one was definitely dead.

Thursday, the new remote came. Yay! Because of my homework schedule, I'm not watching broadcast TV whenever programs air. Instead, I'm banking shows on TiVo to scan when studies are light or my discussion questions are finished. I need that remote to work. Ah, sure, some of you would just say throw out the TV. But, then I actually might go crazy. I need my Ugly Betty, Heroes, Smallville, Pushing Daisies, CSI, etc. etc. Even if it's only background noise from the other room, it reminds me that the fascinating study of educational funding will eventually come to an end, and my life can be a little more normal.

This Saturday has been a little more pleasant. Although my daughter is with her mother this weekend, and my son is at a band competition all day, I have a working remote control for my TiVo!


Anonymous said...

Nothing like a broken remote that can turn a life upside down :-).

Saw your link on FOF!

Anonymous said...

I know that when my kids get older I'm going to have to learn about all this TiVo business. I'm not looking forward to it.

Kenneth Swanson said...

Bob, TiVo is a wonder! I love it not just for the beauty of the technology, but for the control it does give me over what my children watch and when they watch it. There is so much out there on cable and broadcast TV that it's tough to know what's appropriate or within my expectations for acceptable material. TiVo really helps me get a handle on the television. Like the ads say, TiVo will change how you watch TV.

Kenneth Swanson said...

Thanks, Tastithoughts.
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