Isn’t technology a wonderful thing? Just think about how far we have come in only a few short years. We never had a telephone until I was thirteen years old and I still remember our first color TV. Now I’ve got a smart phone that I can watch movies on, surf the internet, and use as a GPS. But sometime I think the thing is too darned smart!
As I wrote a while back, we bought a new TV to replace the one we’ve had for several years that was giving up the ghost, and yesterday we decided to install it. Terry and I were at the front of the motorhome, removing the old TV from where it was mounted over the windshield, when I heard a voice say, “Hello. Hello. Hello?” I was just about to tell Terry that somebody outside sounded just like my buddy Greg White when I happened to glance at my phone, which was sitting over ten feet away on the kitchen counter, and saw Greg’s picture on the screen.
I picked it up and told Greg I was sorry, I never heard it ring, just his voice saying hello. Greg told me that he didn’t call me, I had called him. He said his phone rang and when he answered it he heard Terry and me talking. He thought it was a butt call, but like I said, the phone was ten feet away. Even my butt’s not that big! We finally concluded that my phone realized I was playing with tools so it went ahead and made a preemptive call to Greg. I guess that’s why they call them smart phones!
In theory, removing the old TV and installing the new one was going to be quick and easy. Just unhook the cables and unplug the old TV, remove the four bolts holding it in place, and repeat the process in reverse with the new TV. Yeah, right, we know how that always works out, don’t we?
The bolt pattern on all TVs is supposed to be the same, and it was. Except that on the new TV, they are several inches higher than on the old one. So new holes had to be drilled. And when we tried to open the cabinet door it mounts to, we realized that because the old TV was 26 inches and the new one is 28 inches, it would need to be moved a couple of inches to the right. So Terry had to drill four more holes. Frustration city to be sure.
But eventually we got it all done and are pleased with the end result, even if we had to mount it a little off center to be able to open the door. I told Terry that in a couple of weeks we wouldn’t even notice it any more. She uses that storage space for yarn that doesn’t fit under the couch, in the bedroom, in the closet, and… well, she’s got a lot of yarn!
This is our last day in Apache Junction and I have absolutely no idea where the last month has gone. It seems like we just got here. Tomorrow we’ll be on the road to our old hometown of Show Low, where we plan to settle in for a while and spend some time spoiling our granddaughters. I’m really looking forward to that!
And today is granddaughter Destiny’s 8th birthday! Talk about time moving fast! I think we have another bookworm in the family.
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Thought For The Day – I may be a lonely schizophrenic, but at least we have each other.