You Make Me Feel….like an idiot….

Last week I had to spend 8 hours in the hospital waiting for my brother-in-law to come out of emergency surgery. All went well, in fact, so well, that they sent him straight home. Because he had been without food or drink for 24 hours, I decided to  go get him dinner and bring it to the rehab center. I didn’t trust that at 7:00 P.M. they would provide a nutritious meal, or any meal for that matter, because, you know, “the kitchen is closed.”

When I arrived at the rehab center with his hoagie, chips and root beer (okay, not so nutritious, but he was hungry and I was tired), there was a tray being delivered to his room. It contained one pathetic grilled cheese sandwich. That’s it, not even chips or a pickle, after no food for 24 hours. There wasn’t even a picture of Donald Trump or Jesus burned into the grilled cheese, and yet we were to believe that it was a miracle he had a sandwich from the kitchen at this hour!

The next day, I was exhausted. i just wanted to stay at home and work on my computer, sit on my deck, read a book and be left alone. As I was enjoying my solitude, I decided to play some music while I cleaned up the house.

I could not get the BOSE to turn on. The only way the BOSE radio and CD player works is with a remote control. The old BOSE, which died and they so thoughtfully replaced for a mere $250, had buttons on the unit and a remote. But someone in design thought, “Hey what do we need those buttons for? We have a remote!”

I’ll tell you what they need those buttons for.

So this remote which is the size and thickness of a credit card, does not work. No matter how many times or how hard I press those buttons nothing is happening. In my infinite wisdom, I decide : “Oh I’ll just put in a CD. I don’t need to listen to the radio.”

So in goes, Carole King’s amazing album from 1971: Tapestry.

I cant’ turn the volume up to drown out my warbling, because, you know, the buttons don’t work. So I sing softly, so I can hear Carole.

Three hours later I want to kill Carole. The earth has moved and everyone is so far away, but I can’t turn off the damn BOSE, because, you know the buttons don’t work.

I finally discover with a magnifying glass, in that credit-card-sized remote is a teeny, tiny place for a battery, which I do manage to purchase after going to three different stores.

It never occurred to me I could pull the plug, it was too late baby, for that.

“You Just have to Laugh…..”

©2015 Cathy Sikorski


0 thoughts on “You Make Me Feel….like an idiot….

  1. So funny! Kind of like tv’s now … no buttons …. nope, way to technologically advanced for those …. so we have like 15 remotes in the house & nobody seems to know which remote is for what.

    1. I know..this is about the dumbest idea I’ve seen in technology that only the remote works your device. Really? Thanks for reading and made me feel better!

  2. i see you have one of those remotes. flat, thin and useless… forget about trying to read it. the numbers are so small. when i was reading this. half way thru. i thought. just unplug it. but hey i can remember doing the say thing. i have been surely reminded of this. i have to say i had to laugh!!!!!!!


  3. My RECONDITIONED Bose Wave radio — at a cost of $350-$400 (can’t remember exact figure) will not get any radio reception. All I can do is listen to CDs. I’ve read all the directions on repositioning, where the antenna is, etc. No radio reception. And as for that credit card sized remote, I had to purchase the BIG version for $40. I want to return and get a refund. Impossible!!!

  4. Carole King! Bruce Springsteen Born to run …40 yr anniversary. ..yikes . Saw him at Kutztown College gymnasium 2 yrs before…he wasn’t a star yet!

  5. Oh the pleasure of electronics! But I so (lazy) love remotes! Gotta laugh..reason you are skinny and I am not. 🙂

    Love you,

  6. This is so funny! I used to have the Tapestry album and sang to it all the time. But after three hours of it, I’d go a little crazy and take a hammer to the CD player!