The Gadget I Can’t Live Without

When I started to write this, I thought it was obvious that the gadget I couldn’t live without would be my cell phone. While mine is about as far from a “smart” phone as you can get, I use it as a watch, alarm clock, telephone book, reminders, text messages and sometimes even as a phone. After a few minutes of thought, I realized that when I forget and leave my phone at home in the morning, I can still make it through the day just fine, and this was supposed to be about something I really can’t live without. It occurred to me that what I really couldn’t live without is one of the oldest electronic “gadgets” around – the TV/cable box remote control.

When watching TV, I am one of those annoying people – I even annoy myself some times when I can’t remember what channel to go back to – that changes channels at every advertisement to see what else is on. I’m always thinking there must be something more interesting than what I am watching.  A few weeks ago, we misplaced our remote control, and after many trips from the chair to the cable box to change channels, I finally decided just standing beside the cable box was much easier. This worked fine for a while but it didn’t take long before this got old. At that point, I decided that spending my time looking for the remote was a lot more useful than standing beside the cable box changing channels. I spent the rest of the evening looking for the remote without success. The next evening was basically a repeat of the previous one – still no luck finding the remote.  At this point, it became too much work to even try to watch TV, so I gave up.  After about two more similar evenings, I was ready to buy a universal remote when we found the remote buried under some papers on the desk in an adjoining room. It was probably me that left it there in the first place. I was now able to watch TV again! While I really don’t watch that much TV, it is now clear to me that without my trusty remote, the TV is pretty useless…which a lot of people would claim it is anyway even with a remote!


  1. Posted May 14, 2012 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    So true its definitely the one gadget we can’t live without some functions dont even work without the remote.

  2. Posted June 2, 2012 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    You hit the nail right on it’s head. I think that the same is true for so many of us. I struggle without a remote because it is just so much hassle just to stand and walk over to the TV to change anything. Whoever created the remote control was a genius.

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