At Wits End

  I’m sitting here contemplating buying a new computer and also a 50” TV. I am also at wits end trying to figure out what I want in both the computer and the TV.

  It used to be so easy having a television (TV) back then. We bought a black and white TV and it came as a portable which meant that we could take it with you when you move or move it to another room. The only problem was that you had to get an antenna paced on the roof of your house and have somebody turn it to get the proper signal.  Also it came with three channels.

  It was easy to set up. It had an “on and off” switch and a round tuner to the channel you wanted. You had to get up and turn on the TV on and off and if you wanted to change the channel, you had to get up and change it or have one of your children, if you had any, change it for you. They were the remotes.

  You had to wait a while to get the picture but when it came on it was a little hazy. It always started with the morning news and later on with the novelas. Oh, I forgot to tell you that there was another channel but it was a VHF channel that the Spanish station was on. You see it was a UFH signal that were the English speaking signals from CBS, ABC and NBC. The VHS has KCOR and had the novelas in it. All the Hispanics would tune in to all the novelas all day long. Anyway, we didn’t have the TV with that signal so we watched the English channels.

  The only problem was that all the statins ended with late news and afterwards, the Star Spangled Banner with the American flag waving and right afterwards a signal bar that ended the transmission at exactly 10 pm. It started again with same signal the next day minus the star spangled banner.

  So now in my old age, I have a 50-inch flat TV cable free with a fire stick and Roku stick attached to it. I am able to watch all my shows with the sticks. Now I want a smart TV with all the apps attached to it plus I am looking for a TV which I can plug in my headphone so I can listen to it in silence so not to disturb others with loud noise.

  When looking for a smart TV I’m finding out that first I have to download the Netflix and Roku apps and any other app that I want to see plus they don’t make it with a headphone jack. I have to buy a blue tooth headphone and make sure that the TV I’m contemplating buying has blue tooth. Plus, they have a multitudes of TVs with 3D, Curved and LED and HD. They have Samsung, LG, TLC and others. How am I going to figure out which one I should buy?

Let’s talk computers. Right now I have a desktop tower  and monitor and a printer attached. I can go into the internet using my modem and the tower has a jack to plug in my microphone and speaker. I have a camera attached to the monitor because my computer doesn’t have a camera. I can stream movies from Netflix and amazon prime. I also have YouTube. Let’s say I’m able to communicate. However, it is slow and old from more than ten years ago from Gateway. I think they went out of business.

I have a choice on buying a tower, getting a complete set or getting a 3 in 1 which has everything. Maybe. The towers don’t have a DVD or CD drive. I have to buy a separate DVD player in order to see my movies. I haven’t found a jack to plug in my microphone if it has any. The 3 in 1 computer has the tower capability, internet and I don’t know what else. I think I still need a modem. I still have several questions on that model. The other major thing is memory. On my old computer I have 4 gigabytes (GB). People recommend 8 to 16 GB and 500 RAM plus a SD card. I have no idea what they’re talking about.

When I go to a store, the sellers shows me a TV and tells me that what I need. He also tells me to look at the picture which is pretty clear. Then he tells me that I need to get other accessories. No other info because they don’t know. It’s the same thing with the computer. They tell me the price and says that’s their best one in the store and that’s it.

Now, with that in mind, I decided to go online where I could see several merchandise. When I looked at the reviews, some were good others bad. These were for both TVs and computers. The info they provided on the product was gobbledygook to me. It’s another language which didn’t make sense to me.

So, in final analysis, I decided to wait until my computer goes out of whack and my TV goes awry or my firestick doesn’t work anymore. Maybe then, I’ll ask my grandchildren to go to the store for me and get me a new TV or a computer whichever goes first. My grandchildren including my 5-year-old granddaughter are more techno savvy than I.

Getting Reacquainted

After living with a person after so many years you would expect us to know each other. Rather, this is not the case. This stay at home ruling due to the current pandemic has caused all of us to see each other with a new outlook.

We are but two people, retired, no outside activities like we were used to and having to use the internet to communicate with the outside world. There are no children to keep us busy feeding or entertaining or schooling them. So, there we are sitting across from each other during breakfast and lunch reliving past memories and actually talking to each other.

This is not to say that we don’t talk to each other but now, we have long winded conversation and that’s when we found out that we really didn’t know how the other felt or knew about their livelihood and their feeling about certain aspects of the lives. Before, we had jobs to go to and after retirement each of had different things we were involved in and that took time. We discussed those things that mattered for a little while and then we’d go on doing the things that matter. Watching TV, reading or just any other thing that we wanted to do. The ideal life.  Well, that changed.

Now we have debates on current subjects or religion and politics. Whereas, we never discussed those issues at the table before. Fortunately, we never come to blows but rather retreat to our corners and start refreshed again. This is not the only thing that has changed. As I am seeing it for the first time, my house changed. I am starting to look at the kitchen, living room and dining room.

We had converted an old shelve where a TV stood inside into a small grotto with a statues of Mary is located. We lite real candles during the day and at night, we have battery operated candles. There are now new candles that I hadn’t noticed before. Next to it is a hope chest where on top is a beautiful bible stand which my friend Speedy Davila made for us. I hadn’t seen it before.

There’s another shelve in the dining room where we had teapots which I never notice before. There are four shelves and there are two teapots on every shelve. There were gifts and we have never tried them because we don’t drink hot tea. There’s also an empty Borden milk bottle plus different other coffee sets.

Across the room there are three shelving units. In one of them are the “curiosities” which I had never noticed before. Little trucks and cars pointed in one direction. An empty Pepsi Cola bottle, four porcelain Santa Clauses, porcelain pots engraved with our names, some I’ve never seen before. The other shelve contains our special plates for special occasion but, two glasses that came from a gas station bought with green stamps. Then there are the shot glasses that were bought from each town we visited in Germany.

Each item tells a story and one item that my niece, Debbie Lopez, gave us, is an angel with words “Go Spurs” stands out. I had never seen it. It was next to a couple of “cascarones” pained with the image of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

While I told about those items that I wasn’t aware of, there were more curios and they were scattered about all the shelves. I forgot to tell you that I had a special spot where all my Lanier High School memorabilia from when I worked there is located. 

Recently there was a marriage in the family. Now we have a new item to talk about. It will be a happy dialogue.