The TV Remote is Broken

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).

10 thoughts on “The TV Remote is Broken

  1. Terveen Gill August 8, 2021 / 7:58 pm

    There’s a huge gap between generations. Comprehension and understanding are a chain with missing links. I’m glad ice cream was the point of resolution. 🙂

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  2. Nope, Not Pam August 8, 2021 / 8:40 pm

    It could have needed a service, you never know 😊

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  3. Marleen August 9, 2021 / 8:42 am

    Did I tell the story, here, of taking my mom to a battery store? I think I only shared it in a text with a cousin. We got to the store, and the young guy there opened the battery compartments and looked confused. I could see why. They were rechargeable batteries. He said he could sell her batteries, but that batteries weren’t her problem. (Interesting way to put it.) Then, she wanted to buy batteries anyway. But I was going to be the one paying for them, she said. I said I wasn’t going to pay for batteries when they aren’t needed. She apparently hadn’t understood that the phone unit has to sit on the charger in order to charge.

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  4. leigha66 August 22, 2021 / 11:29 am

    This was great… every problem should be solved with a little ice cream in the end!

    Liked by 1 person

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