Tuesday, March 10, 2009

An uneasy mix

The clock on our DVD recorder has been wrong for quite some time, and after Sunday's time change the difference between real time and DVD time -- an hour and 20 minutes -- became unbearable. I'm not the most technically proficient person in the world but I do know how to set the clocks on all of our appliances, so yesterday I thought I'd correct the time and also set the timer to record something on Turner Classic Movies.

I could not get the thing to work. More specifically, I could not get the menu to appear on the TV screen. I pressed the DVD button on the remote to make sure I was controlling the DVD and not the VCR (yeah, we still have one of those). Nothing. I pressed the menu button, the system menu button, the top menu button. Nada. I put some fresh batteries in the remote in hopes that low juice was my problem, but no luck. My patience was running low, but I waited patiently until just before 5 p.m., when the movie was scheduled to start; at that point I inserted a blank DVD into the recorder and pressed the record button, figuring I'd bypass that pesky timer altogether and go straight for the kill.

Naturally, nothing happened.

I talked to Sean about it later that evening, and it turned out I had forgotten one teensy little step in the set-up process -- I'd forgotten to tune the TV to the auxiliary channel. Well, smack me on the forehead! Duh. I'd figured it was some dumb little thing I messed up on, and it had been such a long time since I'd recorded anything that it was no wonder I forgot. Since there was another movie I wanted to record today, I figured I could whip through the whole process -- adjusting the time, setting the timer -- in no time flat this morning since I knew exactly what I needed to do.

Surprise. No such luck.

As of now, I don't know whether I'm screwing up another step or there's something amiss with our remote control.

I'd like to stay zen about the whole thing, but the movies I wanted to record were Lured with George Sanders and Lucille Ball (what an amazing pairing!) and the cheap-o classic Detour. If there were ever two things that don't jibe, it's zen calm and down-and-dirty films noir. I wish I felt reflective and at ease about my minor mishap, but I'm feeling like someone is going to have to pay -- and pay big.

It may be time to consider . . . . . . DVR.

1 comment:

~ Lucy said...

D-V-R! D-V-R! D-V-R!

Come on! You know you want to. You know how much I heart mine. I haven't watched live tv in ages. I just record it all and watch it when I'm good and ready.