Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A New TV

We got a new TV a few weeks back. It's a pretty nice TV, and we like to watch movies on it.

We get lousy reception here in our little burg in Happy Valley, so we get the most basic package the city cable offers. As in, it costs eight bucks a month and has about 20 channels, including the channel that tells you what's on... and I have only ever watched what comes on the first twelve channels. The other, unappreciated channels are several of the forty thrillion ESPN's, the local access and some Spanish channels.

The channel that tells you what's on, is number 22... and it does not distinguish if you are a loser with the loser-basic or the bigger packages that include the Disney Channel and TNT... so it makes you wait while it cycles through and shows you what is on every single frippin' channel under the sun. Dadguy has a talent, and you ought to know that it is documented that every time he turns the channel to number 22 to verify that yes indeed, there is nothing on... the cycle has just passed the channels that we actually have. Every. Single. Time.
The choice then is threefold.

1. Wait and look at all the stuff that you wouldn't watch, on channels that you don't have until the cycle is complete and starts over again. At which time you can verify that there is nothing on TV and turn it off.

2. Channel surf, verifying first hand that there is nothing on and try to time it back to channel 22 to get the absolute confirmation that, YES there really is nothing on. Miss the cycle and try again and again, get frustrated and turn off the TV.

3. Turn off the TV, for the love of Mike there is NOTHING ON!

Needless to say.... Tivo? Huh?

Two nights ago Dadguy and I had gotten the Chaos in bed and were prepping Pearl for her nigh-night routine. I had just gotten her a clean doobah on her bum and Dadguy turned the TV on with the working remote.... w00t! He turned it to 22 and we both watched agog, as it was a mere five seconds from beginning the cycle. Wow! I reached over and slapped his leg in congratulation. It was two seconds later that Dadguy said "hey, bon look!" I looked and there was Pearl moving her legs in a crawly-type fashion and her little self was motating forward. I watched breathlessly at first and then started cheering and clapping, whereupon she rolled back on one pudgy thigh and grinned. We were all pretty giddy. Needless to say we missed the cycle but that was OK, I'm pretty sure there was nothing on.

11 comments:

Fantastagirl said...

I just checked and there is nothing on. and we have a lot of channels. I'm finding more and more that I turn the TV off at night and enjoy the quiet.

Nikkie said...

There is never anything on! But I think that seeing Pearl crawl for the first time defenatly makes missing the cycle of channels totally worth it! Way to go pearl!

Mama D said...

So exciting, a crawly baby. We have two channels. All that's ever on is Law & Order SVU or CI or whatever. Or CSI Miami, New York or Las Vegas.

The Daring One said...

YOU MISSED THE CYCLE???? Kids are so like that, pulling out all the cute crap just when you want them to be lame and boring. Yay for the crawling and working equipment. DadGuy rocks!

Nobody said...

I get a couple hundred channels. There is NOTHING on that is better than seeing the kiddo crawl for the first time!

Linsey said...

Well I have like 300 channels and there is still nothing on. Ever.
Yay for crawling!!!

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

It is true - you can Tivo the TV, but you can't Tivo the crawling.

Jenn said...

I can totally relate to missing the cycle. We also have the very basic package. However, I probably would watch whatever is on the channels I don't have, but just 'cause I don't have them.

Hooray for crawling Pearl. The baby-proofing begins, again. As much as I look forward to Lex crawling (a few months yet) I also dread the fact that he'll likely be scarfing down those itty-bitty pieces from Leelee's polly pockets and barbies etc.

jd said...

I am starting to hate TV all together. But I did finally finish your tag. Thanks it was really fun!

Michelle said...

We have lots of channels a well and then only thing I ever watch is the Food Network. Congrats on the crawling! I think my little man is getting there too. Isn't it fun?

Becky..Absent Minded Housewife said...

Here in Bendover you have cable or you have no TV. I love my Direct TV.

I love HBO! Lord help me.

TV related post on my blog coming in the next month...