some things are meant to be broken II

Let’s play “The Glad Game” again.

I’m GLAD our DVD player broke irreparably so that we had to buy a new one!

Why? Since our VCR packed it in sometime last year, we have been unable to tape anything on TV. But our DVD player was working just fine; we were perfectly happy to rent DVDs to watch movies or current TV (adfree! yay) or HBO series.

The dead VCR and our inability to tape really wasn’t all that much of a problem. Except when we decided to sit down to see what was on the food network. Inexplicably, no matter what time we turned the TV onto the Food Network (Canada), we seemed destined to catch one of two shows: “Paula’s Home Cooking” with Paula Deen or worse, “30-Minute Meals” with Rachael Ray. Usually a repeat broadcast that we’d already watched in fascination, unable to tear ourselves away. To add insult to injury, there were always tantalizing advertisements for other peoples’ shows.

Not that there’s anything wrong with the Ms’s Ray and Deen (cough). We just wanted to see someone else cooking. Anyone else cooking. And now that we have a DVD player that also records, we never have to watch Paula Deen or Rachael Ray again!

I think we just won the Glad Game.

We just saw “Feasting on Asphalt” with Alton Brown for the first time. What a great show!

 
some things are meant to be broken I

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  • bing

    I can’t imagine not being able to time-shift. I almost never find anything actually on TV that I want to watch, and even when I do, I record it so I don’t have to watch the ads. Another reason I like to record is that our recorder will play-back with sound at the first level of fast-forward; the sound doesn’t get squeaky, it’s just sampled less frequently. I find it much easier to watch things like political debates at the speeded-up tempo. I remember watching the last round of Canadian debates speeded up, and only Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe spoke naturally fast enough to sound a bit odd when speeded up. The others sounded very ponderous at normal speed, and normal when speeded up.

    Back on topic, and speaking of Food Network, check out “Search for Perfection”.

  • I was glad when our small TV broke so we could get a new one that we didn’t have to pound every 5 minutes to get the picture back.
    We would be lost without a recordable VCR. I can’t stand to sit and watch, commercials and all. We record a few shows at night and watch the following evening – 2 hour long shows in an 1 1/2 hours…that’s all I can sit for…