“User error, no doubt,” Andy said when his grandfather complained about issues with his TV’s remote control device.
“I think it’s overdue for service,” Harry said.
“Pops, your TV remote control is not like a car that needs to be serviced,” Andy said. “When was the last time you put fresh batteries in it?”
“Batteries?” Harry said. “I thought it was laser-powered or something like that.”
“It’s not a laser, Pops. It uses pulses of infrared light, which are invisible to the human eye. The device sends out a stream of pulses of infrared light when the you press a button on the remote control.”
“Sounds like a laser to me.”
“They’re similar but not the same,” Andy said. “But you need batteries in the device to power the signals it sends to the TV. Anyway, it’s a moot point. It simply needs new batteries.”
“You’re really delighting in trying to expose my ignorance of all these new fangled things like I’m some old fuddy-duddy from the dark ages,” Harry said. “I’m not some tractable child that can be made fun of, you know. I’m your grandpa.”
“Yes, Pops, you are,” Andy said, “and I’m sorry that I came across that way. Tell you what, Pops, I’ll run out to the convenience store and pick up some batteries for the remote and some ice cream for us to share. What flavor would you like?”
“You know what flavor I like, Andrew.”
“Yeah, Pops,” Andy said. “Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream.”
“You’re a good kid, Andrew.”
Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (user), Word of the Day Challenge (overdue), Ragtag Daily Prompt (moot), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (expose), Your Daily Word Prompt (tractable), and My Vivid Blog (ice cream).