i love tech gadgets. i have a pretty nifty phone that easily handles email or booking tickets online or synchronizing with my outlook calendar. i have a good-enough iPod (the now obsolete mini). i have a very slick sony vaio widescreen laptop. i have bose noise-cancelling headphones.
but one thing i do not have, that i really, really, really want, is tivo (or some other digital tv recording device). i still have an old vcr i can hook up in emergencies, though i didn’t get around to it last night. and because we had dinner guests over, i missed 24. i was told today by friends that if i allow this to happen again, i will be kicked out of the fan club (said in jest, as i am not part of any official fan club). i actually caught the last five minutes — so i know how it ended. and those who saw it filled me in on the important details.
but i only have two favorite shows: 24, and the apprentice. and now, thanks to the dorks of network tv programming, those two shows are running head-to-head on monday nights at 9pm. with tivo, this would be no problem, and i would seamlessly follow watching 24 with a commercial-free viewing of the apprentice. or the other way around, if my little heart so desired. i reseached the devices this weekend, and found i can get one for $160, or a better one for $220. and that’s certainly not insane. but we still have a chunk of credit card debt we’re trying to get rid of, and our family room carpeting and furniture (the very place i would watch these shows) is in desperate need of replacement, now that our room-mauling dog is 2 and mostly past his wellspring-0f-infinite-destruction days. so tivo is, reasonably — i’m forced to admit — not at the top of the wise expenditure list.
after teh 5 minutes of 24 last night, jeannie and i sat numbly in front of a&e’s rollergirls (which i’d read about, but not seen); i, in mourning. i’m pouting. can you see it from there?