February 14th, 2011

krazy koati

At once I awoke to a futuristic world

[ Unrelated note: is it just me or was everybody off the Internet today? It's, like, one kerspillionth the normal activity level in my usual hangouts. ]

Of course, just because one thing started working after being turned off and on again doesn't mean that anything else necessarily will, ever. It seems to have failed magnificently with the Bose radio-speaker which normally serves a valuable role in the home-entertainment complex by sitting on the shelf underneath the VCR That Still Works and the DVD player That Actually Gets Used, But Only By Me. (We kids have collectively bought three DVD players for our parents now and they've watched maybe two DVDs, one of them a National Parks Imax thing which they used to test that the player was hooked up correctly.) It's mostly used as a clock, although around Christmas we do remember it's hooked up to the CD player and we put on some Christmas tunes for ambiance.

Anyway, it recently went into that odd mode where every one of its panel LEDs goes on, and it doesn't respond to button presses. My father asked me to try unplugging and re-plugging it when I had the chance. He was surprised to learn there's a detachable plug at the back of the unit, making it awfully easy to power down and up, and said if he knew that he wouldn't have bothered me. In any case the control panel lights weren't on, but they also couldn't be turned on, and it still didn't respond to button clicks.

On calling tech support my father learned a leading suspect for this behavior is somehow a couple batteries at the base of the unit which we never suspected existed. He gave me exceedingly detailed directions on how to open the case and replace the batteries --- my father thinks I can't follow instructions except in groups of four, maybe five words --- which did nothing to improve things.

While we figure out what to do about it, we've also started trying to remember just when we did get the radio. The leading theory is ``sometime between 1990 and 1996'', although I have a nagging memory of it being refurbished or replaced at some time since then. There's also the question of whether we really need much of a system for a radio we use literally several times a year.

Trivia: In 1965 maintenance workers at Radio City Music Hall scraped off the undersides of auditorium seats an average of twenty pounds of chewing gum every day. Source: Great Fortune: The Epic Of Rockefeller Center Daniel Okrent. Also, eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew. But better than not scraping it off, I guess.

Currently Reading: Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography, David Michaelis.