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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things: Reception please

I once sat with my hand on it to ensure it worked. On another occasion I put sticky tape on it, and that worked temporarily. Sometimes, I simply endured it the way it was:annoyingly sporadic and frustrating. I considered buying some equipment to permanently fix it, but I baulked because it didn't quite make sense to me that a particular piece of technology would do the trick. I just didn't want to spend money on a possible solution.


I love cricket, and last Thursday, Big Bash 5 started. Covered live on Channel 10, the first match of the tournament featured my team, Sydney Thunder. I donned my lime green cap and settled on a beanbag in front of the television with a Cowboy on the rocks buzzing with anticipation.


In the beginning the reception was okay with only the odd interruption here and there. I hoped it wouldn't get worse, but it did. I became desperate. I had to be able to watch the game. Had to. I tried the sticky tape trick again, and also considered sitting with my hand on the cable. However, the first time I did that I was watching a thirty minute soap opera. A T20 cricket match lasts for three hours.

Then a great thing happened. I found another cable hidden in a drawer which when connected, once and for all solved the reception problem. Game on baby!

Victory was mine. I rejoiced, and to add icing to my cake, the Thunder won the match and in doing so recorded their first ever win over their opposition: Sydney Sixes.

Today I celebrate a little thing called an antenna cable. When you have you had a technical problem with a television which very nearly destroyed your life?

5 comments:

  1. When don't I have a problem with our TV? The smarter they make them the more annoyingly difficult they become and the necessity of having a teenager in the house to fix whatever problem becomes ever greater! Glad you got yours to work for the cricket. Have a good week :) Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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    1. Yes, teens are good with the technical stuff. Thanks for visiting Square Pegs and for taking the time to comment.

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  2. How about refusing to pick up a signal to begin with? Not exactly life-destroying, especially with TV online, but still annoying.

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    1. I don't know...no signal at all? That's pretty catastrophic.

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  3. Argh! Technology can be so frustrating. One minute it's working, next it's not. I used to sing in hotels and I swear my sound system would be working perfectly, I go to dinner, come back and a speaker's dead, or the mic connection has static, or a the mixer's power cord just plain won't work. Luckily my husband's handy. But we get TV from satellite, usually from Italy and Poland, and they're constantly dropping out and coming back. Very annoying to watch a movie or series and have to guess at the missing dialog when the reception disappears for 1 minute out of every 3. I have net connection trouble too. There are only 3 companies in Egypt and all of them are iffy.

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season! :)

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