Monday, April 23, 2012
The saga of Lonesome Dove
Last night he decided to enjoy his favorite western. For some reason, when I would go to the DVD menu and select closed captions, it refused to allow it. Cliff tried his best to make out what was going on without them, but it just wasn't working for him.
This morning I went to Google and found a discussion indicating that the TV had to be set for captions in order for some DVDs to work. This really didn't seem right to me, since on all our other DVDs, captions work just fine. But I thought, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."
After a half-hour fiddling with the remote, it hit me that I was messing with the wrong remote, the Direct TV one. I had not seen our actual television remote in at least a year, but Cliff told me where it was. We never use it, ever.
So of course I had to get the TV instruction manual to figure out how to use the TV remote.
I finally found the information I needed and turned on the TV captions.
Still no captions on Lonesome Dove. OK, I had better find out where I got this and see if they can help me, or at least give me my money back. I checked Amazon.com for recent orders. No Lonesome Dove. Cliff was up by now and suggested I look on the outer box the DVD came in. Ah! A Best Buy sticker that had been half-way scratched off!
I went to my account on the Best Buy site and found I had not ordered anything from them in over a year.
Insert a deep sigh of frustration here.
"OK," I said. "That only leaves Ebay and Half.com. Maybe I will complain to the seller."
Sure enough, I got the set on Ebay for under $9, shipping included. As I was getting ready to contact the seller, I saw the name.
I don't believe I will bug a charitable organization about captions. At least our money went to a good cause.
Two hours of a perfectly good morning, totally wasted.