Saturday, December 11, 2010
The goofy “cable guy” said. I thought he was joking. The serious one was already high on the ladder installing the dish while this one loitered around.
“Um, there isn't one.” I replied.
“What's that?” he pointed at the little "windows" at the base of the house and asked.
“Yeah, it looks like there is a crawl space, but you can't get into it.” I assured him.
He looked at me funny, but I put his suspicion to rest firmly: “I've lived here for thirteen years, and I have never seen an entrance to it.”
He went into the house and opened the storage space under the stairs.
"There's the entrance.” He pointed at the floor.
I looked down and, as if appeared solely by magic, a square-shaped dark seam on the floor mocked me with silent cracks.
It's true. You learn something new everyday.
Thank goodness I was small enough to crawl into the storage and pulled most of the stuff out so he could get down there. Then I cleared out the closet so he could climb into the attic and do his job.
I knew that entrance.
All the stuff had to go back to where they belonged and the dust had to be cleaned. These were not in the “cable guys” job descriptions. It would've saved me a lot of grieve had I known what was in store for me.
I was a little tired but excited after cleaning up all the mess. Time to reveal the surprise to mom.
“Look, ma. Now you have nine channels to watch instead of one. Merry Christmas!” I was so proud of myself. Her only activity--watching TV--would be a lot more interesting from now on.
Or so I thought.
I then tried to teach her how to use the new remote, and that was when things went downhill.
There were four buttons with which she needed to get herself familiarize.
On—you turn the TV on with it.
Off—as the name suggested, you turn the TV off with it.
Up—go up a channel.
Down—go down a channel.
Those, and remembering her channels start at 2050.
Simple enough, right?
She tried it a few times and couldn't get it right. She lost her patience promptly and told me she never watched those channels, she wanted her old channel back and to cancel the cable right away.
When will I ever learn? Why did I try to get her a comparable life here when I knew she was not the appreciative type, and would say anything when angry?
Two days later she wanted me to teach her again on the channels. By that time I lost my patience and good wills. I'm paying for the satellite channels, and somebody was going to watch them. She can stick with her one and only channel upstairs.
Unfortunately, She figured out how to switch back to air channels by watching me, and now watches her one channel on the big screen downstairs.
I think she did it just to aggravate me, which probably gave her certain degree of enjoyment, and she was succeeding.
It's amazing how, with the right amount of incentive, whether positive or negative, a person who couldn't do or learn anything can achieve the impossible.