I came home from work the other day and Junior informed me he had signed us up for Netflix.
“That was very kind of you son. And, why do I want Netflix?”
“Because they have tons of cool shows.”
“OK, and I assume I will be the one paying for all these cool
“Um, er, well...lemme show you what all they have.”
So now, I have Netflix (which actually is pretty cool.)
They do have a lot of good stuff – and a lot of stuff I could
care less about – but it has more that interests me than what is on
TV, so I figure I will give it a try.
The problem is, our television set is so old, Fred Flintstone used
to watch it.
It is an old bubble TV that we got for free when our other ancient
TV packed it in a couple of years ago. But despite its age, it does
everything I require of a TV – it lets me watch TV.
The challenge now was, how do I get Netflix from our wi-fi router
to our ancient boob tube?
There had to be a way, so the Missus and I headed to the local
electronics store to see what kind of gizmo we would need to make the
The first store we stopped at we were assisted by a lad so young
his voice had barely finished changing.
We explained our situation while he looked at us with a blank
He then called his manager over – who was just slightly older -
and she too gave us a blank stare and said they could not help us.
Hmm, perhaps this will be a little more difficult than I thought.
But we carried on with our quest and explained the situation to
the kid at the next store.
This guy seemed a little older as was evident by the three
whiskers he had growing out of his chin. I had a pair of shoes older
than he was, but at least he was not giving us the blank stare.
But as we told Scooter about the situation, he did look at us like
we were hill folk in town for our annual pilgrimage.
Obviously, he could not believe someone – anyone – in this day
and age would still have a bubble TV.
On the outside, he listened patiently, but I am sure on the inside
he was thinking: “These old people need to get with the times.
I hope they don't break a hip in the store. I wonder where they
parked their walkers?
"A bubble TV ... I can't wait to tell everyone on lunch
I am not at the top of the tech game, but I am hardly a dinosaur –
even if my TV was around the same time T-Rex was.
I may have recently slid past the 50 mark, but I am hardly ready
for a home – although some days, it does sound appealing.
Unlike Skippy at the first store, this guy actually had an idea of
what we needed, and after he explained the situation to a much older
co-worker – this guy was at least 25 – they found what we were
It is some sort of adapter that receives the wi-fi signal and will
hook up to our Jurassic TV set.
I must admit, deep down I was scanning new TVs and secretly hoping
we could replace the bubble with a new, high-tech contraption, but
Scooter came through and the gizmo thingy works just fine.
That's OK, the gizmo cost a lot less than a new TV and the bubble
TV works just fine – and now it works with Netflix.
Copyright 2016, Darren Handschuh