Not the Week I Wanted

Let me start with the new toy we received this week – a 47” LCD TV.  We finally got it.  I ordered it in August thinking it would be nice to have a new HD web enabled TV to watch while I was recovering from surgery.  Sadly the company I ordered it from had issues and it took awhile to get it straightened out.

The TV was fun and frustrating.  Heather ended up spending two days out of her week dealing with delivery and installation.  Half way through the install the cable box broke and had to be replaced so the set that was delivered on Monday wasn’t fully working until Thursday.  Still we’ll be having fun as we learn all the new features of this thing.  Now we have a new toy to play with and I’ve been having fun going through my Netflix account to see what I can stream to the new TV.  I even got my YouTube account to play on the thing.

It was a bit weird for me not to do anything for installation or set up.  I started out my career as an electronic technician and for many years I specialized in computer video displays systems.  I saw one of the first demonstrations of HD technology back in the 80’s and argued that until they could find away to record HD on tape (consumer grade mag tape lacked the bandwidth to record HD signals) no one would ever buy one.  Yeah, who would have thought that you could record video on those little plastic disks…

Strange not to do this kind of work myself but I have to respect the limits of my body.  At 25 lifting a 60 pound TV was no problem but now in my 50’s after surgery I feel good just sitting up in the morning and I’m learning to let the ‘younger’ folks do my heavy lifting.  I can say that I was the one who setup the Netflix account – yeah I did something!

This week at work has been a bit traumatic but I can’t really talk about it.  First I promised myself that I wouldn’t talk about work on my blog and second there are privacy concerns in this case.  The trauma remains and the stress was unwelcome.

You’ll have seen that I finally finished another blog post for our hiking website.  I had wanted to create a video of the hike but the post production proved to be just too much at this time so I went with words.  I like putting together little video things but I am still really learning so it didn’t happen as I wanted.

That’s the theme of my week so far – not really happening as I wanted.  I’ve realized that my goal of making everyone’s Christmas present is in danger of not happening.  Surgery has kept me out of the workshop longer than I wanted.  Just add that to my list.

Another thing to add to the list is my intertextual project.  I’ve been reading Mary Orr’s book and am now learning more about how imitation affects texts.  Then I thought I’d do more with Earth Abides.  The idea is to start a web page and put up all the quotes from those little blue tags I posted the picture of last week.  Well, I started the page but ran out of time this week to do any posting of quotes.

Even this post isn’t what I’d hoped for, sigh…

One thing that did happen this week that I wanted was hiking yesterday.  I’ve been keeping up with my walking on the treadmill (up to 15 minutes 3 times a week) and yesterday Heather and I did a short hike up in the hills.  I made it 3.5 miles and my legs are killing me today but we really needed time in nature.  I’ll post more on that later this week.

Now I don’t want it to seem like I had a horrible week (other than work) – it just wasn’t 100% what I wasn’t hoping for.  The real important thing that happened this week was life –  I am alive and I lived this week.  I’ve done somethings and enjoyed a few things.

In the end that is the only really important thing – just living.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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1 Response to Not the Week I Wanted

  1. Marv Tanner says:

    Wow, that’s some TV you bought. Sorry to hear of your trouble receiving it. My physical therapist suggested that I buy a Nintendo Wii Fit plus with balance board, which I did. I;m not very good at it yet, but I will keep trying. You need one to go with your new TV. You could go hiking right in your living room while enjoying your new TV.


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