Life balance

Uh-oh: hope that’s not a sign…

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New year! New You! New Possibilities! New Everything! Not to sound negative or anything, but there were obvious signs recently, which have caused me concern about the shiny New Year.

  1. We gave Jeff a smart TV for his birthday last week. Korey was still in town, so she hooked up the new cable box to the TV. It was like a NASA launch, “Houston? We have ignition!”  The smart TV world was ours! Plus its 8,253 stations and voice activation! We now have Siri (iPhone), Alexa (Echo) and our TV “person” living in our home.  TV worked well, until Korey left town December 30th.  It’s as if she took the power with her and left us with a screen message: “Oops! Looks like you’re having trouble! Try again later.  Check plugs and that everything is righty tighty; and for connectivity in your area.”

Check, check and check. Jeff was impatient, with numerous bowl games on tap. Pajamas would’ve been a smarter gift than a smarter-than-us-TV.  I called the cable company. The agent sounded about eleven years old and was difficult to understand. She troubleshot from afar. Nothing worked. She scheduled a service visit for January 5th. “WHAT? That’s five days away.” Oh well, Jeff could watch football on his iPad, semi-happily.

Fortunately, Netflix is accessible on smarter-than-us-TV, even without cable connection. (I asked Korey why this is. She said, “Because it’s a smart TV!” Netflix saved New Year’s Eve. Then suddenly, finally, on New Year’s Day, we had connectivity. Woohoo! But it was locked on the Golf channel.  Golf’s great, but 24/7? The technical nightmare continued. On 1/2/17, I woke up determined and unhooked the smarter-than-we-are-TV.  Best Buy could have it back. I reconnected the old set, but there was that same damn screen: “Oops! Having troubles, Bubbles?” ARRRRGH!  It wasn’t the TV, but the signal. I angrily unhooked the old set (with just two wires) and reconnected the new set (at least thirty-seven wires). This is not my forte, but I’d had the foresight to take some pictures of the back of the TV.  “Oops” was still playing on every channel. I shut it off.

  1. Next, I headed to the grocery. En route, Jeff sent a text, “Don’t get charcoal.” Why? We wanted grilled ka-bobs. He called, “We don’t need charcoal because, when cleaning the grill, the bottom fell out.” This was becoming too funny to be frustrated.


  1. On 1/03/17, when heading out the door to work, my lunch flipped out of the bag, and onto the garage floor. Then while arranging things: purse, lunch, workout gear, I realized my Yedi cup was tilted; water was pooling in my lap. And beyond. Boy, does Yedi ever keep your water cold! HOO-WEE! I had the wet britches to prove it.

And how’s your New Year going?

Happy, healthy, stress-free New Year!


By bobbewhite

Speaker~Author~Certified Laughter Leader (Seriously!) I look at life with a sense of humor and the gift of laughter and help organizations do the same. I try to write the way I talk, so you will find me less stuffy than Miss Huddleston's English Class and and a step above a toddler. I figure that if we all "play attention" to humor in our daily routines, and we'll all have more joy and less stress in this thing called life.

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