Sunday, September 18, 2005

I Can't Make This Stuff Up

The scene: Our kitchen on a Sunday morning. Kids watching cartoons. Charles seated at the breakfast table. Me making biscuits. Teapot steeping. Sun streaming.

Charles: "You know what I'd like to study after I finish my PhD?"

Diana: ......"Uuuuuhhhh".....(thinking of the most ridiculous, improbable course of study for our new citizen)..."The law?" (snort, chuckle)

Charles: "Nope. I want to learn how to calibrate TVs. I can do the basic stuff but don't know how to get into the programs and really do it."

Diana: (blink, blink, blink.) "Well, I support you, honey."

I think Somebody is taking their home theater fixation a bit too far. Hmmmmmm?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not at all! Two friends of mine started AcuPel, a company dedicated to building test generators for detecting flaws in high end video equipment. Both of them are ex-Tektronix engineers with the skills to build the best equipment in the world. One (Greg Rogers) has written reviews for high end video equipment magazines for the last 10 years. If Charles is serious, tell him to wait for the next generation of AcuPel test generator to come out. It will only be a few thousand dollars and will put the rest of the field to shame! Of course, what he will find out is that NONE of the equipment out there is very good, no matter how much you calibrate it or how much it costs.


1:05 AM  
Blogger Cagey said...


VERY CUTE. I am so lucky - my hubby can barely figure everything out as it is, which comes in handy when I need to sneak down the volumn a notch or two (he's DEAF. I swear it). He can't even figure out how to get the different sound modes in place (ie. theater vs sports)

12:55 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Morris- Agh! "Only a few thousand dollars." Whose side are you on, anyway?

Cagey- Just you wait. First comes the big TV and then all the rest. Like a cancer, I tell ya. Charles has infected several of our acquaintences.

3:28 PM  
Blogger Babs said...

We have a home theater system, too.

Felix holds a fork in one hand, the TV antenna in the other (for improved reception), and he sings the theme songs to various shows LOUDLY as we watch TV. To turn on surround sound, Trash stands on the other side and sings, too.

Hey--I didn't say it was a GOOD home theater system!!

1:21 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Babs- HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (sniff, wheeze) HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Maybe you could convince Felix to wrap some tin foil around his tongue? Seriously. He may be able to pick up some of your better stations from India and New Zealand. Better than cable, babe!

8:11 AM  
Blogger The Lioness said...

I can't beat Babs, hell! Calibrate away valiantly, Sir Charles, may the telly be your new slayed dragon.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Johnny- Truly, the man is obsessed. He has a DVD that he uses to recalibrate the sets, fine tuning all, but evidently this is just not enough. (shakes head)

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simple!!! Ladder up to antenna on roof. Pipe wrench to rotate antenna. Stop when wife yells, "I said, 'That's it, damn it!!!'"


1:10 PM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

I have no idea what you people are talking about. Calibrate? Huh?

Cagey - try subtitles. If I have subtitles on, the volume can be lower. For some reason, if I can read what people are saying, I can hear better.

Babs - Oh, my God, that is hilarious.

5:49 AM  

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