My mom is staying with us for the week, helping out with babysitting while our normal babysitter is on vacation. So what I’m about to say comes from a place of love and eternal gratitude.
But for the life of me I don’t understand why she can’t figure out the DirecTV remote. Yesterday alone, she told me three times that she had “broken” our TV. I ensured her that she hadn’t, but she insisted.
"I don’t know what to tell you, David. I can’t change the channel."
Of course, all she had managed to do was to switch the input from HDMI to the antenna, which isn’t plugged into anything so it was just showing static. What was impressive about that is, in order to do that, she had to drag the slider all the way to the right and then manually change the channel. The last time I think I used the channel button instead of the guide was 1997.
After the second time, I gave her a basic overview of how to use the remote. Then my one-year old daughter took hold of the remote and once again changed the input, making my instructions as useful as a screen door on a submarine.
My sympathy became stronger than my desire to tell her, “Yup, this time it’s really broken, sorry, no TV for you!” So I wrote detailed instructions, including a diagram, several underlines and caps (“Do NOT touch this button.”)
It seems to have worked, and I hope she is able to catch up on her Days of Our Lives while my daughter is napping. But when the new, uncomplicated, user-friendly Apple TV comes out, I can’t think of one person more appropriate to buy one for than my Mom. -David