I became seriously spoiled with TiVo when I lived at Family Headquarters. I’ve really wanted to get it since I moved, but it just doesn’t fit into my budget right now. It doesn’t help that I’m picky, and I specifically want a TiVo-brand TiVo so I can see the friendly little guy and hear the patented “bu-doop!” sound, and ideally I want DirecTV too so I can TiVo two shows at once. But it makes no sense at all to sign up for DirecTV right now when I’m already tight on money and I’m still getting free cable (fingers crossed).
Upstairs, I have one of those little TV/VCR combos, and now that the fall season has begun and I’m pretty busy, I have to tape my shows with an actual VHS videotape.
This is problematic because I have apparently gone stupid since living with TiVo, and have completely lost the ability to program and use a VCR.
I tried to tape something a couple of weeks ago and forgot to rewind the tape first, so then it taped for about five minutes before reaching the end of the tape. Duh.
And then another night I set the timer wrong. I’m used to starting a few minutes early and ending a few minutes late, just in case the show runs over or my clock is off. So, for an 8 o’clock show, I set the timer to start at 7:57 and stop at…8:03. Those six minutes of television were really exciting.
Last night was the killer, because I’d worked really hard to get the timer set right, and had actually set it on Wednesday night before I went to bed so that I wouldn’t miss Survivor and CSI, because I knew that I’d be out last night and wouldn’t get back in time to see them. I double-checked everything before I went to bed on Wednesday, and checked it again yesterday morning, and when I got home last night I ran upstairs all excited and pushed play.
And I taped two hours of effin’ NBC.
Which would be fine except that Survivor and CSI are CBS programs, and have been for quite some time, and probably will be for quite some time.
And that’s an awful lot of messing up considering that I only watch about three hours of TV a week (not counting news and The People’s Court, which I’ll write about later) right now.
I’m hoping TiVo will save the day this time, because I called home last night and asked Dad to transfer the shows from TiVo to a videotape so I could watch them this weekend, but still. I’m stupid.
I think I need to find a way to get TiVo.