So my mom called me this evening, not long after I’d come home from work.
“Hi honey! What are you up to?”
“Oh, nothing … ,” I replied. “Why?”
She answered my question with a question. “Who in your house hooks up DVD players and things like that?”
“Usually me, I guess.” I had a feeling I knew what was coming. “Why? What’s up?”
“Well, I was wondering if you could come over here and help us hook up our DVD player.”
My parents haven’t used their DVD player in years. I’m not kidding. It’s been years. The DVD player’s only purpose is to serve as a base for the Direct TV receiver. There’s been a stack of DVD movies, still wrapped in cellophane, sitting on the shelf of the t.v. stand for about six years. Now my parents decide they want to watch one.
So after dinner, I went over to check things out. Now, I don’t have Direct TV. I have cable t.v. But I assumed things would operate pretty similarly as far as how all of the devices operate together. As it turns out, when I turned on the DVD player, there was a picture, so something was connected. There was just no sound. The DVD player was connected to the Direct TV receiver and apparently this was enough to get a picture but not sound.
So I got behind the big television and knelt down on the floor, in the dust that lives behind big televisions. I found the cord I was looking for, the one with the red and white plugs on each end. I connected one set to the audio out ports on the DVD player and the other to one of the six jillion sets of audio in ports on the television.
And? No sound.
I messed with those plugs and tried every single one of those six jillion audio in ports. And nothing. No sound. I rearranged those plugs in every possible combination. I read portions of the Direct TV manual. I searched through the t.v. menus. Nothing.
My dad offered to call Direct TV and ask the advice of a customer service rep. I said, “Not yet.”
And then when I said, “Okay, Dad. Let’s call Direct TV,” he said, “Wellll…”
So I crawled out from behind the t.v. and I crawled back behind the t.v. and I shined a flashlight on all of the possible connections and decided I was going to give up. Me and my dusty black pants came out from behind the big t.v., defeated. And dusty.
And as much as I hated to admit defeat, I did. I called Mark and said, “Help!”
Mark came over promptly and huffed his chest and said in his most manly-man-to-the-rescue voice, “Let me take a look.”
He “hmmmd” and “mmmd” and asked me a question or two and suddenly? There was sound.
“What did you do,” I demanded?
“I plugged the red and white plugs into this audio in port right here,” he said, pointing to one of the very ports I had most certainly tried a hundred thousand times. And he had a very pleased-with-himself grin on his face too.
Sighing, I looked at my mom and said, “Alright. Now that it’s working, which of these movies did you want to watch?”
“Oh, none of them. Not tonight. We just thought we should make sure the DVD player works so that when we do want to watch one, we can.”
“Oh,” I said, biting my tongue. “Alrighty then. I guess we’ll go home then.” And Mark and I walked out the door to my car as I was still biting my tongue. I looked at him as I opened my car door and he burst out laughing.
Yep. That’s my parents. And I love ’em anyway!