I’m old enough to remember when you had to get up to change the channel. When I was little, we had a color TV in the living room and a little black-and-white in the rec room. When we moved to a new house, the color tube was going out and we enjoyed a green-and-white TV for a while. It didn’t matter what color it was, you still had to get up, walk across the room, and turn the knob.
Nowadays, that’s unheard of. Can you imagine hopping out of a nice warm bed to turn off the TV after the evening news? Television sets don’t come with knobs and changing the channel manually is next to impossible to figure out. We have come to rely heavily on our remote controls. Not just for the TV, but for the DVD, Roku, Satellite, and there’s probably more that I’m forgetting. It’s simple; you just grab the remote, aim it at the TV, and push the button.
Well, it used to be simple, but then we moved the furniture (remember?). When we moved things around, we bought a new media cabinet that’s really nice-looking, but just doesn’t work under the TV. So the Mr moved it to the fireplace pit.
Since the benches around the fireplace are extremely uncomfortable, no one sits there, so it’s perfect–sort of. It totally throws off the symmetry of the fireplace, and pointing the remote at the TV no longer works. Doesn’t this look comfortable?
Sometimes things just gotta make sense. The Mr came up with a fix–actually a buddy of his told him how to fix the situation, but the Mr bought and installed it so he gets credit. Anyways, he bought an infrared repeater and put it in next to the TV. Apparently, we have a few unused face plates from the musical chairs we’ve been playing with components. So now, you point the remote at the TV, and the repeater bounces the signal to the device–easy peasy. I’m so glad I don’t have to do this, understand this, or make it happen. The most I’m called on to do is stick my hand in the wall and grab wires occasionally.
Now we’re settling in and checking it out to make sure the system works well. If we’re happy with it, we’re going to move the DVD player and all that other fun stuff to the mechanical room in the entry–out of sight–thus restoring symmetry without losing our gadgets.
Sometimes life was simpler way back when, when all you had to do was walk across the room and turn a knob.
Do remote controls give you headaches?