Where Did the Remote Go?
I dont watch that much TV, but when
I do the remote control is never nearby. So Herman will turn
the TV on, taking Moxie for a walk, for instance, and Im
stuck with the programming and un-muted commercials. I think
the mute button is probably the most ingenious feature of
Now, our cordless phone has a pager feature,
which allows one to beep from the base unit and thus find
wherever the remote cordless phone has been left. Usually
by Herman, when he was distracted, which is always.
The only time this feature doesnt work
is when we leave the phone on the beach. Its not that
far away, but the sound doesnt travel to the house.
I always have the phone on the beach so I wont miss
any phone calls. And, speaking of missing things, back to
why I hate TV commercials.
Number one, they are louder than most regular
programming. They say they arent, but Im telling
you, they are. Okay, there is another feature I like on the
clicker, That is the button that says "previous channel."
That way, while ones on commercial, I can buzz back
to the other channel. Its something you simply would
not do if you had to cross the room every time a commercial
came on and see what was playing on the other channel.
I cant justify to myself to subscribe
to a pay TV station, which would be commercial free, because
I simply dont enjoy watching TV that much. I have to
confess to you guys that I do watch one soap opera and even
though I know how stupid it is as I watch it, I continue to
tape them and generally look at them in the evening. See,
that way you can not only mute the commercials, you can fast
forward through them. Actually, this is in "cue"
mode or sometimes called "review" mode, so that
you can see the rapid motion action and know exactly where
the commercial stops and the action begins again.
I just looked over the last paragraph, and
I have to laugh at my choice of words. I wouldnt call
anything about a soap opera "action" whatever. Even
when I was working on them as an actress, there was so much
waiting around that most of my day on the set was spent in
the dressing room waiting to be called. When I finally was
called, there was additional waiting as they fixed everyones
hair and makeup.
So yes, it was a long day, but what was most
tiring was the waiting. My idea would be to have a fast forward
button for all those long waits, whether in the grocery store
checkout, the bank, or wherever. At this point there is only
a fast forward button on the remote control for the VCR, not
for life in general. But I'm working on it!
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"