Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Curious Case of my Malfunctioning TV

The picture of a part of my den depicts two Christmas presents, separated by several years.



The first was the fridge with the logo of my favorite hockey team: the Montreal Canadiens (for those who don't know, Canadiens is the French version of Canadians). This is my pop fridge. We brought an old, big fridge with us when we moved, but it was too big to get into the basement, and everything froze in winter when we tried to keep it in the garage. The new, den-size pop fridge showed up that Christmas.

It's worked well, but the television, which came several years later, hasn't. It has a hockey connection too, however. Cuppa would fine me watching games in tiny windows on my computer screen and thought that a better solution was in order.

It was a great idea, even if it hasn't worked out very well — because it's a really weird little tv. You see, it goes through stagees where the picture won't show up properly. There are times when all it will give me is a dim, fuzzy — in otherwords totally useless and unwatchable — display.

I can usually and eventually cajole it into working but experienced no joy at all the other night when I couldn't get it to work for the whole game. So, I ended up watching it on the computer. Fortunately, I could at least embiggen this feed to fill the whole screen, so it wasn't too bad. Still ...

Sometimes, even when the tv is supposedly off, I see it flickering at me. Maybe that's when it works, but I don't know for sure. What I do know is that it's not flickering in the off state right now, and it won't properly turn on either.

Tonight is game 7 between the Canadiens and the Penguins, and I suppose that I will be watching on my computer. We do have other tvs, but I prefer to watch in my den. For one thing, the main, living room tv is often recording another program, and for another thing, I don't like to disturb Cuppa by using the bedroom tv as she is kind of an anti-fan.

Oh well, my computer screen is actually larger than the tv screen anyway.

11 comments:

Mary said...

AC, technology is nice when it works and so frustrating when it doesn't. I hope you get to see the game in its entirety. I guess watching on the computer is better than not seeing it at all. Enjoy!!!

Blessings,
Mary

Mara said...

Wannabe emigrant to immigration officer AC: I got hooked on ice-hockey during the Olympics, so I guess you could call me a fan...

Diana said...

Well the good news is that there is an alternative! I don't know that your next post would be a happy one without one! Love Di

KGMom said...

So, is it a new TV? Under warranty?

Anvilcloud said...

Okay Mara. Lesson 1: over here it's not ice hockey. It's hockey. :)

Anvilcloud said...

The tv is more than a year old. At least it was cheap, and replacing it won't be too onerous. And who knows but it may work tomorrow. I can never tell.

Bernie said...

A/C is it hooked up to Cable?

Yay Le Canadiens......they really did it, now if they can just get through 2 more rounds, we'll have a Stanley Cup....:-) Hugs

Anvilcloud said...

We're on satellite -- Bell.

Go Habs Go. Watched it at the kids' place.

Rinkly Rimes said...

Very clever! To make such a small domestic drama (OK! The Canadiens and the Penguins drama isn't small!)
And make it really interesting.

I've just started a jottings blog.

http://jeriatricjottings.blogspot.com

You might find my inconsequentia interesting too.

Queenmothermamaw said...

Thanks for clearing up the Canadian and Canadien question for me. A/C you said you were not into antiques. You might like my Friday post better.
QMM

Pearl said...

a quieter win around here than in Montreal.

ah, Bernie answered my question. 2 more rounds, eh.