One of my Christmas gifts from DH was a new VCR/DVD digital tuner/timer/player that does everything but wash dishes and sing carols.
I have no idea how to operate it. Yesterday I spent half an hour trying to program channels only to find out he hadn't hooked it up to cable.
I want this VCR/DVD/Whassis? I like to watch movies and program television shows. I also like to read books. Like Dolce here, I am fond of my toys.
But a book is easier to operate. Open, commence reading. Jennifer Ashley's latest Immortals offering and Heather Graham's newest book are on my TBR pile, which is more like a mountain.
To wire or not to wire? Will I be ready in February when the GREAT SWITCH TO DIGITAL TELEVISION EVERYWHERE will come to my TV?
Or will I still be scratching my head, trying to figure out how to hook up the VCR/DVD/Thingie?
DH was busy trying to figure out the new cell phone I got him, and upload his contacts into it, while I tried to puzzle out the instruction manual. Then I realized I was reading it in Spanish.
Dh to me: "Take it next door, they know how to read Spanish."
Me: "Um, no, they're Brazilian. They speak Portuguese."
Dh to me: "They still can probably figure it out faster."
All the while the &#@*#&@ machine is blinking and winking at me, HELLO, HELLO. HELLO.
I shut it off in sheer frustration. It read GOODBYE. In three different languages, I think.
This is why I don't have a portable e-book reader. I'm afraid, very afraid of trying to figure it out, and accidentally deleting something. Not that it's possible, but then again, for me, I could probably find a way to do it. Like right in the middle of a steamy love scene.
"He tenderly kissed her and she stroked his... DELETE DELETE..."
I have two buttons lately. ON and OFF. I feel like the Epsilon elevator operator in Brave New World. "Up? Down?"
Ah, for the good old days of mere VHS when I could barely figure out the cable then... but felt proud when I knew how to plug in the electric!