The Power Struggle Eased By the DVR

29 Jul

It measures eight inches long and two inches wide, and it creates a power struggle.

The power struggle.

Yes, every relationship goes through this. And some couples may not admit it, but at one point or another it existed. Yes it has.

The almighty remote control. It has the power to instigate the eye-roll, the smacking of the lips, the deep exhale, the shaking of the head, and the disbelief that your partner, dude, wife, baby-daddy, girlfriend, or love interest can watch something so stupid.

Television remote control

Television remote control (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The remote control, is like the ring in the Lord of The Rings and you’re all aiming to be Frodo. You don’t want to be Sam — the sidekick — on this one. You want to be the main hobbit. You want that power … that power to change the channel and dictate the entertainment for the evening. You really don’t want to get stuck watching some crappy show, knowing full well that an awesome hour-long program is on another channel. So it becomes a race for the remote control. And this race usually takes place after the kids are put to bed.

After bath time, brushing teeth time, diaper time, pajama time, and reading books time, it’s finally sleeping time. And you do your best to put them to sleep. You sass them, bribe them, hug them, love them, and threaten to take Lightening McQueen away from them in order to get them to fall asleep faster. All these efforts in order to get to the remote control first, in order to have an upper hand in the remote control battle.

Now if you have the exact same taste in television programs, the power struggle may be nonexistent for you. But this is rare. Other times the struggle does not exist because one partner has completely given up all remote control rights and the pursuit of television happiness. They just sit there … absorbing electricity.

This did not happen in The Guat household tonight. Tonight we had the remote control battle. The struggle.

There it was … the Olympics … An extraordinary event that takes place every four years where we send our best athletes to compete against the world. An exciting, exhilarating competitive event that involves a gold medal and has you at the edge of your couch yelling c’mon! This is what I wanted to watch. I wanted to be that chic on the edge, yelling C’MON!

Then we had something called Animation Domination of the Fox Network. Something that happens every week. Cartoons. We’re talking about cartoons. Not even new cartoons. Reruns. And not even the entire lineup of Animation Domination. Just partial. The Simpson. American Dad and Family Guy. Have you seen this? I’m not a big fan, especially when I could be watching the Olympics.

And as I came downstairs from putting both kids to sleep. There it was — the remote control — sitting on the couch, up for grabs. But his hands happened to get a hold of it first. And then there it was … the exasperated sigh, the eye roll, the I can’t believe he chose to watch this crap.

So after about five minutes. I restated my it-happens-once-every-four-years argument. He restated his position. It’s Animation Domination. I shook my head and just grabbed the remote control. I vetoed the selection, and said we’re recording this. This is a house of sports damn it. We’re watching the Olympics.

Thank God for the DVR otherwise we’d have to file for divorce.

14 Responses to “The Power Struggle Eased By the DVR”

  1. dougsan July 30, 2012 at 12:54 AM #

    Haha this post amused me. We dont have this problem much, but only because I’ve given up any attempt to own the remote.

    • The Guat August 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM #

      Loss of the remote control … tragic. Just tragic. But DVR and TiVO should definitely help you sustain those rough patches of The Bachelor or some other awful reality show.

  2. TBM July 30, 2012 at 7:04 AM #

    Fortunately both of us like sports, but with the Olympics we disagree on which sport to watch. Too many choices. I did cave and we watched boxing for a bit. I wanted to watch football. I had to compromise some.

    • The Guat July 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM #

      He does enjoy sports as well, but for some reason was not into the whole Olympics thing that night. No track and field, I guess.

  3. lameadventures July 30, 2012 at 7:51 AM #

    I have a dear friend who’s obsessed with Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy, and some of the schmaltziest films ever made. His remote is like a barnacle adhered to his hand. He’s divorced.

    • The Guat July 31, 2012 at 10:02 AM #

      Yeah it may explain his current social status … I hear that other than sex and money the remote control is the third biggest factor in divorce…

      • lameadventures July 31, 2012 at 10:26 AM #

        What did him in with her was when he borrowed her car (without asking) to chauffeur a couple of Abbott & Costello impersonators. I suppose that’s a distant fourth factor.

  4. Marcia Clarke July 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM #

    Guat, All I have to say to you is “there is an App for that”. LOL

    Even though we have two TVs in the house, we go through the same exercise in our home; but I anticipated the lack of interest for the Olympics on hubby’s part and quickly downloaded the NBC Olympics app to my Droid and PC.

    That way when he flips over to to some dumb program I do not want to see I pull out my headphones and tune in to my PC (bigger screen than Droid) while still appearing to be keeping him company. It keeps everyone happy and no power struggle, I had enough of those in the past. BTW the app is free!

    Buena suerte for the next two weeks, LOL

    • The Guat July 31, 2012 at 10:06 AM #

      Hepa chica! You know I’ve never really used LOL…but LOL is right. I was cracking up at your comment because at first I thought you were kidding. You know, because there is “always an app” for something. And we do have two TVs but the BIG one is in the living room. An app, huh? I don’t have one of those fancy smart phones…I have a dumb one so I might have to download that on my PC. Thanks for tip chica. We’ll see how the struggle continues during the gold medal chase 🙂

      • Marcia Clarke August 3, 2012 at 6:56 PM #

        I need to stop using the LOL thing, but I can’t figure out how to access the emoticons in WP, so I am stuck.
        I have been attached to my laptop since the Olympics started, I watch the games as they happen in real time and then at night I watch the replays too. I’ve been hooked on the swimming and gymnastics and now cannot wait for Track & Field to get going.
        Hey chica, there is still time to enjoy the games at your leisure, one more week to go. Get the headphones on and tune out. Enjoy!

  5. Cayman Thorn July 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM #

    I gotta admit, this is why I remain single. Not the only reason, mind you, but a big reason nonetheless. Happy Games to you and your beau.

    • The Guat August 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM #

      Remote control power is a big relationship factor, you don’t want to be watching Real Housewives of whatever … it’s brutal.

  6. matt August 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM #

    Why don’t you just get a better DVR? I just got the Hopper from Dish, and I can record up to 6 live HD programs at once. 2,000 hours of recording space? Are you KIDDING me? And each of the four connected TVs have access to the main DVR playlist, and they each have their own remote! My family loves it because we DVR a ton, and we’ve NEVER had a TV service that would let us record like this. A Dish coworker told me I could even set the DVR to automatically record all four major networks every night during prime Time; and it stores my recordings for a rolling eight day period. And you know what, my wife and I don’t fight NEARLY as much as we did before, lol.

    • The Guat August 8, 2012 at 9:59 PM #

      Thanks … I’m not a high roller so I’ve got to stick with what they give me plus I don’t use the Dish it doesn’t carry AMC and that is not cool. But I bet recording four major networks helps ease television difficulties 🙂

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