How many cable guys does it take to install a TiVo?
Apparently, it takes 4. Because that’s how many cable guys were standing in my family room last week.
And it took one of them 3 consecutive days to get everything set up correctly. I felt like I needed to set a place for him at dinner. Just when we were getting use to having him around, he finished the job, and was out of our lives.
TiVo was something that Fiddledaddy has been campaigning for and when he tried to explain how it all works, my eyes rolled to the back of my head, signaling that it was time for him to stop.
In a nutshell. It’s a fancy television recording device.
And it’s smart. Scary smart.
The last time I had the ability to record something on television was with our old VCR, and the year was 19 and something.
I don’t know why the setup was such an issue between All The Cable Guys and the TiVo apparatus. I just know that had I not been home with the children, the cuss jar would have been filled to the brim.
But now it works, and while I pretend not to care about this new fangled technology, I have been known to sneak a peak at the tutorial (fancy name for THIS IS HOW YOU WORK THE THING WITHOUT ACTUALLY HAVING TO READ THE DIRECTIONS.)
And directions? I am not a fan.
I can tell you that this TiVo business is moron-proof.
I can record whatever the heck I want. Without having to rely on the guy who carries the remote around in his pocket for fear I will screw something up.
But it also means that I’m going to have to exercise a little self control, or my television viewing will eat into valuable blogging time. And the rest of my life that happens only when the children are blissfully unconscious.
On a bright note, I have absolute power over what the children watch on television. They can’t get out of “Kidzone” without the super secret password, and the only shows we have recorded in the “Kidzone” are ones that we’ve previewed and okayed by committee.
Committee meetings, btw, generally occur over a carton of no-sugar added ice cream. After hours.
Below is my short list of stuff I’m recording, but may never have time to watch:
• Biggest Loser (a guilty pleasure)
• FlashForward (by the makers of Lost, so it had me at hello)
• Giulianna & Bill – Style Network (okay, I’m not a fan of this type of reality show, but these two make me laugh out loud) (And I can’t believe I’m admitting that I watch this)
• Glee (love the music, but I watch to see what Sue Sylvester will say and do next – she is brilliant)
• The Brady Bunch (I’d like to say that I’m recording it just for the children..but that would be a lie)
My television tastes are eclectic and confusing.
So, what’s stored on your TiVo, or DVR, or VCR, or whatever?